Days after United Airlines added service from Orange County to Honolulu, American Airlines is adding new premium transcontinental service between Orange County (SNA) and New York (JFK) aboard the luxurious Airbus A321T.
American Airlines Adds A321 Premium Transcontinental Route Between SNA And JFK
Orange County is an affluent enclave of Southern California that encompasses many beautiful seaside cities including Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, and Irvine. John Wayne Airport (also known as Santa Ana or Orange County) is limited by its short runway, but is centrally located off I-405 and an extremely easy airport to park and navigate.
Just last week, United Airlines announced new daily service between Orange County and Honolulu, Hawaii. American Airlines has now responded by not only adding new service between Orange County and New York JFK, but utilizing its premium-heavy Airbus A321T.
The aircraft includes:
- 10 first class seats
- 20 business class seats
- 72 economy seats
- including 36 Main Cabin Extra (extra legroom)
> Read More: American Airlines A321T Review
As I’ll argue in a subsequent post, I would have thought Burbank (BUR) would be a more appropriate route than Orange County, but I do expect this will be a popular flight. However, I also predict this will be a good flight for elite upgrades. Even with only one flight per day, I am not convinced that
Service will begin on June 2, 2021 and run year-around. American Airlines has not announced the schedule of the new flight. Being a more leisure-influenced market, I would expect a morning departure from Orange County and evening return from New York.
Should the new route be a success, we might see a redeye from Orange County and morning return from New York.
American’s new A321 route between JFK and SNA will be a great test to see if offering a premium product will stimulate premium demand. Expect attractive introductory prices ones the fares are loaded into the system over the weekend.
Are you excited to see American Airlines serve Orange County with an A321T?