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AA 321 Home Bases

Wed Aug 10, 2022 5:16 pm

Hi gang - just curious as to whether anyone can address. Where does AA base their specific A321s. Looking at flightaware's history of flights by specific aircraft, it doesn't seem the legacy US Airways A321 aircraft make many flights into PHL. If they do it's usually to and from ORD or DFW. Are only the 321NEO's based in PHL.
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Re: AA 321 Home Bases

Wed Aug 10, 2022 6:17 pm

Legacy US A321: CLT, DFW
Legacy AA "sharklet" A321: DFW, PHL, MIA
321NEO: LAX, PHX, MIA, also heavy on PHL transcons now
321T: JFK

ORD is 737 heavy and doesn't see a whole lot of A321's, but what it does get is pretty mixed.
DFW has a notably higher amount of A321 flying than it used to, and its split pretty evenly between LUS and LAA metal. It probably sees close to the same amount of 737 flying as prior to the MD80 retirement, but lots of the flying that used to see numerous S80's now gets plenty of high capacity A321's (example: DFW-SMF/SLC/CMH/BNA/ONT, etc). Lots of the legacy US A321 flying there now was shifted from PHX and PHL flying that went to NEO's and sharklet 321's.
CLT gets lots of A321's and its almost strictly legacy US metal. Even routes such as CLT-SYR/PVD/BUF now see them, plus short hops like CLT-CHS/SAV/RDU.
LAX and PHX are heavy on NEO's now.
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Re: AA 321 Home Bases

Wed Aug 10, 2022 7:28 pm

CLT has also has a lot of 738's now. I believe I read on here that it has to do with aircraft performance related to an update the FAA made on what value to use for avg passenger weight for weight and balance purposes. It for some reason made the 738 a better fit on a number of routes. Off topic a bit but noted in 747fan's response the comment about CLT being strictly legacy US metal.
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Re: AA 321 Home Bases

Wed Aug 10, 2022 11:43 pm

AA had scheduled a 321 on one DFW-FAT R/T starting 10/30, but dropped it at the latest schedule change. With An Average LF of around 94% on the 737s, and the early AM flight almost always 100% (at least when I'm on it), I would think scheduling any 321 for that flight would be a profitable move. Likely the mid-evening arrival would have to be a 321 also, but that should not be hard to fill either.

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