American Airlines Airbus A321-231 (c/n 5834) N101NN departs Los Angeles International Airport (LAX/KLAX) on January 17, 2014.
(Photo by Michael Carter)
American Airlines is on track to launch Airbus A321 service between Los Angeles (LAX) and Hawaii as of Aug. 18, the airline confirmed.
The carrier will operate two daily LAX-Honolulu flights with the aircraft type next week. By year’s end, American plans to operate 12 daily peak-day flights between LAX Hawaii with the A321 sub-fleet, a spokeswoman said. The A321s have therefore received their ETOPS certification, allowing them to operate overwater routes.
By December, the A321s will replace Boeing 757s that currently operate the routes, the spokeswoman said.
The carrier earlier this year said it was awaiting ETOPS certification for the A321s, and eventually would create a sub-fleet of 16 of the type, which it is calling the “A321H.”
These aircraft are expected to have 181 seats. This year, American is expected to take delivery of 35 A321s and plans to retire 38 757s.
(Madhu Unnikrishnan - ATWOnline News)