american airlines transcontinental first class

This post is part of the series Hawaii Trip Report 2016

Other posts in this series:

  1. Trip Report: American Airlines Flagship Lounge New York JFK Review
  2. Trip Report: American Airlines Transcontinental First Class Review (Current)
  3. Trip Report: Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa Review
  4. Trip Report: Hyatt Regency Maui Resort Review

After a nice breakfast at the Flagship lounge; it was time to board our American Airlines transcontinental first class flight. This is a very cool airplane configured with only 102 seats. First class has 10 flat-bed seats in a 1×1 configuration which is unique to a narrow-body plane. Business class has 20 flat-bed seats arranges in a 2×2 configuration. Then there’s 36 seats in Main Cabin Extra and 36 seats in economy spread in a 3×3 configuration.

american airlines transcontinental first class

Flight Details:

American Airlines AA1
New York (JFK) – Los Angeles (LAX)
Depart: 9:00am
Arrive: 12:10PM
Duration: 6hrs 10mins
Aircraft: Airbus A321

Boarding started on time and I had a short walk since I was seated in seat 1A. The cabin has a nice cozy feeling; the color scheme and the wood trims are pretty nice. American Airlines transcontinental first class seats are very similar to the business class seats on Cathay Pacific B777-300.

american airlines transcontinental first class

There’s a ton of leg room between the seat and the ottoman which becomes part of the bed when the seat is in a lie flat position.

american airlines transcontinental first class
American Airlines First Class – Leg room

All the controls were to my left- entertainment controls, seat controls, reading light and a USB port.

american airlines transcontinental first class
American Airlines First Class – Seat/Entertainment Controls

There’s also a power outlet located in the storage area.

american airlines transcontinental first class
American Airlines First Class – Power Outlet

The entertainment screen folds out with a push of a button.

american airlines transcontinental first class

Waiting at my seat was a nice amenity kit.

american airlines transcontinental first class
American Airlines First Class – Cole Haan Amenity Kit

american airlines transcontinental first class

Shortly after settling down I was offered a pre-departure drink. I chose to have a mimosa at 9am, cause why not? 🙂

american airlines transcontinental first class

american airlines transcontinental first class

The menus were distributed along with the pre-departure drink.

american airlines transcontinental first class

american airlines transcontinental first class

american airlines transcontinental first class

After that, I was offered a set of Bose noise cancelling headphones which is nice.

american airlines transcontinental first class

american airlines transcontinental first class

Once all passengers settled in, we started our pushback and the safety video started playing. After that the captain came on the PA to give some information about the flight including the expectation of some turbulence on our way out of New York. He wasn’t lying, that take off was pretty bumpy. Once we reached cruising altitude tho it smoothed out for the rest of the flight.

american airlines transcontinental first class

Food service started with a nice hot towel. I also asked for a glass of champagne which was served with a couple of biscottis.

american airlines transcontinental first class

american airlines transcontinental first class

I ordered the smoked salmon with bagel as my breakfast and it was delicious.

american airlines transcontinental first class
American Airlines First Class – Breakfast

My wife ordered the turkey bacon quiche, which was equally delicious and I had the pleasure of finishing half of it 🙂

american airlines transcontinental first class

For dessert, I got the parfait and some fresh fruit.

american airlines transcontinental first class

After the food service, I checked the entertainment system for a while then opted to take a nap since it was going to be a long way until we reach our final destination of Hawaii.

american airlines transcontinental first class

The seat is very comfortable in the lie-flat position.

american airlines transcontinental first class
American Airlines First Class – Flat Bed
american airlines transcontinental first class
American Airlines First Class – Flat Bed

Upon waking up from my nap, I was offered a small snack that consisted of some pastries and a strawberry. And I also grabbed an apple from a fruit basket that was on the “counter” area in-front of my seat.

american airlines transcontinental first class

Before we know it, we were already starting our decent into LAX.

american airlines transcontinental first class

American Airlines Transcontinental First Class Bottom Line:

American Airlines first class hard product on their A321 aircraft is great. Reverse herringbone seats are comfortable and offer plenty of space and privacy. The soft product was good, nothing over the top in terms of service. The food was good in quantity and quality, I found the breakfast options pretty flavorful and done well. Overall, I had a great experience and would definitely fly this product again. American Airlines transcontinental first class is one of the best domestic first class options out there.

Have you flown in American Airlines Transcontinental First Class before? What was your experience like?

If you have any questions please comment below, tweet me @pointspointers or email me at pointspointers@gmail.com

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