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Flying AA From DFW To Reagan National  
User currently offlineChuchoteur From France, joined Sep 2006, 752 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 6566 times:

In 10 days time, I'm flying American Airlines from DFW to Washington Reagan National...

I'm really hoping we will do the River Visual approach over the Potomac! Any advice on which seat is best, I presume window on left side of a/c?

Also, any feedback on flights into National, I believe they have armed officers on board, and it's a bad idea to unbuckle your seatbelt from the point where you start the descent?

Finally, I am in AA "first class" for a 2h50min flight.
What kind of service can I expect?

My european mind has me thinking, "first class = at least a nice meal and a drinks service", but I have the feeling that may not entirely be the case... LOL

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User currently offlineDTW757 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1529 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 6554 times:

Can't say much on which approach you will have on that day. However what time of the day are you flying? If flying in the morning, I would expect breakfast such as an omlette, hashbrown, fruit cup, biscut or bagel. If flying at lunch time, I would expect a sandwich, salad, cheese and a cookie.


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User currently offlineOdysseus9001 From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 129 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6512 times:

Bonjour,

If you end up on river visual approach, you will be coming from the north, and the best seat is at the window on the left side of the aircraft. I just flew a Delta MD-88 doing just that a week and a half ago, and the view was wonderful. Even the frequent flier locals were looking.

I never had a need to unbuckle my seat belt during descent to DCA, but I do not recommend doing that in any case.

As for AA 1st class service, seat guru shows that you will get overhead monitor on a 737-800 (none on the MD 80), and a complimentary meal service if the flight is over two hours long (as yours will be) as long as the flight coincides with a meal time. Bottom line, you will probably get decent service but do not expect much AVOD. I put the link here for your benefit. Your flight is almost certainly a 737 or a MD-80/MD-83, but the link shows the range of aircraft in AA's fleet.

http://www.seatguru.com/charts/domestic_first_class.php

Another A-netter may give you a better answer on the service based on more personal experience, as many airlines are in the process of upgrading their front cabin. I generally don't fly AA more than once a year for business to DFW or STL, and its always in coach.

I hope this helps.

Bon chance.

John


User currently offlineUs330 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 3842 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6512 times:

yes, your presumption is correct. get a lefthand window seat just in case they do use the river visual.

User currently offlineJetdeltamsy From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2986 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6484 times:



Quoting Chuchoteur (Thread starter):
first class = at least a nice meal

Domestic First may only get you a cold cut sandwich and some soda.

Last time I rode in first on AA, we were pea soup...but no spoons to eat it with. We had to slurp it out of our cups. The f/a was so angry. She tore the galley to pieces looking for spoons.

Bottom line...don't expect much. That way if you get a "nice meal", you will be pleasantly surprised.



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User currently offlineVC10DC10 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1030 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6474 times:



Quoting Odysseus9001 (Reply 2):
I never had a need to unbuckle my seat belt during descent to DCA, but I do not recommend doing that in any case.

Not to go off-topic, but why would you ever unbuckle your seat belt during descent to any airport? Doesn't make sense to me.


User currently offlineChuchoteur From France, joined Sep 2006, 752 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6466 times:



Quoting Odysseus9001 (Reply 2):
If you end up on river visual approach, you will be coming from the north, and the best seat is at the window on the left side of the aircraft. I just flew a Delta MD-88 doing just that a week and a half ago, and the view was wonderful. Even the frequent flier locals were looking.

Thanks for the really detailed answer!
:o))

I fly AA 1360 on 28/10 arriving 18:15 (a 737-800 scheduled), so I guess I'll have a snack or some such lol!

I really hope that we get to do the River visual... programmed my flight so that we arrive with some daylight, and hopefully I can negociate use of my camera...


User currently offlineAABB777 From United States of America, joined Oct 2007, 507 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6424 times:
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Quoting Chuchoteur (Reply 6):
I guess I'll have a snack or some such lol!

You will get warm nuts, cocktails, wine, and a meal + dessert.


User currently offlineOdysseus9001 From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 129 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6424 times:



Quoting VC10DC10 (Reply 5):
Quoting Odysseus9001 (Reply 2):
I never had a need to unbuckle my seat belt during descent to DCA, but I do not recommend doing that in any case.

Not to go off-topic, but why would you ever unbuckle your seat belt during descent to any airport? Doesn't make sense to me.

I can't recall ever taking my seatbelt off during descent to any airport. I may not fly AA much, mainly because they aren't central to where I have lived and have gone in the past, but I've flown many, many, times. There are good reasons why I keep my seat belt fastened during descent, reasons which I am sure you know, given how you are poised to leap on me. That is exactly why I wrote "I do not recommend doing that in any case."

regards,

John


User currently offlineOdysseus9001 From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 129 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6420 times:



Quoting Chuchoteur (Reply 6):
Thanks for the really detailed answer!
:o))

I fly AA 1360 on 28/10 arriving 18:15 (a 737-800 scheduled), so I guess I'll have a snack or some such lol!

I really hope that we get to do the River visual... programmed my flight so that we arrive with some daylight, and hopefully I can negociate use of my camera...

My pleasure. I really hope you enjoy your stay in my city. You picked a good time of the year to visit, assuming you do not wait until too late into November.

I don't think the camera will be a problem, though you can always ask the flight attendant to be sure. You will have to be fast though, as the plane passes by the key sights quickly on final approach.

Au revoir,

John


User currently offlineVC10DC10 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1030 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 6322 times:



Quoting Odysseus9001 (Reply 8):
I can't recall ever taking my seatbelt off during descent to any airport. I may not fly AA much, mainly because they aren't central to where I have lived and have gone in the past, but I've flown many, many, times. There are good reasons why I keep my seat belt fastened during descent, reasons which I am sure you know, given how you are poised to leap on me. That is exactly why I wrote "I do not recommend doing that in any case."

No, I didn't think you would. The question by the original poster surprised me, that's all. Didn't mean to leap on you.

Quoting Odysseus9001 (Reply 9):
I don't think the camera will be a problem, though you can always ask the flight attendant to be sure.

If it's a good old-fashioned mechanical SLR camera, no problem. I would think that if it has a battery and an on-off switch it would need to be powered down for landing.


User currently offlineContrails From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1829 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 6252 times:

If you're on an AA 737 be sure to take your headphones with you - they have music and a movie on the flight. 2 weeks ago going to DFW the movie was Get Smart. Coming back it was Speed Racer. They'll sell you some earbuds, if you wish, but imo they're not that good.

I've flown the DFW-DCA route more times than I can remember. This time of the year the odds are that you'll approach from the south, since the winds are usually out of the north. When you're approaching from the north there' s not much time to see anything. The best views, imo, are at night when everything is lit up. You're arriving just before dark, if my calculations are correct, but if you get lucky you'll see something you'll always remember.

Sometimes climbing out of DFW you see downtown Dallas and some of the suburbs. You might even see Love Field. It all depends of the wind and which runway is used.

As for the armed guards, which are called Air Marshals, TSA doesn't advertise whether there are any on-board. My guess is that there will be at least one.

As for the seat belt, I keep my buckled at all times when I'm seated, whether or not the seat belt sign is on. You'll fly over some mountains during descent, and it can be bumpy. I'd say don't take the chance. I doubt that you'd be arrested, but you could be hurt.

Have a good flight.



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User currently offlineChuchoteur From France, joined Sep 2006, 752 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 6 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 6185 times:



Quoting VC10DC10 (Reply 5):
Not to go off-topic, but why would you ever unbuckle your seat belt during descent to any airport? Doesn't make sense to me.

To clarify my comment: In Europe, you can still move about the cabin from Top of Descent (i.e. when you leave cruise altitude, which can be anywhere up to 30-40 minutes before landing), as opposed to when you engage the approach (which is when the seatbelt sign is switched on, and the cabin is secured for landing).

I am led to believe that on flights into National, they like everybody sat down from Top of Descent... thus a call of nature needs to be thought about before...

It is my first time back in the USA since 9/11 (although I have been up to Canada several times a year on business), and my first time in Dallas and Washington, so I'm looking forward to seeing the USA again, but not massively enthousiastic about the horror stories my collegues have with US Border Control/TSA et al... hopefully they will be proved wrong!
:o)


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