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LAA Airbus “321” A321 2-class pre-Oasis Best Main Cabin & MCE seat

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American Airlines purchased a number of Airbus A321-200, all equipped with “Sharklets” wingtip devices. These vary from the A321-200s purchased by US Airways, which have conventional wingtips and were stripped of at-seat power and in flight entertainment.

For several years, AA showed the legacy AA Sharklets equipped aircraft as “32B” in schedules, regardless of the variant. In early 2029, AA classified this and the legacy US version as “321”.

Current versions include the three class (with Flagship First) A321T used only between JFK and LAX or SFO. This variant has its own thread. Others include:

A321S, Sharklets equipped two class Airbus A321-200 used domestically and to near international destinations.

A321H, Sharklets equipped two class Airbus A321-200 ETOPS used for West Coast - Hawaii overwater flights. These are to be replaced by A321neo aircraft later in 2029.

Both models have identical seating.

NOTE: in accordance with AA “Project Oasis” all two class Legacy AA A321-200 “32B” Sharklets wingtip device equipped aircraft will be retrofitted between 2019 and 2021. Business / First cabins will use the seats found today in the AA A319, with reduced seat pitch and recline. MCE and MC will have the Rockwell Collins slimline Meridian seats with reduced pitch and recline. Lavatories will be ultra-slim Rockwell Collins Spacewall lavs. See Oasis: New seats & less pitch, WiFi IFE & power all 737 and A321 2019-21 for further information.

As conversion begins we will start a new thread, and you should be able to see which configuration a particular aircraft has by referencing the (unofficial) American Airlines Fleet Site here.
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Old Aug 25, 17, 1:06 pm
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Wife and I booked DFW>CUN on 32B. Currently I'm in 12F and she's in 12D.

Would it be advantageous to switch me to 25A and her 25B? Is there a benefit to those seats, or am I basically as good as it gets in 12E/F?

She is short enough that she doesn't benefit from MCE, so if there is something better about 25A than 12F I would like to make the switch.
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Old Aug 25, 17, 2:03 pm
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Originally Posted by shimps1 View Post
Wife and I booked DFW>CUN on 32B. Currently I'm in 12F and she's in 12D.

Would it be advantageous to switch me to 25A and her 25B? Is there a benefit to those seats, or am I basically as good as it gets in 12E/F?

She is short enough that she doesn't benefit from MCE, so if there is something better about 25A than 12F I would like to make the switch.
Those are not Exit seats, row 11/24 are exits seats and 12F, 25A/F are good seats but BCDE from row 25 or ACBDE from row 12 are not exit or MCE and I could say they are the worst seats (less leg room that a regular seat).
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Old Aug 25, 17, 2:26 pm
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Originally Posted by fedechat View Post
Those are not Exit seats, row 11/24 are exits seats and 12F, 25A/F are good seats but BCDE from row 25 or ACBDE from row 12 are not exit or MCE and I could say they are the worst seats (less leg room that a regular seat).
Are you sure? Not saying you're wrong, just asking to clarify.

Seat map shows 8-13 ABC as MCE, 8-12 DEF as MCE, all of 24 as MCE and 25 A and F as MCE.

Exit row or not does not matter to me, I just want the best pair of seats available. My wife is 5'4" and I'm 6'3" and we have free MCE due to AAnytime award, so any Y seat pair works.
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Old Aug 25, 17, 4:57 pm
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Originally Posted by shimps1 View Post
Are you sure? Not saying you're wrong, just asking to clarify.

Seat map shows 8-13 ABC as MCE, 8-12 DEF as MCE, all of 24 as MCE and 25 A and F as MCE.

Exit row or not does not matter to me, I just want the best pair of seats available. My wife is 5'4" and I'm 6'3" and we have free MCE due to AAnytime award, so any Y seat pair works.
Yes, 12 is MCE and 13ABC, but don't go to row 25 because BCDE are the worst, the best row for a couple is 24 because they recline more than 11 but when I fly solo I always select 25AF or 12F.
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Old Sep 23, 17, 5:11 am
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Currently selected 12F on 2 upcoming flights. Do this seat has a good window view?
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Old Sep 23, 17, 6:09 am
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Originally Posted by jongesander View Post
Currently selected 12F on 2 upcoming flights. Do this seat has a good window view?
Yes. You have two windows for your seat essentially and you're in front of the wing/engine so no real obstruction there.

It's the best seat on the plane (honestly, for redeyes I think it beats F)

The only downside is the IFE pulls out from the armrest on the left hand side so no watching on takeoff / approach / landing
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Old Sep 23, 17, 6:21 am
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Originally Posted by lds89 View Post
Yes. You have two windows for your seat essentially and you're in front of the wing/engine so no real obstruction there.

It's the best seat on the plane (honestly, for redeyes I think it beats F)

The only downside is the IFE pulls out from the armrest on the left hand side so no watching on takeoff / approach / landing
Thanks for your response!
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Old Oct 17, 17, 9:25 am
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Can someone opine on 11C for comfort (after the doors close). I need shoulder room more than leg room, so I'm wondering whether the 12F/25A/25F is best. I'm guessing the arm rests are immovable but do folks like that seat? I was surprised not to see it discussed much other than it being an exit row.
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Old Oct 17, 17, 5:48 pm
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window seat in last row (A321) improve chances of boarding early? (to merge)

does choosing window seat in very last row(A321) improve chances of boarding early? (as in getting a higher boarding group on the boarding pass during OLCI)

I'm booking a ticket for a family member who has not flow on AA in almost 10 years. (but has been UA Premier Platinum for 11 years, not that it matters on AA )
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Old Oct 17, 17, 6:10 pm
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Not at all.

See GUIDE: AA Boarding Priority, Order and Related Issues (as of 1 Mar 2017).
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Old Oct 17, 17, 6:13 pm
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Originally Posted by MrWilliamston View Post
does choosing window seat in very last row(A321) improve chances of boarding early? (as in getting a higher boarding group on the boarding pass during OLCI)

I'm booking a ticket for a family member who has not flow on AA in almost 10 years. (but has been UA Premier Platinum for 11 years, not that it matters on AA )


Nope- Makes no difference.
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Old Oct 17, 17, 6:15 pm
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Wouldn't that seat assignment make Group 6 more likely than Groups 7-8?
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Old Oct 17, 17, 6:30 pm
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Originally Posted by MrWilliamston View Post
does choosing window seat in very last row(A321) improve chances of boarding early? (as in getting a higher boarding group on the boarding pass during OLCI)

I'm booking a ticket for a family member who has not flow on AA in almost 10 years. (but has been UA Premier Platinum for 11 years, not that it matters on AA )
AFAIK, no seat you can choose for free (without elite status) increases your chances of a higher boarding group. Paying extra for an MCE seat should.
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Old Oct 17, 17, 6:31 pm
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If the old America West (became the US Airways) boarding process was still happening, then yes. They started at rear, then window-->middle-->aisle. It was a pretty efficient way, as it avoided most aisle passengers having to get up for windows (other than elites, if everyone boarded as they were supposed to).

Other than elites on AA, I'm not quite sure how they board, other than Basic Economy (if the flight has it) is last.
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Old Oct 17, 17, 10:56 pm
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As other said, seat location doesn't matter (old CO used to board from back to front, I liked that). At online check-in, the system may offer you priority boarding for a fee (as long as it isn't a basic economy fare).
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