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AA Business Class To Venezuela! (+Pics/+Vids!)  
User currently offline797 From Venezuela, joined Aug 2005, 1894 posts, RR: 27
Posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 25432 times:

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Greetings everyone!

Welcome to my first Trip Report of 2010!

Introduction:

For us Venezuelans, there’s the immense joy of having American Airlines fly four times daily to Caracas, Venezuela (CCS) from Miami (MIA) – as they could very well be banned, so to speak, by coming into our country (wonderful politics, for those of you who wonder). Not too long ago, AA used to take down to CCS the unforgettable A300 along with some other 757s. Right after the Airbus retired, those flights were supposedly going to be substituted by 767 aircrafts – a rumor that ended up being a total fiasco: after a couple weeks, AA stepped back on this considerable upgrade and decided to send the narrow body 757 on all its four flights – bummer. The dream of seeing the silver wingleted 767 was no longer to be seen.

Sparing the drama, Spring Break arrived! …Meaning, no school for 10 days and some good family time down in CCS. Since I live in Daytona Beach (DAB) [after a quick research], these were the options for my travel plans to the land of the Rhum, and perhaps the land of the Whiskey [drinkers, of course!]:


    - American Airlines 757-200 (MCO or MIA-CCS)
    - Delta Air Lines 767-400 (DAB-ATL-CCS)
    - Continental Airlines 737-700 (MCO-HOU-CCS)
    - Copa Airlines 737-700 (MCO-PTY-CCS)
    - Santa Barbara Airlines 757-200 (MIA-CCS)


Having now disclosed the vast selection of travel opportunities I had for a short 2.5-hour flight, I then decided to go insane and book myself on the fun AA flight departing MIA at 07.10. Total price for the ticket: $890 in Coach (enough to get to Europe from MIA in high season!!! Go figure.)

With this ‘valuable’ ticket on my hands (or at least on the AA reservation system) I found out that AA finally gave me my Gold status on the AAdvantage program. Being the first time for me to be a ‘more than a regular cattle-class flyer’ (as my good friend, and loyal a.netter Ogre727 would say) I was all of the sudden eager to fly with AA and enjoy my new rating on my first flight with AA for 2010. As soon as I heard the word GOLD, I immediately thought of the word upgrade… Who knows!

So, ticket purchased, seat selected, Gold status… time to head down to MIA! As soon as I finished my last midterm (which was a pain in the butt), I flew down to Tamiami Airport in a Cessna 206 (reaching 16,000ft on my way down!). Flight took almost two hours after being vectored by Air Traffic Control over the Everglades for my approach into MIA’s most southernmost general aviation airport.

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Turning left to intercept with Runway 9R at Tamiami

Landing was spotless, if you feel like watching the video, here it is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I87WvL49vhw

Anyhow, after going out for dinner with fellow A.netter, Aces727, and his wife at a local Argentinean Steakhouse (The Knife) located at Miami’s Coconut Grove, I spent the night at the Doubletree Inn Hotel near the MIA airport. I got an excellent fare on Hotwire for $87 (usually $230 for this hotel), so I didn’t think about it and booked a room there. The hotel ended up being a joke, but that’s not part of this report (even though I don’t recommend it!).

Travel Day

So, trip day arrived. Still severely loaded from the previous night’s all-you-can-eat feast, I had a hard time opening my eyes at 04.30. Almost sleepwalking, I threw myself into the shower and kept attempting to wake my body up from the meat-induced coma I fell into. 15 minutes later, I could say I was partially alive and headed down to the lobby to catch the complimentary shuttle to the airport.

At 05.15, I arrived at MIA’s renewed Concourse D. As soon as I came inside the terminal, I was surprised to see how much better than before it actually came out to be.

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Sight of the new Concourse D check-in area

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Display showing the early morning departures out of MIA

After reaching the self-service check-in computers, I was offered to buy an upgrade for $100. Please note that after calling the Gold AAdvantage hotline a few days before for requesting an upgrade, I was asked to pay a $150 fee, plus a bonus of 35,000 miles, ONE WAY!    I mean, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot…     

So, still rankling of this atrocious “deal,” and now seeing the affordable $100 fee for an upgrade, I didn’t think it twice before deciding to sacrifice a couple future restaurant meals for a 2.5-hr Business Class trip. Why not?! I mean, there’s nothing I enjoy more than flying… make it in J and I’ll be the rejoicing of happiness!      

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Most of AA's check-in desks are self-service. Agents are there only to offer assistance and check-in luggage.

Once I printed out my boarding pass through the very user-friendly system, I proceeded to go through the TSA checkpoint. TSA, standing for, ‘Thousand Standing Around’, was having a chilled time at 05.40 in the morning, allowing me to go through their tedious screening process in less than two minutes. Thankfully, I wasn’t ordered to strip, letting me go free less than a minute after I reached their ‘secured area.’

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Right after clearing TSA, this is the view of Concourse D

Being cleared to go through, I went to buy some presents for my little brother, who constantly demands me to bring him little airplane toys every time I come back home. Here’s a cool picture of a future airplane freak, and of course, future A.netter.

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Still battling to digest the half cow I ate a few hours ago, I decided to drink non less than two gallons of water and walk to the new Admirals Club in Concourse D. Having only 15 minutes until boarding time, I went to check it out, have perhaps a couple glasses of orange juice, and use the restroom facilities. Enjoy the pictures.

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Lounge View

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Lounge View

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Lounge View

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Lounge View

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Lounge View

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Lounge View

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Direct view over the Gate to CCS

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View of the Concourse D Hall

Miami International (MIA) – Simon Bolivar International Airport (CCS)
American Airlines Flight AA2107
Boeing 757-200W
N922AA
Business Class. Seat 04A.
Scheduled Departure: 07.10
Actual Departure: 07.03
Scheduled Arrival: 10.55
Actual Arrival: 10.45
Load Factor: 62%



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At 06.30, boarding commenced. Naturally, Business Class passengers were called to board first.

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Sorry for the window glare

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Once I stepped into the plane I was greeted by the gentle and elegant Korean purser, who immediately escorted me to my Suite 1F at the very beginning of this flying beast. Once I got there, I had a look at the mini bar, the 30’’ Flat Screen, and the amazing 180 lie-flat bed my seat had to offer. I was in heaven, albeit still on the ground. Oh wait! Damn, I must’ve been dream walking. Here’s a look at reality.

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I realized I had done a mistake in choosing my seat, as it’s probably the worst in the J cabin. Leg Space is, in a few words, atrocious. Wait - that was only one word!      

Fortunately, the flight was only 62% loaded (according to the not-Korean purser), letting me switch to 4A once the doors were closed. I had 4A and 4B for myself, which made it even better!

Doors closed at 06.50 and we pushed back at 07.03, seven minutes ahead of schedule.

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This is how the cabin looked during push-back

The purser announced we’d be flying at 41,000ft (cool!) for a total flight time of 2 hours 31 minutes (even cooler!). This flight usually lasts non-less than 2 hours 50 minutes.

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The new SkyTrAAin that will begin working soon

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Outside view

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Outside view

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Number 1 for Takeoff

Weather in MIA was gross: Overcast clouds at 1,200ft with a slight precipitation. This didn’t stop our captain from performing the coolest takeoff I have ever experienced in a 757. Being only partially loaded, the Captain took advantage of the lightness and power of the 757’s Rolls-Royce engines and skyrocketed us at 07.14. A video is worth more than a million words, so have a look and enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qpl7_pYWaIg

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Right after clearing a thick layer of clouds

20 minutes into the flight, service began. I was handed a hot towel and was given two choices for breakfast: Cheese Egg Quesadillas, or Corn Flakes; both with a plate of fresh fruits, choice of bread, and beverage. I decided to go for the Quesadillas, which I must admit, were superb!

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Initial view of the meal

The Quesadillas came with some sort of grilled chorizo and pineapples as a side. The plate of fruit consisted of Melon, Berries and Strawberries, all very fresh and tasty. Right after I received my tray, the female Flight Attendant came with a breadbasket full of Croissants, Wheat and White bread, and Bagels. I chose to have a Bagel, which to my surprise was very warm. Enjoy some close-up images of this tasty breakfast.

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The Fruit

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The Fruit

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The Egg Quesadillas

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The Egg Quesadillas

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The Bagel with Cream Cheese

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So glad to see the silverware is back!

On a side note, I have had Business Class breakfasts in other carriers before, but this one was by far the best and most complete. Interestingly enough, it even had the required proteins, carbohydrates, fibers, and fruits. I was honestly surprised and very satisfied. Way to go AA!

A few things, though, didn’t go so well at this point and deserve to be mentioned. Two Flight Attendants were attending business Class: the Purser, and the non-Purser. The Purser, a male Latin guy who seemed to have loads of experience, got what I could think of a nasty bug bite when I stepped into the plane and hated me ever since. Why? Who knows…

When he approached the guy sitting in front of me to offer what the options for breakfast were, spoken out loud (or not so loud), I was listening to my iPod, which naturally blocked my ears from hearing what the dude had to say. When he approached me, he had a face of: “Come on… don’t make me repeat this now, what the @#$! do you want?” Thankfully, I caught his curve ball and made him repeat the whole thing again - just for personal joy. Here’s a short dramatization of the dialogue I had with the hard-a$$ dude:

    Purser: Eggs or Cereal?
    Me: Oh. What kind of eggs, Sir?
    Purser: They have cheese.
    Me: Ok. Sounds great. Do they come with something else?
    Purser: Yes.
    Me: Great! What is it?
    Purser: Quesadilla style, I’ll go get it for you now. (He then went to the next passenger and asked nicely what he wanted… I knew I was his target for the day from then on…)


When he finished asking all the remaining passengers, he then came with his joyful face [sarcasm], and asked me what I wanted to drink. I requested some Orange Juice and that was the last thing I got to tell him on that flight, bummer! The OJ, naturally, never arrived, or perhaps, he jumped out of the plane and flew back to Florida to pick out the Oranges. The reality was, the OJ never came, not even with my food.

Suddenly, when a Flight Attendant from Coach came to ask something up front, I stopped him and asked for the OJ. He literally ran and brought it back to me. He noticed I had no drinks by then and went to tell something to the, ehm, Purser. Kudos! Here's the OJ.

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After breakfast, I laid back and began studying for the Commercial Multi Engine Pilot Check ride I should have after spring break. The flight was uneventful and we soon began descending from the aircraft’s service ceiling into CCS at 9.25ET, about 30 minutes prior to arrival according our Captain.

The approach into CCS was uneventful as well. The thing that caught my attention was the ridiculous amount of smoke that surrounded the whole airspace. The reason for this hideous smoky environment was the severe lack of rain that had affected Venezuela over the last few months, not to mention the numerous forest fires that were seen on a daily basis.

By this point, I decided to switch back to seat 1F to have a better sight of the approach into CCS, hence all the pictures from now on will be from that spot.

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View of the first row

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Wing view from the very first window

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The Rolls-Royce RB211-535 Turbofan Engine

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Can't beat those blended winglets!!!

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The infamous leg shot, only @ Airliners.net

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Slowing down to set up for the approach into CCS

Thanks to the smoke, visibility was drastically reduced and I’d be willing to bet the Captain had to perform the ILS approach into Maiquetia’s Runway 10. Soon enough, slats were pulled down and we were configured for landing. Gear down, full flaps and here it is, smoky approach into CCS – enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0bCorwf4hc

Landing, soft as it was, occurred some 10 minutes ahead of schedule. Great job for the Captain!

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Vacating Runway 10

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One of SBA's two 767-300ERs parked at the remote stand

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Note the Red Elevator

Once we reached one of the three brand new gates at CCS, we disembarked and had to do a long walk to Customs.

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Hallway View

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View of the 757

Conclusions:

I was totally out of luck, despite the awesome breakfast I was served.

On my return flight to MIA four days later, the 757 that came to pick me up had the Intercontinental configuration, naturally offering the brand new Business Class seats, and the long-haul equipment   . I literally wanted to hit my head against the wall.      

Here’s a comparison of what I had, and what I could have had:

What I had:
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What I missed:
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Seat 1F

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Look from behind - Perhaps the best Business Class on a 757 so far.

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The new LCDs located throughout the Cabin

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New features, including a Moving Map display

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Flight Information displayed in English and Spanish

Anyhow, as per flight AA2107 goes, more than a service what I saw was a mission (from the airline’s point of view of course). AA’s product is very straight forward, not taking care of those details that other carriers definitely would.

It’s easy to see how this legacy carrier is extremely focused on standardizing their products, being performed almost robotically and offering the passengers a service the airline values as Business Class, but is well below what it should be. The price for a Business Class trip on this route, normally costs about $3,000, round trip. My interpretation of the service was:


    - Seats: I’m only getting a bit more leg space than in coach. Oh, and a leather seat.
    - Food: I could have eaten at the airport and avoid the food from coach, even though it was superb.
    - Service: you kidding? For what I’m paying I deserve to be treated like your mom dude! (directed to the Purser, of course)
    - Price: ridiculous. $3,000 for a 2.5 hour trip results in a expense of $600 per hour (round trip). For this price, I surely deserve a better seat, better service, and what they’re offering on the upgraded 757s: IFE.


If the flight were on a 767 or the 757 with the new configuration, then the expense would be excused.

Looking back on the experience, I admit I enjoyed it, albeit it really hurt when I saw the new Business Class on the return trip… but what the heck?! Life is life.

On my way back I was notified I was not allowed to go into the Admirals Club at CCS because Gold status members are not eligible for entering… not so cool, I’d say.

That’s AA short-haul in J ladies and gentlemen. Extremely focused on their mission (hauling your butt from point A to B), and nothing else.

On my part, I’m extremely looking forward on opportunities like these, and I’ll surely take advantage of the [few] advantages I have with my new Gold status.

I hope you enjoyed this TR and comments are very well appreciated.

Thanks a lot!

Enrique.


Flying isn't dangerous. Crashing is what's dangerous!
31 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineAI151 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2009, 303 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 25260 times:

Hi Enrique, loved the TR. I have to yet to fly AA but the seats in Biz on the 757 do look very comfortable.

Quoting 797 (Thread starter):
On a side note, I have had Business Class breakfasts in other carriers before, but this one was by far the best and most complete. Interestingly enough, it even had the required proteins, carbohydrates, fibers, and fruits. I was honestly surprised and very satisfied. Way to go AA!

I have to admit that the food is definately better than quite a few other airlines. I don't think I have had that kind of breakfast even in Club World, looks very tasty as well.

Quoting 797 (Thread starter):
Purser: Eggs or Cereal?
Me: Oh. What kind of eggs, Sir?
Purser: They have cheese.

This conversation reminds me of when I was in the Concorde Lounge at LHR T4. I asked the lady the same question and the response I got was "we have powdered eggs"! Literally that is what they were!

Quoting 797 (Thread starter):
On my way back I was notified I was not allowed to go into the Admirals Club at CCS because Gold status members are not eligible for entering… not so cool, I’d say.

That sounds very odd I must say. You would think that having such a status would allow you to enter any AA or Oneworld lounge. I was given the same treatment at CCU when they wouldn't let me into the lounge despite having a BA Gold card.



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User currently offlineATLflyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 736 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 24889 times:

Great trip report...the updated cabin with new J seats looks great for a short flight.
Also, MIA has turned into quite a nice airport. I was there at the beginning of the month and the H & J terminals looked great. The DL SkyClub is beautiful and the AA facilites look really nice now too.


User currently offlineTranspac787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3205 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 24855 times:

Quoting 797 (Thread starter):
The Rolls-Royce RB211-535 Turbofan Engine

While I'm a major fan of AA, I just can't stand those engines. I'm a major Pratt & Whitney booster  

Quoting 797 (Thread starter):
Look from behind - Perhaps the best Business Class on a 757 so far.

Wow, definitely. Would love to get a ride on that!!

Quoting 797 (Thread starter):
- Price: ridiculous. $3,000 for a 2.5 hour trip results in a expense of $600 per hour (round trip). For this price, I surely deserve a better seat, better service, and what they’re offering on the upgraded 757s: IFE.

Man... they weren't kidding when they say O&D yields are the best.

Thanks for posting this, especially the pictures of the new J-class on the AA 757's!!


User currently onlineshamrock321 From Ireland, joined May 2008, 1597 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 24586 times:

Dont normally like AA reports but this was an enjoyable one! Pity about the better business class on the way back!

User currently offlinestratosphere From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1651 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 24145 times:

Quoting Transpac787 (Reply 3):
While I'm a major fan of AA, I just can't stand those engines. I'm a major Pratt & Whitney booster

Quoting 797 (Thread starter):

Gotta agree with you there on the 757..Truthfully the Rolls is probably a better engine but I like the Pratt better.



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User currently offlineRICARIZA From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2391 posts, RR: 26
Reply 6, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 24061 times:

Thank you bro.. pretty cool as usual.. and funny! LOL

The knife ah? I really liked that place, there is one near my office in Doral and we go for late lunch from time to time...

I had that breakfast and I agree, it is delicious!!

Thanks again for this very entertaining TR!



I miss ACES, I am proud of AVIANCA & I am loyal to AMERICAN
User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1092 posts, RR: 31
Reply 7, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 24058 times:

Aaaah Great report Enrique...
Well captured and detailed - a really nice account of your trip.... How was spring break? Hedonistic?

Quoting 797 (Thread starter):

The Quesadillas came with some sort of grilled chorizo and pineapples as a side. The plate of fruit consisted of Melon, Berries and Strawberries, all very fresh and tasty.

Thats an impressive fruit salad! Size wise...

Quoting 797 (Thread starter):
I flew down to Tamiami Airport in a Cessna 206

Did you fly it yourself? Good photo

Quoting Transpac787 (Reply 3):
I just can't stand those engines. I'm a major Pratt & Whitney booster  

What beautiful, beautiful RR engines... best in the world... made the trip report   



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1935 posts, RR: 24
Reply 8, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 23385 times:
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Great report 797!! I always try to fly American Airlines, (they're my favorite) and have been tempted on a few occasions to upgrade at the kiosk during check-in. Usually, I get the prompt if I'm flying a small route like MSP-ORD and never really bother with such a short trip... but I would consider it with a flight like the one you took. Looks like you had a nice meal, but I'm stunned by the service you received!

I agree with you that the seats on the way back in Business Class look awesome!

Looking forward to more reports!

767747


User currently offlineAeroflot001 From Argentina, joined Oct 2009, 400 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 23155 times:

Phenomenal trip report with AA! I love the artistic touch you added to the pictures of the food quite amusing and very detailed at the same time. It is very unfortunate that you had to experience that ass of a purser. Revenue passengers deserve much better treatment than that! Once again phenomenal trip report. Ill be sure to share my trip report on my flight from MIA to EZE which happens tomorrow.

Quoting 797 (Thread starter):
most southernmost general aviation airport

I live very close to the Kendall Tamiami airport and see it often due to the fact that there is a Costco in a brand new shopping plaza. I believe however that the Homestead airport is the southernmost airport in Dade County


User currently offlinetriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 743 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 22608 times:
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Congratulations on making Aadvantage Gold. If u can fly 50,000 miles before the end of the year, u will be Aadvantage Platinum which gives u more perks. I think this will also give u access to business class lounge on AA and other Oneworld carriers.


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User currently offlinerunway23 From US Minor Outlying Islands, joined Jan 2005, 2192 posts, RR: 35
Reply 11, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 22460 times:

Quoting AI151 (Reply 1):
That sounds very odd I must say. You would think that having such a status would allow you to enter any AA or Oneworld lounge. I was given the same treatment at CCU when they wouldn't let me into the lounge despite having a BA Gold card.

AAdvantage Gold is the lowest elite level on AA (followed by Platinum and Executive Platinum), unlike BA Gold being the highest on BA. OP was correctly refused entry as Gold does not include lounge access, only Platinum and EXP do on int'l itins.


User currently offlineLatinPlane From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2717 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 22452 times:

Great trip report. Don't you just love it when FA's act like this! Just absurd!

User currently offline797 From Venezuela, joined Aug 2005, 1894 posts, RR: 27
Reply 13, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 22034 times:

Thanks for your kind replies,

Quoting AI151 (Reply 1):

I have to admit that the food is definately better than quite a few other airlines. I don't think I have had that kind of breakfast even in Club World, looks very tasty as well.

True. This was by far the best breakfast I've had on an airplane so far. Breakfast is usually the least airlines focus on nowadays, but I'd say it's one of AA's fortes.

My Father flies AA in J several times a year. He remarked that ONLY the breakfast is great. Lunch and dinner, regular airline food. This is interesting.

Quoting AI151 (Reply 1):
That sounds very odd I must say. You would think that having such a status would allow you to enter any AA or Oneworld lounge.

Yeah... this leads me to think that having Gold only gives you Priority AAccess and preferred seating choices... nothing more... which kind of sucks. Inside the lounges you still need to pay for heavy drinks (and muffins and such don't cost so much to the airline!). This should be modified.

Quoting ATLflyer (Reply 2):
Also, MIA has turned into quite a nice airport.

Yes! MIA used to be a horrible airport. Now, once the Northern terminal is fully operational it'll be an amazing airport. I'm looking forward to it!

Quoting Transpac787 (Reply 3):
While I'm a major fan of AA, I just can't stand those engines. I'm a major Pratt & Whitney booster

Come on! You can't beat the sound of the RR!

Quoting RICARIZA (Reply 6):
The knife ah? I really liked that place, there is one near my office in Doral and we go for late lunch from time to time...

I'm still digesting the meat, dude! HAHA, let's see if next time I go down there we meet up and go for some dinner!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 7):
Well captured and detailed - a really nice account of your trip.... How was spring break? Hedonistic?

I didn't get arrested  LOL.

It was awesome. Venezuela, Miami, and then a Cruise to Cozumel and Key West. Best Spring Break of my life, so far!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 7):
Did you fly it yourself? Good photo
Quoting 767747 (Reply 8):
Great report 797!! I always try to fly American Airlines, (they're my favorite) and have been tempted on a few occasions to upgrade at the kiosk during check-in.

Do the upgrade ONLY on international flights. The J service on Domestic is not even a quarter of what you just saw. It's not worth it (unless you're flying a transcon flight)

Quoting Aeroflot001 (Reply 9):
I love the artistic touch you added to the pictures of the food quite amusing and very detailed at the same time.

Thanks!!! I like to make boring pictures a bit more catchy!

I'm glad you all liked the report! It's my pleasure.

Enrique.



Flying isn't dangerous. Crashing is what's dangerous!
User currently offlineaces727 From Colombia, joined Oct 2005, 173 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 21619 times:

Enrique!

As usual great report & photos!!!

Quoting 797 (Thread starter):
Note the Red Elevator

I love this unusual detail.

Quoting 797 (Thread starter):
attempting to wake my body up from the meat-induced coma

Meat + 2 bottles of Red Wine + Scotch = Coma


User currently offlineRes6cue114 From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 26 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 21529 times:

Nice report, I enjoyed reading it. Good luck on your multi checkride and Go Eagles!!


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User currently offlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2761 posts, RR: 25
Reply 16, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 21197 times:

Nice report Enrique, and what a way to arrive in Miami!!

I got to sample both Biz offerings on AA, back in 2006 I flew MIA-SFO on the 767 with the new Business seats and on the way back LAS-MIA on the 757 with the old Business class.

And well I hope you learned your lesson, next time... fly LAN to CCS!

MIAspotter.



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User currently offlineAA767400 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2360 posts, RR: 26
Reply 17, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 20915 times:

Quoting 797 (Thread starter):
The Purser, a male Latin guy who seemed to have loads of experience, got what I could think of a nasty bug bite when I stepped into the plane and hated me ever since. Why? Who knows…

Typical Latin cock fight in Miami. Miami is very distinct in that you have a variety of Latin cultures, that most of the time don't mix well resulting in hostile interactions. Seen it time and time again.

Quoting 797 (Thread starter):
When he approached me, he had a face of: “Come on… don’t make me repeat this now, what the @#$! do you want?”

His problem was being too vague about the options. Eggs, or cereal just is not going to cut it.

Great report all in all. MIA-CCS has little options to choose from. AA/S3 can be a hit or miss. For the miles, and superior service I would stick with LA.  



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User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32737 posts, RR: 72
Reply 18, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 20896 times:

Great TR. Enjoyed reading it.

Quoting 797 (Reply 13):

My Father flies AA in J several times a year. He remarked that ONLY the breakfast is great. Lunch and dinner, regular airline food. This is interesting.

Lunch is often hit-or-miss on AA, but the dinners are excellent, especially the steaks and pastas.

Quoting 797 (Reply 13):

Do the upgrade ONLY on international flights. The J service on Domestic is not even a quarter of what you just saw. It's not worth it (unless you're flying a transcon flight)

The J service on your MIA-CCS flight is identical to a domestic breakfast flight of 2 hours or longer. What you got on MIA-CCS is what one gets on an MIA-DCA or ORD-LGA breakfast flight. Some domestic breakfast flights have "continental breakfast," which is only cold options. But this is often due to catering issues, not length of flight.

AA is actually quite renowned for keeping high standards of domestic F class meal service. On a Chicago-Miami dinner flight, for example, one will receive a four-course meal: an appetizer (usually chicken or shrimp), a salad, a main course (usually choice between a pasta and a meat) and a dessert (usually ice cream). Before landing, baked-on board cookies are served.

Quoting 797 (Reply 13):
Inside the lounges you still need to pay for heavy drinks (and muffins and such don't cost so much to the airline!). This should be modified.

If you are a Plat or EXP traveling outside North America (or to Mexico City), you get access to the lounge and drink coupons for free drinks (you are given two, but are allowed to ask for as many as you'd like).

[Edited 2010-03-25 14:28:48]


a.
User currently offline797 From Venezuela, joined Aug 2005, 1894 posts, RR: 27
Reply 19, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 19717 times:

Quoting Res6cue114 (Reply 15):
Nice report, I enjoyed reading it. Good luck on your multi checkride and Go Eagles!!

Thanks! I've been studying like crazy for this one!

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 16):
And well I hope you learned your lesson, next time... fly LAN to CCS!

Haha, yes. The problem is they won't give me miles on that route, as far as I've been told... Otherwise I'd be a LAN frequent flyer by now.

Quoting AA767400 (Reply 17):
Typical Latin cock fight in Miami. Miami is very distinct in that you have a variety of Latin cultures, that most of the time don't mix well resulting in hostile interactions. Seen it time and time again.

I know... what I found alarming was that the guy behaved politely to the rest of the pax in J... not me! Who knows what he had in mind.

Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 18):

Lunch is often hit-or-miss on AA, but the dinners are excellent, especially the steaks and pastas.

Thanks for pointing this out! I think my Father hasn't flown late-night flights into CCS yet (as it can get quite dangerous to leave the airport at that time). Anyhow, I'd be looking forward on trying that meal, I'll make sure to book my next flight around that time. Thank Mark!

Enrique



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User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32737 posts, RR: 72
Reply 20, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 19552 times:

Quoting 797 (Reply 19):
Anyhow, I'd be looking forward on trying that meal, I'll make sure to book my next flight around that time. Thank Mark!

Try it out on a domestic dinner flight with stickers. Same dinner service on domestic flights as MIA-CCS.



a.
User currently offlineIrishAyes From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 2183 posts, RR: 15
Reply 21, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 19317 times:

You write some of the best TRs. They're always a pleasure to read. I loved the takeoff and landing videos.

Buen Provecho, cuidate!



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User currently onlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8536 posts, RR: 54
Reply 22, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 18855 times:
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Very nice TR, did enjoy the text and great selection of pictures.

Quoting 797 (Thread starter):
seeing the affordable $100 fee for an upgrade, I didn’t think it twice before deciding to sacrifice a couple future restaurant meals for a 2.5-hr Business Class trip. Why not?! I mean, there’s nothing I enjoy more than flying… make it in J and I’ll be the rejoicing of happiness!

- At that price, a steal!

Quoting 797 (Thread starter):
Boeing 757-200W
N922AA

- Typo, must have been N622AA.

Quoting 797 (Thread starter):
20 minutes into the flight, service began. I was handed a hot towel and was given two choices for breakfast: Cheese Egg Quesadillas, or Corn Flakes; both with a plate of fresh fruits, choice of bread, and beverage. I decided to go for the Quesadillas, which I must admit, were superb!

- Great looking meal and plenty of fruit too, nice.

Quoting 797 (Thread starter):
On my return flight to MIA four days later, the 757 that came to pick me up had the Intercontinental configuration, naturally offering the brand new Business Class seats, and the long-haul equipment . I literally wanted to hit my head against the wall.

Here’s a comparison of what I had, and what I could have had:

- Wow, really shows how old the domestic product is, great shots.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6781 posts, RR: 77
Reply 23, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 18793 times:

Hi Enrique,

very entertaining report with nice pictures.

Quoting 797 (Thread starter):
So, still rankling of this atrocious “deal,” and now seeing the affordable $100 fee for an upgrade, I didn’t think it twice before deciding to sacrifice a couple future restaurant meals for a 2.5-hr Business Class trip

Good decision, that was a great offer.

Quoting 797 (Thread starter):
The Quesadillas came with some sort of grilled chorizo and pineapples as a side. The plate of fruit consisted of Melon, Berries and Strawberries, all very fresh and tasty.

Everything looks quite tasty - especially the blueberries.

Quoting 797 (Thread starter):
The infamous leg shot, only @ Airliners.net

Should be standard in every report!  



PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5089 posts, RR: 55
Reply 24, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 18773 times:

Thanks for a great report. AA does seem not AAmazing.

Quoting 797 (Thread starter):
Look from behind - Perhaps the best Business Class on a 757 so far.

= I think OPEN SKIES probably has the best 757 J class out there  .

Saludos,
A.



Live, and let live.
25 EL-AL : Hey 797, Thank you for very nice report, you are an exellent writer, Not only are you very funny, I did not know that anyone can be more cynical than
26 chepos : Thank you for sharing- love the pics, I must say AA's MIA and JFK based crews are not the best in the bunch. I have had great AA crews based in both D
27 Post contains images 797 : Thank you vert much!!!! This is another reason that pushes me to keep writing for you guys! I'm very happy you liked it I stand corrected! Thanks Mar
28 OzGlobal : No. That would probably be Openskies with their BizBed cabin: https://www.flyopenskies.com/flight_biz/en_us
29 Post contains images AA767400 : I'm surprised you did not already think so. Most Venezuelans have traveled with AA, and don't care for it. Not that I blame them. All very subjective
30 avek00 : I would have thought that a business class customer to/from South America would get lounge access.
31 MAH4546 : Yes. All AA flights to South America have meal service in coach, regardless of distance, except for SJU-CCS. One does, obviously. He was flying coach
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