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AA reservations - A321 - "Sharklets"

Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:16 pm

I was just in the AA reservation system and I noticed that when there is a A321 on a route the word "sharklets" appears in () next to the description of the aircraft, A321. Is there a reason why AA puts the word "sharklets" next to A321? Or is this just a quirk in their reservation's system?
 
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Re: AA reservations - A321 - "Sharklets"

Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:29 pm

L-AA 321's have sharklets and seatback IFE
L-US 321's don't
This is how they differentiate between the two -
 
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Re: AA reservations - A321 - "Sharklets"

Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:32 pm

There are 3 A321s in the fleet

321T - transcon 3 class aircraft
321(sharklets) - pre merger AA 321
321 - pre merger US airways 321

I listed them in the order of best to worst. The US 321s are awful. Avoid if you can.
 
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Re: AA reservations - A321 - "Sharklets"

Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:15 am

Thanks for the information, guys.
 
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Re: AA reservations - A321 - "Sharklets"

Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:22 am

Antarius wrote:
There are 3 A321s in the fleet

321T - transcon 3 class aircraft
321(sharklets) - pre merger AA 321
321 - pre merger US airways 321

I listed them in the order of best to worst. The US 321s are awful. Avoid if you can.

Are all the PMUS A321 reconfigured? They are probably the most comfortable aircraft in the fleet. They just lack IFE (other than WiFi). Hardly awful planes.
 
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Re: AA reservations - A321 - "Sharklets"

Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:26 am

Antarius wrote:
There are 3 A321s in the fleet

321T - transcon 3 class aircraft
321(sharklets) - pre merger AA 321
321 - pre merger US airways 321

I listed them in the order of best to worst. The US 321s are awful. Avoid if you can.


If a TV screen is more important than a comfortable seat then I would agree. In my experience, which is about 200 AA flights a year I would prefer the US 321 if in Y. In F, the AA 321. The lack of power sucks on the LUS 321 birds but if the flights under 3 hours And F Isn’t available id rather be stuck on the US bird. Don’t make the US 321’s sound so bad - they aren’t terrible compared to many domestic products.
 
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Re: AA reservations - A321 - "Sharklets"

Sun Apr 08, 2018 2:09 am

AA's primary designations for the LAA 321 is still 321T for the Trans-con fleet and 321B for the prime fleet. In AA.com, I do see they've added "Sharklets" in parentheses, I guess so perhaps people could tell by looking out the window, but that still follows the 321B.
E.G.: AA 159 32B-Airbus A321 (Sharklets)

Just "321" would be the LUS birds.

I wouldn't choose a flight based on whether it had Sharklets or wing-tip fences, but I would choose it based on the interior fittings. Were it not for a.net, I probably wouldn't know what the differences are, when looking at just booking a flight.
 
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Re: AA reservations - A321 - "Sharklets"

Sun Apr 08, 2018 3:45 am

The LUS seats are way more comfortable in Y. All will get the Oasis interior in the next few years.
 
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Re: AA reservations - A321 - "Sharklets"

Sun Apr 08, 2018 4:19 am

I see the same designation while booking with Orbitz, where i’ve seen lufthansa and Finnair a320s and 321s say sharklets next to them. I just thought it was cool to know and didn’t really make a difference. Besides, i didn’t think i was going to count on the aircraft having sharklets based on what Orbitz said 6 months in advance.
 
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Re: AA reservations - A321 - "Sharklets"

Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:31 am

nwcoflyer wrote:
Antarius wrote:
There are 3 A321s in the fleet

321T - transcon 3 class aircraft
321(sharklets) - pre merger AA 321
321 - pre merger US airways 321

I listed them in the order of best to worst. The US 321s are awful. Avoid if you can.


If a TV screen is more important than a comfortable seat then I would agree. In my experience, which is about 200 AA flights a year I would prefer the US 321 if in Y. In F, the AA 321. The lack of power sucks on the LUS 321 birds but if the flights under 3 hours And F Isn’t available id rather be stuck on the US bird. Don’t make the US 321’s sound so bad - they aren’t terrible compared to many domestic products.


It's not the TV screen. No power, much less MCE too.

I dont fly quite 200 flights a year but am an Exec Plat and generally avoid the LUS birds as much as possible (unless the option is a LAA 319, which is unquestionably the worst one in the fleet, IMO)
 
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Re: AA reservations - A321 - "Sharklets"

Sun Apr 08, 2018 11:44 am

nwcoflyer wrote:
Antarius wrote:
There are 3 A321s in the fleet

321T - transcon 3 class aircraft
321(sharklets) - pre merger AA 321
321 - pre merger US airways 321

I listed them in the order of best to worst. The US 321s are awful. Avoid if you can.


If a TV screen is more important than a comfortable seat then I would agree. In my experience, which is about 200 AA flights a year I would prefer the US 321 if in Y. In F, the AA 321. The lack of power sucks on the LUS 321 birds but if the flights under 3 hours And F Isn’t available id rather be stuck on the US bird. Don’t make the US 321’s sound so bad - they aren’t terrible compared to many domestic products.


I'm in F on an ex-US 321 next month. I'm not really looking forward to it at all, unfortunately.
 
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Re: AA reservations - A321 - "Sharklets"

Mon Apr 09, 2018 5:30 pm

ClassicLover wrote:
I'm in F on an ex-US 321 next month. I'm not really looking forward to it at all, unfortunately.


Oh, do come on. You'll be in F. It's. Not. That. Bad.

Not great, mind, but not bad. The lack of a power socket was my biggest bugbear. I think it lacked WiFi as well, but I could be wrong. I just loaded my iPad with movies/BBC content. The seat was comfy and the booze was free-flowing. The lack of the power socket meant that my iPad ran out of juice about 20 minutes before landing (I flew from SFO to CLT, so transon). No biggie. It charged quickly enough in the lounge in CLT before my next flight.

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