AA Receives The A321 Transcontinental

American Airlines (AA) has taken delivery of the first A321 Transcontinental. Scheduled to enter service next year, the aircraft has fully lie-flat first and business class seats. It will make AA the only US carrier to offer a three-class configuration between New York and Los Angeles, and New York and San Francisco. Virasb Vahidi, AA's chief commercial officer, said: " The A321T aircraft allows us to provide our customers with amenities that, until now, have traditionally been reserved for those traveling internationally." AA will begin operating the A321T between New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in January. Frequencies will increase in June to 13 daily flights. The A321T will also begin flying between JFK and San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in March 2014, frequencies will rise to five daily flights by June. AA plans to take delivery of nearly 60 new aircraft total by the end of the year, including new 777-300ERs, 737-800s, A319s and A321Ts. The airline will continue its fleet renewal programme in 2014 with more new aircraft deliveries, including the 787, which is scheduled to join it's fleet late next year.

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