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User currently offlineTranspac787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3184 posts, RR: 13
Posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 32767 times:

Hey all,

Well, time for another TR. I'll do a bit of a brief preface and say that it's always been a bit of a dream of mine to visit Moscow, and more specifically Red Square. I've always had a fascination with Russia, mostly because they were our old nemesis during the years of the Cold War. So anyhow, when AA finally announced ORD-DME several months ago, I've been hellbent to get over to Russia. So, with relatively light loads over the Halloween weekend, I finally decided to make a try for it.




28 October 2008
AA158, ORD-DME
Block Time: 09 hours, 30 minutes
777-223/ER, N778AN
Seat: 3J, First Class

Load Factor-
First Class: 40%
NextGen Business: 40%
Coach: 50%

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To my extreme surprise, the DEN-ORD flights on the morning of Tuesday the 28th were wide-open.... a huge plus since I'd be nonrevving the whole trip, like almost every other trip I take. Anyhow, I took the earliest AA DEN-ORD flight I could just to ensure I'd get to ORD and avoid any typical O'Hare Three Mile Island-esque operational meltdowns.



My 777 to DME, N778AN


After I killed a few hours, I was given my boarding pass pretty early before departure given the unusual extreme light load. Also to my huge surprise, the supervising gate agent let me pre-board with the cabin crew, approx 2.5 hours before departure. I sure did appreciate that.... got to take a ton of pics all over the inside of our plane.



First Class cabin, facing forward



First Class cabin, facing aft



NextGen Business cabin, facing forward



NextGen Business cabin, facing aft



Coach cabin at door 3L, facing forward



Coach cabin at door 3R, facing aft



Looking out over the wing from door 2R, cabin catering still in progress



Cockpit. Sorry about terrible glare, we had the sun right at our face.



The huge RR Trent 892. I'm personally more a fan of the PW4090, but the Trent 892 is still a slick engine.... despite spinning the wrong way  Wink


Once the pilots showed up I introduced myself and said I'd be flying along for the whole trip, including the 2-day layover in Moscow. All three pilots were very nice and we were able to talk very easily. The captain, Captain Mike, was a real cool guy, showing me our entire route of flight, dispatch release, and all sorts of other cool info. He explained to me what the whole issue is between AA 763's and 777's with flying to Russia, why the 763's are having to be reconfigured and modified to be able to fly into Moscow, while the 777's do it with little to no problem.



One of the FO's entering all the route of flight and fuel data into the FMC.


So, eventually, I had to take my seat. I was hoping to get row 3 or 4 in first class so I'd have a good view over the wing. I decided on row 3, which is a bit further away from the business class galley (less noise), but still had a decent overwing view.



View out the window, just prior to pushback



Champagne, menu, and the USA Today


Takeoff was quite strong... I've always loved 777 takeoffs. In my time in the cockpit prior to doors-closing, I was surprised to see that V1 was only 1 knot less than VR.... I guess we were light enough on our 9.5 hour flight that we didn't have a real low V1 speed.



View of First Class cabin just after takeoff


This was actually my first ever time on an AA 777, the 777-223/ER. I was really impressed with AA's first class product, all the positions the seat can swivel to or recline into. I particularly LOVED how the seat can be swiveled to 90 degrees to look directly out the windows. I had never flown facing "sideways" before, so it was quite the gee-whiz experience for me, haha.



Seat facing 90 degrees off, towards the windows. Pretty cool!!



Climbing to cruise altitude, over Michigan.


Dinner service began fairly quickly after takeoff. I've been able to travel in premium cabins on NW, UA, and AA.... out of the three, AA's food service wins by a long shot, in both quality and quantity. Starter, appetizer, salad, entree, dessert, finishers. Quite the lineup.



Dinner starter. On the moving map you can see our route of flight.



Sunset. Happened fairly quickly after takeoff, only 45 minutes to an hour.



Appetizer. The small shot glass is Russian vodka.... that stuff is powerful!!



Salad. In first class, AA prepares your salad in front of you with your choice of toppings. I went for "the works".... cucumbers, onions, olives, chicken, and peppers.



Entree. I selected the chicken option..... very good!!



Dessert. AA's eternally good ice-cream sundaes, made to your choosing. Again, I got "the works".... butterscotch, fudge, mixed berries, warm nuts, and whipped cream.


After dinner, I tried to finish watching the movie "Minority Report", but fell asleep halfway through. My only complaint with AA's first class is the seat position in the full-flat bed, as it is literally just that: flat. AA's business class shapes to provide a bit of back contour, so you don't have any pressure points on your spine and back. It's really quite comfortable. AA's first class though, can be somewhat uncomfortable in the full-flat position, as I actually raised the seat 2-3 inches off of the bed position, to provide a bit more back support and comfort.



Moving map, in Russian, en route to Moscow.


After about a relatively decent 6 hours of sleep, the FA's were preparing the pre-arrival breakfast. I was planning on just getting the cereal, fruit, and yogurt plate, but the omelets smelled too good and I had to get one.



Pre-arrival breakfast.



Approach into an overcast and cold Moscow.


After landing, I was immediately hit with quite a bit of a "culture" shock, seeing all sorts of Russian planes everywhere. Tu-134, Tu-154, and IL-62, among others.



S7 Airlines. Good brand-recognition but terrible colors!! It looks like zinc-chromate.



This I was surprised to see.... is there a boneyard at DME?? Most of those planes looked stored / abandoned. I was quite surprised to see a 757 in the bunch.


After a decently long taxi, we finally pulled into the gate. I was pretty nervous before going through Russian customs as I've heard several horror stories from other nonrevs and crew, but the process went rather fast and was almost totally painless. Much ado over nothing, it would seem!!



N778AN after arrival in Moscow. Thanks for a great ride.


So, after the flight, so began my first (and most likely only) trip to Russia. I had most of Wednesday and all day Thursday to get around, so my days were relatively busy given my limited time there on layover.



View from the hotel room. Pretty dull/boring looking city, especially given the high number of the Stalin-esque apartment buildings.


One of the nice things about Moscow is the HUGE and rather extensive underground Metro system. Very cheap.... about 60 cents per ride, according to my rough mental math in conversion rates.



Huge escalator down into the Metro tunnels. I was told the Metro Tunnels were to be used as bomb shelters back in the Cold War days of the Soviet Union. Considering the depth of those tunnels, they might have served that purpose pretty well.



Quite the nice Metro station. Most of them weren't like this, but there are a few that were quite extravagant.


Anyhow, the whole first day I spent with four of the FA's from my crew on AA158, visiting this giant outdoor market, the Vodka Museum, the Gum Mall (pronounced "Goom") and of course Red Square. I was in awe the whole time..... very very cool place, Russia is.



Me and three of the AA158 FA's at the Vodka Museum. We all bought those Russian fur hats at the market, but I was too embarrassed to wear mine around and look like a huge tourist (as if I didn't anyway, I'm sure).



Some hot dog stand near Red Square. The resemblance of the name to "Crap Dogs" gave me a good chuckle.



McDonalds. That place is pretty popular in Russia, it seems. Considering, people were getting road rage in the drive thru line - honking and flipping the bird to everyone.



Red Square. A very surreal moment for me, to be able to walk through there. The place of all the old May Day weapons parades, which Secretary Kruchev used to watch over.



Guards at the tomb of the unknown soldier. Them Ruskies really do know how to look professional!!





31 October 2008
AA159, DME-ORD
Block Time: 10 hours, 35 minutes
777-223/ER, N792AN
Seat: 3J, First Class

Load Factor-
First Class: 40%
NextGen Business: 85%
Coach: 65%

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Despite a short stay, I am really glad I was able to visit Moscow. Such a cool city, I would LOVE to see it again!!! Though, most likely I will not... at least for awhile. Visiting the most expensive city in the world takes a major toll on my already-thin wallet.

Anyhow, the DME airport is not as nice or as fancy as other major European airports. I mean, it's nice just somewhat dull and boring, so to speak. The exterior of the terminal is definitely an eye-catcher, but the interior is not much to look at.



DME terminal building



Domodedovo sign atop the terminal building



Check-in lobby.... pretty crowded, it was hard to get around in there with two bags.



View outside from a Duty Free store. the LH A319 was arriving from MUC


At the gate I was selected for some secondary screening procedure, which was actually quite extensive and time-consuming.... almost even more so than the TSA, which I thought would be an unbeatable record!! No problem though, I finally got to the gate counters and was given a seat assignment almost right away. I was looking forward to getting on the plane and going up to the cockpit as Captain Mike said I'd be welcome to listen in on the pilot's briefing about the departure procedures from DME, given the bizarre ATC clearances and use of altitudes and flight levels.



View of our plane, N792AN, back to Chicago. Sorry about bad glare.


To my huge displeasure at finding after boarding, there was an FAA inspector on board the plane. Of course they claim they're doing their job (and making people's lives miserable) but it seemed the jerk-ass was really just trying to hitch a free ride. After giving the pilots a rather thorough inspection, he goes and sits down in first class....for FREE!! No nonrev charges, no fees, no dep/arr taxes, no nothing. Man... and people thought nonrevs were blood-sucking vampires?? Not even close.... I think the FAA guys set a new low. Like I said, under the guise of "doing their job", they go and help themselves to premium seats for 10.5 hours. Totally out of line.

Well anyhow, I got the same exact seat again, 3J. Good view of the wing, and AA First Class, so I was happy as a clam.



Me in 3J, just prior to pushback



Pushback, right in front of a Tu-154. I loved seeing those Russian planes!!


Once we taxied out to the Runway, Captain Mike got on the PA and said we'd have to back-taxi on the runway, as an An-124 was parked on and blocking the taxiway leading to the runway. So, we got on the runway and taxied all the way to the end, then made a rather tight 180 degree turn. I was impressed - those 777's can turn on a dime.

Takeoff, again, was quite strong and pretty quick. Unfortunately because of the FAA inspector, I was unable to visit the cockpit the entire time on the ground in DME, so I didn't see any of our numbers for fuel load, ATOG, V1/VR speeds, etc.



Climbout from DME


Lunch service began rather quickly after takeoff again. The FA's came around and asked for orders, and I again opted for the chicken entree.



Appetizer. Almost the same as was on the ORD-DME flight



Salad. I got "the works" again - chicken, peppers, olives, cucumbers, tomatoes, and bleu cheese dressing



Entree. Very good, very good!!



Dessert. Ice cream, with the works for toppings.


After the lunch service, I hit the sack again, for quite a few hours, 6 or 7 straight. I woke up a couple times though to some rather strong turbulence. I usually don't get nervous at all during turbulence, but some of the bumps were getting pretty strong to the point where some loose items in the cabin began to jump around quite a bit.



Our flight path to Chicago. We flew really far north, as far north as the 79th parallel.


About 1.5 hours before arrival, the FA's began the pre-arrival snack service. In First the choice was a hot turkey sandwich or a hot vegetarian wrap. Feeling a bit adventurous I decided to try the veggie wrap, and that thing was GOOODD. I would have asked for another but I didn't want to push my luck as a nonrev, haha. The accompanying tomatoes and salad also had this really good cajun-esque dressing.



Pre-arrival snack: hot vegetable wrap.


Anyhow, just before top of descent Captain Mike came out to say a bit of a final "goodbye" since I was going to jump off the plane ASAP to get first in line at the rather notorious Chicago customs.



Myself and Captain Mike, by door 1L. I have some weird-ass grin.... I suppose exhaustion was a contributing factor.


Approach into ORD is always pretty sporty, getting vectored around quite a bit. Too bad AA doesn't have channel 9!!



Approach into ORD


Customs went relatively smoothly, despite the long lines. It was actually the first time I've ever been "pulled over" for a customs inspection, having to put all my bags on the xray. They didn't hand-search my bags though, so I was off without a hitch. My final flight, ORD-DEN, went pretty easily.... almost got my own row in coach on UA253, a 772A.


Final Impressions- Despite A.net's ranting on AA's premium products, they really are quite nice. AA's food service is leagues ahead of UA's. While I have personally not yet flown on the new First and Business Class at United, I have played around with them on the ground in DEN when we occasionally get a few new-config 763's in. While AA's NextGenBiz seats are not technically lie-flat, they definitely give United a run for their money, it's a tight competition. As far as First Class goes, AA's suite is easily better. Offering the full flat bed, privacy walls, and the ability to swivel your seat 90 degrees off for direct viewing out the window and use of a "desk".... it's quite the product.

Thanks for reading, and all comments appreciated!!


A340-500: 4 engines 4 long haul. 777-200LR: 2 engines 4 longer haul
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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6708 posts, RR: 78
Reply 1, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 32767 times:

Great report with nice pics from Moscow. AA's premium product looks quite decent.

I once tried AA's 777 Economy product some years ago and it wasn't bad. Nice crews, good catering. Actually, the meal on the return flight (beef steak) was one of the best Economy Class meals I have ever had.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5692 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hey Dude-

Absolutely fantastic report! You did it well and make me wanna head off to Moscow now too! I remember seeing it at the gate as I mentioned in my last trip report in awe of what we can do these days, as simple as hopping on a plane and in under 12 hrs be in another country almost halfway around the world. It truly is amazing.

Russia certainly has its history indeed and certainly had to be fascinating to see and check out even under such short times.

Thanks for the food pictures! They truly look delicious!

That is some light loads for halloween weekend indeed!

Alex



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User currently offlineN272WA From Ireland, joined Jun 2007, 410 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Excellent TR, seemed you had a nice time in Moscow !!

Thanks for posting,
Mike



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User currently offlineUN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4289 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Very nice trip report  Smile Did the staff mention whether AA's loads at Moscow have been picking up? They're going to a 763 which will hopefully help.
Can't wait to try them in December (even though I'm in Coach Sad )



What now?
User currently offlineTbird From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 851 posts, RR: 19
Reply 5, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Very good trip report. I flew AA in Biz and F to Rome and back from JFK in August and agree the product if fantastic!

User currently offline9W748Capt From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 542 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Awesome report! Great to see you taking advantage of your non-rev status to visit someplace like Moscow. I was lucky enough to have had the chance to visit St Petersburg (LED) a few years ago and it was just a fascinating place. It's hard not to be wowed by Russia. And AA's premium product looks impressive indeed.

Just out of curiosity, do you host your pictures on facebook? Seems some of them don't always load. I've had this same problem when I post TRs with pics linked from fb. A bit annoying! And one last thing - what kind of visa did you have to obtain and was that a hassle? I would certainly jump at the chance to visit Russia again - if I ever come up with the time or money!


User currently offlineUPPERDECKFAN From Spain, joined Jun 2007, 992 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Nice TR, good to see all the russian a/c....

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
Visiting the most expensive city in the world

Well, it might be on paper but as a tourist I'm sure London is more expensive.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
Despite A.net's ranting on AA's premium products

IMO AA biz class is very competitive against their US counterparts, although the ranting starts when people from Asia and/or Europe used to fly the likes of CX, SQ, BA, LH try a US carrier for the first time........



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User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

That same ice cream everytime must be a bit boring. Am surprised they do not offer a choice in First.Thanks for the great pictures.

The breakfast in F is the same I got on Y to London from JFK on the AM flight. Cheese omelet, fruit, croissant.

[Edited 2008-11-01 11:11:58]

User currently offlineEbs757 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 758 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great trip report! I really enjoyed reading through it, thanks! I can't wait to do some non-reving this winter


Viva la Vida
User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3698 posts, RR: 28
Reply 10, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Nice report, looks of good pics of a product I probably won't ever experience...AA's competitors on the routes I'd travel are just better well apart to/from South America.

Quoting Transpac787 (Thread starter):
To my huge displeasure at finding after boarding, there was an FAA inspector on board the plane. Of course they claim they're doing their job (and making people's lives miserable) but it seemed the jerk-ass was really just trying to hitch a free ride. After giving the pilots a rather thorough inspection, he goes and sits down in first class....for FREE!! No nonrev charges, no fees, no dep/arr taxes, no nothing. Man... and people thought nonrevs were blood-sucking vampires?? Not even close.... I think the FAA guys set a new low. Like I said, under the guise of "doing their job", they go and help themselves to premium seats for 10.5 hours. Totally out of line.

So you were non-revving in F on airline you don't work for and are complaining that an FAA inspector (who was in work mode by the sounds of it) was riding in First Class for free? Just trying to clarify that...



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User currently offlineTranspac787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3184 posts, RR: 13
Reply 11, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
Nice crews, good catering. Actually, the meal on the return flight (beef steak) was one of the best Economy Class meals I have ever had.

Good to hear. What route did you get it on??

Quoting Atrude777 (Reply 2):
Thanks for the food pictures! They truly look delicious!

I always feel like such a nerd taking pics of food on planes but hey, what can you do!?!

Quoting 9W748Capt (Reply 6):
Just out of curiosity, do you host your pictures on facebook?

Yes... I used to on Photobucket but they changed monthly bandwidth from 100gb to 25gb... kinda forced my hand on the issue of switching to FB.

Quoting 9W748Capt (Reply 6):
what kind of visa did you have to obtain and was that a hassle?

I got a single-entry tourist visa. I've heard from other nonrevs all sorts of their horror stories trying to get the visas in person at the Russian consulates in the US, so I decided to pay some travel agency in ATL to do it for me. Ended up costing $205 total, but the process was completely painless and only took about 2 weeks.

Quoting UPPERDECKFAN (Reply 7):
Well, it might be on paper but as a tourist I'm sure London is more expensive.

It is officially the most expensive city in the world on paper, sure enough. I've never been to London so I can't compare first-hand, but Moscow was freakishly expensive. I paid 6 dollars for a water bottle in some restaurant. Most beer, wine, and vodka was cheaper!!

Quoting Semsem (Reply 8):
That same ice cream everytime must be a bit boring.

One would think so but those are good, I never get tired of them!! AA does offer alternate options thoug.... cakes, pies, cookies, etc. But I always go for the ice cream, it's one of their signature desserts.

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 10):
So you were non-revving in F on airline you don't work for and are complaining that an FAA inspector (who was in work mode by the sounds of it) was riding in First Class for free? Just trying to clarify that...

::sigh:: I was half-expecting a reply like this.

The difference is this. I still paid $150 bucks or so for mine while he paid $0.00. While $150 bucks is insanely less than what an actual First Class ticket would cost, it at least covers the cost of the food, alcohol, amenity kit, etc. He, on the other hand, pays zero, and still gets all that.

Keep in mind, the FAA assholes do this all the time. Using the EXCUSE of saying they are "working" and performing an "inspection", they all just use it as a free (and yes, completely free) means of traveling to wherever they want on vacation. I mean, the guy had checked bags and two carry-on bags.... who was he trying to fool in saying he was doing this flight strictly for purposes of the inspection and that was it??



A340-500: 4 engines 4 long haul. 777-200LR: 2 engines 4 longer haul
User currently offlineLAXdude1023 From India, joined Sep 2006, 7481 posts, RR: 25
Reply 12, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Good stuff Matt!

I enjoyed the pictures of Moscow. Ive only transited in SVO (SU's LAX-SVO service), never actually been in the city (although thats changing in a few months).

I love AA's 777. I did have the fortune of flying F once from DFW-NRT. Their product was absolutely great! Im glad to see that you also enjoyed it!



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User currently offlineNWA757boy From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 676 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Awesome report, looks like AA offers a decent product. I think I'm going to try to non-rev to Moscow because of your report. It's not a city that many people want to go to, but it looks very interesting and there is a lot of history there.

thanks for sharing


Zach


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8467 posts, RR: 55
Reply 14, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Great report and pictures, really enjoyed, thanks.

Moscow has always been on my hit list to visit, keeps gettings pushed back though as the wifr is not that keen  Sad

Quoting Transpac787 (Thread starter):
Champagne, menu, and the USA Today

- Is that a plastic glass in F!?

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineTDubJFK From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Amazing report ... your details and photos -including those incredible shots in Moscow- were fantastic.

It seemed you clicked pretty well with the crew you flew with, esp with the early boarding and hanging out with them in Moscow. That must have been nice considering it was your first time in the city.

Quoting Transpac787 (Thread starter):
He explained to me what the whole issue is between AA 763's and 777's with flying to Russia, why the 763's are having to be reconfigured and modified to be able to fly into Moscow, while the 777's do it with little to no problem.

I'm curious, what are the reconfigurations they need to make to the 767s?


Again great report- thanks for posting!


User currently offlineMauiman31 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 450 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Brilliant report. Beautiful pics. Thanks much. Loved the pics of the NGBC on the 777.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 14):
- Is that a plastic glass in F!?

Yes, AA does plastic for F pre-flight drinks. My experience, at least.


User currently offlineNWOrientDC10 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1404 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Quoting Transpac787 (Thread starter):
I've always had a fascination with Russia, mostly because they were our old nemesis during the years of the Cold War.

I feel the same way. If one would have taken a trip there thirty years ago, he probably would have had "chaperones" escorting him. How things have changed.

Quoting Transpac787 (Thread starter):
Red Square. A very surreal moment for me, to be able to walk through there. The place of all the old May Day weapons parades, which Secretary Kruchev used to watch over.

That must have been quite an experience to have actually been there.

Quoting Transpac787 (Thread starter):
Guards at the tomb of the unknown soldier. Them Ruskies really do know how to look professional!!

Did it rain that day? It looks kind of like a rainy day.

Quoting Transpac787 (Thread starter):
Pushback, right in front of a Tu-154. I loved seeing those Russian planes!!

Does AA have some sort of agreement with a Russian carrier? If so maybe it's possible to fly AA to some place in Europe then connect on a Russian carrier and fly in, say, a Tu-154 to Moscow. That would be something.

Quoting Transpac787 (Thread starter):
Feeling a bit adventurous I decided to try the veggie wrap, and that thing was GOOODD.

Being adventerous would be to have a meal with meat in it  Wink

Does non revenue travel include the hotel or is that paid for with your own $$$?

About that FAA inspector, it seems ironic that a US Carrier would have a "police" presence on board. This is what could have been expected in the USSR thirty years ago.

Thanks for the TR. It was good reading.

Good Day  Smile

Russell



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User currently offlineLHR777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Nice report and some great pics of the 777. I get to play with these every day at work, and after 10 years of that, I still love them!

Quoting Transpac787 (Reply 11):
The difference is this. I still paid $150 bucks or so for mine while he paid $0.00. While $150 bucks is insanely less than what an actual First Class ticket would cost, it at least covers the cost of the food, alcohol, amenity kit, etc. He, on the other hand, pays zero, and still gets all that.

Keep in mind, the FAA assholes do this all the time. Using the EXCUSE of saying they are "working" and performing an "inspection", they all just use it as a free (and yes, completely free) means of traveling to wherever they want on vacation. I mean, the guy had checked bags and two carry-on bags.... who was he trying to fool in saying he was doing this flight strictly for purposes of the inspection and that was it??

You're right, they are a pain in the ass. I had an FAA guy 'inspecting' a flight about two weeks ago. He'd been given a hard time by airport security (because he flashed his badge and told them he was FAA and therefore exempt from UK security procedures - he's not) and then demanded a seat up-front. He then actually told the gate agents that he was 'going home from vacation' and this was the 'easiest option'. He was rude, abrupt and getting a free ride!

Between the captain and I, we ensured he had a lovely seat - I seem to recall 23E, on a 767. (Yes, a lovely middle seat).  Wink


User currently offlineDeltaL1011man From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 9255 posts, RR: 14
Reply 19, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great TR Matt
Now.........One from a DL 77L would be nice LOL  duck 

I wish I could just fly about the world like you lol



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User currently offlineAA 777 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 807 posts, RR: 13
Reply 20, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Awesome report! I've been wanting to do the same trip since they announced the service, but like you said, Russia is $$$$$


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User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17048 posts, RR: 10
Reply 21, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Fantastic TR.

The pics are really nice.

Seems you enjoyed your time in Moscow.

Pity about that FAA guy, but you got the meet the pilot anyway.


Thank you for sharing

B747forever



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User currently offlineTriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 737 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Your pics made me feel I was right in first class on the 777 as one who has seen it many times. You hit it off with the crew and that's good. Most of the time they are wonderful on the international flights in first even though I'm only a non rev. I'm glad you got to fly on the 777 while it is still on this route.


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User currently offlineDavescj From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 2305 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks ago) and read 32767 times:

Great TR and wonderful pics! I enjoyed them very much!

Quoting Semsem (Reply 8):
Am surprised they do not offer a choice in First.

This surprises me as well. DL and AA always offer the sundae. On BA and NW both the deserts rotate. Personally, I am glad for the variety.

Dave



Can I have a mojito on this flight?
User currently offlineLH648 From Kazakhstan, joined Sep 2006, 571 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting Transpac787 (Thread starter):
After a decently long taxi, we finally pulled into the gate. I was pretty nervous before going through Russian customs as I've heard several horror stories from other nonrevs and crew, but the process went rather fast and was almost totally painless. Much ado over nothing, it would seem!!

You should try SVO, it's completely different story...



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25 AmricanShamrok : Great TR and pics. You were lucky to be able to board with the crew on the outbound leg.
26 Transpac787 : Alright!!!! It's a fantastic place to visit, really very cool. Glad I could be an "inspiration", haha. Yes. Only on pre-departure drinks. IIRC, there
27 CAP2008 : Yeah, I once paid $6 for a 8oz. Orange juice in CDG, plus I can recall plenty of times asking for water in Europe and getting a $5 bottle of Evian ,
28 Longhornmaniac : Great report, as usual, Matt!!! Pictures were great. Did you get me one of the hats? Really enjoyed it, and glad you finally got on one of the AA 772s
29 September11 : DME! Lovely photos and great report to read.
30 KingAir200 : Great as always, although I can't help but saying that the MOT illegal would have been the best part of the whole trip...
31 DFW13L : What a great trip report! Glad you enjoyed your first 777 in with the first class swivel seats! I love those! I've nonreved now numerous times on them
32 Post contains images SXDFC : Matt : Long time no talk! Great TR and I remember you telling me about visiting DME! I am glad you got the chance to do so, hey now you can at least s
33 Transpac787 : I still have 2 years to go and I'm already going through withdrawal, haha. Nah, I only got one extra besides the one for myself. I'm sure I can arran
34 Longhornmaniac : Correct, but you don't know where that AA A300 card is, now do you?!? Muahahahaha! Cheers, Cameron
35 Tsaord : About time someone took this trip. I was wondering how this route was doing. Moscow, I wonder if I would ever put that on my to do list in the future.
36 FXramper : Another good report buddy. Who does the ramp work for AA at DME? Regards.
37 Globetraveller : Hey there Transpac787, You are one lucky man: being able to board early and being able to snoop around in the cockpit. I envy you. Thank you for a bri
38 BAGoldEx : Lovely. A guy in a black dress shirt and a shiny tie flying first class for free; I always love seeing that. Does anyone on this site actually pay for
39 TG992 : Quite shocked at how awful the 777 economy cabin looks! Didn't know it was possible for a 777 cabin to look so outdated and just plain ugly. Comments
40 Transpac787 : By now I'm guessing it doesn't exist I'll have to jet on out to God-awful MIA one of these days and try to get one on MIA-JFK. Want me to get you a c
41 DeltaL1011man : DL use to.........thank the lord they dropped it.........now i can wear what ever i want Matt, What is NWA nov-reving like.......?
42 PlaneHunter : That was DFW-LGW in summer 2002. It may look ugly and outdated, but it's still comfortable - in contrast to some other airlines' cabins which may loo
43 EXAAUADL : I think serving ice cream sundaes in F class International is pretty pathetic. Only US carrires do this.
44 LAXdude1023 : Really? Why? I love sundaes! I cant think of something Id rather eat for desert. I suppose it would be better to eat some of that fancy s**t with tin
45 Pumaknight : Brilliant report and top photos. Love the Crapdog stand - that would have had me giggling as well! I am flying Bus Class to Hawaii from KSFO next year
46 Fbgdavidson : AA don't have Business Class on the Hawaii flights, and the above pictures are from an international flight. The domestic ones (like Hawaii) are a co
47 44k : I would like to set one thing once and for all times: THERE IS A CHOICE OF DESERT IN AA INTERNATIONAL FIRST AND BUSINESS CLASS. There is a choice bet
48 ChrisNH : I'm often impressed with these trip reports, and I sure was with yours. Excellent! I figure that yours was too short a flight for there to be two crew
49 HowSwedeitis : Comrade-Matt! Good report man! Glad you had a good time in Mother Russia! *Shudder* I'll never forget it... I had a twenty(USD), and I exchanged it. A
50 Transpac787 : You are actually given a choice. Some years ago, AA thought about discontinuing the sundaes because of complaints like yours. The voice of outcry to
51 797 : Dude FINALLY! I have been expecting a report on an AA 772 for so long! Thanks thanks thanks. Now, my questions are: 1) Would you pay whatever it costs
52 UA772IAD : That is a huge first class cabin! No wonder the load upfront was so low. Touche. The 4090 is the best sounding of the 777 engine families.
53 Daviation : Very nice report! I've been on AA dozens of times, but never on their 777. I've been on El Al's 777, and you're right, the RR engines are loud as hell
54 UN_B732 : I know the question wasn't direct at me, but if I had lots of oneworld miles, I'd be blowing them on Cathay Pacific. Asian carriers just can't compare
55 Transpac787 : I only nonrev, and even then I tend to only pay for J-class. F-class is a nice novelty to get up there once in awhile as the service really is quite
56 Type-Rated : Wow! What a nice report and great photos. But to tell you the truth, I am very surprised that the cabin crew did now have a major security melt down w
57 AirJamaica : Awesome Trip report. AA's 777 looking sleek..............
58 Avianca : great report! even the food seems good, but not really F-standard comparing to other carrier or? I am sure carrier like LA, JJ, AV are in J much bette
59 787KQ : Great trip report! You should have seen it before. And compared to SVO a couple years ago, it was such a joy to go to DME, which is one reason so many
60 Ollieg84 : Nice report + great pics! I see you stayed in the Milan hotel... I was working out in Moscow for nearly 4 months and was greeted with that view of Ash
61 Elevate : Fantastic report... I felt like I was sat next to you for the entire journey (a perfect TR?). Gotta love the 777!
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