The carrier received its first Airbus A321 that has three classes of seats and will be used on American's transcontinental flights. It is replacing its aging Boeing 767 aircraft on those routes with the A321.
"With fully lie-flat seats in the premium cabins, new menu options, and enhanced amenities, the A321T aircraft allows us to provide our customers with amenities that, until now, have traditionally been reserved for those traveling internationally," said American chief commerical officer Virasb Vahidi in a statement.
American will be the first airline to offer lie-flat seats in first and business class on its transcontinental flights. The carrier said it will begin operating the A321 on its New York JFK to Los Angeles route in January. Starting in March, American will also use the A321 on its New York JFK to San Francisco route.
There will be 102 total seats with 10 in first class, 20 in business class and 72 in the main cabin.
With its new aircraft, American hopes to appeal to corporate business travelers with its first and business class seats and Main Cabin Extra seating that has six extra inches of legroom in the coach class. The planes also feature in-seat entertainment, power outlets and USB jacks at every seat.
The transcontinental routes have seen increased competition in the past few years with Virgin America and JetBlue entering the market. JetBlue, which has also purchased A321s, will offer mini business suites on its aircraft on the transcontinental routes next year.