American Airlines has taken delivery of its
first Airbus A321neo (reg: N400AN).
The aircraft will spend the next couple of weeks
at Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) undergoing the extensive
acceptance checks conducted whenever the airline adds a new
aircraft type to its fleet.
The Tech Ops – PIT team will use the time to install ViaSat
satellite Wi-Fi, conduct general ops checks and add interior and
exterior placards as they customize the aircraft for American.
After that, it will visit other American bases before entering
The A321neo is scheduled to begin flying customers
on 2 April 2019 between Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) in
Arizona and Orlando International Airport (MCO) in Florida.
the company takes more deliveries, additional routes will include
PHX–Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) in Alaska
over the summer, and PHX and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Hawaii later this year as the A321neo begins to replace
retiring Boeing 757s.
The A321neo (new engine option) adds about
400 nautical miles in range to previous models thanks to improved fuel burn from
the new engines.
American has ordered 100 of these jets with deliveries running
over the next several years. They seat 196 customers and, in
addition to the fast Wi-Fi, include power at every seat and free
wireless entertainment to each customer’s own device including
free live television.
Additionally, 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.