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LHR-LAX In F On AA 777  
User currently offlineDFW13L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (4 years 9 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 19080 times:

Here's the long-delayed return portion of my Oxonmoot trip, involving my longest flight ever. Well, since I haven't ever done Transpacific, LHR-LAX is my longest flight by 20 minutes as FRA-DFW was 20 minutes shorter.
Here is the link to my outbound trip, showing what all I did when I got there

I was actually flying LHR-DFW, but picked the LAX flight so that I could get First Class. The 3 DFW flights were pretty full and there was an insane number of non-revs traveling standby to DFW that day. There were over 70 people listed in total trying to go standby LHR-DFW. The LAX flight had about 4-5 seats open in F and 10 open in J and only about 4 people listed for standby. The connection to DFW was a 738 with about 60 open in Y, so I knew I would make that.

After leaving Oxford, I spent a couple days in London that I planned to spend with a friend, but who couldn't make it at the last minute (he's done that to me before, but I keep hoping he'll show up on one of these trips eventually). I used a Starwood award to book my hotel in central London which I couldn't cancel, so I kept the reservation and just did around London for a couple days.

On the day before I was to head home, I moved to the LHR Renaissance and made it out to The Green Man pub, which is my new favorite pub in the UK! Wow, I can't believe how low the planes are over the pub!! It's great.


This is the sunset view from my room at the Renaissance LHR



Oneworld 744 from the window in my room.


Exterior of the hotel from the Nene Rd. bus stop. (you can take the bus from LHR to Nene Rd for free)


A book shop I try to get to every year to get my annual book of registrations. It's next door to the Renaissance.


An airplane spotting contraption in the parking lot near the Aviation shop and next to the Renaissance.


The view from the platform looking to the left down Bath Rd. I count 3 heavy jets, but I thought there were 4 when I took the pic.


Looking straight ahead from the spotting area. It's not reallly good for photography, but is great for plane spotting.


Eventually I get on the bus to T3 at LHR to check in for my flight and maybe hook up with my friend who no-showed. As it turned out he was going through customs while I was in the building going into the gate area. As you can see, and it's not new news, the old Concorde model is replaced with the EK A380.


I didn't check in here! (As an employee I need to use the self-service in the normal people area). This is AA's check in area for Business and First Class customers. It's outside T3 and is really nice. Sorry for the glare. For once the sun came out in Britain! Haha just kidding. It was a beautiful weekend while I was there.


A peek inside.

So I checked in exactly 4 hours early, which is the best I could do to get the best spot on the standby list. Then, I checked in, checked a bag to DFW via LAX, and took the bus to the spotting area again by the Renaissance to burn a couple hours. It only takes 20 minutes to get there via the free public transport.

Eventually I returned and got through security, which took about 30-45 minutes. Once going through I realized it has been like 2 years at least since I have departed LHR on AA. My last times were BA to IAH and DFW via T 4 and also LHR-BRU on BA from T5. I hadn't been inside the departures area of T3 since they refurbished it. It looked nice. At least the shopping was up to par.

I also had to stop by the Servisair lounge to see how it was. I didn't have long, but was there long enough to use the computer and see that it looked for sure that I was getting first class!


Kuwait at the gate.


The 767 that flew me DFW-LHR on the outward portion of this trip!

I didn't take many pics from the airside part of LHR because I have heard stories of the police not taking kindly to people taking pics from the secure area of the airport. So I only shot those two. I didn't take one of my plane or the 777 that was boarding with a 45 minute delay to DFW.


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Photo © Andreas Mueller - Spotterteam Graz


Here's my plane. N783AN or Ship 7AP to DFW. First time on it and I think my 13th AA 777.

At the gate I was issued seat 4D, which was an aisle seat. AA's first class is 4 across. One seat faces the window. Two middle seats face each other. Then there's the window seat on the other side. Each seat has free access to the aisle. I much prefer the window unless I'm with somebody. Even then I think I prefer the window.

AA 137 LHR-LAX September 29th
First had 9 or 10 booked and the rest filled with nonrevs.
Business was over 30 booked, but had a few seats still.
Coach was rather full too. I don't have exact numbers, but it was a full flight.
Crew was very friendly
Food was good


The view from my seat.

We left the gate about 15 minutes late and then took off shortly after.


Here we are just airborne using the moving map (I'll use that a lot here as I didn't have an actual window!)

Once airborne, I was greeted by a friendly, cheerful flight attendant who was energetic and friendly through the duration of the flight.


Here was my appetizer of mozzarella with sun dried tomatoes and marinated in olive oil.


Climbing over the UK heading north, I made myself comfortable. As you can see, I'm wearing the travel socks from the amenity kit. The amenity kit has some new items like Burt's Bees chapstick and other items. It's a bit better than it was. The socks and eyeshades were grey.


Here's the starter of shrimp and salmon. The flight attendant (remember the energetic and friendly one?) insisted that I have champagne to accompany it.


I chose a fish entree for my main. I forgot what kind of fish it was, but it was good! Notice how AA now has full sized wine glasses in J and F on international flights now. They have had them most of the year, but I've forgotten to mention them on previous trip reports. If I have mentioned it, maybe I'm just getting forgetful!


Dessert! Yes, I went with the ice cream. Mainly I go with the ice cream so I can see how many negative comments it generates in my trip reports. Just kidding. It's hard to turn it down. And you see the Bailey's on the rocks of course.


I think I was watching some version of Harry Potter when they took away my plates and I stretched out in my duvet blanket and folded the seat down into lie-flat. I fell asleep shortly afterwards (thanks to the champagne, red wine, and Bailey's!)


I woke up and saw that we went south of Greenland. I was hoping to be far enough north on this crossing to see Greenland, but it didn't work out. I didn't have a window anyway.


I was still dozing off and waking up, because I didn't want to miss anything! We made landfall in northern Labrador.


I think I was actually awake for the day at this point, over where the Hudson and James Bays meet.


Some crusing info over Canada well into our flight.

Somewhere along here, they came through the cabin with snacks. It was sort of an upgraded AirTran first class experience with a basket of goodies to choose from. They then placed this "snack attack" basket in the front of the F cabin for people to take what they wanted. I think I got a bag of cookies (Pepperidge Farm Milanos, yum!). They also passed around bottles of water to everyone and some Lindt Chocolates.


This picture is somewhat funny, considering how far off course I was for a final destination of DFW!


I knew we were in the United States when we were in the Great White North near Thief River Falls and Grand Forks. Mesaba territory!

Somewhere near Colorado/Wyoming we were served a choice of someting and the pizza. I chose the pizza, which is better than it looks!


Here come the Rockies! If I could only look outside.


Tea and sweets for my final meal of this 11:26 flight.


Getting close! We overflew Las Vegas (so the screen told me. I couldn't see out!) I always wish the flight would keep going when I'm in F on a 777. Maybe I should try a longer route over the Pacific.


Over Skywest's home of St George, UT.


Look! I missed DFW by 1200 miles!


Into our descent the screens started showing arrival information.


Here is a sample of the connections. Two different groups of people were connecting to Hawaii! That would be a long way in coach!

That ends my trip report. I'll just mention that I had to check a bag because I bought some liquid items. My bag was in a container that they forgot about or otherwise delayed 45 minutes and then my bag started falling apart on me. It's a TUMI and is supposed to handle travel, but maybe I've worn it out. It was stressful not knowing if I was going to get my bag and I was trying to make one of the last connections of the day to DFW. It eventually all worked out and I swore I would never check a bag again!!

I don't have any pics or anything from my LAX-DFW. I was in a Coach Window (first window seat of the whole trip) and there was an empty middle seat.

Thanks for reading my trip report. Comments always welcome!

Thanks,
Matt

[Edited 2009-12-14 19:39:08]

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User currently onlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3293 posts, RR: 44
Reply 1, posted (4 years 9 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 19057 times:

Great report, as usual, Matt! I'm jealous about the F experience on long haul! I'll get my revenge soon enough: CX F SFO-HKG  biggrin 

Take that!  box   Wink

Wonderful pictures, but for pete's sake lobby harder for a window!!!!!

Cheers,
Cameron


User currently offlineSuper80DFW From United States of America, joined Oct 2007, 1694 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (4 years 9 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 19022 times:

I can wait to visit London Heathrow myself. I certainly won't be in F, or even J class, but I still can't wait. AA seems to have a very traditional inflight service on their flights. I'd like to try it sometime. Great pictures!


"Things change, friends leave, life doesn't stop for anybody." -- EAT'EM UP EAT'EM UP KSU!!
User currently offlineTriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 743 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 9 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 18857 times:
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Quoting DFW13L (Thread starter):
I didn't take many pics from the airside part of LHR because I have heard stories of the police not taking kindly to people taking pics from the secure area of the airport.

They don't like you taking pictures inside the terminal at LHR. Don't know why.

Quoting DFW13L (Thread starter):
At the gate I was issued seat 4D, which was an aisle seat. AA's first class is 4 across. One seat faces the window. Two middle seats face each other. Then there's the window seat on the other side. Each seat has free access to the aisle. I much prefer the window unless I'm with somebody. Even then I think I prefer the window.

I made the round trip LAX-LHR-LAX 5 years ago as a non rev and got aisle seats both ways. I'm like you and if given a choice I'd take the window but I'd rather get an aisle in first class than not get first class. Incidentally, I checked in for my flight earlier and the agent offered me a LHR-ORD flight which was leaving in an hour....but I still wanted the LAX flight. She told me it's longer. My usually response is...good, I still want it.

Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 1):
Wonderful pictures, but for pete's sake lobby harder for a window!!!!!

I hear you there, but remember as non revs we have to be careful and not rock the boat. I'm just thankful I can get first class.

Great TR...I would have loved to see more pics of the plane (I recently flew 7AP ORD-NRT) and outside but I know you didn't have a window.
And do try the transpacific...DFW-NRT flight. It's about 12:30 DFW-NRT and 10:30 NRT-DFW. Or better yet JFK-NRT is even longer, and they take a very northerly route.



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User currently offlineLYChemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1201 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (4 years 9 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 18850 times:

If I am correct the ice cream is the only desert available in F.

User currently offlineCrosswinds21 From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 698 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 9 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 18439 times:

Nice report. This pretty much matches the (positive) experience that I had flying this route in F. The only exception was that your route was unusually southern. Oh, and I was seated at a window and did get to see Greenland.  Wink

Quoting LYChemsa (Reply 4):
If I am correct the ice cream is the only desert available in F.

They usually also have cheese and dried fruit. On a couple of flights that I've taken, there has also been a choice of a bowl of fresh fruit, which I go for over the ice cream (but both are quite good nonetheless). This week, I'll be posting a trip that I took on AA F to and from NRT with pictures of the fruit bowl.


User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32776 posts, RR: 72
Reply 6, posted (4 years 9 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 18095 times:



Quoting LYChemsa (Reply 4):
If I am correct the ice cream is the only desert available in F.

Usually a fruit/cheese plate is available as an alternative.

A few years ago AA switched out ice cream for more "upscale" desserts on certain routes and frequent flyers got furious. The ice cream returned quickly.



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6565 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (4 years 9 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 18047 times:

Nice report! AA First Class looks great! I have flown on 45 UA 777s as a non-rev.... Smile

You should definatly try a 777 TransPacific!

The777Man



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User currently offlineTommy767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 6584 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (4 years 9 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 16715 times:

AA first class is the best. They always get you trashed  Smile


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User currently offlineLONGisland89 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 735 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 9 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 16578 times:



Quoting Tommy767 (Reply 8):
AA first class is the best. They always get you trashed

HAHA, they indeed do!  Smile


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8539 posts, RR: 54
Reply 10, posted (4 years 9 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 16101 times:
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Hi Matt,

Nice report and pictures.

Food does not look all that impressive, but the seta and space sure make up for that - the duvet looks like it will keep you warm, had a pretty good one on DL a few weeks back.

Regards

MArk



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User currently offlineLYChemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1201 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (4 years 9 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 15448 times:

In F they should at least offer a choice of deserts; ice cream or cake. For $3,000 for a OW ticket. Anyway I don't care as I fly Y and AA have improved the meals in Y.
I used to fly F on TWA and I was sick and tired of the same vanilla ice cream on every trip with the same canned whipped cream.


User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32776 posts, RR: 72
Reply 12, posted (4 years 9 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 15267 times:

Quoting LYChemsa (Reply 11):
In F they should at least offer a choice of deserts; ice cream or cake.


There is a choice: ice cream or a fruit and cheese plate.

They did add a choice of cake, and it was extremely unpopular. Everybody - literally everbydoy - just asks for ice cream.

People would be surprised at how popular "cheap" ice cream is in first class.

[Edited 2009-12-15 22:34:14]


a.
User currently offlineJayeshrulz From India, joined Apr 2007, 1027 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (4 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 13298 times:

Nice trip...will love to see some landing shots over the window!!

Nice food btw!



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User currently offlineBOACCunard From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 864 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 12051 times:

Very nice TR.

But... What is with the bulkhead decoration?

All AA 777s don't have this, do they? It is unfamiliar to me (I think - either that or they are all this way and my memory is going) and boy is it ugly!



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User currently offlineBrilondon From Canada, joined Aug 2005, 4224 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 11890 times:



Quoting DFW13L (Thread starter):
Here is a sample of the connections. Two different groups of people were connecting to Hawaii! That would be a long way in coach!

When you are going to Hawaii you don't know how long it really is until your posterior is numb after about 4 hours and realizing you still have another 2 hours to go and the plane is what I call in lock down mode due to rumour of light turbulence yet the ride is smooth as silk, and are not allowed to get up to start the circulation back through your body. I have travelled in coach, not by my choice, for over 12 hours in total sitting time directly from YYZ-HNL when I was younger on Canadian and don't remember having these problems.



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User currently offlineDL752 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 174 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 11556 times:

AA looks fantastic!
The sunset picture in London is beautiful.

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User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1826 posts, RR: 19
Reply 17, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 11196 times:

I think AA's First doesn't look nice at all. The presentation of the food is horrible and worse than what you'd get in J on a lot of carriers.

User currently offlineNethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1082 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 11155 times:

Thanks for the trip report. It's always nice non-reving in F or C class  Smile
I miss my good old days.

Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 12):
There is a choice: ice cream or a fruit and cheese plate.

They did add a choice of cake, and it was extremely unpopular. Everybody - literally everbydoy - just asks for ice cream.

People would be surprised at how popular "cheap" ice cream is in first class.

Serving ice cream as dessert sounds so cheap to me. Not to mention cheap ice cream itself. I think pax are just too full to fill in Cake or other fancy dessert after main meals. Ice cream is easy to swallow, you can still eat and enjoy the sugary energy by not having to bite at all! How lazy is that!!! I guess that's the reason most pax choosing (super cheap) ice cream over other things.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 17):
I think AA's First doesn't look nice at all. The presentation of the food is horrible and worse than what you'd get in J on a lot of carriers.

I agree. However, the portion of food on AA F Class is absolutely American size. I'd say the portion of food for CX, JL, SQ, TG, MH, OZ etc. F class are much smaller but look very appealing.



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