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User currently offlineTranspac787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3163 posts, RR: 13
Posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 15095 times:

Hey all,

I hadn't really planned on doing any international trips this summer, but with AA's announcement of the termination of ORD-EZE, I decided I needed to get on the flight before it's gone. So, after some quick last-minute planning, I threw together an itinerary to get on AA961 ORD-EZE and AA 964 EZE-ORD. Many thanks to LAXdude1023 for his help in answering my countless questions about EZE before taking this trip!!



13 June 2008
AA961, ORD-EZE
Block Time: 11 hours, 05 minutes
767-323/ER, N399AN
Seat: 2A, NextGen Business Class

Load Factor-
Business: 40%
Coach: 35%

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Well, this was my second trip into the southern hemisphere, my first being to SYD back in April. As usual, my work and school schedules prevented me from getting any decent amount of time off for a proper vacation, so I was only going to have 11 hours to visit EZE. Turned out to be enough time to see a good bit of stuff though - Argentina is a very cool country.

Anyhow, the road to ORD was a bit of a long one. Of course the DEN-ORD flights were oversold, so I listed on NW DEN-MSP-ORD. I got to MSP just fine, only to find out MSP-ORD was canceled. The storms that have been hammering the US midwest passed over ORD, which of course created a operational meltdown akin to Three Mile Island. Of course it happened on Friday the 13th too, and that was the day I needed to get to ORD. So, by pure luck and the grace of the nonrev gods of wrath, I got on a UA flight MSP-ORD which was wideopen. Even then, I had about 8 hours to burn in ORD, so I walked around and did some sight-seeing.


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AA158, ORD-DME, in final boarding


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N792AN, pushing back for Moscow - DME


As an aside, my next "goal" flight is to get on AA158/159 to Moscow. I've wanted to see Russia forever, and with relatively light load factors I'd imagine the ORD-DME route won't last too long at AA. Afterall, ORD-EZE route lifespan will be 9 months from start to finish, so if ORD-DME lasts the same approximate amount of time, I have until March to get on it. So, awhile yet, but the sand in the hourglass is falling!!


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Gate screen for AA961 to EZE


The 767 seems to be a bit of an unsung hero, so to speak, in terms of longhaul workhorses. I never quite fully appreciated how long-ranged those planes are. EZE-ORD has a blocktime of 11:30 currently, and I believe it was 11:45 during the winter. Impressive long flight for a 763.... they seem to have a range near of what the A332 does. Maybe not in published figures, but in flights that are actually done, the 763 can definitely hold its own. I know DL has a route or two that eclipses 12 hours in duration, requiring a full double crew (4 pilots) on the 763.


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Cabin of N399AN during pre-boarding. I love the AA NextGenBiz seat.


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Slightly different angle of Business cabin. The flight went wide-open... easy to tell why AA is terminating the route, unfortunately.


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View out the window. The Super 80 next door was going to SFO, I believe.


During boarding, AA plays this very nice music, which I could only describe as being music off of one of those "Songs that promote sleep" CD's. Very soothing & relaxing. In addition to this, they show pictures and short video clips over all the cabin screens of waterfalls, the beach, snowy mountains, and other various relaxing nature scenes. It's quite nice!!

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Sorry for the weird lighting - pic of boarding video being played.


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Looking across row 2. No one in sight.... quite nice!!


Boarding went quickly for such a light load factor. I almost felt bad for AA, as there was a very slim chance they were actually making money on the flight. Hopefully they had a good cargo load. We departed exactly on time. During taxi, menus were handed out and dinner orders taken. The FA's also handed out the eternally glorious Bose noise-canceling headsets.


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Takeoff out of ORD


The dinner service was fantastic. I've experienced World Business Class on NWA, First Class and Business Class on UA, and NextGen Business Class on AA. Of the three, AA wins by a longshot as far as quantity and quality of food goes. NW would be an easy second, and UA would be a bit of a distant third. The seat comfort too, AA also easily wins again. AA's NextGenBiz seat got a hot & cold reception on a.net. It's interesting to note though, most of the complaints come from people who judge through pictures and not having actually flown in them. The seats have VERY comfortable preset positions. The lie-flat sleep mode is also fantastic, very conducive to 8-9 hours of sleep on the long flights.


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Sunrise on descent into EZE


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We flew right over EZE, which gave an interesting aerial perspective of the airport. Maybe it's just me, but it seems a lot smaller than most major international airports... only a handful of gates.


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Domestic terminal at EZE. It's in such bad shape that all you can do is chuckle.


AA's domestic product has slipped quite a ways in recent years, but their international product is still fantastic. Dinner service is excellent, and their new business seats were not a half-assed upgrade by any means. Those seats are quite nice and will definitely keep them competitive, even with the likes of UA's new business class. Their entertainment players are quite nice, though I'd only suggest one thing done differently. You cannot assemble your own music playlists from them, you have to listen to their pre-set playlists. So, in that way, it's almost like channelized audio, not Audio On Demand.


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N399AN at gate on arrival in EZE.




14 June 2008
AA964, EZE-ORD
Block Time: 11 hours, 30 minutes
767-323/ER, N393AN
Seat: 5G, NextGen Business Class

Load Factor-
Business: 75%
Coach: 60%

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For having only 11 hours layover in EZE, I actually got to see quite a bit. I will say, I definitely need to go back. Argentina is VERY cool. I'm hoping to go later in July or August... when it's the height of winter down there and the low-point of tourist season - still good for nonrevving!!


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Streets of Buenos Aires. Interesting to me was how EZE looked more like Europe than Central or South America (my own preconception).


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Check in area of the international terminal.


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Easily the largest duty free shopping area I have ever seen. The place was absolutely huge.


Even though there were window seats available on the way home, there were none with the aisle seat vacant next to them. I decided I wanted direct aisle access for a few frequent bathroom breaks (Argentinean wine is really good), so I got Biz seat 5G for the return flight on AA964. While the load factor was heavier, it was still quite light and I was the only nonrev on the entire plane.


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View down the aisle, during final boarding just prior to closing the door.


Again, the dinner service was fantastic, my compliments to AA. For entertainment I watched a few episodes of one of my favorite shows "The Office" (US version). After that I watched "Jumper", which was an entertaining movie, IMO. After that, I hit the sack and was out like a light until breakfast. Actually, I take that back. Somewhere overwater between the northern tip of South America and the southern tip of Florida, we ran into some ROUGH turbulence. I might have slept through the initial few bumps, but it got violently rough VERY quickly. I was in the full flat recline when I woke up. I'm the type who enjoys turbulence, so I just went back to sleep "enjoying the ride", so to speak. With a few glances around though, some people were beginning to look pretty nervous as water bottles and other items were being bounced off tray tables and the like.


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Waiting for the door to be opened on arrival into ORD.


AA964 is scheduled to arrive into ORD at 505am, and we arrived near exactly at that mark. Luckily we were the first plane into the customs hall at ORD. Incidentally, passing through customs was the quickest it has ever been for me anywhere. The time from stepping off the 767 into the gate until stepping outside the doors after clearing the customs hall I would guess took no longer than 2 to 3 minutes - no exaggeration.


Well, that's it for my first trip to South America. Can't wait to go back either. Just this time around I needed to make sure I got on both AA961 and AA964 before they're both terminated in September. Thanks for reading, and all comments & responses appreciated!!


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User currently offlineAlitaliaMD11 From Spain, joined Dec 2003, 4068 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 15080 times:

Very nice report and pictures.

Buenos Aires is said to be the Paris of South America and I can imagine it lives up to that expectation. If your planning on going back to South America I'd highly recommend heading over to Santiago, Chile. I was traveling around Chile for 2 weeks this past March and it is such a beautiful country!



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User currently offlineSCL767 From Chile, joined Feb 2006, 8604 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 15057 times:
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Quoting AlitaliaMD11 (Reply 1):
I'd highly recommend heading over to Santiago, Chile. I was traveling around Chile for 2 weeks this past March and it is such a beautiful country!

I second that; Chile is one of my favorite countries period. So much to do and such a vast landscape. I fell in love with the place on my first visit in 2002.


User currently offlineLAXdude1023 From India, joined Sep 2006, 7320 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 15041 times:

Ahh...those pics bring back good memories! I love Buenos Aires! The domestic terminal is horrible there, but youre right, its almost funny.

Looking at the loads, Im not shocked at all that this route is going the way of the Dinosaur. Its been that way for the most part.



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User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5686 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 14945 times:

As always Matt I enjoy your non revving pics on AA and others!

EZE certainly does look gorgeous! Is it centralized or near any beaches, waters or anything?

Need to go Intl at some point, WN can only take me to so many places  Wink

Thanks for doing the trip and pics!

Alex



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User currently offlineLAXdude1023 From India, joined Sep 2006, 7320 posts, RR: 24
Reply 5, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 14864 times:



Quoting Transpac787 (Thread starter):
Many thanks to LAXdude1023 for his help in answering my countless questions about EZE before taking this trip!!

My Pleasure!  Smile



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User currently offlineRedTailDTW From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 750 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 14668 times:

Great trip report Matt!


I havent flown International, but am dying to try it out!


The AA Next Gen seats look great and look very comfortable...



Mason



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User currently offlineDavescj From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 2292 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 14642 times:

Good TR, thanks for posting!

Dave



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User currently offlineCityofAthens From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 14513 times:

Thanks for taking the photos, the NG Biz looks quite comfortable ... you certainly chose the right flights to non-rev on ... plenty of space to stretch out ... not that you would need it, seated as you were at the front. Big grin

I'm curious, do AA non-revs get F or J as a matter of course, or do you have to hold some sort of status within the company?


User currently offlineTriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 728 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 14336 times:
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Buenos Aires is a lovely city and I wish I would have spent more than 12 hours there. (I just went to fly a 777).

Quoting Transpac787 (Thread starter):
Even though there were window seats available on the way home, there were none with the aisle seat vacant next to them. I decided I wanted direct aisle access for a few frequent bathroom breaks

I have heard that if you're in a window or middle seat and the person on the aisle seat is in full recline, it is impossible to get out.



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User currently offlineAlbird87 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (5 years 10 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 13505 times:

Great Trip Report! I also love that new Biz class that AA have on the 767s! My only problem i have is that why AA cant keep the Video players on the domestic flights also!

Would of been nice to see more shots of the food also and inflight shots of the cabin.

I was also surpised how empty that flight was! Everyflight I have been on AA in the last 3 years is 90% full! Glad to see that AA are getting rid of this route if its not performing!


User currently offlineComeflywithme From Argentina, joined Sep 2006, 265 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (5 years 10 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 13408 times:



Quoting Albird87 (Reply 10):
Glad to see that AA are getting rid of this route if its not performing!

I'm not as I wanted to use it sometime.  Sad

Nice report Transpac787 with some great pics.

Yes, you must come back and spend more time in BA there is lots to see and do.  thumbsup 


User currently offlineMD11junkie From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 3136 posts, RR: 58
Reply 12, posted (5 years 10 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 13312 times:



Quoting Transpac787 (Thread starter):
Many thanks to LAXdude1023 for his help in answering my countless questions about EZE before taking this trip!!

Yep, none of us 'other users' helped you.  Wink

Quoting Transpac787 (Thread starter):
Domestic terminal at EZE. It's in such bad shape that all you can do is chuckle

You better chuckle up, because that's NOT the "Domestic terminal" as you call it. That's nothing else than the caterers stations/warehouses/handling depots, etc.

BTW, Terminal B is not the "Domestic" terminal, it's Aerolineas Argentinas' terminal.

Other than that  Silly it's a very good trip report!

I'm glad you loved BA (BTW, the portuguese flag is only because of the Euro!)



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User currently offlineTranspac787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3163 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (5 years 10 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 13248 times:



Quoting AlitaliaMD11 (Reply 1):
Santiago, Chile.

Definitely want to try. IIRC, AA has two flights there, from MIA and from DFW. So, maybe next round I'll try Chile.

Quoting Atrude777 (Reply 4):
Is it centralized or near any beaches, waters or anything?

The airport itself isn't that close, but from what I could tell a short drive would bring you to the coastal waters and beaches.

Quoting CityofAthens (Reply 8):
I'm curious, do AA non-revs get F or J as a matter of course, or do you have to hold some sort of status within the company?

No status or time of employment is required, just the payroll deduction of any/all nonrev charges (if any are applicable - domestic coach is free, for example)) whenever you travel.

Quoting Triple7man (Reply 9):
I have heard that if you're in a window or middle seat and the person on the aisle seat is in full recline, it is impossible to get out.

Pretty much, but to be fair this is the case with most all business class seats. NW, UA, and especially UA's new seat.

Quoting Albird87 (Reply 10):
Glad to see that AA are getting rid of this route if its not performing!

I was hoping the route would be a long-run route for AA, but I guess not. At least the planes will be used on a different 'new' route - at least I hope so. Still awaiting the announcement for the long awaited DFW-MAD!!  crossfingers 

Quoting Comeflywithme (Reply 11):
I'm not as I wanted to use it sometime.

Yea, it's too bad. At least AA will be adding frequencies out of JFK and possibly a daytime flight out of MIA.

Quoting MD11junkie (Reply 12):
Yep, none of us 'other users' helped you.

Sorry, I didn't want to mention all the SN's!! So, thanks for your help MD11junkie!!

If it's any consolation, I sent LAXdude1023 a few PM's with more questions about EZE which he was quick to respond to, is why he got the first recognition on here.



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User currently offlineMD11junkie From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 3136 posts, RR: 58
Reply 14, posted (5 years 10 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 13216 times:



Quoting Transpac787 (Reply 13):
Sorry, I didn't want to mention all the SN's!! So, thanks for your help MD11junkie!!

If it's any consolation, I sent LAXdude1023 a few PM's with more questions about EZE which he was quick to respond to, is why he got the first recognition on here.

I was just kidding! No need to justify anything, sorry you didn't get the joke  Smile



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User currently offlineTsaord From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (5 years 10 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 13136 times:

Finally a trip on this route from my home town! Good stuff. Sad AA will take it away. I wanted to take this trip next year. Now I will have to connect somewhere else. O well....DFW or MIA??? hmmmmmmmmmm

User currently offlineTsaord From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (5 years 10 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 13106 times:



Quoting Transpac787 (Thread starter):
Streets of Buenos Aires. Interesting to me was how EZE looked more like Europe than Central or South America (my own preconception).

I have read too many times how BA is the Europe or Paris of South American

Quoting Transpac787 (Thread starter):
AA964 is scheduled to arrive into ORD at 505am, and we arrived near exactly at that mark. Luckily we were the first plane into the customs hall at ORD. Incidentally, passing through customs was the quickest it has ever been for me anywhere. The time from stepping off the 767 into the gate until stepping outside the doors after clearing the customs hall I would guess took no longer than 2 to 3 minutes - no exaggeration.

I have worked first shift and have done morning overtime in T5 enough to know that that is the BEST time to arrive from an international trip. It is so quiet and relaxing then!


User currently offlineAznMadSci From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 3635 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (5 years 10 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 13074 times:

Hey! You should really go back and spend more time in Buenos Aires! Did you at least get a nice piece of steak??? I enjoyed my first time there in August because it was a bit cooler and rainy, but for me anything better than the heat and humidity of Houston!  hot  US Tourist wise, there was a nice count on my flight a few yrs ago, esp those bringing ski equipment to ski up around the Andes.

Thanks again for sharing and look forward to another trip!



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User currently offlineTUNisia From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1842 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (5 years 10 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 13055 times:

Another awesome trip report! i love your random TRs!

When are you heading to CAI or TUN?



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User currently offlineTranspac787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3163 posts, RR: 13
Reply 19, posted (5 years 10 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 12627 times:

Quoting Tsaord (Reply 15):
DFW or MIA???

Don't forget JFK too, haha. Tough choice though. If the bottom line is the concern then just go for the cheapest obviously, but if not, MIA has the 777 to EZE if you prefer those over the 763's. I love my 767's, so I don't mind them at all!! Some people tend to prefer the 777 a lot more though. Just a matter of personal choice, really.

Quoting Tsaord (Reply 16):
that that is the BEST time to arrive from an international trip.

So I've heard. I know someone who flies AA to DEL on a fairly regular basis, and the DEL flight arrives really early too, around 500am or so. They say the customs hall is almost always empty too, even if they arrive after the EZE flight.

Quoting AznMadSci (Reply 17):
Did you at least get a nice piece of steak???

Of course!! EZE has some great food & wine, and for a really decent price.

Quoting TUNisia (Reply 18):
When are you heading to CAI or TUN?

I'd imagine CAI would be more likely. I've actually been looking into going to Africa for awhile now, as it is the final continent I have yet to travel to. I was thinking CMN, JNB, or CPT, but Cairo or Alexandria would be very cool. The only unfortunate thing is, I don't (yet) have flight benefits on DL, so I'd have to connect via LHR on BD or FRA/MUC on LH - kind of a pain, but I love 1-stops!!

[Edited 2008-06-17 11:25:16]


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User currently offlineMauiman31 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 440 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (5 years 10 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 12526 times:
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Great report and pics. Thanks! Much fun.

Quoting Transpac787 (Thread starter):
their new business seats were not a half-assed upgrade by any means. Those seats are quite nice and will definitely keep them competitive

Agree. Very comfy. Have only done the new 67 front cabin domestic to HNL, but slept like a baby. No IFE loaded or Bose headsets or "international" menu, but food was o.k.

Quoting Albird87 (Reply 10):
My only problem i have is that why AA cant keep the Video players on the domestic flights also!

Ditto. Feel your pain. Kept hoping they would reconsider that, especially really long haul domestic, but so far -- no go.
 sigh 


User currently offlineFL787 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 1531 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (5 years 10 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 12309 times:

Great trip report! I'm curious, how do you non-rev on NW, UA, and AA?


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User currently offlineCAP2008 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 255 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (5 years 10 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 12294 times:

Hey Matt,

Quoting Transpac787 (Thread starter):
After that I watched "Jumper"

Funny Coincidence, I'm headed out to LAX in the morning, and just rented "Jumper" from Blockbuster to watch on the plane tomorrow on my laptop, because those domestic NW 752's have that awesome IFE.  Wink
One of my friends from high school said he was an extra in that movie, I guess now's a good time to see if he was telling the truth.

Thanks for sharing



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User currently offlineAR326 From Argentina, joined Jul 2007, 30 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (5 years 10 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 12227 times:



Quoting Transpac787 (Thread starter):

Not to sound haughty or anything but calling AA's international service "fantastic" is an absolute joke. You have most likely not experienced service on other (non US) carriers. Just try business or even economy on other ailrines like One World partners Qantas or JAL and you'll never want to set foot on an AA plane again. Having platinum status on AA all I can say is that their service is absolutely appalling. Most of their staff is rude and borderline impolite, in-flight service quasi non-existent (though they do make an effort in business sometimes), and some of their aircraft falling into bits (that's something to chuckle at!) - just try flying on the A300 on the JFK-MIA runs or even some of the 763s on the JFK-EZE and you'll see what I'm talking about.


User currently offlineTranspac787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3163 posts, RR: 13
Reply 24, posted (5 years 10 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 12094 times:



Quoting Mauiman31 (Reply 20):
Kept hoping they would reconsider that, especially really long haul domestic, but so far -- no go.

It is too bad they don't... the Hawaii flights could really use them, and the DFW-HNL and ORD-HNL are really just as long as some Europe flights, so I'm not sure why they don't.

Quoting FL787 (Reply 21):
Great trip report! I'm curious, how do you non-rev on NW, UA, and AA?

Both my parents work in the industry, as well as myself.

Quoting CAP2008 (Reply 22):
I'm headed out to LAX in the morning,

Slick - let me know how the trip goes, sir. You doing a DTW nonstop or going through MSP to get on the 758's??

Quoting AR326 (Reply 23):
Not to sound haughty or anything

But somewhat unavoidable at this point.  Yeah sure

Quoting AR326 (Reply 23):
but calling AA's international service "fantastic" is an absolute joke.

So I suppose you would have preferred it if I whined, bitched, complained, and otherwise dragged AA's name through the mud on here??

Quoting AR326 (Reply 23):
and you'll never want to set foot on an AA plane again.

I have been on them, and to most folk's extreme amazement I still prefer the US carriers.

Quoting AR326 (Reply 23):
Having platinum status on AA all I can say is that their service is absolutely appalling.

Then you have entirely too high of standards. Being a platinum on AA, you should know full-well what to expect. Have you ever run head-first into a wall before and said "ouch, that hurts", then turned around and did it again right away expecting a different result?? It's you people that make me chuckle, that complain about EVERY flight they're on, even though they know long in advance what they're going to get - yet, you still find the better course of action to be endless bitching.

Quoting AR326 (Reply 23):
Most of their staff is rude and borderline impolite,

It's funny you should mention that, because I had absolutely no problems with the in-flight or ground staff. I always pride myself on being as ridiculously polite and nice as possible, and all I've ever received back was the same. I can't tell you how many times I've been on a flight where the FA's offer me whine, beer, or other snacks for the road as I deplane. It's amazing what you get with sugar instead of salt....

Quoting AR326 (Reply 23):
and some of their aircraft falling into bits (that's something to chuckle at!)

Even though some of the AA 763's are the youngest in existence and just got interior refurb's??

Quoting AR326 (Reply 23):
and you'll see what I'm talking about.

"See what you're talking about"!?!? You obviously have no fracking clue what you're talking about:

Quoting AR326 (Reply 23):
just try flying on the A300 on the JFK-MIA runs

You do realize that at AA (and all other airlines) there is no one specific aircraft assigned to a route?? So, if I were to fly JFK-MIA, I'd have an equal probability of getting on really any aircraft in the fleet of 34x A300's at AA. Which aircraft were you reffering to?? Or are you just going to make more sweeping statements and say "all of them"??

Quoting AR326 (Reply 23):
or even some of the 763s on the JFK-EZE

And again, the 763's are rotated around the system same as the A300's and every other type in the fleet. To "try the 763's on JFK-EZE" is a completely ridiculous statement, because JFK-EZE gets all 58x 763's in the AA fleet - some of those were delivered in 2003 and had the interior refurb within the past 1-2 years - and yet you still call them "falling into bits"?? The aircraft I was on, N399AN southbound and N393AN northbound, have both rotated on JFK-EZE many many times, and both of those aircraft were in beautiful shape. Do you have any specific tail numbers you find particularly bad, or are you again just going to say "all of them"??

Haha... nice try sir, but swing & miss.



A340-500: 4 engines 4 long haul. 777-200LR: 2 engines 4 longer haul
25 JetsGo : I was planning on commenting on your report. You know the usual, nice report, seemed great, (which it was) but then I saw this: And I'm sorry, but you
26 CPH-R : Nice report You can say that again - SU has a 13 hour non-stop flight SVO-LAX and LY has a 14 hour non-stop TLV-MIA flight, though the latter is on a
27 SkyHigh777 : Argentinians loooooooooooove to claim that they are the Paris of South America... There's plenty of other countries with cities like Santiago, Lima,
28 FXramper : Another great report, Mateo! Your opinion is a joke Mr Humble Platinum Flyer.
29 LAXdude1023 : Ahh yes...I love my LAX-SVO on SU! One of my favorite cities connected with my hometown! Good stuff.
30 Transpac787 : Haha, thanks. Definitely impressive long flights. Them 767's can go far, no doubt!! Would love to see SCL and the Andes. Maybe next (north) summer /
31 FXramper : They are making him get re-qualified this week at recurrent for S. American check rides because they have got rid of so many of the Check Airman spot
32 MD11junkie : LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Santiago and Rio more european than Buenos Aires? I can be with Lima, but those two? SCL is BY FAR the most "americanized" latina
33 Transpac787 : Just got off a 3-day ban... anyhow, I know MIA is an ultra-junior base, but I have heard that the DFW-SCL flight is a really senior trip for the 75/76
34 Asuflyer05 : Awesome trip report. Glad to see I'm not the only one who does "day trips" of this measure.
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