American Main Cabin / A319 (V1 - no IFE) / Sacramento-Phoenix

 
 

AIRLINE: American Airlines »

ROUTE: Sacramento to Phoenix

FLIGHT TIME: 1h 46m

DATE: January 30, 2019

AIRCRAFT TYPE: Airbus A319 (V1 - no IFE) »

CLASS OF SERVICE: Main Cabin »

SEAT: 23A

OFFICER WAYFINDER’S REVIEW

The staff was very friendly and welcoming from a customer service standpoint. The cabin crew was communicative and engaged.

American’s soft product is behind it’s peers in several aspects. It does not offer free texting in flight like Southwest and Delta. I know that’s a relatively small detail, but it really does make a difference in service. American also uses two different WiFi providers throughout its fleet - GoGo and Viasat. T-Mobile customers do not get free internet with Viasat. And, from what I can tell, it is difficult to determine what provider you’ll have until you log on in flight. This particular flight was provided by GoGo.

American’s hard product is hit or miss depending on the aircraft type. The seats on this version of the A319 were comfortable, and I was pleasantly surprised that there were power outlets and adjustable headrests at each seat. But there was no USB plug in the seat and no IFE screen. Streaming content was available on personal devices, but there is something incredibly convenient about having a seatback screen rather than using my own device.

The legroom in Main Cabin was fine. I didn’t find it any more or less than other comparable domestic Economy Class experiences.

Overall, I don’t fly American too often. But in the future if I find myself on an American itinerary, I will definitely try to fly on a A319 due to the power outlets and comfortable seats.

 
My A319 pulls into the gate at Sacramento.

My A319 pulls into the gate at Sacramento.

American is a founding member of the OneWorld alliance.

American is a founding member of the OneWorld alliance.

Each seat in Main Cabin has adjustable headrests.

Each seat in Main Cabin has adjustable headrests.

American is installing slimline seats throughout its fleet. Some people think they’re not as comfortable as older seats, but I didn’t feel a difference.

American is installing slimline seats throughout its fleet. Some people think they’re not as comfortable as older seats, but I didn’t feel a difference.

The seat pitch has decreased with the introduction of slimline seats, but actual legroom hasn’t suffered.

The seat pitch has decreased with the introduction of slimline seats, but actual legroom hasn’t suffered.

American has two versions of the A319 - one with IFE screens and one without. I personally prefer having seatback IFE over using my own device, but the storage bin in the seat was convenient to place a book or phone while using the tray table.

American has two versions of the A319 - one with IFE screens and one without. I personally prefer having seatback IFE over using my own device, but the storage bin in the seat was convenient to place a book or phone while using the tray table.

Ample legroom - on par with other US domestic airlines.

Ample legroom - on par with other US domestic airlines.

I’m 72 inches tall and had an extra inch or two to spare before my knees touched the seat in front of me. My seatmate was a little taller than me and complained about the legroom.

I’m 72 inches tall and had an extra inch or two to spare before my knees touched the seat in front of me. My seatmate was a little taller than me and complained about the legroom.

There are two power outlets per set of three seats.

There are two power outlets per set of three seats.

The power outlets are universal, so if you don’t have a US style plug, no adapter is needed.

The power outlets are universal, so if you don’t have a US style plug, no adapter is needed.

Departing from Sacramento.

Departing from Sacramento.

American serves complimentary Coca-Cola products and Biscoff cookies. Flights over 1,100 miles offer Zöes Kitchen sandwiches and wraps for purchase. The flight attendant offered me the full can of Coke.

American serves complimentary Coca-Cola products and Biscoff cookies. Flights over 1,100 miles offer Zöes Kitchen sandwiches and wraps for purchase. The flight attendant offered me the full can of Coke.

Flying over the Sierra Nevadas enroute to Phoenix.

Flying over the Sierra Nevadas enroute to Phoenix.

This particular A319 had GoGo WiFi, which meant I could use my free T-Mobile login.

This particular A319 had GoGo WiFi, which meant I could use my free T-Mobile login.

There were 12 live streaming channels available, in addition to a library of movies and TV shows.

There were 12 live streaming channels available, in addition to a library of movies and TV shows.

Try to sit on the left side of the plane - you’ll get excellent views of downtown Phoenix on approach.

Try to sit on the left side of the plane - you’ll get excellent views of downtown Phoenix on approach.

About to touch down in Phoenix.

About to touch down in Phoenix.

American’s App offers convenient step-by-step directions to your next gate or baggage claim if you’re not sure where to go next.

American’s App offers convenient step-by-step directions to your next gate or baggage claim if you’re not sure where to go next.

 

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