American to launch transcontinental A321s in January

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American Airlines will launch its new Airbus A321 transcontinental service between New York's John F. Kennedy (JFK) and Los Angeles from 7 January.

The aircraft will initially fly twice-daily on the route with a third daily flight added on 15 January and then service will double to six daily flights on 31 January, according to the Fort Worth-based Oneworld alliance member.

A321 transcontinental flights will begin between JFK and San Francisco "later in 2014", says American.

American's A321 transcontinental aircraft are outfitted with 10 flat bed seats in first class, 20 flat beds in business, 36 slimline seats in premium economy and 36 in economy for a total of 102. Sicma Aero supplies the first class seats, B/E Aerospace the business class seats and Recaro the economy seats.

The new A321 transcontinentals will replace 168-seat Boeing 767-200s on flights between JFK and both Los Angeles and San Francisco.

American anticipates receiving its first A321 from Airbus in November, with five in its fleet by the end of the year.