For years it seemed like American Airlines was behind its legacy carrier breathern when it came to cutting edge upgrades and other in-flight niceties. Well despite their bankruptcy, they’re certainly starting to catch up, and this is especially the case if you consider their latest improvement—lie-flat beds for transcontinental flights.
Of course the pleasure of catching a few ZZZs between JFK and LAX or SFO will not much in the average traveler's price range , but we’re sure there are plenty of business hotshots and celebrities that will be paying to do so.
This latest announcement from American Airlines reveals their plans for some of their new Airbus A321 aircraft. These planes are scheduled to arrive in the hands of pilots by November of 2013, so start planning your holiday travel for next year with this in mind. Basically the A321s will replace some older Boeing 767s currently operating back and forth between both costs.
They’ll be true three-cabin aircraft with 10 of those totally flat sleeper seats in First Class, 20 seats in Business Class, and then plenty of other seats back in Economy Class—including three dozen or so extra legroom Main Cabin Extra seats.
If these plans actually get off the ground, this just might be one of the very best ways to travel across the country. This is especially the case when you consider the seat-back entertainment screens attached to each seat, as well as plenty of power outlets and access to in-flight WiFi.
We’ll let you know if plans change anytime soon, but for now we’d start thinking of a way to score an upgrade—it looks like it’ll definitely be worth it.