American has been trying to become the dominant carrier at LAX, and especially capture the Hollywood market. They’ve had huge expansion (both internationally and domestically), are the only airline to operate three cabin flights between Los Angeles and New York, and have been sponsoring all kinds of LA venues & entertainment media.
That’s all great, though unfortunately they can’t seem to actually operate their flights to/from Los Angeles on-time, given that they operate more flights than they realistically have gates for. They’re supposedly working on fixing that, though I’ll believe it when I see it (in the form of actually taking a flight to LAX and not having to wait an extended period of time for a gate to become available).
The Los Angeles Times has a story about how American has set up a panel of entertainment industry advisors, and perhaps most interesting is that American is launching a new route with their A321 Transcon planes… at least temporarily.
As many of you may be aware, American’s A321 Transcon planes are typically only flown from New York to Los Angeles and San Francisco, and also sometimes between Boston and New York, just when the planes have extra time.
These A321s feature 10 first class seats in a reverse herringbone configuration.
They also feature 20 business class seats, which are fully flat.
Then there are just 72 economy seats, meaning that even economy is pretty intimate.
Anyway, the Toronto Film Festival is coming up in September, and apparently this panel has convinced American to operate an extra flight between Los Angeles and Toronto during the festival. The extra flight will operate for eight days only, and perhaps most interestingly will be operated by an Airbus A321 Transcon aircraft, featuring the same great product they have between Los Angeles and New York.
The extra daily flight (complementing American’s existing once daily A319 flight) will operate between September 7 and September 14, as follows:
AA975 Los Angeles to Toronto departing 10:15AM arriving 6:04PM
AA976 Toronto to Los Angeles departing 7:00PM arriving 9:24PM
Rather amazingly, many of these flights are already almost sold out in first & business class.
Other flights are still quite empty, so this could be a way to snag an upgrade to a better than usual premium cabin product between Los Angeles and Toronto (upgrades in the market are typically already difficult, given that there are just eight seats in first class).
I’d note that Air Canada also offers 6x daily flights between Los Angeles and Toronto. Most of those are operated by narrowbody aircraft, though they do have one daily 767 operating the route, featuring fully flat herringbone seats.
Air Canada seasonally operate 787s in the market feature reverse herringbone seats, though it doesn’t seem like that’s the case during the Toronto Film Festival (which seems a bit odd…).
Anyone planning on taking American’s A321T between Los Angeles and Toronto?
(Tip of the hat to The Points Guy)