This Trip Report continues from the last one, American Airlines A321neo First Class from Phoenix to Anchorage which can be found here: https://youtu.be/YOm5CKuMj_EThis Trip Report in Main Cabin Extra from Anchorage to Phoenix with takeoff/landing is here: https://youtu.be/NhKCalxDVak
Aircraft: Airbus A321neo/A321NX
Airline: American Airlines
Date: Late June 2019
Flight Time: 5 hours 22 minutes
From: Anchorage Ted Stevens Airport (ANC)
To: Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX)
- Flew the A321neo on AA from Phoenix to Anchorage in First Class. The flight exceeded my expectations, and I got lucky with free WiFi.
- In order to get home, we flew back to Phoenix on the neo in Main Cabin Extra to see those Oasis-style seats that everyone hates.
- AA's neo features Airbus' new overhead XL bins. You can place your luggage on its side. Amazing.
- American's A321neo has 20 First Class, 47 Main Cabin Extra. and 129 Economy Seats. 196 in total. Very tight.
- My seat, 10F, had 33 inches of pitch for a Main Cabin Extra seat. Despite having an inch less than the LAA seats found on the 737s/A321s, the legroom still felt... spacious. This was very likely due to the slimline design of the seat.
- As many know, American opted for no personal entertainment screens, and chose to install tablet holders. I didn't use them on the flight as I fell asleep after takeoff.
- We taxied quickly to runway 7L. I was seated closer to the engine on this flight than my last, and you can really hear the new engine's "ring" or buzz. Truly quiet engines.
- The seat offers a small amount of recline. The headrest is adjustable. I fell asleep quickly with the flight having a departure time of 1:00 a.m.
- I managed to get about 3 hours of sleep. When I woke up, my back was hurting. The slimline seats offer almost zero padding, and sitting in these seats especially for a long time can be uncomfortable.
- I decided to get up and check out the infamous bathrooms that are installed in American's Oasis planes, the MAX, and the neo.
- The bathroom next to row 26 is absolutely terrible for the passengers seated next to it... especially on a long red-eye flight like this.
- When opening the door, it surprised me greatly. The light was REALLY bright and disruptive.
- The bathroom was very narrow too. The sink didn't splash like the MAX and Oasis 737 though.
- I missed snack/beverage service earlier, but it was just the typical pretzels, Biscoff cookies, and drink.
- The FAs came by about an hour before landing to offer drinks.
- Shortly we began our descent and landed in sunny Phoenix.
- One final notable thing was the free WiFi on this flight... again. Was this an accident? Maybe? Twice in a row? Good luck?Summary:
Yeah... the neo is just another victim of AA's Project Oasis. Terribly hard and uncomfortable seats. Removal of personal entertainment screens.
I seriously feel bad for the passengers seated near the mid-cabin bathroom.
Free WiFi is an obvious plus, and AA is rumored to be introducing free WiFi...
Have any of you flown the neo and experienced similar things?Previous Trip Reports: American Airlines 737-800 Business Class Philadelphia to St. Maarten: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=1420387
American Airlines 777-300 Business Class New York JFK to London: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=1420789
American Eagle CRJ-900 First Class Philadelphia to Cincinnati: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=1421299 American Airlines 767-300 Business Class Zurich to Philadelphia: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=1422345
American Airlines 737-800 First Class Dallas/Fort Worth to Orange County: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=1422417American Eagle E-175 First Class Los Angeles to Omaha: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=1423337
American Airlines MD-80 Main Cabin Extra Omaha to Dallas/Fort Worth viewtopic.php?f=9&t=1424695
American Airlines A321neo First Class Phoenix to Anchorage: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=1426019