American Airlines has welcomed its first Airbus A319 aircraft, the first of 260 planned Airbus narrow-body deliveries.
American and Airbus celebrated this important milestone with a special delivery ceremony at the Airbus manufacturing facility in Hamburg, Germany.
The Airbus A319 will offer customers modern technology and increased comfort onboard, including leather seats, Wi-Fi and in-seat entertainment throughout the aircraft.
In addition, customers will be able to stay connected throughout their travels with individual universal power outlets and USB jacks at every seat.
“Everything about the new A319 aircraft has been designed with the customer at the centre,” said Virasb Vahidi, American chief commercial officer.
“The introduction of the A319 is another important step in building a strong foundation for the new American.
“We’re pleased to be partnering with Airbus.”
The Airbus A319 will offer a wide selection of in-flight entertainment options for customers throughout the aircraft. First Class customers will enjoy a complimentary selection of up to 200 movies, up to 180 TV programs, more than 350 audio selections and up to 15 games, on a 12.1-inch HD-capable touchscreen monitor at each seat.
Each seat throughout the Main Cabin will offer 8.9-inch HD-capable touchscreen monitors with an assortment of entertainment options, including movies, TV programs, games and audio selections.
In addition to increased technology offerings, the new Airbus aircraft pave the way for American to have a more fuel-efficient fleet, incorporating the latest in aerodynamic improvements.
The A319s have sharklets on the wings and other modifications to reduce fuel burn and keep American on the path toward being a more environmentally friendly airline.
“It’s our great pleasure to welcome back American Airlines to the Airbus family,” said John Leahy, Airbus chief commercial officer – customers.
“With its introduction of the A320 Family, the airline is demonstrating its confidence in a single-aisle product that has proven to be a game-changer for airlines around the world. American is undertaking a major strategic evolution and we are pleased to watch the A320 Family becoming an integral part of the airline’s future success.”