American took delivery of its first Airbus A319 this week and has published the cabin specs (and more) on their website.
What strikes me as odd is that first class recline is only 3-inches, whereas regular coach offers 4-inches with Main Cabin Extra getting 6-inches. Is that an error?
United, by contrast, offers 6-inches of recline in first class on its A319s with coach getting 4-inches and Economy Plus 5-inches.
I suppose recline isn’t that big of a deal given American initially plans to fly this bird on relatively short-haul routes from DFW, according to their press release. They include Charlotte, Cleveland, Memphis and Wichita.
But if American begins flying this aircraft on coast-to-coast redeyes, I’d probably rather be in Main Cabin Extra for a more comfortable reclining sleep position. Westbound, however, I’d still want the more spacious first class seat.
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