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BLR-DEL-ORD-SAT On IT(Y) And AA (J/F) - Detailed  
User currently offlineSATexan From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 231 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 17315 times:

Howdy friends!
I joined A.net last year solely because of my interest in writing trip reports. But due to my sheer laziness I haven’t been able to write one until now. So ladies and gentleman, here is my first ever trip report! I want to thank you for taking the time to read the TR and will appreciate any comments/feedback from you.

Quick Background
I had an opportunity to go to India this summer. This trip report basically deals with my return trip from Bangalore, India to San Antonio, TX.

Introduction
On my way to India, I took AA from SAT to ORD (AA 3757), ORD to LHR (AA 98) and then took BA 118 from LHR to BLR. This trip will not be discussed simply because BA had too many misses.

AA 3757 operated by MQ with a CR7 was a pretty good experience. I had the exit row seat. The exit row seats have generous leg room and made the flight very comfortable. The FAs on the flight were very friendly and the service was very good. AA 98 into LHR was decent. This flight has recently been evaluated very well in a trip report by a fellow A.net member. Now onto the BA flight…

Here is a quick rundown of the BA misses:

1) BA 118 did not have a meal choice in Y that day. We just had the vegetarian option and it wasn’t that good
2) The FAs were recklessly hitting my shoulders as they went by the aisle
3) The IFE had some glitches. One of them was on the moving map where ‘Distance to Destination’ was showing the ‘Distance from destination’
4) This one is not funny. When I was using the rest room, the captain decided to turn on the fasten seat belt sign. The FA banged on the door to alert me. I was forced out of the restroom!

I am therefore not going to eulogize this flight by writing a trip report. So that brings us to the return trip from India.

Itinerary
AirlineFlight NumberDepartingDate/TimeArrivingDate/TimeClass
KingfisherIT 206Bangalore, BLRJune 21, 2010 05:20 PMDelhi, DELJune 21, 2010 08:10 PMEconomy
AmericanAA 293Delhi, DELJune 22, 2010 12:15 AMChicago, ORDJune 22, 2010 05:00 AMBusiness
AmericanAA 755Chicago, ORDJune 22, 2010 10:00 AMSan Antonio, SATJune 22, 2010 12:40 PMFirst
Details

IT 206
BLR-DEL
A321
Scheduled Departure: 05:20p
Actual Departure: On time
Scheduled Arrival: 08:10p
Actual Arrival: On time

I was at the Bangalore airport about two hours prior to the departure. I was greeted by my first name at the check in counter by a very smiling IT rep. She checked my bags all the way to San Antonio. However, she did tell me that I had to collect the bags in Delhi and recheck them with American Airlines. The check in was quick and I headed upstairs to the Security.

Here are some shots of the BLR airport:

http://i1027.photobucket.com/albums/y334/satexan00/Bangalore%20to%20Delhi%20on%20Kingfisher%20flight%20IT%20206/BLR001.jpg The Kingfisher check in counters in Bangalore

View of the terminal - BLR
A view of the BLR airport from the Security check area

The Security staff in Indian airports expects you to have tagged all your handbags. These tags are then stamped upon after you clear the security. Also, every passenger is expected to go through a pat down search. I personally don’t like a pat down search and would much rather walk through a full body scanner. Anyways, the Security check was fairly quick and I was at the Gate.

At the Gate, I was in for a shock. The departure terminal was packed with passengers. The new airport inaugurated a few years already feels like its reached saturation levels. I am sure very soon it will resemble the old airport.

http://i1027.photobucket.com/albums/y334/satexan00/Bangalore%20to%20Delhi%20on%20Kingfisher%20flight%20IT%20206/BLR004.jpg View of the packed Gate 7

The boarding announcements from Kingfisher were not very clear but thankfully it has a lot of ground staff that practically walk through the entire boarding area looking for passengers flying on Kingfisher. One such staff member bumped into me and told me that my flight was boarding. He personally escorted me to the line from where we were going to be bussed into the aircraft. Great service IT!

Here are some shots taken from the bus on my way to the aircraft:
http://i1027.photobucket.com/albums/y334/satexan00/Bangalore%20to%20Delhi%20on%20Kingfisher%20flight%20IT%20206/BLR006.jpg An Air India bird in BLR

http://i1027.photobucket.com/albums/y334/satexan00/Bangalore%20to%20Delhi%20on%20Kingfisher%20flight%20IT%20206/BLR010.jpg A mountain near BLR

http://i1027.photobucket.com/albums/y334/satexan00/Bangalore%20to%20Delhi%20on%20Kingfisher%20flight%20IT%20206/BLR011.jpg Spice Jet flight taking off from BLR

http://i1027.photobucket.com/albums/y334/satexan00/Bangalore%20to%20Delhi%20on%20Kingfisher%20flight%20IT%20206/BLR013.jpg A variety of birds at BLR

http://i1027.photobucket.com/albums/y334/satexan00/Bangalore%20to%20Delhi%20on%20Kingfisher%20flight%20IT%20206/BLR014.jpg More birds at BLR

http://i1027.photobucket.com/albums/y334/satexan00/Bangalore%20to%20Delhi%20on%20Kingfisher%20flight%20IT%20206/BLR016.jpg BLR ATC

IT was boarding the aircraft from both the front and the rear of the aircraft. This resulted in fairly smooth boarding. I took my seat and made myself comfortable. It was now time enjoy the good times! Ooh la la la Oh le Oh..

The seat itself was ok. The pitch (31.0”) and width (17.8”) are fairly standard. Here is the highly popular leg room shot:
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Leg room in Y

The flight departed the gate on time. As we taxied, the FAs did a very detailed demonstration of the safety features. They did the demo twice: one in English and once in Hindi. The take off was very smooth. The video can be seen here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tSg3_nPWqM

Pretty soon we were on cruising altitude. The FAs started the on board service by distributing hot towels, headsets and lemon juice.
Welcome - lemon drink, headsets and newspaper
The good times begin!

This flight had PTVs for In-flight entertainment. The IFE channels for this flight were as follows:
Channel 3: NDTV Good Times
Channel 4: American sitcom ‘Friends’
Channel 5: Air Premier - Bollywood movie ‘Hum Tum’
Channel 6: Movie – Law Abiding Citizen
Channel 7: Flintstones
Channel 8: Moving Map (my favorite channel)

In flight entertainment - PTV
In flight entertainment - PTV

As I was checking out the IFE the FAs were starting the snack service. A Chinese looking FA greeted me by first name and told me the two snack choices I had for the evening. One was a Veg choice (Paneer Bhurji, if I remember correctly) and the other was a Non Veg choice (chicken). I went with the Veg choice.
Snack service - 01
Snack service

The Bhurji itself was a tad bit spicy. But the mousse was really tasty. The snack tray also came with a recipe booklet. The snack service was followed by a round of coffee/tea service. The FAs, most of whom were Chinese/North Eastern Indian looking were always smiling and very attentive to the passengers. They almost always reminded the passengers to watch for their shoulders and legs as they passed by the aisle with their service.

One complain that I have about the IT service is that they don’t do a trash pickup right after the snack service. The FAs wait until after the tea/coffee service before starting the trash pickup. This results in the passengers holding on to trash on their tray tables and is very inconvenient for folks that need to use the restroom. Also, the pre-arrival trash pickup that I am so accustomed to in the US is not usually done by the Indian carriers. This results in people stuffing all kinds of trash in the seat back pockets. Yuck!

But for this, Kingfisher’s on board service without question is top notch. The FAs distributed comment cards that I gladly filled out and handed it back to them.

feedback card, water, face wipes and a recipe booklet
feedback card, water, face wipes and a recipe booklet

We cruised along pretty well. Here are some more pics:
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Moving Map on the PTV

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Cruising altitude

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The Indian skies

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The skies just before landing in Delhi

The FAs were doing beverage service continually. If I remember correctly, hot towels were distributed prior to landing. The landing was smooth and we were in Delhi. As I was deplaning I found myself singing Ooh la la la Oh le Oh. The IT theme song is very catchy! But the circus was about to start…..

I know some of you will remind me about T3 but I need to share the experiences of this trip. Besides, certain aspects of this experience I am sure will continue to exist in T3 as well.

When we landed at DEL it was 41 degrees Celsius. The aircraft parked at a remote bay from where we were going to be bussed to the terminal. This bus did not have air conditioning. As a result the people were sweating profusely and the whole drive to the terminal was tortuous.

Once inside the terminal (Domestic arrival) in Delhi, I had to wait at the baggage claim in order to wait for my bags. It took a tab bit longer for the bags to show up after all even they need to be bussed from a pretty remote bay. The folks got pretty restless. Some of them made trips to the IT service desk. Some of them started peeking inside the opening from where the service agents were about to dump the bags onto the carousal. And once the bags made it, there was a bit of chaos with everybody trying to grab their bags.

One another observation here is that IT has a lot of staff wearing red uniforms at the arrival terminal. I wasn't sure what they were doing but there just were too many people wearing IT uniforms doing a whole lot of nothing.

Anyways, I picked up my bags and went to the IT service rep on the right hand side when you arrive inside the terminal. A well groomed agent told me to go back to a counter on the corner right next to the baggage carousal. I went to counter and stood in line for a while. At the counter there was a guy. I am not sure who he worked for since he didn’t wear any uniform or a badge. All this guy did was check my itinerary and check off the flight from Delhi to Chicago. He then handed me an Emigration form and pointed me to go to another line from where a shuttle bus would take me to the International terminal.

I stood in line for the bus. The wait was probably about 10-15 minutes. In the meantime I filled out the Emigration card. I also looked towards the monitors displaying the status of departing flights. It was mentioned ‘Security Check’ next to the AA 293 flight. I freaked out for a second before realizing that there was still three hours to go before the flight leaves.

When it was my turn to board my printed itinerary was verified by two cops (one cop was standing before the exit door and the other was standing right after the door). Upon their verification, I went near the bus where the itinerary was verified by another guy. He was wearing a GMR uniform. So I am assuming that he works for GMR. Upon verification, this guy took my bags and literally tossed them into the backside of the bus. I took a seat in the bus while this guy continue to toss several other bags in a very disorderly fashion with utter disregard to people’s belongings inside the bag. So with the huge pile of bags built up at the rear end of the bus, we were now ready to depart to the international terminal.

As the bus started moving the pile of bags was always shaking. Thankfully, there was another guy in GMR uniform trying to hold all the bags together. Funny! I was wondering just in case all the bags came down tumbling…Not funny..

After a fairly good drive I was at the International terminal. I collected my bags from the bus and put them on to a trolley. This is one of the best things about the airports in India. The trolleys are available almost everywhere. I was then told by a very friendly cop standing next to the bus to take the elevators to the Departure terminal. The terminal is at about a 3 min walk once you exit the elevators. At the entrance of the International terminal I was greeted by (you guessed it right!) another cop. He verified by itinerary and I was finally inside the International terminal. Once inside, I did not see any display boards to show where the American Airlines check in counters were located. After a quick look around I did find the AA check in counters. At the very entrance of the AA counters, I was greeted by a very beautiful girl who asked me where I was flying to and what class. I told her and she then led me to the Business Class check in line. I was greeted by an AA agent (while still in the line) who started asking me about some security related questions. As I was answering this guy, the girl walked in with my passenger receipt. Once the guy was finished with his questions he stamped a security cleared seal on my receipt and then led to me to the AA Biz Class counters. The check in was really smooth and quick if you discount the two extra layers! The lady at the check in desk game me a coupon to use the ‘Green Lounge’ at the airport.

The emigration was also pretty quick and I headed to the Green Lounge. All this while I was very paranoid about taking pictures at DEL simply because I had read about what had happened to some spotters in DEL. Besides, in the IT flight from BLR, announcements were specially made in this regard stating that in some airports cameras are not to be used. Before heading to the lounge I looked at a friendly looking cop and asked him if I could take some pictures inside the airport. The cop gave me a go ahead and then I started taking some pictures.

The Green Lounge at DEL, from what I gathered is used by American, Continental, Thai, Singapore, Cathay and a host of other airlines. As you can expect this lounge was packed to the brim with standing room only. However as a couple of flights left there were some vacant seats. There was a computer with Internet facilities. The food and drink choices at the lounge were very adequate.

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The Green Lounge at Delhi airport

http://i1027.photobucket.com/albums/y334/satexan00/Delhi%20airport%20and%20the%20Green%20Lounge/DEL-GL06.jpg
Food options in the Lounge

View of the lounge - 02
View of the lounge

Kingfisher!
Kingfisher

View of the lounge - 03
Another shot of the lounge

The reps from various airlines were making frequent rounds to inform the status of their flights and letting the passengers know when to head for security. They were inaudible sometimes but for the most part they did a good job of covering every nook and corner of the lounge. I washed my face and felt a bit fresh after all the running around at the airport. Then I helped myself for some snacks and Kingfisher! I chatted for a while with a Telecom executive from New Zealand headed to Singapore. After an hour or so, the AA reps walked in and told me that it was time to proceed to security. All in all, the Green lounge was fairly okay.

The security check was very similar to Bangalore. It was very quick and I found myself in the Gate area. I just walked around the terminal a bit and didn’t really venture out too far from the gate. Here are some pics from the gate area.
http://i1027.photobucket.com/albums/y334/satexan00/Delhi%20airport%20and%20the%20Green%20Lounge/DEL007.jpg
Boarding Area

http://i1027.photobucket.com/albums/y334/satexan00/Delhi%20airport%20and%20the%20Green%20Lounge/DEL006.jpg
Boarding Zones

http://i1027.photobucket.com/albums/y334/satexan00/Delhi%20airport%20and%20the%20Green%20Lounge/DEL004.jpg
Display monitor near the gate

http://i1027.photobucket.com/albums/y334/satexan00/Delhi%20airport%20and%20the%20Green%20Lounge/DEL010.jpg
AA 293 headed to Chicago

It was time to board the aircraft. Just prior to entering the jet-bridge the beautiful girl that greeted me at the AA counter walked up to me and asked some more security questions. After answering those I proceeded to the jet bridge where there is another round of x-ray and security check done by AA. Finally, after this entire circus I found myself in the seat heading to Chicago. Yay!

AA 293
DEL-ORD
B777-200
Scheduled Departure: 12:15a
Actual Departure: On time
Scheduled Arrival: 05:00a
Actual Arrival: On time

The FAs were already distributing menus when I took my seat. I will discuss the detailed menu in just a bit. As I was glancing through the menu, the FA came in with hot towels. After the second round of security checks I was feeling really tired and the hot towel came as a much needed relief. The FA then made a quick turn around and wanted to know if I wanted something to drink. I opted for Mango Juice. By then, I had taken off my shoes and adjusted the seat to a fairly relaxed position. That felt really good. The seat, needless to say was very comfortable with a seat pitch of about 60.0” and a width of 20.0”
Biz class seats (sorry for poor quality)
Biz class seats (sorry for poor quality)

http://i1027.photobucket.com/albums/y334/satexan00/Delhi%20to%20Chicago%20on%20AA%20293/Trip198.jpg
The Seat

Shoe racks!
Shoe racks

Welcome drink - Mango Juice
Welcome Drink

http://i1027.photobucket.com/albums/y334/satexan00/Delhi%20to%20Chicago%20on%20AA%20293/Trip088.jpg
Hot Towel

http://i1027.photobucket.com/albums/y334/satexan00/Delhi%20to%20Chicago%20on%20AA%20293/Trip093.jpg
Video about Biz Class seats


I looked at the moving map on the PTV screen. Chicago was 7477 miles away! That’s really far. Another interesting thing I noticed was that the outside temperature in Delhi around midnight was 35 degrees Celsius. Wow!

http://i1027.photobucket.com/albums/y334/satexan00/Delhi%20to%20Chicago%20on%20AA%20293/Trip077.jpg
Chicago is far far far away

Temperature in Delhi at midnight - 35 degrees!”></a> <br />
<b>Temperature in Delhi at midnight - 35 degrees!</b> <br />
<br />
Here are the details of the menu (common beverages/ cocktails/drinks have been excluded): <br />
<br />
<b>Wine</b><br />
Champagne: Pommery Brut Champagne <br />
White Wines: Seven Sisters “Vivian” Sauvignon Blanc; Landmark Overlook Chardonnay <br />
Red Wines: Montes Classic Series Cabernet Sauvignon; Cloudline Pinot Noir, Oregon <br />
Sherry: Emilio Lustau Sherry <br />
Dessert Wines: Graham’s Vintage Port <br />
<br />
<b>Light Meal</b><br />
Starters: Warm Mixed Nuts <br />
Salad: Fresh seasonal greens offered with creamy mint dressing or Sapori D’Arte olive oil and Balsamic Vinegar <br />
Main Course: Pan fried Chicken; Paneer Makhani; Lamb Rogan Josh <br />
Dessert: German Chocolate cake <br />
Mid flight snack: A choice of vegetarian or chicken sandwiches offered with grapes and sweets <br />
<br />
<b>Brunch</b><br />
Main Course: Spanish Frittata; Matar Paneer Bhurji; French Toast; Cereal <br />
Pre arrival beverage: Chilled sparkling or still water with a fresh citrus garnish <br />
<br />
<a href=Menu - cover
Menu Cover

Menu - inside 01
Menu Inside

Menu - inside 02
Menu Inside – 02

About this time, the captain announced that we were all set to start taxiing. So as the FAs started their safety demos I brought my seat forward and got my camera handy to shoot the take off video. The flying time was going to be about 15 hours. The takeoff was smooth and powerful. The take off video can be seen here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDQJ5PlnXFs


Pretty soon the FAs started the service. Warm mixed nuts were served with my choice of beer - Amstel Light. The warm nuts are a standard product in the premium class in almost every AA flight. Bose headsets were distributed. I chose Paneer Makhani as my dinner option along with Amstel Light.

The passenger sitting next to me was headed to San Jose, CA, after hiking in the Himalayas. He was a very interesting man with a wealth of knowledge on geography, hiking and world cultures. I had a nice engrossing conversation with him.

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Starters

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Bose Headsets

Dinner Service - 02
Dinner Service

Dinner Service - 01
Dinner Service-02

The food was very tasty !
The food was very tasty!

The meal was very tasty. The Paneer Makhani was spiced perfectly and the German Chocolate was pretty good as well. The Nan could have been a bit softer though. The other bread choices seemed better. AA’s wine selection was very good. Overall, the dinner was very satisfying.

Post dinner, I decided to stretch my legs out a bit and start playing with the IFE. A full disclosure here that I personally am not a big fan of AVOD. I usually carry some handheld entertainment system that keeps me busy. Anyways, I started exploring AAs IFE. On a quick cursory check, I found that the movie/audio selections in AA were not as good and not as much as the BA flight. So it is natural for passengers that love IFE to jump all over AA.

One good way to not get jet-lagged is to sleep during the later half of the 15 hour flight and so I started playing my favorite game ‘Sudoku’ on the IFE. That kept me engrossed for a while. I kept enjoying the wine selection during this time.

One note about the AA biz class seats though. These do not recline to a full 180 degrees as some of you already know. But these angled lie flat seats are very comfortable and provide you with a variety of positions to make yourself ‘comfier’.

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Seat Adjustment Panel

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Leg room in Biz Class

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Lie flat position

http://i1027.photobucket.com/albums/y334/satexan00/Delhi%20to%20Chicago%20on%20AA%20293/Trip141.jpg
Games Selection

http://i1027.photobucket.com/albums/y334/satexan00/Delhi%20to%20Chicago%20on%20AA%20293/Trip140.jpg
Movie Selection

We cruised along nicely. Here are some pictures of the flight path:

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Cruising altitude

Flight path - 01
Flight Path-01

Flight path - 02
Flight Path-02

Flight path - 03
Flight Path-03

Flight path - 04
Flight Path-04

Somewhere near the half way mark of our flight, the FAs served us the mid-flight snack. It was a veggie sandwich with chips and a muffin. After having the snack, I cleared up tray table and decided to use the restroom before going to sleep.

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Mid flight snack

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Coffee

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Amenity Kit

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Inside the Amenity Kit

http://i1027.photobucket.com/albums/y334/satexan00/Delhi%20to%20Chicago%20on%20AA%20293/Trip135.jpg Rest Room

The amenities inside the rest room are too few. AA might want to consider adding some more cosmetics inside.
Anyways, I got back to the seat and went to sleep for several hours. I was awakened by the breakfast service. I chose the Spanish frittata with coffee. The frittata was very tasty. Here are some more pictures of the breakfast and our flight cruising over Greenland.

http://i1027.photobucket.com/albums/y334/satexan00/Delhi%20to%20Chicago%20on%20AA%20293/Trip147.jpg Breakfast

http://i1027.photobucket.com/albums/y334/satexan00/Delhi%20to%20Chicago%20on%20AA%20293/Trip151.jpg Croissant

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Somewhere over the Norwegian Sea

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Over Greenland

Flight path - 05
Closing in onto North America

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Approaching Chicago

Here is a small quiz for you based on the picture above:
What is common among cities like Vancouver, St. George, Mexico City, San Juan, Panama, Caracas, Lima, Bogota and Fortaleza?
You will find the answer at the end of the trip report.

Anyways, after enjoying a sumptuous breakfast, I decided to use the rest room again and freshen up. I got back to my seat and requested the pre-arrival drink. Our descent into Chicago-O’Hare was smooth. In fact, we did not encounter any significant chops throughout the flight. Here are some pictures of our descent and landing.

Pre arrival drink - Sparkling water
Sparkling Water

Flight path - 06
Approaching Chicago-02

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Sunrise as we approach Chicago

The engines!
Engines at work!

The Wing!
The Wing!

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Over downtown Chicago

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Approaching Chicago-O’Hare

The landing video can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UprsDQnZ98w

The landing was on time. Upon landing, Immigration / Customs clearances were breezy. I don’t think there were any other international flights landing at ORD around that time. I rechecked my bags to SAT after clearing the customs and then took the train to the AA terminal T3. I cleared the security and was at the terminal by 6 AM. Since I had more than three hours of waiting, I decided to occupy a quite corner in T3 and started downloading pictures.

Around 9:15 I started walking to gate K-10 from where the flight to SAT was to depart. But there was virtually no sign of that flight at the gate. So I checked a nearby display monitor. My flight was delayed by 90 minutes and was now leaving at 11:30 from a different gate.

So I started slowly meandering to my new gate occasionally clicking some pictures. Also, this was the first time in a really long time that I had such a long layover at ORD. In recent times there were threads on A.net about AA AAbandoning ORD. Observing the amount of passengers in the AA terminal and looking at the flights, I can say with certainty that these thoughts are unfounded.

Here are some pictures of Chicago:
http://i1027.photobucket.com/albums/y334/satexan00/Chicago%20to%20San%20Antonio%20on%20AA%20755/new003.jpg AA concourse at ORD

http://i1027.photobucket.com/albums/y334/satexan00/Chicago%20to%20San%20Antonio%20on%20AA%20755/new004.jpg AA flights

http://i1027.photobucket.com/albums/y334/satexan00/Chicago%20to%20San%20Antonio%20on%20AA%20755/new010.jpg More AA birds

http://i1027.photobucket.com/albums/y334/satexan00/Chicago%20to%20San%20Antonio%20on%20AA%20755/new006.jpg Spotted a JAL bird

AA 755
ORD-SAT
S80
Scheduled Departure: 10:00a
Actual Departure: 11:50a
Scheduled Arrival: 12:40p
Actual Arrival: 02:26p

Since the flight was already delayed the agents and the FAs made an effort to hasten the boarding process. The boarding process was smooth and we finally took off to San Antonio. The flying time was estimated to be about two and a half hours. Since we were delayed I got the impression that we were given priority during take-off. The take off video can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FAJMDak8c4

Pretty soon the FAs started the service. The FA in the First class cabin was very friendly and smiling. She did take some pictures for me. The F seats are very comfortable and have a pitch of 39.0" and 19.5" wide
Starters were the usual Warm mixed nuts. I requested a Bloody Mary to drink. I really like those early morning bloody marys!
Starters - Bloody Mary and Mixed Warm Nuts
Bloody Mary and Warm Mixed Nuts

The starters were followed by a meal service. The meal consisted of a hot chicken sandwich with salad and chips. This chicken sandwich was simply amazing. I then had a baked on board cookie for dessert.

http://i1027.photobucket.com/albums/y334/satexan00/Chicago%20to%20San%20Antonio%20on%20AA%20755/new014.jpg Chicken Sandwich

http://i1027.photobucket.com/albums/y334/satexan00/Chicago%20to%20San%20Antonio%20on%20AA%20755/new017.jpg Baked on board Cookie

http://i1027.photobucket.com/albums/y334/satexan00/Chicago%20to%20San%20Antonio%20on%20AA%20755/latests020.jpg AA candies

After the meal service was done I did what I always like to do during flight. Look outside the window! It was a beautiful day outside with crystal clear skies. We cruised along pretty well. Here are some photos of the cities that we went past: Tulsa, DFW metroplex, Hillsboro, TX and Waco, TX.

flying over Tulsa, Oklahoma
Flying over Tulsa, Oklahoma

http://i1027.photobucket.com/albums/y334/satexan00/Chicago%20to%20San%20Antonio%20on%20AA%20755/new023.jpg This must be the Red River

http://i1027.photobucket.com/albums/y334/satexan00/Chicago%20to%20San%20Antonio%20on%20AA%20755/new027.jpg The DFW area

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User currently offlineCVG72 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 167 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 16847 times:

Awesome TR! What's the trivia answer?


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User currently offlineflynlr From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 225 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 16504 times:

all I see Is "Upgrade To Pro Today" get another host for your pics.


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User currently offlinerajrs From India, joined Aug 2007, 139 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 16224 times:

Nice TR

Thanks for shearing.

Where is the answer ??


rajrs


User currently offlineSATexan From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 15662 times:

First of all, I could have sworn that in the preview the last part of the TR appeared just fine. Somehow when I submitted the TR that part was gone:

So here is the missing text from the TR:

A few minutes after we were past Waco, TX, the captain announced that we had begun our descent into the San Antonio area. I ended up dozing off at that point and woke up when were making a descent into SAT over Camp Bullis. Upon landing, I was so happy to hear the FA say “Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome to San Antonio”. After all, it was a long 30 plus hours of flying and finally the journey came to an end.

Before I wrap up this report I must say a word about the AA FAs. The service that I got from the AA FAs was outstanding. I had the opportunity to fly in all three classes during this trip and the service was good across every class. In recent years I have flown in many different airlines including BA, LH, IB, who get glowing reviews for their service. But I personally think AA is better. So Congratulations to the AA FAs. Keep up the good work!

And finally the answer to the question I asked you earlier: Those are all places that Southwest will never fly to!

Come on now! Don’t give me any grief. A little bit of sense of humor is always good  

Thank you for reading this report. Hope you enjoyed it

Quoting CVG72 (Reply 1):
What's the trivia answer?
Quoting rajrs (Reply 3):
Where is the answer ??

There you have it!


Quoting flynlr (Reply 2):
all I see Is "Upgrade To Pro Today" get another host for your pics.

This has been fixed..


User currently offlineojas From India, joined Mar 2008, 2977 posts, RR: 24
Reply 5, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 15574 times:

Hi there,

Nice TR.

Quoting SATexan (Thread starter):
The aircraft parked at a remote bay from where we were going to be bussed to the terminal. This bus did not have air conditioning. As a result the people were sweating profusely and the whole drive to the terminal was tortuous.

Ouch! thats bad. Hopefully T3 can change the entire transfer experience.

Quoting SATexan (Thread starter):
Once the guy was finished with his questions he stamped a security cleared seal on my receipt and then led to me to the AA Biz Class counters. The check in was really smooth and quick if you discount the two extra layers! The lady at the check in desk game me a coupon to use the ‘Green Lounge’ at the airport.

This seems one of the US requirements, pre check at the check-in .. similar to the second security check at the jet bridge. Happened with me on my flights to USA from Qatar.

Thanks for sharing.



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User currently offlinejmy007 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 598 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 15531 times:

Excellent Repot!

The dinner on AA looks really good, but I am surprised for a flight of that length, in buisness, it was all served on one tray.



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User currently offline9W748Capt From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 600 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 14964 times:

Very nice report - AA's J service doesn't look too bad! I took AA 293 in Y a few years ago - not terrible, but nothing to write home about either.Hopefully I'll have enough money one day to splurge. Going to/from India's definitely a long enough trip where it'd be worth it. Nice to hear that the domestic-int'l transfer at DEL remains a cluster****. Amazing how India can make such simple things so difficult!

[Edited 2010-07-08 19:01:26]

User currently offlineNimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3264 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 14762 times:

Great TR - and from my home airport too  

The domestic-international transfer experience at BOM and DEL is horrendous and something I try to avoid as much as possible. No wonder airlines like EK manage 3X daily frequencies ex-BLR  .

There's hope in sight with T3 opening up, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and I'll wait to hear how it actually works (domestic->intl or vice versa) at T3 before choosing to transit at DEL!



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User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1224 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 14750 times:

Fantastic and fascinating. I wish AA served Mango Juice on all their flights. Thanks.

User currently offlineSATexan From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 14467 times:

Quoting ojas (Reply 5):
Nice TR.

Thanks Ojas! I have enjoyed reading your TRs!
Quoting jmy007 (Reply 6):
Excellent Repot!
Quoting 9W748Capt (Reply 7):
Very nice report
Quoting Nimish (Reply 8):
Great TR
Quoting lychemsa (Reply 9):
Fantastic

Thanks guys!
Quoting ojas (Reply 5):
Hopefully T3 can change the entire transfer experience.
Quoting 9W748Capt (Reply 7):
Amazing how India can make such simple things so difficult!
Quoting Nimish (Reply 8):
There's hope in sight with T3

It is very important that T3 eases the domestic-international transfers in DEL. This will go a long way in helping Indian carriers compete effectively against the Gulf (Especially EK, which is a juggernaut) and European carriers. I am looking forward to transiting through T3 early next year. But I am sure TRs about T3 will start coming in pretty soon.

Quoting Nimish (Reply 8):
and from my home airport too

I think your home airport is already operating at full capacity. They should start building another terminal asap!


User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5124 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 14165 times:

Thanks for the trip report. I am impressed by the quality of AA's JCL catering ex-DEL. I am going to post a report on AA's premium catering which was very different from what you experienced.

Again, many thanks for taking the time.

Saludos,
A.



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User currently offlineSATexan From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 13497 times:

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 11):
I am going to post a report on AA's premium catering which was very different from what you experienced.

Thanks! I certainly look forward to reading all your TRs!


User currently offlinevivekman2006 From India, joined May 2006, 541 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 13378 times:

Great TR, SATexan! Good to see a review of the DEL-ORD sector on AA's non-stop. I always wondered how AA did on this flight.

A question for you - Considering AA uses a 777-200ER as opposed to AI, which uses a 777-200LR, was there any capacity restriction? What was the total load vs capacity on your flight?

Thanks again for a lovely report.  

- Vivek


User currently offlineSATexan From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 13177 times:

Quoting vivekman2006 (Reply 13):
I always wondered how AA did on this flight.

Thanks Vivek! AFAIK, there are no capacity restrictions on this flight. The loads across all three classes were very good. J was more than 90% full and the coach looked pretty much packed. I have also heard that this flight usually does well in terms of loads. Ofcourse, that does not say anything about the yields. But AA certainly seems to have established itself and holding on to this market pretty well and the alliance with Kingfisher will be very beneficial.
One change I would like to see though is that the flight from ORD should arrive in DEL early enough to allow some late evening connecting opportunities to BLR, MAA etc.


User currently offlineIrishAyes From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 2221 posts, RR: 15
Reply 15, posted (2 years 8 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 8576 times:

Quoting SATexan (Reply 4):

And finally the answer to the question I asked you earlier: Those are all places that Southwest will never fly to!

I was reading through this TR again (very good!) and the answer to your trivia question is no longer valid - WN will start flights to MEX in May!



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (2 years 8 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 8349 times:

I didn't realise til the end how old this post was! I'll comment anyway! I'm hoping to fly Kingfisher in a few weeks CCU-DAC, if they're still in business that is.

Quoting SATexan (Thread starter):

Here is a quick rundown of the BA misses:

1) BA 118 did not have a meal choice in Y that day. We just had the vegetarian option and it wasn’t that good
2) The FAs were recklessly hitting my shoulders as they went by the aisle
3) The IFE had some glitches. One of them was on the moving map where ‘Distance to Destination’ was showing the ‘Distance from destination’
4) This one is not funny. When I was using the rest room, the captain decided to turn on the fasten seat belt sign. The FA banged on the door to alert me. I was forced out of the restroom!

Hmmm, well 1) they might have just run out of meat options? 2)I doubt they were doing it on purpose 3) Hardly a major issue 4) Sounds like they were just warning you - always better safe than sorry.

Quoting SATexan (Thread starter):
One was a Veg choice (Paneer Bhurji, if I remember correctly) and the other was a Non Veg choice (chicken). I went with the Veg choice.

Looks tasty

Quoting SATexan (Thread starter):

One another observation here is that IT has a lot of staff wearing red uniforms at the arrival terminal. I wasn't sure what they were doing but there just were too many people wearing IT uniforms doing a whole lot of nothing.

Maybe thet's why they are so in debt right now

Quoting SATexan (Thread starter):

The FAs were already distributing menus when I took my seat. I will discuss the detailed menu in just a bit. As I was glancing through the menu, the FA came in with hot towels. After the second round of security checks I was feeling really tired and the hot towel came as a much needed relief. The FA then made a quick turn around and wanted to know if I wanted something to drink. I opted for Mango Juice. By then, I had taken off my shoes and adjusted the seat to a fairly relaxed position. That felt really good. The seat, needless to say was very comfortable with a seat pitch of about 60.0” and a width of 20.0”

So nice to relax in a comfy seat after the rigours of a complicated airport

Quoting SATexan (Thread starter):

The amenities inside the rest room are too few. AA might want to consider adding some more cosmetics inside.

Looks like the SN business toilets....bare

Quoting SATexan (Thread starter):
Over downtown Chicago

Nice photo

Quoting SATexan (Thread starter):
Baked on board Cookie

Funny you get served the cookie separatly on the shorthual, but on longhual dessert is served at the same time



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User currently offlineTOMMY767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 6694 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (2 years 8 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 8214 times:

Indian food on AA, eh? Not sure if I'd trust that. I like my Indian food served in retaurants to me, not on a 777. Was it good?

Also a little dissapointed there was no sundae 

Otherwise excellent report. I don't think there has been a trip report for DEL-ORD in J.



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User currently offlineSATexan From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (2 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 7318 times:

Quoting IrishAyes (Reply 15):
I was reading through this SA Linhas Aereas">TR again (very good!) and the answer to your trivia question is no longer valid - SA)">WN will start flights to MEX in May!

I am going to have to eat my words  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 16):
Hmmm, well 1) they might have just run out of meat options? 2)I doubt they were doing it on purpose 3) Hardly a major issue 4) Sounds like they were just warning you - always better safe than sorry.

You are right on all accounts. There is a notion that is very prevelent among A.net folks that BA can do nothing wrong and SA)">AA can do nothing right. These points were only made to illustrate that BA can have some misses too.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 16):
Maybe thet's why they are so in debt right now

You know this thought strikes to me everytime I read about Kingfisher these days. IT's labor expenses were through the roof. The labor was not even managed properly. This is biting them bigg time...

Quoting TOMMY767 (Reply 17):
Indian food on SA)">AA, eh? Not sure if I'd trust that. I like my Indian food served in retaurants to me, not on a 777. Was it good?

It was actually pretty good. IMHO, their Indian food was better than European carriers to India in J/Y.The Nan bread could have been softer. But then Indian restuarants in SA/Austin and even Dallas / Houston (except for a couple of restuarants) themselves don't serve great Nan. So I can't really complain much about SA)">AA...

Quoting TOMMY767 (Reply 17):
Looks like the SN business toilets....bare

Very mediocre indeed. Now a days they have duvets and upgraded amenity kits but still I have not seen any improvements in the toilets.

Feel free to point out any new changes that you folks have seen wrt SA)">AA toilet ameniities in F/J...

Quoting TOMMY767 (Reply 17):
sundae

Indeed! I love sundae. As I am typing this I am making plans to grab a sundae later this evening  
Quoting IrishAyes (Reply 15):
I was reading through this SA Linhas Aereas">TR again (very good!)
Quoting TOMMY767 (Reply 17):
Otherwise excellent report.

Thank you very much! It is sad that this flight is now part of aviation history. I really hope it comes back once SA)">AA exits BK.


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