American to launch two-class A321 in August

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American Airlines will debut its first two-class Airbus A321 on routes from Los Angeles International airport from 1 August.

The aircraft will enter service once daily on the Los Angeles-Dallas/Fort Worth route on 1 August with service increasing to twice daily on 3 September, the Fort Worth, Texas-based Oneworld alliance carrier confirms. Once daily flights will be added on the Los Angeles-Miami route from 19 August.

On 3 September, American will add once daily flights on the A321 on the Dallas/Fort Worth-San Francisco, Los Angeles-Las Vegas and Miami-Las Vegas routes.

The two-class A321s are configured in a typical domestic aircraft configuration with 16 first class and 165 economy seats. American’s previous A321s were configured for its premium transcontinental service with 10 lie-flat first class, 20 lie-flat business class and 72 economy seats.

American and its US Airways subsidiary will take delivery of 42 A321s during 2014, according to an April investor update. The aircraft will be used to replace Boeing 757-200s in its fleet.