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User currently offlineCaptain.md-11 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 704 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2953 times:

Later this month myself and a couple of friends are flying LGW-ONT via DFW on flight AA51. This is a 777 service and I am looking forward to flying on one of these RR powered beauties. The last 777 flight I had was in 99 on one of United's birds and was most impressed at the time.

With the help of seatguru I chose row 30 D/E/F for the outbound leg, as seats were fairly limited. This is a bulkhead row and I was just wondering if anyone has sat in these seats and can therefore give his/her opinions on them?

The last time I flew AA was in 96 on 767's/M80's and enjoyed the flights so I'm eagerly anticipating my trip.

Any views on AA and their MRTC service on the 777 would be appreciated.

Thanks



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User currently offlineAa777jr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2913 times:

Have flown AA 777 at least a dozen times. I am not sure it AA has started to remove the MRTC in their T7 fleet yet. I have actually flown on AA#50/51 (777) and AA#78/79 (763) four times (2 each) for school. Great service and flight (overnight) I was in 30C last time, and had plenty of room to hang out.
Write us a report after you fly please.

Regards,
AA777jr


User currently offlineJsnww81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2074 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2844 times:

I've flown LGW-DFW and ORD-LHR-ORD with the 777... and have another ORD-LHR-ORD run coming up next month.

American's 777s are pretty straightforward 777 stuff - sleek interior and three-cabin setup Unlike United, which has a domestic 777 configuration in addition to its Atlantic and Pacific setups, American just has an Atlantic and a Pacific configuration.

Economy class is in two cabins, a small one just behind business class and a very large one aft of the wings. All seats have PTVs with touch-screen operation, and the box for the AVOD system is beneath the window seat in each row (it does cut down on the legroom a little bit).

MRTC is anyone's guess... the fleet is being slowly reconfigured over the next year or so to add some capacity back. Seat pitch will NOT be decreasing back to pre-MRTC levels, however - if I'm not mistaken, they're only taking back two of the four inches they gave us with MRTC.

Service-wise, American's transatlantic coach product has taken a real nosedive since 9/11. They no longer advertise their "International Flagship Service", and rightfully so - just about everything that made it special has been cut. No more free drinks, no more hot towels, no more hot breakfast, and lunch/dinner choices have been cut from three to two. The quality of the food has suffered too - as recently as 2002, American offered mini steak filets, salmon and chicken as transatlantic dinner choices. When I flew to ORD-FRA-ORD back in November, our choices were chicken or mushy shredded pot roast. The coach offering is *extremely* basic - not competitive in the least, especially compared to British Airways and Virgin Atlantic.

On a more positive note, however, American does seem to take pride in its 777 fleet and keeps them spotless. I've been on some pretty dirty AA birds, but the 777s have always been perfectly clean.

Hope that helps!


User currently offlineCaptain.md-11 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 704 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2818 times:

No free drinks?! That's it, I'm canceling my tickets LOL I think it is a shame that AA are taking MRTC away, that's a primary reason (along with cost) as to why I'm flying with them. The thought of over 10hrs flying with my knees in the seat back in front, is not appealing! Regarding food, having worked as a FA and flown a few times, I know not to expect anything remotely nice LOL although my food last year on Northwest was very enjoyable! If only NW had been competitive price wise I would have been boarding a DC10 again.

I didn't realise that the PTV system was AVOD touch screen! Sweet! Im looking forward to having the screen come out of the arm rest rather than in my face as on United. PTV's are all good, but when someone reclines their seat, personally I find it uncomfortable.

Thanks for the replies



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User currently offlineNYCAAer From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 693 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2804 times:

AA's 777s still have MRTC. The 777s won't have standard seating installed until at least September, as the MD-80s, 767s and 737s will be reconfigured first.

The 777s are cleaner than most planes in AA's fleet, but the biggest problem is with cabin service. As a flight attendant, we have to fight for everything with the cleaners, especially at JFK. We'll get on the plane before boarding, inspect the cabin and it won't be vacuumed. So we have to call them up to come back to the plane and vaccum. Or the tray tables still have food residue on them from the previous flight. There will be no pillows in the seats, and cabin service will tell us, "we don't have any," which is bunk. Whatever you ask for, their excuse is, "we don't have any." So then we have to call the crew chief, who will get the supplies we need. If there was any work group in the company that has zero pride in what they do, it would have to be cabin service. Granted, it may be a difficult job, but they just don't care.


User currently offlineSsides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 21
Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2793 times:

AA's trans-atlantic product is better than any other US carrier's. You definitely did the right thing by booking one of the 777 flights instead of the 767 flight.

Being AAdvantage Gold, I am usually able to book the window seats in row 31, which are awesome. But if you aren't able to get these, row 30 is a good alternative. Your legroom will be more than normal, and you won't have people reclining in front of you. Just be on the lookout for others hogging the overhead bin space.



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User currently offlineAa777jr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2764 times:

I'll have to agree, I was doing all the DFW-LGW traveling before 9/11 and the options did seem to be a little more frequent. The free drinks were nice and just overall atmosphere of the flights were more impressive for me personally. Since 9/11, I've gone to Europe with AA on ORD-LHR and ORD-FRA and both those flights just didn't seem like the others.

User currently offlineCaptain.md-11 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 704 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2710 times:

The was simply no choice between the 767-300 and 777! 777 all the way! For its sheer size, performance, RR engines, PTV's...... The 777 is just a pure awe inspiring beast! Besides last year I must have flown on 767's sum 40 times as a FA, so a 777 will be a nice change!

NYCAAer...... I hear you all the way!Although the cleaners were normally quite good at BHX, there were nearly always problems with pillows, blankets etc Still we are only human.

Can't wait to get onboard and get to Dallas/Ontario. I never thought I'd fly to Texas (I have a slight thing against Tornadoes! LOL )

Cheers



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User currently offlineSsides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 21
Reply 8, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2693 times:

Captain.md-11, my home airport is DFW, and I'm sorry you won't be here to experience the new SkyLink airport train system that will be launched this spring. The current airport train system really sucks -- but we will have the best in the world once SkyLink is up. You'll probably have to change terminals (arrive in A, depart from C), so beware ... the current train is so bad, I'd almost recommend walking just to get a feel for the airport.

Have a great trip!



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User currently offlineCaptain.md-11 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 704 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2649 times:

Ssides, thanks for the advice. I'm really looking forward to seeing DFW, I hear it is one big airport!


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