321neo From Ireland, joined Apr 2013, 154 posts, RR: 0 Posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 32228 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)
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.
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.
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!
The EI A330s are very comfortable, however they do charge for alcohol.
On AA the food is probably not as good as on EI, and the interior of the AA 757 is terrible. On my way back I flew on an AA 77W which was certainly a lot more comfortable, with brand new seating and IFE and I was in the Main Cabin Extra section which is is in 3-3-3 configuration.
They have the best service now though, alot of people whine about the 757 but I actually love flying it with them because it kind of feels like you have more of a personal touch. I have booked the Aer Lingus and I am kind of regretting it now because apparently they hardly feed you and there aren't even blankets. I also read that you can't plug your own earphones into the tv.