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Ireland To The Big AApple | Part 1: DUB-JFK  
User currently offline321neo From Ireland, joined Apr 2013, 34 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 11776 times:

Hi all and welcome to my latest trip report. This instalment charts a trip I made to New York in June 2013, where I took the newly-launched AA route from DUB to JFK, and returning via LHR. In this Part 1 I'll cover the DUB-JFK leg.

Date: 24-06-2013
Airline: American Airlines (AA)
Flight Number: AA291
Departure Airport: Dublin International Airport, Dublin, Ireland (DUB)
Arrival Airport: New York JFK Airport, New York, USA (JFK)
Departure Time: 09:15
Arrival Time: 11:25
Flight Duration: 7hr 10min
Aircraft Type: Boeing 757-223(WL)
Aircraft Registration: N198AA
Seat Number: 15A (Main Cabin Extra) (Window Seat)

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As this flight pre-clears US Customs at DUB, I turned-up at the airport 3 hours before departure. The airport was very busy, and I encountered lenghty queues at the AA check-in desks, security and at US CBP. Approaching 8:40 - only 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time, I left the US CBP area and headed for my 757, which had by that time more or less been fully boarded.

When booking for this trip I opted for Main Cabin Extra for both the outbound and return journeys. Upon being welcomed onto the aircraft, I made my way to seat number 15A.

Legroom was excellent, and definitely worth the extra fee to upgrade. The load onboard today's flight would be 100%, and considering I was one of the later passengers to board, the aircraft was pushing-back within a matter of minutes.

Having never-before flown the Boeing 757, I was mightily impressed by its takeoff performance. You can see the video by clicking on the link here --> AA291 American 757 POWERFUL Takeoff Dublin Airport | [DUB-JFK]

Shortly after reaching cruising altitude, a drinks service was held, followed then by the main meal.

The pasta meal, although nothing amazing, was quite satisfactory and was much better than the meal I received from EI when I travelled DUB-MCO earlier this year.

Although AA won on the catering front, EI certainly offer a better hard product. AA International 757s have no personal TVs, and although I had extra legroom, the seats were somewhat restraining for a flight of such a duration.

The flight passed uneventfully, with drinks rounds every hour or so. I, along with most of the other passengers, at least tried to make up on the lost sleep from the night before.

Approximately 90mins before landing, a snack box was handed out.

I liked the array of items given, and made good use of the free drink service also. Soon we hit land; first Boston, then the tip of Long Island.

The descent towards JFK was smooth; click on the link here to see the landing video I took --> AA291 American 757 Landing JFK Airport | [DUB-JFK]

While taxiing it was delightful to feel the 30'C heat through the window.

Arriving at the domestic pier of AA's Terminal 8, we de-planed quickly and I headed to pick up my luggage.

Having some spare time as I waited on a friend to arrive on a flight from AMS, I went to Terminal 5 for food and some plane spotting.


Overall, I enjoyed my first experience of AA. Despite the queuing at DUB and the lack of PTVs, it was a comfortable flight with very kind FAs. Part 2 will cover my return journey, where I take AA's new 777-300ER to LHR, then BA back to DUB; make sure to check it out when it's up!  

Regards, 321NEO  

See my other trip reports too:
Shamrockin' It To Florida | Aer Lingus DUB-MCO-DUB
An ACE Trip With Aer Lingus | DUB-ACE-DUB
Dublin To Dublin On St. Patrick's Day | LH And BA

And make sure to check out my YouTube, Facebook, Flickr and Twitter profiles!

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User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1067 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (8 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 11351 times:

I find Aer Lingus a lot better than AA.

1. The food was better. And for $20 you can buy a delux meal; steak and cheesecake etc.
2. The legroom is 32" vs 31" on AA.
3. The Airbus 330 is a much nicer aircraft than the vintage 757.

User currently offlineomidp From Canada, joined Jun 2010, 125 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 10307 times:

Great TR. Thank you  

User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2472 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (8 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 8075 times:


Interesting TR. Thanks for sharing, good to see what AA haves on TATL service.
I would avoid flying the 757 over the pond at all means


Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offline321neo From Ireland, joined Apr 2013, 34 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7347 times:

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 1):
The Airbus 330 is a much nicer aircraft than the vintage 757
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 3):
I would avoid flying the 757 over the pond at all means

Interesting points here!

I find the A330 a lot more spacious; the 757 has a somewhat cramped-feeling for a transatlantic service!

User currently offlinen272wa From Ireland, joined Jun 2007, 410 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (8 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6345 times:

Nice report - going to use this service next month  

User currently offline321neo From Ireland, joined Apr 2013, 34 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 weeks 1 day 16 hours 19 minutes ago) and read 2176 times:

Quoting n272wa (Reply 5):
going to use this service next month

How did it go?   Haha

User currently offlinenewhaven From United States of America, joined Nov 2013, 154 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 weeks 1 day 15 hours 48 minutes ago) and read 2109 times:

Great report .. loved your pics and vids!

And your shots from the jetBlue terminal looking back at the old TWA terminal were fantastic !!

Looking fwd to the next installment!

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