Atrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5692 posts, RR: 52 Posted (8 years 1 month 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3190 times:
I drove to my cousins house to drop off my car. She took me to the airport and dropped me off in front of the main terminal. I got my bags out and walked inside. Turned right for the check in line. I ran into someone who was from my city, who used to work with my dad. So I chatted to her for a bit and turned out she was flying to Tampa. I said "good bye" and walked to the check in machines to check myself in. Entered my AADVANTAGE number, pulled up my reservation, selected the check one bag. It then asked me if I wanted to upgrade. . Hmmmmh I thought...How much? Looked at the price- Only 45 dollars! DONE! I swiped my card in the machine and out came a boarding pass that said ALEX TRUDE- FIRST SEAT 5A! . I was very absolutely excited, it had been 11 years since I flew First Class. I was anxiously waiting to see what it would be like.
I then proceeded to security and went through fine. I walked around the main terminal a bit. They put up brand new screens as most people had stated and they looked very nice. I walked to Burger King to try and grab a meal but the line was way to long and I wanted to hurry back. So i went back to the gate, but on the way I saw the "Working together" scheme backing out to fly to ORD.
I walked to my gate and sat down. 5 min later they announced they would start the boarding proccess. Pre boarding was allowed on first. Then First Class. I stood up, got in line, got on board. The F/A stood by the door and said "Good morning, welcome aboard" I nodded and said "hello". Walked to 5A, put my bag up and sat down. This was going to be very nice. We waited till everyone else finished boarding. The F/A came around and asked if we wanted a pre take off drink. I requested Coke. It was given to us in a plastic cup. I drank it quickly and she cleaned it up. She then went around to each and everyone of us in the cabin and said "Good afternoon Mr. Trude, my name is Lisa, I will be your flight Attendent for this Trip. If you need anything you let me know" She reached out shook my hand and said "welcome aboard". I said "thank you very much" She then took drink orders for after we took off. Once that was done, she went with the other F/A to do the safety procedures.
We backed out, and taxied to R30L. Had a WN 733 taxi behind us, N315SW which I ironically flew PHX-STL last July. We get on the runway and immediatly we started cruising forward. Now me not having flown up front on the MD80 i freaked a bit forgetting about the engines, and thought "omg he forgot the engines, we can't hear them!" Then I sat back, and went "oh DUH! its because the engine is all the way in the back!" . So after that brief panick mode, i settled back to enjoy the flight.
Lisa came around and passed out our drinks, this time in a glass. Passed out small bag of pretzels and peanuts but I only got the pretzels, just one bag. I ate it quickly and threw the trash away. Lisa constantly came around and made sure our glasses were kept full the entire time.
I looked out the window, we had reached about 36,000 feet at cruising flight at 436 Knots. Some huge clouds were cruising by so I snapped a pic of them plus the seat area just for kicks.
Pretty soon, we started to descend for DAL. Seat belt sign came on, and Lisa came around and asked if there was anything else we wanted before she cleaned up? I said nope, and thanked her again. She walked around and cleaned things up, we put our seats up and tray tables back up too. We were rapidly descending quickly. We turned near the city and I saw DAL in sight. Engines went quiet, and we dropped quite a bit, then engines roared back up as we cruised over Bachman Lake for a hard landing into R 13L. Reverse is activated, and we turned off for the gate to gate 32. We parked next to an Airborne express 762. I got off the plane and thanked Lisa for an excellent Service. She said thank you and have a great day. I immediatly went to the bathroom to piss out all the coke I had in the flight . I walked down to baggage claim and my bag was one of the first ones out. now THATS service!
Sorry i didn't have more pictures, i wanted to really enjoy First Class and just enjoy the flight. So hopefully the text alone are ok.
Good things come to those who wait, better things come to those who go AFTER it!
NateDAL From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 417 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3123 times:
Quoting FutureSDPDcop (Reply 1): Best part of the report. It's always a joy reading your trip reports. As usual, thanks for posting. You gonna post the return trip as well?
Yes, please post the return.
And, how was the load?
I'm doing DAL-STL-DAL next weekend, also in F. I had $200 in AA vouchers and the fare was only $258, about the same as WN full fare. I'd prefer WN, but with the great fare and the vouchers, it was an easy decision.
Stl1326 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 496 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3101 times:
Quoting Atrude777 (Thread starter): They put up brand new screens as most people had stated and they looked very nice.
Great report as always. Good pictures of the storm clouds. Were the screen monitors by the gates working yet? When I was there May 23, they didn't have the monitors on by the gates yet but they had the screen monitors that showed all of AA flights for the day.
It was quite full, we had fully booked first class seat and I'd say maybe 120-135 people were on board. and it holds 148 I think?
Quoting NateDAL (Reply 2): I'm doing DAL-STL-DAL next weekend, also in F. I had $200 in AA vouchers and the fare was only $258, about the same as WN full fare. I'd prefer WN, but with the great fare and the vouchers, it was an easy decision.
hahaha it was fun flying it. I really enjoyed it.
Quoting Stl1326 (Reply 3): Great report as always. Good pictures of the storm clouds. Were the screen monitors by the gates working yet? When I was there May 23, they didn't have the monitors on by the gates yet but they had the screen monitors that showed all of AA flights for the day.
Thanks again, and no montiers were working by the gates still using the plastic cards or name tag whatever it is.
Quoting Oldman55 (Reply 4): Good report,and really nice pics of the clouds,Just one simole questin tho, How would you rapidly descend slowly??
by cutting back the engines, the plane still drops but not as quickly as if he had powered up the engine to push the plane forward.
Quoting 767747 (Reply 5): Nice report! AA First on the short trip sounded pretty good!
it was for me. I knew i wouldn't be flying for awhile so i spoiled myself hehehe
Quoting Planecrazy2 (Reply 6): Nice report Alex, always good to hear about good service especially on such a short route.
Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 8): Good report, ejoyed reading it, thanks for sharing.
Thanks to you both!
Quoting Delta732FF (Reply 7): Nice report. Thanks for sharing. How long is that flight?
Fbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3701 posts, RR: 28
Reply 14, posted (8 years 1 month 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2671 times:
Wow. Sounds utterly underwhelming. Sounds like your baggage got better treatment than you did! Nothing 'First Class' about that experience!
Having said that I'm flying BOS-SFO-BOS in AA F next week, my first time in AA F since before 9/11 and I hope it is a lot better than that your short hop. Be sure to see a report in about two weeks on that one
Out of pure intrigue since you paid for the upgrade do you earn EQMs based on the F fare?
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Atrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5692 posts, RR: 52
Reply 15, posted (8 years 1 month 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2666 times:
Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 14): Wow. Sounds utterly underwhelming. Sounds like your baggage got better treatment than you did! Nothing 'First Class' about that experience!
Well after flying coach for so long, anything with First Class exceeds my expectations except SWA lol.
Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 14): Out of pure intrigue since you paid for the upgrade do you earn EQMs based on the F fare?
We earn nothing for upgrades, just the flight we flew as if we were flying coach. However We get double miles because I signed up for a promotion where any flight I fly by Nov 15th I get double miles for flying.
Good things come to those who wait, better things come to those who go AFTER it!