American Airlines’ first Airbus A321neo, N400AN, touched down at Pittsburgh International Airport on February 1.
After a couple of weeks undergoing acceptance checks and the installation of ViaSat satellite Wi-Fi, general ops checks and the addition of interior and exterior placards, the aircraft visit other American bases before entering service.
The A321neo is scheduled to begin flying customers April 2 between Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Arizona and Orlando International Airport in Florida. Once the company takes more deliveries, additional routes will include PHX–Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in Alaska over the summer, and Phoenix and Los Angeles International Airport to Hawaii later this year
American’s A321neos will be configured with 196 seats and, in addition to the Wi-Fi, include power at every seat and free wireless entertainment to each customer’s own device including free live television.
American is the launch customer for Airbus’ new XL overhead bins which significantly increase capacity. The A321neo is American’s first aircraft delivered with these bins and the company will begin retrofitting existing A321s with this same bin later this year.
American is taking the Cabin Flex, or “NX,” option of the A321neo, which has a new door configuration.
The A321neo will replace Boeing 757s in the fleet of American, which has ordered 100 of these jets with deliveries running over the next several years. The A321neo is part of an order for 460 new narrowbody aircraft placed by American back in 2011, which also included 100 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.
Source: American Airlines