Last year, I went Behind the Scenes at LAX with American Airlines Onboard the A321T. I absolutely loved the new Airbus A321T (T stands for transcontinental) and couldn’t wait to try it out when it was in service from Los Angeles to New York and vice versa. Well, the day finally came when I booked a trip to Rio de Janeiro via New York City and I used a Systemwide Upgrade to clear into the Business Class cabin.
Introduction to Rio de Janeiro
American Airlines LAX-JFK A321T Business Class
American Airlines JFK Flagship Lounge
American Airlines JFK-GIG 767-300 Business Class
Sheraton Barra Rio de Janeiro Hotel Review Part 1
Sheraton Barra Rio de Janeiro Hotel Review Part 2
Windsor Atlantica Rio de Janeiro Hotel Review
The Sights and Sounds of Lapa in Rio de Janeiro
The Sights and Sounds of Centro Rio de Janeiro Part 2
The Sights and Sounds of Botafogo in Rio de Janeiro
The Sights and Sounds of Pao de Acucar in Rio de Janeiro
The Sights and Sounds of Niteroi in Rio de Janeiro
The Sights and Sounds of Barra da Tijuca in Rio de Janeiro
The Sights and Sounds of Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro
Scam City: Rio de Janeiro Brazil Edition Part 2
The Various Eats in Rio de Janeiro Brazil Part 2
Rio de Janeiro Airport American Airlines Admirals Club
American Airlines GIG-JFK 767-300 Business Class
American Airlines JFK-LAX A321T Business Class
The Business Class cabin on the A321T was in a 2-2 configuration and I chose the bulkhead aisle.
I love this seat because of the ability to transform into a lie-flat bed and the in-flight entertainment TV screen is huge.
It was an early morning flight and the flight attendant offered a choice between water, orange juice, and champagne. I went with the latter and it seemed like the champagne was semi-frozen since I saw some ice particles in the plastic cup. I actually prefer it to be iced cold and wish it could be served like this all the time.
As the boarding process was wrapping up, the flight attendant handed out menus in Business Class. The menu reads as follows:
Turkey Bacon Quiche – Served with vegetables
Smoked Salmon and Bagel – Accompanied by bibb leaf lettuce, fresh sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, caper berry and whipped cream cheese
Steelcut Oatmeal – With mixed berries and brown sugar
Served with a selection of breakfast breads
Dessert – Mango Sorbet
Light Refreshment – Offered prior to arrival
Whole Fruit and Snacks – A selection of seasonal fruit and premium snacks
Cookies – Freshly baked on board
After the plane reached cruising altitude, the flight attendant offered a hot wet towel.
Meal service began with two mini biscotti cookies and a beverage of my choice. I had the cranberry vodka with lime.
I opted for the Smoked Salmon and Bagel dish for breakfast and it was accompanied by fresh fruit and bread. I’ve had this delicious entrée before and it’s one of the best filling cold breakfasts on American Airlines.
For dessert, I had the Mango Sorbet which was delicious.
During the middle of the flight, the flight attendant came by the cabin and offered a snack from the snack basket. Whole fruit was also available (not pictured).
One hour prior to arrival, the flight attendant offered milk and cookies which are always delicious. You can’t go wrong with freshly baked on board cookies on American Airlines.
30 minutes prior to landing, the flight attendant offered sparkling water with a citrus fruit garnish. This is always refreshing to cleanse your palette before landing.
I was blown away by the excellent transcontinental service onboard this flight. The flight attendants were quick to serve and also quick to clear away plates which is always a plus in my book. I dislike having to wait a long time for my plates to be picked up especially if I have to work or get up to use the lavatory. The food was excellent and the professional attentive flight attendants made this flight enjoyable.