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American Airlines Takes Off With New Airbus A321 Transcontinental Aircraft

Today American Airlines welcomes the new Airbus A321T, the first of what will become a dedicated three-class fleet operating on transcontinental flights between New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), and JFK and San Francisco International Airport (SFO). American will initially operate the A321T between New York and Los Angeles, and will introduce the new plane between New York and San Francisco in March. American is the only U.S. carrier to offer three classes of service between these key markets.

"Our best customers in New York and Los Angeles are eager to experience this new aircraft as it's going to be an important differentiator for us in the transcon market," said Andrew Nocella, senior vice president and chief marketing officer American Airlines. "The A321T is just the latest example of American's commitment to offering state-of-the-art products, and delivering an inflight experience our customers really value."

From coast to coast, customers can enjoy a comfortable and restful travel experience with fully lie-flat seats in First and Business Class including all aisle-access for First Class customers. For all customers, every seat offers a personal in-seat entertainment system with features including 3D moving maps and options of up to 200 movies, 180 TV programs, more than 350 audio selections and up to 20 games. To allow customers the ability to stay connected inflight, Gogo's upgraded air-to-ground Wi-Fi technology (ATG4) is available throughout the aircraft, and each seat on the A321T features both a universal AC power port and a USB port. An espresso and cappuccino machine is also available exclusively to First Class customers.

American also is rolling out enhanced food and beverage options on all of the airline's transcontinental routes in First and Business Class cabins operated with the A321T, 757 and 767-200 aircraft. Options will include new appetizers, salads, entres, desserts, and selections for brunch, dinner and overnight travel. First and Business Class customers traveling domestically also have the choice to reserve an entre in advance of their flight.

From check-in to baggage claim, American offers a complete flagship experience in New York and Los Angeles. First Class customers can benefit from American's exclusive curb to curb service with Flagship Check-In at JFK and LAX, and eligible customers have the option to relax at The Admirals Club or Flagship Lounge at both locations.

For more information on American's Airbus A321T and other fleet renewal plans, visit

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