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AA Domestic First Class: Opinions? Feedback?  
User currently offlineCanadi>nBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 3603 times:

A work colleague and I are flying YYZ-ORD-SFO-ORD-YYZ this Friday for the weekend. My colleauge has (luckily) 2 Amercian Airlines first class upgrade certificates, which have been approved for us for the ORD-SFO-ORD sectors.

Our firm has never booked AA First before for clients, nor have any of us here flown AA First. SO, our question is,has anyone here flown AA First on their
domestic routes? If so, we're curious to hear your opinions and descriptions of it. We realize the service is most probably not on par with, for instance,
Air Canada's Executive First, but we're relieved not to be flying cattle class.

Feedback? Observations?

P.S: We've checked out "airlinemeals.net" for clues, but still would like to
hear from actual pax (passengers).

Merci/Grazi Tanto
Canadi>nBoy
YYZ

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User currently offlineSllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3591 times:

ORD-SFO is a mid-range line, so the service isn't all that super fancy. I haven't flown AA since December, when I did a couple of transcons in 3-class business (the same service as domestic first), and for the transcons, it's nice and closer to the type of service you'd see internationally.

Can you possibly do YYZ-JFK-SFO and back? Then you'd get the full transcon service. Otherwise, the seats are good, and service is okay, but nothing like international service.

Steve


User currently offlineTravelin man From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3489 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3580 times:

I've been on AA First about 5 times in the past 2 months. I have to agree with Sllevin regarding Transcon vs. Mid-con service. Transcon is better, with menus and service in courses. Some mid-cons will give you everything basically on one plate. In terms of drinks, I've found the F/As to be pretty attentive and refill wine glasses/drink glasses quite often.

In terms of seat comfort, it depends on the aircraft you are flying. If you are on an MD-80, I recommend against using the upgrades for that flight. The seats aren't that wide nor do they have a lot of legroom. 757: The brown seats are allright, but nothing great. 767 with business: Good seats and legroom. (A 767-300 non-Hawaii configuration would be the preference).

Hope this helps!


User currently offlineCanadi>nBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3577 times:

Thanks for the feedback, guys!

Our ORD-SFO sector is a B763; our SFO-ORD sector is a B738.


User currently offlineUsairways85 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 3392 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3565 times:

I am going to St. Thomas in 2 months from PHL via SJU. I think i am scheduled to fly a 738 and 752. How is First Class on those planes?

User currently offlineCanadi>nBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3558 times:

"Can you possibly do YYZ-JFK-SFO and back? Then you'd get the full transcon service."

Not a desirable option for us, as AA does not offer YYZ-JFK direct service anymore. Only YYZ-LGA service. And trust me, on a Friday late afternoon, the last thing we are up to is transfering from JFK to LGA, especially with stricter U.S. airport security measures in place.


User currently offlineDrdivo From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 118 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3557 times:

Try checking out the different aircraft and seating configurations for AA's fleet on http://www.seatguru.com

It gives little information about the level of service, but tells which seats and which aircraft are the most desireable.

It has fleet arrangements for AA, DL, UA, U, and NWA - it's a great website!



Respectfully - the Divo
User currently offlineTravelin man From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3489 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3523 times:

I've enjoyed first class on both the 738 and 763 with AA. I just went in the new "business class" of a 767-300 transcon LAX-JFK (they removed the first class section entirely and have a great biz class section).

If you're 763 is in the international configuration, or this new "non-first" configuration (not the Hawaii version though), definitely try it. I think you'll be happy with it.


User currently offlineCanadi>nBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3514 times:

Our ORD-SFO B763 is in a 3-class configuration - International (or so Sabre system is showing/displaying as of today). The space (legroom) looks very good, and we're very much looking forward to it. As long as the wine is chilled, and the cheese is zesty!!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 9, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3514 times:

In my humble opinion, AA has one of the best First Class in the US. The flight attendants are usually pretty good, and your 763 flight should have some nice seats. The only gripe I have is that the food is usually something that you would expect to recieve in coach---pizza, hot sandwiches, etc...not exactly "first class" foods, they taste good and the portions are pretty large and filling. Have a good flight, it should be good.


America's chickens are coming home to rooooost!
User currently offlineCanadi>nBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3498 times:

Jcs17, thanks for the bon voyage!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

And I have to laugh at your description of the AA First Class menu, as I recall my days as a Worldways flight attendant. Twice our crew "positioned" (crews flying as rev pax on other airlines to a destination, where they "pick up"
their carrier operated sector) YYZ-ORD-MEX on Amercian. This was 1989 and 1990. On both occasions, our crew was upgraded to AA First Class (B-727-200) from ORD to MEX, and I clearly remember the dinner on both flights was a hamburger and fries! I kid you not. The AA FA told us it was a "gourmet"
burger.....ooooohhhhh! LOL. I must say though, that burger was pretty
darn good, and filled our tummies.


User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 11, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3489 times:

Canadi>nBoy,

And you think that hamburgers are reserved for AA flights...



Thats on Lao Aviation!



America's chickens are coming home to rooooost!
User currently offlineCanadi>nBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3481 times:

Jcs17,

Yep. Just put that there burger and fries on a china plate, and you got yerself
a 1989-1990 American Airlines First Class din-din! Hmmmmm, does look familiar (rubbing my chin).

Alas, I am sure AA has improved their FC menu somewhat!?


User currently offlineTravelin man From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3489 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3421 times:

I can assure you that on at least the flights I've been on the menu has been better than a hamburger. I've actually found the meals to be quite good (generally a chicken choice, pasta choice, or beef/fish choice).

On Friday I had:

First course: Shrimp cocktail appetizer
Second course: Spinach salad made to order with various dressing & topping choices + choice of bread
Third course: Macadamia encrusted chicken (very good)
Dessert: Hot fudge sundae with whipped cream, nuts

(And of course all the wine & kahlua I could handle).

This was on an LAX-JFK transcon, and the choices will probably be more limited ORD-SFO. But I can assure you it will not be a burger & fries.


User currently offlineKevi747 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1058 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3357 times:

I would save those upgrades and use them for international travel. I used to work Domestic routes and I would have upgrades in F/C on DFW-TUL and DFW-ELP flights. There's not even a meal served!!! I was amazed that people would waste their upgrades like that.

You might get a nice meal on that ORD-SFO leg, though. But you won't get any personal entertainment like you would on International. I love those DVD players.



"Reality has a well-known liberal bias." --Stephen Colbert
User currently offlineAA2MM From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 119 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3341 times:

If your SFO ORD flt is on the 763 with the FC seats , then pre-reserved
those seats in rows 2 and 3 . They sell that cabin and the ( previously
int'l C cabin ) as domestic First .
You'll get the "coffin" type sleeper seats .


User currently offlineCanadi>nBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3304 times:

"I would save those upgrades and use them for international travel."

This AA SFO flight is a one-shot deal for us, as our firm was offered
industry fares for staff use for Feb/Mar, 2003 only. American Airlines is attempting to "woo" our firm into signing a contract with them, and these
reduced fares are a carrot dangling on a string, if you will. Our company's air contracts for International travel are with Air Canada, Air France, Lufthansa and Cathay Pacific. For my personal international travel, it's primarily
Air Canada (for my Aeroplan miles) and Lufthansa, with a little Air France
thrown in for good measure.


User currently offlineCanadi>nBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3291 times:

"You'll get the "coffin" type sleeper seats". (B763- AA First - Domestic)

Charming........just charming! LOL


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