I could see them use a few on MIA - LAX that is the next most premium route in the country and they used it this past Christmas with some success.
At least one MIA-LAX r/t used the 773, so I'd think a 321T would be a logical fit for that route if the demand doesn't warrant a 773 or even a 788/9.
I believe those are typically more about aircraft utilization because the TPAC routes require two frames. The route does have premium demand but probably not to use the 321T exclusively. If the 332 returns it could backfill routes needing additional premium product.
MIA-LAX has enough premium demand that it was the only other route besides JFK-LAX/SFO to offer 3-class service for decades.
When the 77W started on the route, I believed it continued on to SYD. When SYD was downgraded to a 788, the 77W was removed and the route lost its flat beds, but the 772 was brought back after AA started losing premium traffic to JetBlue.
The A321T and 77W are both probably overkill for the route, but they've eliminated the 757 and 767 and need a lie flat premium product to remain competitive.
I wonder if the downturn will be the death knell for first class on the 77W.
I think the A320s are next on the chopping block. Given the criticism by the media on local governments opening up their economy you can bet companies aren't going to have anyone traveling soon. 25%-30% unemployment means 90% of leisure travel is toast. AA (or any other airline) is going to need far, far fewer planes.
Agree. That is what we have discussed here for a while now. The A320 was to be retired following the merger but got delayed as the market was up.
Sad to say with the aging A320 (some were delivered in 1998!), it makes sense to retire them when needed.
I hope the A320s are kept as long as possible. I flew on a 20-year-old A320 today and the interior was well kept, and I was delighted to find that the original comfortable and well padded US Airways seats with 31-32" seat pitch were still on board. The airplane had been retrofitted with in-seat power and fast satellite Wi-Fi. With 0% chance of getting a trashed (Oasis) aircraft, the A320 is now my favorite domestic fleet type.