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Like Quickies? (a Trip Report) JFK-MIA On AA A300  
User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7443 posts, RR: 62
Posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4223 times:
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We took off on thursday night on
AA 1411 JFK-MIA. I hadn't been on the A300 for years and felt a little tense. (sorry but when tails fall off without reason, I get a little tense.)

But we left the gate on-time then meandered over to 31L after taxiing for 45 ! minutes. We sat just aft the wing and it gave us a great view of all the goings on  Big thumbs up

The takeoff was smooth with a longer than expected rollout. As the gear came up with a resounding thud, my girlfriend jumped a bit. The ride itself was great. I noticed twice that the pilot suddenedly pulled up which lead to a great head rush each time.

We lined up for landing on Miami's runway 27R. It was too dark to grab a photo but one of the nicest scenes there was that of the AA hanger all brightly lit from the inside. It had a 727 and 737 in it (with 2 other twin engine jets) and American Flags hanging over each plane.

After a few days at South beach and the Keys, we boarded
AA 988 MIA-JFK last night on another A300, on the same seats near the wing. The ONE STOP check in program is absolutely EXCELLENT. It's a mystery to me why everyone doesn't do it. We got to the airport late yet still were ready to board before the flight was ever called.

The plane left the gate on time and we crept over towards the junction of 9L and 12. So you had two paths of planes nearly converging on one point. It allowed some great closeups of AA 737s, 727s and an Iberia 747. Our pilot announced that we either leave on 12 or 9L.
We waited for 6 planes to take off on either runway. We then turned onto 9L and stopped for a brief moment. (I would guess that we had to get off quick because there was another plane coming into land. I noticed it on approach as we turned onto 9L.)

The engines spooled up and off we went. I never knew that the older Airbus engines actually groaned as they spooled up. Interesting sound. We darting up and through some low lying stratus clouds, passed over south beach and banked north over the water. The pilot announced that we'd reach FL330 and to expect some bumpy air.

Some moments later, he came back on and mentioned thatwe'd reached FL270 and would stay there (due to rough air). The turbulence was quite tolerable through the flight.

Later on the Capt. mentioned that we were passing Philly. Our approach took us towards the north shore of Long Island and we turned toward 31L and extended flaps. (I must say that I am much more impressed with flap ops of Boeings and Avros.)

Considering the impact we took and a recent post on Autolandings, I might guess we were on autoland. I mean, we flew right into the ground. The spoilers rose and the engines reversed.

We got there a little early and the pilot said that we had to wait for ramps agnts to get there. He said they did not expect us that early.

So for probably what was my last trip to MIA before the AA 727s are retired, I saw a great many of them. I took few pictures and experimented with night shots. I'll let you know when they come out and may even try to post a few.

Next trip in 2 weeks, ISP-BWI.
Please let me know if you liked this. All comments are appreciated. PS I posted in non-aviation about a flying jets gimmick going on in Marathon.




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User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7443 posts, RR: 62
Reply 1, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3960 times:
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Glad to see that so many of you read this. Makes it worthwhile.

Please leave comments so that any future TR's I write are better.

Thanks for reading and have a good day.








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User currently offlineChepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6220 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3946 times:

Did the A300 you fly have MRTC, cause last January I flew on an AA A300 and it still had the old interiors. Hope you enjoyed beautiful Miami.
Chepos



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User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7443 posts, RR: 62
Reply 3, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3944 times:
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Yes, it definitely had MRTC. I'd been on other AA planes recently and used that as the basis for comparison.

Overall a good flight. I definitely enjoyed comparing the flap ops to that of Boeing 757/767s. And I still can't believe how loud the engines roared. Good stuff.

Still though, I LOVE the BAe 146 in looks and performance. and LOVE the 757's kick in the (_I_) !!!



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User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4328 posts, RR: 35
Reply 4, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3906 times:

Mirrodie > Nice report. What is the service on AA now on this typical 2 hours flight? deli bag? Peanuts?


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User currently offlineChepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6220 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3905 times:

When I flew them last January on a 2 hour and 30 minute flight they gave us 1 beverage service along with a chesee snack mix ( contrary to popular believe I think they are pretty good ), and another beverage service more towards the end of the flight.
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User currently offlineBlink182 From Azerbaijan, joined Oct 1999, 5482 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3894 times:

Nice report! I am pretty sad about the AA 727s leaving the fleet, I have seen a fair bit of them at DFW, but in a few months, there will hardly be any of them. I hope they keep the last one and put it outside the CR Smith Museum, which is a museum about American Airlines.

blink



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User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7443 posts, RR: 62
Reply 7, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3867 times:
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The food service was exactly that: A "beverage of your choice" and a bag of Cheezy Chex Mix. OK, so I like the chips, but that part I do find ridiculous.

9/11 was AA's excuse to cut out food service. Sure, they speak of no more silverware, etc. But on a JFK-MIA flight in spring of last year, they at least served crackers and a sort of "hot pocket" meat filled pastry. Least they should do is bring that back.

Then again, I can always stop my Dominoes or another fast food joint and pick up a meal to bring onboard.

I am pro-AA. Their MRTC program is great but there is always more room for improvement.

As for the last AA 727 flight. I'm still awaiting word on that. I've yet to here of a "goodbye ceremony" for it. We'll see. I do agree though, Blink, that it would be a welcome addition at CR Smith Museum.



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User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5831 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3857 times:

WOW!!! I hadn't even thought of putting it at the CR Smith. I would go visit and keep her company every week!!! Good memories from AA three- holers.

Randy


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