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AA AUS-DFW-PHL In Y; JFK-LAX-DFW-AUS In J/F + Pics  
User currently onlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3355 posts, RR: 45
Posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 15308 times:

Welcome to my next Trip Report installment, which will whisk you all across the continental United States, courtesy of American Airlines.

My other Trip Reports can be found here:

http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ums/trip_reports/read.main/126805/ VivaAerobus AUS-CUN
http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ums/trip_reports/read.main/106448/ Flagship Detroit DC-3
http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ums/trip_reports/read.main/102590/ SXM
http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/trip_reports/read.main/99470/ CUN

Background

The premise of this trip was to visit a friend/future roommate in New Jersey, but I thought it'd also be a good time to see just how much of a plane freak I could be. I found the AUS-ORD-PHL; JFK-LAX-DFW-AUS round trip for about $450, and decided it'd be worth the little bit extra (an "ordinary" round trip was about $380 into either PHL or EWR) to experience my first trans-con flight. Suffice to say, I was extremely excited, and counted down the days. Eventually, my day of departure came.

July 8th, 2008

I woke up about 7:15 for my 9:45 am flight to ORD. As I usually do, I checked the previous night to ensure all the flights made it in reasonably on time, just to ensure I wouldn't have any crew rest delays or anything of the sort. I was a bit ancy, since I only had an hour in ORD, and any sort of delay might put that connection in jeopardy. I checked the flight status on AA.com again when I woke up, and saw what every traveler fears; my flight to ORD had been canceled, inexplicably. So naturally, I was a bit panicked, but I called AA.com, and much to my surprise, they had already taken care of me, and booked me through DFW, leaving AUS 15 minutes later, and arriving into PHL 15 minutes later. Sweet! As a matter of fact, I received an automated call about 5 minutes after I got off the phone with them informing me of my schedule change. Bonus points for AA, thus far. There would be many bonus points given out on this trip. Obviously, the first thing I was worried about was seating assignments, as they were now under airport control (less than 3 hours to scheduled departure). I really didn't want to spend 3 hours in a middle seat. I could handle it on the AUS-DFW flight (in fact, I had almost prepared myself for that inevitability). My only hope lay in the machine upgrades, or the exit rows. I arrived at the airport at about 8:20 for my flight, and quickly got checked in for my flight using the machines. There was a bit of a line for agents to tag your bags, but it went by pretty fast, much faster than the check-in line. I still had no seating assignments, but I bypassed wait at security by using my airport SIDA badge, which got me to the front of the line. After the hassle at the TSA checkpoint (nothing out of the ordinary, but it's all a hassle nowadays), I proceeded to gate 17, where my flight to DFW had not yet arrived. An agent, was, however, able to give me a boarding pass for my DFW-PHL flight, and much to my excitement, it was an exit row. Not only an exit row, but a window! My life was saved. No matter what happened on the AUS-DFW flight, I was happy that I had a window on the long leg. I think my AA polo shirt that I wear whenever I fly them might have helped with that. It also doesn't hurt that I know some of the AA AUS gate agents from my experience on the DC-3 (see above TR). I tried to get on standby for the earlier flight to DFW (a 737-800), but it was jam packed and there was not a chance. I went back over to gate 17, and stood in line while the agent helped a couple of people who had had a series of unfortunate events. I gave her my name she told me she'd get me a boarding pass in a little while. I meandered around the airport, bought some breakfast tacos from Maudie's (yum!), and eventually headed back over to the gate, where she handed me my boarding pass. Row 21! Sweet, another exit row! Seat A! A Window! Freakin' awesome!  Smile Suffice to say, I was very thankful to get this lucky, as I was speaking to somebody in front of me in line who'd been stuck in AUS for 2 days. Fortunately, the gate agent got him booked on Continental. More bonus points for AA, both for my seating assignments and helping him get out of Austin!

Eventually, my plane pulled up, and we boarded shortly after, albeit about 40 minutes late.

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N7539A, my ride to DFW

AA 1119
AUS-DFW
MD-82
N7539A

Scheduled Departure: 1000
Out: 1043
Departure Gate: 17
Seat: 21A
Departure Runway: 17R
Off: 1056
Cruising Altitude: FL 220
Cruising Airspeed: Mach .700
Route: AUS2.LZZ DCT JUMBO.JEN8
Arrival Runway: 18R
On: 1135
Arrival Gate: A19
Scheduled Arrival:1100
In: 1143


I boarded in group 4, and after a quick chat with the pilots, whom I asked to fill out my flight data sheet (which they did, in fact, all of them did, graciously), I made my way back to seat 21A.

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View from 21A

Initially 21B was empty, but was quickly occupied by an Army guy who was heading off for his 3rd tour in Iraq, although one of them was in Desert Storm. I thanked him for his service, and wished him a safe tour, and safe return. We chatted for a while, and we eventually pushed back, 43 minutes behind schedule. My connection to PHL was scheduled to depart at 12:15, so as long as there weren't any other hiccups, I should be fine. We taxied to 17R, and away we went.


Takeoff from AUS

We turned west, and then northwest to join the departure. We climbed up to FL220, and got a quick beverage service (always appreciated, nowadays, especially on a 35 minute flight).

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Climbing out of AUS

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Cruising over Central Texas at FL220

Before too long, we began our descent into DFW. We followed the JEN8 arrival, which I know like the back of my hand. We approached DFW from the SW, turned north over the DELMO intersection, flew the downwind, made a right base, and turned to final for 18R.

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Turning north over DELMO, passing downtown Fort Worth.


Landing at DFW on 18R

After landing, we taxied across 18L after a short wait for departing aircraft, and across the Bravo bridge to gate A19. My flight to PHL would be 4 gates down at A23.

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Terminal D Lots of Silverbirds!

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My plane to PHL, N453AA

As soon as I walked to the gate, they began boarding. After a quick pit stop, I made my way on board, to have a short chat with the pilots. I found my seat, and shortly afterward, we pushed back, 4 minutes early.


AA 446
DFW-PHL
MD-82
N453AA

Scheduled Departure: 1215
Out: 1211
Departure Gate: A23
Seat: 21F
Departure Runway: 17R
Off: 1220
Cruising Altitude: FL 310/330
Cruising Airspeed: Mach .750
Route: SOLDO2 J52 ATL J14 SPA J14 CREWE J51 FAK DPNT4
Arrival Runway: 27R
On: 1638
Arrival Gate: A9
Scheduled Arrival: 1640
In: 1644


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AA446, according to FlightAware

After a short push and taxi, off we went for the southerly route to PHL, over ATL and then north.


Takeoff from DFW on 17R

After takeoff, we followed the SOLDO2 departure east. Much of this flight is a blur to me as I had a very lengthy (like the whole flight) chat with my seatmate in 21E. Real nice guy! I did buy some Lays Stax and a turkey croissant sandwich, which was perfectly satisfactory, but nothing extraordinary. We passed some marvelous weather over either North Carolina or Virginia.

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Awesome CB. Thinking about trying to upload this one into the database.

We held for 15 minutes or so at the TERRI intersection for flow control, before continuing our approach to PHL, which took us over southern NJ, and then back around from the east.


Landing at PHL on 27R

After a nice landing on 27R, we had a quick taxi to the gate. I saw some Europe bound heavies along the way, but only the one shot.

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US Airways A330-300

As soon as I walked the marathon to baggage claim (it's like over a road/railroad, how do the bags get such a long distance. I'm a ramper and I can't even answer that), my bag was the first one that popped out, and off I went for a week's vacation in NJ, Philly, NYC.

July 14th

After an exciting, fun, and relaxing 6 days in Jersey, among other places, it was time to head back to NYC to head back home. My day began VERY early, at 4 am, for my 9 am flight to LAX from JFK. I caught the 5:19 NJ Transit express train to New York Penn, where I connected to the 6:36 LIRR (Long Island Railroad) train to Jamaica, for my transfer to the AirTrain. All of this went surprisingly without incident, and I made it to a dreary/rainy JFK about 7:20. A quick and painless check-in at the private counters for F/J travelers. Nice touch! I like the frosted glass windows, followed by a short wait at security, and I was through at about 7:35 for my 9 am flight. I had an hour to kill before boarding, so I decided to grab a quick bite to eat.

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Immediately after security. Sorry for the darkness.

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My boarding area, gate 8, off to the right.

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N335AA awaiting AA1 to LAX

After a tasty omelette at a restaurant right across from gate 10, which was a 767-300 to Santo Domingo, my time to board came soon enough. While at the restaurant, I noticed a large amount of Hasidic Jews going to LHR. Wonder why.

AA 1
JFK-LAX
767-223
N335AA

Scheduled Departure: 0900
Out: 0855
Departure Gate: 8
Seat: 8J
Departure Runway: 31L
Off: 0926
Cruising Altitude: FL 380
Cruising Airspeed: 465 TAS
Route: KJFK RBV J230 AIR J80 EMPTY J80 MCI J24 SLN J102 LAA J102 ALS J44 RSK J64 PGS RIIVR4 KLAX
Arrival Runway: 25L
On: 1140
Arrival Gate: 42B
Scheduled Arrival: 1155
In: 1205


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AA 1, according to FlightAware

After a fairly lengthy chat with some really, really nice LA based pilots, who were extremely interested in my love of aviation. Almost as interested as I was in the flight, and that's saying something! More bonus points for AA! They were more than happy to fill out my flight log, and after a while, I made my way back to 8J.

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View from 8J. Rainy in NYC

My first impressions of the seat (which I forgot to take a picture of) were that it was comfortable, and familiar. Probably because it was the J-class seat I flew on from DFW-ZRH in 2001 on the 777.  Wink I was tremendously excited to be flying my trans-con, finally! And on AA 1, no less. Pretty sweet, if you ask me! We pushed back a little early, and taxied over to 31L, where we were about 9th in line for takeoff. We waited for about 25 minutes, and I took a few pictures.

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The line for 4L departures. Note the BA 772, operating the daylight flight to LHR. Shortly after I took that picture, the AA 772 operating that route also appeared.

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Number 2 for takeoff


Takeoff from JFK

After a powerful takeoff on 31L, we banked left and joined the departure.

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Brooklyn

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Climbing through the clouds

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Finally, some blue sky!

We continued climbing through some relatively choppy air before emerging into blue skies. The flight attendants got up, and distributed the portable media players, complete with Bose QC3 noise canceling headphones.

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I settled in to watch I Am Legend, which was very average. Every so often, I took a picture.

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Over PA or OH

Shortly thereafter, the FAs, both of which were extremely nice, began distributing the menus for today's flight.

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Front

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Inside

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Back

I chose the omelette, which was OUTSTANDING! It may not look like much, but it was absolutely delicious. The potatoes were awesome, too!

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MMMMM!!!! Breakfast!

I finished watching my movie as the flight progressed.

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Somewhere over the heartland

It was about 2/3 of the way through the flight I decided to stretch my legs. I went up to the galley, and had a very lengthy (20 minutes or so) chat with the flight attendants. And once again, AA shows me what, for some reason they only show a few others. I'm 100% convinced, regardless of what others may say, that AA has the best flight attendants in the industry. Patrick, the purser, and Melanie were just absolutely fantastic! We had a lengthy chat about my route, the industry, my career goals, what they did before flying, and many other things including celebrities flying the trans-cons between JFK-LAX. Actor Kevin Spacey was sitting in F on my flight! What awesome people! And so professional, too! Absolutely massive bonus points from me (I know they don't mean anything, but who cares!).

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Cruising over the desert

After what seemed like a really short time, we began our descent into LAX.

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Descending through the clouds

It was then that Patrick decided it would be nice to announce to the whole plane that I was completing my first trans-con flight.  embarrassed  I was probably redder than a tomato. He also told everybody how I was flying back home to Austin: through LAX and DFW. Great, so now everybody thought this guy was psycho. At least they didn't know who I was (not that the AA shirt I was wearing helped my anonymity at all), right? Well, then he came over to me in my seat and started bowing to me, and announcing to the entire J-cabin that it was me. Oh man. I was really embarrassed, but completely grateful of the gesture. It's the little things this airline does for me, the people like Patrick and Melanie, that make me feel so much at home. Thank you, American!

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ONT

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Los Angeles urban sprawl

An excellent landing by the first officer completed an already memorable flight.


Landing at LAX on 25L

Our gate was occupied when we landed, about 15 minutes ahead of schedule, so we taxied over by the AA maintenance ramp, where I saw an absolutely glistening AA 767-300.

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KE 777 to ICN

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DL 763

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United 752

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WN 737

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LAX tower

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AA 752 and KE 777

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Striking AA 763

We eventually taxied over to the ramp, shut down the engines, and were towed into gate 42B, where my first trans-con ended. I'd give it 100% if I could, but we did arrive into the gate 10 minutes late, so I guess 99.8% is in order!  Silly After the flight, the F/O gave me a 757/767 checklist!

I had about an hour and a half in LAX, so I killed some time by taking pictures, and checking the internet.

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TN 343 to PPT

After a delay waiting for an inbound crew from DFW, we finally boarded, about 30 minutes late. I only had a 45 minute connection in DFW, so it was going to be close.

I had a quick chat with the pilots, who obliged in filling out my data sheet. While I was up there, a Federal Air Marshall came up and introduced himself. I tried to excuse myself when I heard who he was, since I knew that wasn't for my ears, but he was blocking the doorway. He must have just assumed I worked for the airline since I had my shirt on. Eventually I made my way back to 5J, where I was excited to try out the new J-seat, which I've heard many opinions on.

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AA 763 to MIA

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Seat 5J legroom

Tragically, yet again, Cameron, in all his excitement, forgot to take a good picture of the seat. I was very, very pleasantly surprised at how comfortable it was. Eventually the door was closed, and we were on our way.

AA 2448
LAX-DFW
767-323
N394AN

Scheduled Departure: 1325
Out: 1352
Departure Gate: 47B
Seat: 5J
Departure Runway: 25R
Off: 1406
Cruising Altitude: FL 390
Cruising Airspeed: 450 TAS
Route: KLAX TRM J169 TFD J4 INK JEN8 KDFW
Arrival Runway: 18R
On: 1845
Arrival Gate: D23
Scheduled Arrival: 1840
In: 1853


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AA2448, according to FlightAware

We pushed back and quickly headed to runway 25R, where I snuck a video in.


Takeoff from LAX

We climbed out over the Pacific, before turning south, then back east.

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Over the Pacific, with Catalina Island off in the distance

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Feet dry, again

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Cruising over the Arizona or New Mexico desert.

About mid-way through the flight both the FAM and I got up to use the lavatory, and we had a little chat while standing in line. He asked me what I did for AA, and I told him, "nothing, actually." I explained my interest in commercial aviation. He was a really nice guy, and after the flight he gave me a FAM pin, which I've already misplaced. Grr... Other than that, the flight was exceedingly uneventful, save for some more nice cloud formations

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More CBs

We eventually got our "snack," which consisted of a delicious turkey wrap and pasta salad, as well as the ever-crisp grapes, brie, and water crackers.

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Mmm, turkey wrap!

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El Paso, barely.

Over MAF, we were approached from the SW by an AA Super 80, undoubtedly headed toward DFW, as well. I was surprised how close he got, but he was at least 2000 feet below us.

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Company S80

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Midland, TX

Not too long after that, we began our slow descent into DFW.

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Descending through the clouds, just southwest of DFW.

We followed the same Glen Rose (JEN) 8 arrival, and turned north for the downwind before reversing direction for 18R.

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Landing at DFW

After a landing about 10 minutes after scheduled arrival time, we made a short taxi to D23. Fortunately, my connection to AUS was at D17.

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AA 738

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AA 752

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D23

After deplaning, I made my way over to D17, where my flight to AUS began boarding shortly after.

I had a very short chat with the pilots about our abnormal route today to avoid W/X, and then made my way back to 5F.

AA 470
DFW-AUS
MD-82
N7536A

Scheduled Departure: 1935
Out: 1931
Departure Gate: D17
Seat: 5F
Departure Runway: 18L
Off: 1943
Cruising Altitude: FL 220
Cruising Airspeed: 310 TAS
Route: KDFW PODDE3.ABI LLO.KALLA1 KAUS
Arrival Runway: 17R
On: 2024
Arrival Gate: 13
Scheduled Arrival: 2025
In: 2034


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AA470, according to FlightAware

We made a quick taxi to 18L, and away we went into the Texas evening.


Takeoff at DFW on 18L

We made a westerly turn, heading out toward Abilene, before turning south. We did receive a beverage service, accompanied with some of the AA Premium Snack Mix (which I think is delicious!). Near Llano, we made a SE turn to join the KALLA1 arrival into AUS.

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Descending into AUS



Landing at AUS

We taxied to the gate, where we held very briefly to wait for our gate to clear out. The fasten seatbelt sign was turned off, and I realized my unbelievable day was over. Not a moment too soon, either! I was exhausted, but it was a day I'll never forget!

American, even though these hard times, continues to show unbelievable professionalism and dedication. I feel the least I could do for them is to continue to fly them wherever I go. Thank you American, for another awesome experience!

I hope you all enjoyed. Stay tuned for a short TR in early August, for my next trip, a one-way trip MSP-ORD-DFW-AUS (with a 777).

Comments and questions always welcome!

Cheers,
Cameron

25 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineGjunnar From Germany, joined Sep 2001, 155 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 15126 times:

Awesome trip report! Your selection of pictures is excellent, I loved the inflight photographs of the cloud formations very much!
And boy, you really like AA huh!?

Quoting Longhornmaniac (Thread starter):
DL 763

That would be a 764  Wink


User currently onlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3355 posts, RR: 45
Reply 2, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 14958 times:



Quoting Gjunnar (Reply 1):

Thanks so much for the comment! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Quoting Gjunnar (Reply 1):
That would be a 764 Wink

Oh wow. I feel stupid, LOL. It was an awkward angle, though!  Silly

Cheers,
Cameron


User currently offlineLu From China, joined Aug 1999, 175 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 14805 times:

Absolutely enjoy reading your TR.

User currently offlineTriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 763 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 14769 times:
Support Airliners.net - become a First Class Member!

Brings back memories of all the domestic flying I did on AA before I moved to Japan. I always like AA's Flagship service on the transcons. I'll look forward to your next TR on a 777


Have you kissed a 777 today?
User currently offlineCmk10 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 513 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 14735 times:

Good report! Out of curiosity why did you not visit the lounges in JFK and LAX? As a transcon J passanger you have access to them.


"Traveling light is the only way to fly" - Eric Clapton
User currently onlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3355 posts, RR: 45
Reply 6, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 14673 times:



Quoting Cmk10 (Reply 5):

Good question. If I had been informed that I had those privileges then I probably would have. Good to know for next time, however!

I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Cheers,
Cameron


User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5702 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 14554 times:

Cam, Cam, Cam, tho we don't talk much, your AA enthusiam is especially spreading and chaotic! But in a good way!  Smile

I really enjoy your AA trips and segments and pics! I am looking forward to my own AA flight July 26th STL-SEA-PSC for a week!

Will def take pics and do my own trip I am hoping for F upgrade for the STL-SEA segment!

You are not nuts for taking the segments you did, I would have done it in a heartbeat myself if I had the money for that too!

Alex



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User currently offlineChuckles1225 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 160 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 14518 times:

Excellent trip report and videos. I enjoyed reading every bit of it and wish I had the money to do the same type of trip.

Quoting Longhornmaniac (Thread starter):
We held for 15 minutes or so at the TERRI intersection for flow control, before continuing our approach to PHL, which took us over southern NJ, and then back around from the east.


Not that I don't believe you, but how the hell do you know what intersection you were holding at? Sometimes I don't even know the name of the intersection I'm holding at while I'm holding at it Big grin



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User currently onlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3355 posts, RR: 45
Reply 9, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 14426 times:



Quoting Atrude777 (Reply 7):

Alex!!! What's up dude?!?! I'm glad you enjoy my reports. I figure someone's got to be an optimist about the industry, especially when everything else about it is going down the crapper!  Wink I hope you enjoy your trip, and I look forward to the TR!

Quoting Chuckles1225 (Reply 8):
Not that I don't believe you, but how the hell do you know what intersection you were holding at?

Hey! Actually, the only way I knew that is because I've created a flight data sheet (which I spoke of in the TR itself), and the pilots on that particular leg told me in the "Extra Comments" section that "Even though weather conditions at PHL were CAVU (what does that mean?), we held for 15 minutes @ Terri intersection." I would not have had any idea had it not been for that, although I was scanning the ground looking for a VOR in the middle of our oval.  Wink I'm glad you enjoyed my report!

Quoting Chuckles1225 (Reply 8):
Sometimes I don't even know the name of the intersection I'm holding at while I'm holding at it

 rotfl  Absolutely hilarious!

Cheers,
Cameron


User currently offlineSASDC8 From Norway, joined Mar 2006, 769 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 14353 times:
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Great TR with good quality photographs  Smile

Nice to see that someone is pleased with AA's service and their flight crews  Wink

Quoting Longhornmaniac (Thread starter):
Oh man. I was really embarrassed, but completely grateful of the gesture

Found the part regrading Patrick to be absolutely hilarious Big grin Big grin If this had happened to me, I might just have crawled over and died Big grin Big grin

Cheers
Stein



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User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5702 posts, RR: 52
Reply 11, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 14184 times:

Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 9):
"Even though weather conditions at PHL were CAVU (what does that mean?)

If I recall right a WN pilot told me that it stands for Ceiling And (or Clear Air) Visibility Unlimited. Not sure if that's what the AA pilot was reffering to.

I totally agree with your comments! Yep hope to make it good just like you! 

Alex

[Edited 2008-07-18 08:51:37]


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User currently offlineXAAPB From Mexico, joined Jan 2005, 447 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 14140 times:

very cool trip report! Great gesture from AA flight attendants on the JFK-LAX leg!
Cheers!
jorge



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User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7362 posts, RR: 85
Reply 13, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 14122 times:
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Cameron, you mileage whore you, using the JFK-LAX to get home.  rotfl 

Another fantastic report from you buddy. I'm back in AUS now. Hit me up, I need a Hut's buffalo burger soon dude.

A top 5 report for AA on this site.  bigthumbsup 


User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3713 posts, RR: 28
Reply 14, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 13935 times:



Quoting Longhornmaniac (Thread starter):
I chose the omelette, which was OUTSTANDING! It may not look like much, but it was absolutely delicious. The potatoes were awesome, too!

From the description it is exactly the same omelette I had on a breakfast flight in F on LAX-JFK last month. So much for product differentiation  Yeah sure



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User currently onlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3355 posts, RR: 45
Reply 15, posted (6 years 5 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 13695 times:



Quoting SASDC8 (Reply 10):
Great TR with good quality photographs Smile



Quoting Atrude777 (Reply 11):
very cool trip report!



Quoting FXramper (Reply 13):
Another fantastic report from you buddy.

Thanks for the nice comments, guys! Glad you liked it.

Quoting SASDC8 (Reply 10):
Found the part regrading Patrick to be absolutely hilarious Big grin Big grin If this had happened to me, I might just have crawled over and died Big grin Big grin

 rotfl  I laughed so hard at this. Probably because it's what I thought about doing.  biggrin 

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 14):
From the description it is exactly the same omelette I had on a breakfast flight in F on LAX-JFK last month. So much for product differentiation

If it ain't broke...

Cheers,
Cameron


User currently offlineAirbalticfan From United States of America, joined May 2008, 267 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (6 years 5 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 13332 times:

Cameron,another excellent trip report and videos.I am glad you had this very nice trip.I am in Pittsburgh right now and totaly enjoyed JetBlue service fron DEN to JFK and JFK to PIT.I have never been on AA,but looking forward to fly with them in near future.
Thank you again for a great trip report!


User currently onlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3355 posts, RR: 45
Reply 17, posted (6 years 5 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 13034 times:



Quoting Airbalticfan (Reply 16):
Cameron,another excellent trip report and videos.I am glad you had this very nice trip.I am in Pittsburgh right now and totaly enjoyed JetBlue service fron DEN to JFK and JFK to PIT.I have never been on AA,but looking forward to fly with them in near future.
Thank you again for a great trip report!

Hey Yanis! Great to hear from you, buddy! How are those FS landings coming?!?! I'm glad you enjoyed your B6 experience, something I've yet to experience. I sure hope a TR is coming on the other side. Glad you enjoyed my report.

Cheers,
Cameron


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8589 posts, RR: 54
Reply 18, posted (6 years 5 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 12959 times:
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Nice report and pictures Cameron, thanks, looks like you had a good trip, are AA really that good?? - Your's is the only TR to suggest so..........

Quoting Longhornmaniac (Thread starter):
DL 763

- A 764, though I think you know that now  Smile

I have an aa flight in F in September, will post a TR, will the flight be as good as yours??

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineWA707atMSP From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2264 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (6 years 5 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 12834 times:

Thanks for another great trip report, Cameron. Despite the relentless AA bashing in this forum, I've had good luck with them over the years, and look forward to flying them more in the future.

Quoting Longhornmaniac (Thread starter):
I hope you all enjoyed. Stay tuned for a short TR in early August, for my next trip, a one-way trip MSP-ORD-DFW-AUS (with a 777).

I live in the MSP area - AA's ground staff in MSP has always been nice to me, so I'm sure you will be treated well.



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User currently onlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3355 posts, RR: 45
Reply 20, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 12656 times:



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 18):

I've found with AA that you've got to give respect to get it. Is that the way it should be from the customer service sector (which I consider all of an airline's front line employees to be, at least in part)? No. But it is what it is, and I've always been polite, appreciative, and generally nice, and I've gotten nothing but the same in return. I've heard stories, though... I'm sure that some people are just as nice as I am, and get snippy and rude. I guess I'm just lucky!  Wink Maybe the fact that I wear an AA shirt helps!

Quoting WA707atMSP (Reply 19):
Thanks for another great trip report, Cameron. Despite the relentless AA bashing in this forum, I've had good luck with them over the years, and look forward to flying them more in the future.

I'm glad you've had some of the same types of experiences I have! I almost feel like a loner when it comes to supporting AA's customer service!

We should go spotting at MSP while I'm up there!

I'm glad you two liked my report, and thanks for reading!

Cheers,
Cameron


User currently offlineWA707atMSP From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2264 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 12510 times:



Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 20):
I've found with AA that you've got to give respect to get it. Is that the way it should be from the customer service sector (which I consider all of an airline's front line employees to be, at least in part)? No.

I've found that 99% of the time, if you smile at airline employees, and treat them the way you would like to be treated, they will do everything they can to help you out. The passengers who run into problems are the people who are surly, if not verbally belligerent, to airline employees, and demand immediate results, then are perplexed when airline employees aren't willing to try very hard to help them out.

On a recent AA Eagle flight, I was sitting in seat 1A of an ERJ, but my carry on was at Row 8. I had to wait for everyone else to get off the airplane before I could go back to get my bag. As the passengers were deplaning, the flight attendant smiled, and said "have a nice day" to each passenger. Only one or two passengers responded to her - everyone else ignored her completely. I thought it was really sad that this flight attendant tried to be nice, but nobody seemed to care....



Seaholm Maples are #1!
User currently offlineIndyWA From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 355 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 12334 times:



Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 9):
CAVU (what does that mean?),

CAVU = Ceiling And VIsibility Unlimited


User currently offlineDFW13L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 12266 times:

Hey Cameron. Sorry I'm a little late in replying. Fantastic trip report 5stars!  bigthumbsup 

Loved all the details, pics and vids. Also, thanks for advertising for my airline! (well technically I work for Eagle, but you get the picture).

I've not yet done a transcon, so now I really need to do one!

Thanks for sharing!
Matt


User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 24, posted (6 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 12179 times:

Wow -- very cool trip report!


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User currently onlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3355 posts, RR: 45
Reply 25, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 11907 times:



Quoting IndyWA (Reply 22):

CAVU = Ceiling And VIsibility Unlimited

Thanks very much, IndyWA, for the confirmation!

Quoting DFW13L (Reply 23):
Fantastic trip report 5stars!

Thanks Matt! Glad you enjoyed it!

Quoting September11 (Reply 24):
Wow -- very cool trip report!

I'm glad you enjoyed it. It was an awesome experience!

Cheers,
Cameron


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