Airline Review: American Airlines (regional First)

The American Airlines regional First Class is available in several different configurations. This review features the American Airlines Airbus A321 First Class. To be precise, the review features the “normal” Airbus A321 First Class, not the one used on the transcon flights! Yet, the product is absolutely solid!

American Airlines regional First Class is without any doubt one of the most comfortable ways to get around in the US.

  • Airplane: Airbus A320
  • Cabin Class: Economy
  • Daytime: Evening
  • Food: Snack
  • Seat Pitch: 38 Inch (97 Centimeter)
  • Seat Width: 21 Inch (53 Centimeter)

After spending some time in the amazing Qantas First Class Lounge Sao Paulo, which I was able to access with a companion due to my oneworld Emerald status, I boarded the American Airlines regional First Class for the first time.

American Airlines regional First Class Seat

The American Airlines regional First Class comes with four seats per row

In this airline review I’ll actually feature not only this particular flight from Los Angeles to Dallas, but also the return flight two days later! For what it’s worth, we’ve also reviewed the American Airlines Boeing 787 Business Class, the American Airlines Boeing 777-200 Business Class and the American Airlines Boeing 737-800 Economy Class!

Seating in the American Airlines regional First Class

If you’re flying in the American Airlines regional First Class in the Airbus A321 on all non-transcontinental routes, you’ll find the First Class product I’m presenting in this review.

While I didn’t really expect a lot of the American Airlines regional First Class, I was actually quite positively surprised. First of all, the interior of the Airbus A321 planes looks brand new. The recliner seats are arranged in a 2-2 configuration and come with a more than just decent seat pitch.

American Airlines regional First Class Seat

The seat pitch is very good

Be it in the bulkhead row or behind, you’ll definitely have enough space to stretch out! The seats themselves are very comfortable and wide enough to have a comfortable seat.

American Airlines regional First Class Seat

Even for relatively short flights you get a blanket

Also, all First Class seats in the Airbus A321 come with a plug and an USB port, making it easy and comfortable to charge your devices while in-flight. Other than that it’s also worth mentioning that there’s a blanket waiting at your seat upon boarding!

Food in the American Airlines regional First Class

I’ve actually heard horror stories of the food in the American Airlines regional First Class. Honestly, I can’t understand these at all.

American Airlines regional First Class Snack

After departure we were served warm nuts and a drink of choice

While it’s worth noting that the catering definitely is different on a three hour flight than on real short-haul flights, I was yet very positively surprised by the dining experience.

American Airlines regional First Class Lunch

Lunch in the American Airlines regional First Class

After boarding, we were offered our choice of a drink, which was served in real glaswear. Moreover, we were served hot nuts, which were more than decent.

The main meal consisted of lunch on the way to Dallas and breakfast on the way back.

American Airlines regional First Class Lunch

The cookie after lunch was heavenly

For lunch, the choice was between pasta (surprisingly good) and a salad with chicken (good salad, but blend chicken). While the pasta was served with a side salad, there was no side for the salad.

American Airlines regional First Class Breakfast

Breakfast in the American Airlines regional First Class

Afterwards, we were handed a very tasty and warm cookie – yummy! Breakfast was also served on a single tray and consisted of a choice of either an omelet or oatmeal, both served with a side of fresh fruits.

The omlet  was not half bad and the oatmeal was quite tasty. Generally, I was truly satisfied with the dining experience in the American Airlines regional First Class!

Entertainment in the American Airlines regional First Class

Something else truly amazing in the American Airlines regional First Class in the Airbus A321 is the entertainment.

American Airlines regional First Class Entertainment

There’s some traditional entertainment in the American Airlines regional First Class

All seats come with a relatively large screen, which you either use with touch or with a controller in your seat.

American Airlines regional First Class Entertainment

The screens in the American Airlines First Class are quite large

The entertainment system responds extremly quickly and comes with an amazing selection of movies, series, music and Live TV. If I’m not mistaking American Airlines uses the same selection for international and domestic flights, making the experience on domestic legs even more amazing!

Something else worth mentioning is that the system was available throughout the whole flight, from boarding till de-boarding. American Airlines also offers Wi-Fi in the regional First Class, which you can buy for either a time period or for a full month with a pass by Gogo.

American Airlines regional First Class WiFi

Wi-Fi is offered by GoGo

Yet, American is currently changing the operator for the in-flight Wi-Fi, so be sure to check which operator offers Wi-Fi on your flight. The prices are actually relatively high for short flights, while they are reasonable if you’re flying with American more often and buy a monthly pass.

Bottom line American Airlines regional First Class

I’m from Europe, so what I’m used to on short “premium” class flights is a blocked middle seat and average catering. I’ve also flown regional Business Class products in Asia, which came with a comparable 2-2 configuration.

American Airlines regional First Class Snack

American Airlines really did a good job making me a happy customer

Yet, the American Airlines First Class in the Airbus A321 is actually my personal favorite so far. The seats are reasonably comfortable and absolutely perfect for shorter flights. The entertainment is exceptional for a regional flight (newspapers are available as well) and the dining experience is more than fine for a flight of just three hours.

Even the service was warm and friendly at all times, which made the experience even better. I might have flown the Ameican Airlines Airbus A321 First Class just twice, but I’d definitely recommend it!

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10 Comments on “Airline Review: American Airlines (regional First)

  1. I always have bad luck with American Airlines customer service (on ground, not in flight). Lost luggage, rerouted last minute flights, mechanical errors…I’ve had it all with them. I wouldn’t recommend them at all! 😛

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    • Haha, well things can work out quite badly from time to time. Yet, I found AA to be not bad (talking about the new airplanes) from an objective point of view 🙂

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  4. I published an extensive review of first class domestic meals on American Airlines. Your meal looks like one of the better ones. The consistency of food for first class meals is non-existent and more often than not the quality is poor. I agree with you the seats and planes are nice, the service is generally reasonable, the drink selection for liquor is good.

    I hope you do not mind me including the link to the review. It is here: https://paulseestheworld.com/2017/07/16/american-airlines-domestic-first-class-meals-2015-2016/

    Thank you for your review.

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    • Thank you for sharing! That’s in fact a great post of yours and gives way more information about the catering than my review. I hope other will find it helpful, too 🙂

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