American Airlines takes delivery of its first A321 aircraft

American Airlines has received its first A321T. Photo courtesy of American.

American Airlines has received its first A321T. Photo courtesy of American.

American Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A321T aircraft, the plane the carrier will soon schedule on the lucrative Los Angeles to New York route.

American’s 321Ts — the T denotes ‘Transcontinental’ — will replace the double-aisle, gas-guzzling Boeing 767s on the route. The 321 is a narrow-body aircraft — it has only one aisle — but American is outfitting them in three classes, business, first and economy. The competition on the route only has business and economy. (United had also been selling three classes of service for years, but it retrofitting its planes to have only two.)

If you look carefully at the picture above, you’ll see the airplane, which is built in Europe, is carrying a German tail number– D-AVZK. Eventually that will change to an U.S. style number, starting with N, rather than ‘D.’

The A321Ts, which start flying for American in January, will also eventually fly between San Francisco and New York.

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