Behind the Scenes at LAX with American Airlines Onboard the A321T Part 1


I was invited by the American Airlines Social Media Team (@AmericanAir) for a tour behind the scenes onboard the A321T at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Six months ago, American Airlines invited me for a behind the scenes tour of Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) Airport. This will be a 4 part trip report which will be divided as follows:

Part 1 – American Flagship Check In and Registration
Part 2 – Onboard the A321T – First Class, Business Class, Main Cabin Extra and Main Cabin features
Part 3 – Inside the Cockpit and Galley with an On the Tarmac Experience
Part 4 – Final Thoughts and Comparisons between the Airbus A321T versus the Boeing 767-200

I’ve always wanted to go through the doors of the Flagship Check-In area at LAX, but I’ve never had access. Access is only granted to passengers flying in First Class on a three-cabin flight (LAX-JFK). In addition, customers who pay for 5 Star Services are also able to use it. There is usually an American Airlines agent with a clipboard in front of a podium to let you through the ropes (just like a nightclub). My boarding pass was being held inside the American Flagship Check-In area which has its own separate entryway next to the Premium check-in counters at Terminal 4 LAX.


There is another way to get into the Flagship Lounge and that’s through the Premium Check-In area to the left of the First Class Check-In counter. You will go through an automated sliding glass door and swing a left.

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Upon entering the Flagship Lounge, you will be greeted with red colored sofas and poinsettias. There isn’t much seating, but there won’t be too many people occupying this space.

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There are two automated check-in kiosks inside the LAX Flagship Check-In Lounge, one of which didn’t seem to be on or not working at the moment.


The American Flagship Check-In counter is small and only has room for two agents. I doubt it would get really busy in here at any given moment.


After sorting out through fifty boarding passes, the two agents finally found mine.

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I met up with a fellow Los Angeles based blogger, John Carter who runs a Fitness and Travel blog and we were ushered upstairs through the front of the Pre-check line (just like if we had paid for American’s Five Star Service or flew in F on a 3 cabin plane).

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The beautiful A321T was parked at Gate 40 and we had a glimpse of it through the windows after clearing security. We were anxious to check out the Airbus A321 Transcontinental plane.


We met the captain and the co-captain at Gate 40 who were one of the very few that has flown the A321T.

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Soon enough, we were off to the jet bridge to board the A321T!

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Here is a video of the journey:

Continue to Part 2 – Onboard the A321T – First Class, Business Class, Main Cabin Extra and Main Cabin


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