American Airlines is set to take delivery of 100 Airbus A321neo aircraft starting in the second quarter of 2019. The A321neo is the updated version of the A321-200, and includes improvements in fuel efficiency, comfort, and noise levels.

 The first few aircraft will be configured with 20 First class seats, 47 extra-legroom Main Cabin Extra seats, and 129 standard Main Cabin seats. This is a different configuration than current A321s, which all have fewer First and Main Cabin Extra seats (with the exception of the transcontinental configuration). The new configuration adds between 9 and 15 more seats compared to other A321 configurations and will have smaller lavatories than current A321s.

The A321neo will also not feature in-flight entertainment but instead will offer streaming on personal devices through Viasat WiFi. The new aircraft will also feature AC power outlets at every seat as well as mood lighting and larger overhead bins. 

American’s A321neo will be introduced on 2 April 2019 when it operates its first revenue flight with the airline from Los Angeles to Phoenix.

The A321neo’s initial services with American include:

  • AA1895 from Los Angeles (LAX) to Phoenix (PHX)
  • AA682 from Phoenix (PHX) to Orlando (MCO)
  • AA219 from Orlando (MCO) to Los Angeles (LAX)
  • AA2361 from Los Angeles (LAX) to Orlando (MCO)
  • AA1022 from Orlando (MCO) to Phoenix (PHX)
  • AA820 from Phoenix (PHX) to Los Angeles (LAX)

Additionally, two seasonal flights will use the plane and will operate from 6 June to 19 August:

  • AA1413 from Phoenix (PHX) to Anchorage (ANC)
  • AA1372 Anchorage (ANC) to Phoenix (PHX)

If you want to book a flight on the A321neo, look for the aircraft code 32Q, which denotes the new aircraft. Additionally, if you can find a seat map for the flight, you’ll notice that the flight is operated by an A321neo from the seat count.

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