American Airlines flagship A321T has disappeared from flight schedules between Boston and Los Angeles. Previously operating twice a day, the route will change to regular domestic planes from the 4th of September.
There’s not much you can do to make transcontinental trips fun. Generally, we’re subjected to smaller, more basic aircraft with very little in the way of premium products. However, American Airlines’ A321T set out to change all that.
The A321T with its premium heavy configuration and flagship soft product offerings has made long trips from coast to coast a dream. Relatively popular from JFK to both LAX and SFO, travelers from Boston were delighted when AA launched a service using this plane from BOS to LAX too. However, just weeks after it began, the dream appears to be ending.
As noted by One Mile at a Time, American Airline’s schedules from 4th September no longer have the A321T in place. The service with this plane between Boston and Los Angeles debuted on April 2nd, so it has only been running for around 12 weeks. Clearly, the experiment didn’t pay off.
Why did AA cancel the A321T on the Boston route?
American Airlines for clarity on this but are yet to receive a response. As such, we can only make an educated guess at what the problem might have been.
As noted by One Mile at a Time, this was a bit of a strange service, in that American Airlines didn’t offer the A321T on every service. Two of the daily connections between BOS and LAX were operated by the T, while the rest used more run of the mill aircraft.
What is the American Airlines A321T?
The ‘T’ designation of the AA A321 is unique to American Airlines. It simply means ‘transcontinental’, which isn’t very exciting, but in terms of passenger experience, they are very, very exciting. Unlike other A321s in AA’s fleet, these don’t have the standard 181 – 187 seats. They have far less because this is an aircraft designed for the most premium of premium transcontinental travel.
In keeping with the premium heavy nature of the T, there are 20 business class seats in a 2-2 arrangement. Although slightly shorter in length than the first class seats, and with a little less storage, they’re still amazingly luxurious for domestic flights. AA state that customers traveling on first and business can also enjoy “a chef-curated menu, as well as premium wines and amenity kits”.
Back in the economy, there are 72 seats in total, split equally between the standard economy and premium economy. Standard offers 31 to 32 inches of pitch, while premium gives around another five inches of legroom. For economy passengers, there’s power at every seat, high-speed WiFi and seatback entertainment.
Right now, the A321T is the only aircraft doing domestic transcontinental flights to feature three classes of travel. It can still be flown on routes between JFK and SFO as well as JFK to LAX. Occasionally it does the short hop between JFK and BOS. However, it will no longer be serving on the Boston to Los Angeles route.