The Airbus A321, which seats 187, is gradually edging out the Airbus A320, which seats 150. The larger A321 is more fuel efficient than its predecessor, which also makes it an attractive choice. "We're going to be continuing to migrate up to bigger and bigger aircraft," said Scott Kirby, president of American Airlines. The A321 trend has also taken flight at JetBlue according to CEO Dave Barger, who says the larger plane can "better match capacity with demand" and is "the ideal aircraft for our high density markets (and) a sub fleet of the A321s will power our Mint premium service on the New York-Los Angeles and New York-San Francisco markets."
Wireless technology being tested on one SilkAir Airbus 320 will allow travelers to stream content on their laptops and smartphones for free. "This initiative was introduced based on feedback from customers who wanted access to more inflight entertainment options on our flights," Chief Executive Leslie Thng said.
American Airlines recently received its first Airbus A321 Transcontinental aircraft. American will start flying the jetliner on its New York-Los Angeles route in January, and on its New York-San Francisco route in March.
American Airlines has selected the V2500 engine from Pratt & Whitney to power some of its Airbus fleet. The V2500s will power some A321s that American plans to lease in 2013. The airline has not yet selected engines for its Airbus NEO fleet.