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User currently offlineLONGisland89 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 708 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 32767 times:

I just finished up school for the semester so I decided to go home for a few days via LAX for some In-N-Out and plane spotting. My first two legs were MCO-DFW-LAX, both on MD-80s in coach. The flights were your typical non-rev AA MD-80 experience, non-eventful and predictable  .

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On approach to LAX

In-N-Out was, of course, delicious   

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I didn't take any pictures of aircraft because I was only there for about an hour. Some interesting things seen:
Oneworld Cathay Pacific 777-300
C-GWSZ, a WestJet 737-800 with a special paint scheme.


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American Airlines Flight 22
Boeing 767-200
JFK - LAX
May 6, 2010
First Class, Seat 2H

Originally I was standing-by for J, but as I expected it filled up and I really didn't want to fly in Y after flying all day. Just prior to my flight I was in the non-rev lounge checking the flight and I met a retired mechanic and his wife who lived in my hometown in New York. It really is a small world! They had just come from JFK and were on their way to KOA later that evening.
I spent so much time chatting, I got to the gate for JFK as they were boarding and they had already given D3s (lower priority stand-bys) all the seats in F. Needless to say I was a little upset, but flight 180 was leaving in another two hours, so I would just wait for that flight. The gate agent informed me that there was one seat open in F but the passenger had not checked in and she couldn't release the seat until the flight was ready to leave.   
After waiting, the passenger didn't show and i got on  
I took my seat and the door was closed behind me. This was the first time I had been in the refurbished F seats and they were very nice. Of course me being, 5''1', my feet were dangling and I couldn't touch the floor sitting all the way back   . I had quick glass of OJ before takeoff and in a couple minutes we were airborne. Above 10,000 the flight attendants issued out the entertainment units (I love the bose headsets) and began the meal service. The purser was very professional and polite and addressed everyone by their name.

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Enjoying a rum & coke and some warm mixed nuts (I had already eaten the cheese antipasto)
Also, having internet on this flight is very convenient and definitely worth the $12.95.

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Appetizer: Apple soy marinated beef served with horseradish cream and thin potatoes

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Salad and bread

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Three choices for the main course. I chose the Beef fillet.

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Main course. The meat and sauce was delicious, however I know a certain someone who can make a better mushroom sauce (Mrs. Bühler  )

By this point in time I was already beyond full and about 4 rum & cokes deep.   
It was time for dessert...the best thing at American Airlines.

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A little bit of heaven

I finished off desert with some coffee with baileys and watched a movie. Sitting there with the seat reclined, massage function on, beyond full, and slightly intoxicated I thought I definitely made the right choice not to fly Y.
Somewhere near Chicago, I was served a chocolate chip cookie with some cold milk. I was offered another and of course, I would never decline another cookie! I forgot to take a picture because the cookies were right there screaming eat me now!    After that I sipped another rum & coke.

Before I knew it, we were descending and the attendants passed out sparkling water. We landed on 4R and taxied quickly to the gate. At the gate I realized I didn't take a picture of the seat so I waited for everyone to deplane a snapped a picture.

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The flight was a very enjoyable experience. I feel that there is still a level of prestige in flying a transcon in style on a widebody that AA pulls off very well. Thank you all for taking the time to read my report.

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User currently offlineEC001 From France, joined Jan 2009, 94 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi there,

Very nice TR you wrote! thanks for sharing!

I just love those old MD-80's! Especially in AA colors  

The photos are great by the way!

Cheers,

orian


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1709 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 32767 times:

Great report, really enjoyed reading!

Btw, did they pass out the Bose QC3 headphones?

Thanks for sharing!
//Jonas



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User currently offlineTravellerPlus From New Zealand, joined Nov 2008, 347 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

LOL. I refer to the last menu photo. Do AA think that a glass of water with a slice of lemon is a "pre-arrival beverage" appropriate for first class. Were there more menu items after this?


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User currently offlineAeroflot001 From Argentina, joined Oct 2009, 400 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting TravellerPlus (Reply 3):

This is usually served about 10 - 15 minutes before landing so there is not much more on offer. However if you wish, you can probably ask for a drink of choice at the time. Sometimes the FAs dont even serve it.

Great TR by the way. Americans domestic service is relatively strong by US standards.


User currently offlineLONGisland89 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 708 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting TravellerPlus (Reply 3):

AA deems it as a "pre-arrival beverage" but you could for sure substitute it for dom perignon, beer or anything you want, and not only before arrival but at anytime during the flight.  


User currently offlinea340crew From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 274 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I took this trip a few weeks ago in F but on the morning flight. I was dissapointed with the breakfast, they offered an egg skillet (scrambled eggs over hashbrowns with feta cheese), french toast or corn flakes. None of the breakfast options were serves with meat. I was disappointed, I was hoping for something with bacon or sausage. The egg skillet was good and served with cut up fruit, a yogurt and choice of warm bagel or biscut. Fresh cookies were served about 2 hrs after breakfast. Dinner looks a lot better than the breakfast did.

Anyone know how the food in J compares to F on this route?


User currently offlinetriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 728 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Quoting LONGisland89 (Thread starter):
I spent so much time chatting, I got to the gate for JFK as they were boarding and they had already given D3s (lower priority stand-bys) all the seats in F. Needless to say I was a little upset, but flight 180 was leaving in another two hours, so I would just wait for that flight. The gate agent informed me that there was one seat open in F but the passenger had not checked in and she couldn't release the seat until the flight was ready to leave.
After waiting, the passenger didn't show and i got on

From my experience if u are wanting Premium Class it's best to be at the gate 1 hour before departure. If there are a lot of non revs standing by if u don't answer they will go to the next one. That happened to me flying SNA-DFW and they passed me up. Fortunately they were waiting for a Platinum and if they said if he doesn't show up I could have his seat. I got it.

Those seats look like the first class seats that were on the 777 before they did it in Flagship Suite.



Have you kissed a 777 today?
User currently offlinemah4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32176 posts, RR: 72
Reply 8, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting TravellerPlus (Reply 3):
LOL. I refer to the last menu photo. Do AA think that a glass of water with a slice of lemon is a "pre-arrival beverage" appropriate for first class.

You can have any drink you'd like before landing, you are certainly not limited to sparkling water.

Quoting a340crew (Reply 6):

Anyone know how the food in J compares to F on this route?

Food is the same, but a choice between only two entrees and no "make your own salad" cart.

Quoting triple7man (Reply 7):

Those seats look like the first class seats that were on the 777 before they did it in Flagship Suite.

They are the old 763 F seats.

Quoting a340crew (Reply 6):
I was disappointed, I was hoping for something with bacon or sausage.

That is odd there was no meat choice. I've never seen that. Though AA usually does not serve pork meat with breakfast on the trans-cons from Miami, New York and LA with so many Jewish customers. It is almost always turkey bacon or turkey sausage.



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User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8430 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 32767 times:
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Nice report and pix, food looks good.

The seats look pretty dated though - how much longer do AA plan to fly these 762's?

Rgds

Mark



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User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9377 posts, RR: 52
Reply 10, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 30683 times:

Thanks for the trip report. I have done UA's premium service to JFK a couple times in First Class and it is interesting to compare. The food at AA looked pretty good, although I think the seats that UA uses are better. You can have the angled flat or the alternative reclined position instead of the older generation business class seats.

What do the business class seats look like at AA on their JFK flights?



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User currently offlinespdbrdconcorde From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 28723 times:

I am not surprised with the D3 were given priority over D2s or even D2Ts...AA agents like to upgrade the people they know personally first rather than following the procedures.

User currently offlineLONGisland89 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 708 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 28585 times:

Quoting spdbrdconcorde (Reply 11):
I am not surprised with the D3 were given priority over D2s or even D2Ts...AA agents like to upgrade the people they know personally first rather than following the procedures.

The fact that I showed up late was the reason why the D3s were given seats first......however, I know exactly what you mean. Unfortunately, I've seen AA agents give away seats to D3s way before all D2s were accommodated   


User currently offlinetriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 728 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 28319 times:
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Quoting LONGisland89 (Reply 12):
The fact that I showed up late was the reason why the D3s were given seats first......however, I know exactly what you mean. Unfortunately, I've seen AA agents give away seats to D3s way before all D2s were accommodated

Like I've said before, and learned from experience...if u are listed for premium class, it's best to be at the gate early. If there are a lot of non revs listed, they will pass u if u don't respond. If you get there late, they'll ask where you were and tell you they called you but you didn't answer.
Just from me...I do everything I can to make it easy for the gate agents because they have a lot going on, so I try to help them out by getting there early.
And I am glad you got first class!



Have you kissed a 777 today?
User currently offlineokie From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2851 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 28148 times:

Thanks for the report with the pics.

However, please tell me what kept those fries from IN & OUT from reaching critical mass.

Okie


User currently offlinejbbmonster7 From United States of America, joined Nov 2009, 19 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 27700 times:

I am a pilot for AA and I usually fly their 777's. This is a really nice TR! Next time you are flying with us on AA, you should contact me and I'll try to get you a suite!

Bill


User currently offlineATCtower From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 529 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 24990 times:

Quoting jbbmonster7 (Reply 15):
I am a pilot for AA and I usually fly their 777's. This is a really nice TR! Next time you are flying with us on AA, you should contact me and I'll try to get you a suite!

Uh..... We may need to get the NLRB involved here. I was unaware AA allowed 15 year olds to pilot hazardous materials around the country on T7's......?



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26491 posts, RR: 58
Reply 17, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 22919 times:

Nice report , food looks great even the In-N-Out especially the fries  

Nice seats on AA J class.

OA260



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User currently onlineflymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 6995 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 22905 times:

Quoting jbbmonster7 (Reply 15):
I am a pilot for AA and I usually fly their 777's. This is a really nice TR! Next time you are flying with us on AA, you should contact me and I'll try to get you a suite!

You are 15 and a pilot huh? Didnt know airline pilots usually fly a type of plane?

Quoting LONGisland89 (Thread starter):
In-N-Out was, of course, delicious

The best fast food ever! Wish they would spread more to the east. There is one going to Texas so who knows.

Good Report. AA has a great first product. Best in the US.



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User currently offlinesfflyer123 From United States of America, joined May 2010, 276 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 22670 times:

That food looks fantastic! Great job by AA! Thanks for posting this.

User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1945 posts, RR: 9
Reply 20, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 22517 times:

That's the flagship first class seat? I thought they were like the new int'l J?

Cheers
Coal



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User currently offline777STL From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 3369 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 20773 times:

Quoting flymia (Reply 18):
You are 15 and a pilot huh? Didnt know airline pilots usually fly a type of plane?

Not to mention - I don't know many AA employees that are willing to give some random stranger one of their passes.



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User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32176 posts, RR: 72
Reply 22, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 19830 times:

Quoting Coal (Reply 20):
That's the flagship first class seat? I thought they were like the new int'l J?

No, that is the domestic 762 F seat, which lies to 175 degrees and has nothing to do with the Flagship F seats or the new J seats.



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User currently offlineSlcDeltaRUmd11 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 3095 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (3 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 15630 times:

I just posted a question about this service. Nice review, thanks!

Does this route get a lot of the non-revs into First Class or were you lucky? Or is the First Class mostly non-Revs? Seems like a route that elites would want to upgrade but i guess they need to buy business to upgrade to first?


User currently offlineUSAirALB From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2973 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (3 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 14918 times:

Quoting mah4546 (Reply 8):
They are the old 763 F seats.

Weren't these lie flat in the 763 but could not be in the 762 due to space limitations?



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25 Post contains images BNE : Did someone say cookies, got to love those AA cookies that you get in AA First Class. AA1502. ORD-TPA.
26 LONGisland89 : I've only flown between LAX and JFK several times and getting F hasn't been a problem. Most (almost all) of the upgrades that I've seen are all in J.
27 a340crew : How does service in F compare on the LAW-EWR-LAX flight. I know its a B757 so the seat is not lie flat, but as far as the service in F is it similar s
28 American 767 : So do I. Four more years at least, American is not getting its first 787 before 2014. Very nice report thanks for sharing. I haven't flown on a 762 i
29 Post contains images ChopChop767 : Wow! That main course looks delicious. I don't know if I would have had room for it after In and Out Anyways, ive been flying AA this year and have be
30 aajfksjubklyn : They removed the meat back in May and it has not come back since! I wrote them about it. Its' pretty pathetic.
31 Genius12 : Thanks for the report! I've always wanted to try AA transcon in F funnily enough. It's strange, because I'd never want to fly with them internationall
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