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To Frisco In First! XNA-SFO Via ORD, LAX...AA 738s  
User currently offlinekann123air From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 1394 posts, RR: 4
Posted (2 years 4 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 11700 times:

Hi everyone!

Being an AA Frequent Flyer and Gold member with 50,000 miles to spare, I asked my dad if he could lend me some miles so that I could fly to San Francisco from here in Arkansas to visit my aunt and cousins. I was very happy when he said ok, and I started looking for tickets immediatly.

Now, I'm not the kind of person who wants to reach my destination quickly.... Unusual right? Well, if I'm flying first class, I'd like to squeeze in as many flights as possible, to maximize the experience. While booking my tickets, I had a XNA-ORD-SFO option, and a XNA-ORD-LAX-SFO option. Most sensible people would choose the former, and being an aviation fanatic, I chose the latter!  

I was especially excited for this trip because it would be the first time flying alone for me (without any parents around). As mentioned before, it was in first class too, so I was really excited for this trip!  

The day of departure came, June 19th, 2013. These were taken after going through security at XNA (which is a very nice airport, by the way).
Funny... I could have taken this and gone XNA-LAX-SFO!  http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b544/CalifTrip737/DSC_0006_zps1149e027.jpg
My flight, which was unfortunately an ERJ-145 with no first class.

Taken shortly before boarding.

Quick view of XNA's arrivals

.....And departures

Another view of the secure area here at XNA, taken from Gate A7

E135 shortly before heading to LGA.

View of the terminal

UAX arriving from ORD (I think).

My flight arriving from ORD.

It is N643AE, the 200th ERJ-145 delivered to American Eagle.

We then boarded!

Airline: American Eagle, "Eagle Flight"
Flight number: 3339
Aircraft: Embrear ERJ-145
Registration: N643AE (200th ER4 delivered to AA)
Flying time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Seat: 8A
Departure Airport: XNA
Arrivial Airport: ORD

Taken from my seat (8A). I loved it because it had aisle and window access.

"Eagle flight 3339, cleared for takeoff, runway 17"

Nice view of XNA:

Always my plane drink:

WN 737 flying below us:

Getting cloudy near ORD:

What airport is this?

First glimpse of ORD:

Wow! ANA B777-300ER waiting for departure to Tokyo/NRT.

What a great view!

....And his main competitior, also about to depart for Tokyo/NRT.


UA city here at ORD:

I asked for a cockpit visit upon arrival, and I got one!  http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b544/CalifTrip737/DSC_0107_zps7e199415.jpg

Lower level G gates here at ORD:

New livery ERJ parked

So many flights!

The flag hallway!

The fork at which Concourse H and K split

A sole new livery parked among the 'old folk'

I was hoping to get a new livery for my flight to LAX! I would periodically check my gate (H6) to see if my plane had come.

Three pretty planes in one shot, the new livery 738, Asiana 777-200, and Continental (United) Retro Livery on the 737-800.

AA 153 to Tokyo/NRT at gate K19.

First time ever seeing one of these!!! United 787 headed to probably Houston/IAH.

Loooooong KE B77W taxiing for departure to Seoul/ICN.

A glimpse of the International Terminal (Concourse M)

New livery headed to NY/JFK.

Two new liveries with the OneWorld 777-200

Headed to ANC.

Headed somewhere far away.

Blankets before being loaded onto another 737 to LAX.

.....And look who came to H6! N989AN, wearing the new livery!

It looks really good in my opinion......I know my opinion is the minority though  http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b544/CalifTrip737/DSC_0178_zpsbe5af02a.jpg

While taking pictures of this plane, a pilot nearby came to me and said, "So you like the colors?" I said, "Yes, sir, I think it is a good change..... What about you?"

Him: "Nahh.... The old one was so much better."
Me: "Well, that's what most people think, haha. Are you the pilot of this flight?"
Him: "Nope, I'm deadheading to LAX to pilot a 757, flight 161 to OGG."
Me: "Wow! Cool! The 757 is one of my most favorite planes to fly on."
Him: "Same here.... Too bad they are getting the new livery too." (This was news to me)
Me: "So how did you work your way up to flying the 75?"
Him: "A long time in the Air Force, and then about 10 years flying the 727 for American."
Me: (Total awe) "Wow....."

It then was time to board our flight!

Airline: American Airlines
Flight number: 1305
Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
Registration: N989AN
Flying time: 3 hours 56 minutes
Seat: 4F
Departure Airport: ORD
Arrivial Airport: LAX

I settled into my very comfortable seat, and relaxed. The safety video was played, and we then taxiied by the Concourse M. I, of course, started snapping away with my DSLR, but the FA told me to put it away  . This was the last shot I got at ORD that day, of a Scandinavian A330.

Due to the FA's strictness, this was my next shot (after reaching 10,000 feet).

Hot towels were then passed out by the stern-looking FA:

....Then warm nuts:

Gotta have the ginger ale:

Lunch, which was really good! The hot roll came a few moments later.

I seriously think AA's cookies in F are the best in the world.

I took a small nap, and awoke to see the Grand Canyon!!

More than enough legroom:

My view from 4F:

A video about how "The New American Is Arriving".

Slowly starting to approach LAX now:

I don't like the bland, blank winglet on the new livery aircraft.

Flying over Ontario (ONT/KONT)

Getting closer:

Interesting place... A racetrack?

The Continental Airlines retro livery!! I saw this exact aircraft about 4 hours earlier back at ORD!  http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b544/CalifTrip737/DSC_0242_zpsa3f826ec.jpg

Couple of UA 744s with a Skywest CRJ

Ah, the LAX worldport. Notice the small E120 Brasilia taxiing.

TBIT with its usual diversity. Aeroflot, Malaysian, Air Tahiti Nui, and Iberia all in one shot.

WN 737:

T4 with the Air Tahiti Nui A340 about to taxi:

Stunning AA 767-323/ER with the new livery:

Air Tahiti Nui about to leave for CDG (I think).

Swiss from ZRH just landed:

Another WN 737:

Another view of the Air Tahiti Nui A340-300:

And another view of the AA 767-323ER in the new livery:

I realized at that moment that I did not see a single AA 757 in ORD!! Are there any at all?

We then parked at the gate, and I was granted another cockpit visit:

Me: "What is your next flight?"
First Officer: "Tomorrow morning to Newark."
Me: "Wow, isn't that a bit of a stretch for the 737-800."
Captain: "Oh no, piece of cake."
First Officer: "Well... It's a stretch for my back though!"

The First Officer then showed me the new maps on iPads, this one displaying the approach for Runway 25L that we just completed:

I had to walk briskly to my flight to SFO, as they had already started boarding. I did manage to wave a goodbye to my 757 pilot friend who I had talked to at ORD, who was running because his flight was delayed due to his absence!  
Here is his 757:

My 737, and as my luck would have it, it's N901AN. The first 737 in the fleet. I wanted one with BSI, haha.

I then boarded!

Airline: American Airlines
Flight number: 1559
Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
Registration: N901AN
Flying time: 56 minutes
Seat: 5A
Departure Airport: LAX
Arrival Airport: SFO

View from 5A of my friend's flight to OGG.

We then pushed back, and started a taxi to Runway 24L. QF A380 preparing for a night trip down under!

Waiting behind this Speedbird Majesty to takeoff, operating BA 282 to London-LHR.

See the maginificent 747 lifting off in the distance?

We then started our takeoff roll:

My friend's 757 taxiing for departure to OGG:

AF 772:

What a long flight this must be! Turkish 777 prior to departing for Istanbul-Ataturk (IST).

Star Alliance buddies at TBIT:

Moving forward with the new American.
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User currently offlineVIflyer From US Virgin Islands, joined May 1999, 502 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 4 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 11645 times:

Great Report, Really enjoyed it. The airport you saw on approach to Chicago is Schaumburg Regional Airport http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schaumburg_Regional_Airport . You usually see it when ORD is landing on 10L.


I reject your reality and subsitute my own
User currently offlineaalaxfan From United States of America, joined Mar 2013, 284 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 11490 times:

Racetrack is Hollywood Park Racetrack and Casino. The circular building on top part of the photo is the Forum.

Grumpy. Not a dwarf, not an attitude. It's a lifestyle.
User currently offlinekann123air From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 1394 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (2 years 4 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 10563 times:

Oops! Looks like it didn't finish....  

Here is the continuation, which is LAX-SFO.

Star alliance buddies at TBIT!

No, this in not SYD, this is LAX! QF 12 to SYD, 94 to MEL, and 107 also to SYD, preparing for their night flights.

Another example of diversity at LAX:

Magnificent Korean 747-400:

Pacific Ocean:

Again, legroom is no problem:

Pacific Ocean with some islands:

You can tell that ship 901 is the oldest one in the fleet!  http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b544/CalifTrip737/DSC_0327_zpseabefdaa.jpg

What airport is this?

We were then served a rather bland snack mix:

With a Dr. Pepper:

Sun slowly starting to set:

Starting approach into SFO:

Now on final for runway 28L:

First view of aircraft at SFO, two Virgin America A320s:

The winglet on ship 901 looks very nice compared to the new livery:

AA 763 after arriving from NY/JFK, prepping for a red-eye to MIA:

Empty gate to the left of us, and a company 737-800 to the left of it:

The cockpit of the oldest AA 737NG in the fleet!  http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b544/CalifTrip737/DSC_0362_zpsc2eeca4d.jpg

I'll end with a sunset shot of the bay bridge!  http://i1291.photobucket.com/albums/b544/CalifTrip737/DSC_0370_zpse4f6ec21.jpg

Overall, AA was very good. The only disappointment was the snack mix on LAX-SFO, which was pretty bland. Other than that, food was good, and service was pretty good. Good job AA!

Stay tuned for the return, this time on AS and AA: OAK-SEA-ORD-XNA (or so I thought.....)

Thanks for reading!

Moving forward with the new American.
User currently offlinemoby147 From UK - England, joined Mar 2013, 58 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 10361 times:

First class report, Keep it up

Looking forward to to the return



User currently onlinelegacyins From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2283 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 9648 times:

Frisco?? I thought the report was going to Frisco, Texas.  

User currently offlinekann123air From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 1394 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 9062 times:

Quoting legacyins (Reply 5):
Frisco?? I thought the report was going to Frisco, Texas.  


Moving forward with the new American.
User currently offlineAUSisAwesome From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 8842 times:

Someone's a little popular! I can't see the pictures. Anyways, nice report and Go Hogs!

User currently offlinecaleb1 From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 455 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 8028 times:
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Can't see any pictures either.

User currently offlinekann123air From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 1394 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 8012 times:

Quoting AUSisAwesome (Reply 7):
Someone's a little popular! I can't see the pictures. Anyways, nice report and Go Hogs!

Woo pig sooooie!!   I'm in the process of posting it again, this time linking to imageshack (unlimited bandwidth).

Quoting caleb1 (Reply 8):
Can't see any pictures either.

Thanks, I'm about to fix it.

Moving forward with the new American.
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