Sponsor Message:
Aviation Trip Reports Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
FLL-DFW-ORD-DFW-FLL On AA (mostly Pics)  
User currently offlineBigMac From Suriname, joined Nov 2003, 319 posts, RR: 9
Posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 18064 times:

2 weeks ago I stumbled upon a “cheap” fare on American Airlines which had the following routing: FLL-DFW-ORD-DFW-FLL. This was the perfect route/fare which would requalify me for Platinum status on AA. This trip would be a little over 12 hours in total.

Nov 4
FLL-DFW
AA 1395
Dep: 10:15 am
Arr: 12:25 pm
Seat 5F (First)
Boeing 757-231 (Ex-TWA)

I woke up at 7am took a shower and had some breakfast and scooted to Ft. Lauderdale airport, which was around a 40 minute drive. I arrived at the airport at 9am and proceeded to the check-in counter to get a reprint of my boarding passes. This took around 10 minutes while security took over 25 minutes. As I approached the gate it seemed that boarding had just begun and I boarded immediately. The airplane was an ex-TWA 757, which will be phased out. Once on board I took my seat in 5F. My seat already had a blanket in the seat pocket and a headset on the armrest. As usual, a pre-flight drink was offered and I took my usual orange juice without ice. I noticed that it was a little hot on the aircraft and as a result I became sleepy. I actually fell asleep when the aircraft began rolling down the runway. I woke up right when the aircraft rotated. Those 757’s really are sprinters and rotate really quickly. Anyway, it was cloudy so I closed my window shade most of the flight. But right before I closed them I took a picture of my house.

My house is circled in red:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y120/gxshiem/Trip%20Report%2011-04-06/01.jpg

Once the flight attendants were given the clear to resume their duties we received a beverage and warm nuts and at the same time the inflight movie was started, which was Talladega Nights (which I did not watch). This was followed by a hot towel made of cloth, not tissue. The snack service followed which was either a cheese pizza or salmon. I choose the salmon since I avoid food with cheese. The only way to describe the food is if Denny’s would serve salmon it would look/taste the same as this meal. The meal was then followed by a warm chocolate chip cookie, which was very good and a very nice addition. Overall, the service was just ok. The flight attendants just did their jobs and didn’t go the extra mile (do they ever on US airlines?). For the rest of the flight I took a nap and everything after that was a blur (probably because of the drinks I had). Overall, I found the F seat on the ex-TWA 757’s to be more comfortable than AA’s “other” 757’s. They are softer and conform to you body.

Once I deplaned I went straight to the Admiral’s Club in the international D terminal. I really like the D terminal because it is so big/roomy and new. I always try to go to the D terminal especially since scooting from terminal to terminal is quick and easy because of Skylink. Once in the Admiral’s Club I had a drink and took some pictures. Before I knew it, it was time again to go to the A terminal to catch my flight to ORD.
The view from the Admiral’s Club in Terminal D:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y120/gxshiem/Trip%20Report%2011-04-06/02.jpg

Yep, I tried to be artsy and failed:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y120/gxshiem/Trip%20Report%2011-04-06/03.jpg

An AA MD-82 in MD-82 land:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y120/gxshiem/Trip%20Report%2011-04-06/04.jpg

Hello there! (I’m a 777 freak):

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y120/gxshiem/Trip%20Report%2011-04-06/05.jpg

Brother and sister:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y120/gxshiem/Trip%20Report%2011-04-06/06.jpg


Nov 4
DFW-ORD
AA 66
Dep: 1:30 pm
Arr: 3:45 pm
Seat 12J (Economy)
Boeing 777-223/ER

A minute or two after I arrived at the gate boarding started beginning with First Class. Soon afterwards Executive Platinum and Platinum members were asked to board and I made my way to the line. This flight would be on a 777, my absolute favorite aircraft. Once on board I took my seat in 12J in the Business Class cabin. Most of the time when AA’s 777 fly domestically, elite members who fly economy can sit in the Business Class cabin. You can see it as a super deluxe economy plus. Every time I fly on a 777 I’m amazed at how roomy, airy, comfortable, and relaxing the cabin feels. The design really makes a huge difference.

60” of pitch in economy on AA? No way:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y120/gxshiem/Trip%20Report%2011-04-06/07.jpg

The cabin of the 777 on AA:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y120/gxshiem/Trip%20Report%2011-04-06/08.jpg

Of course there’s the wing of the 777, a real gigantic piece of art:



Yep, yet another AA MD-82:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y120/gxshiem/Trip%20Report%2011-04-06/10.jpg

Once on board, a pillow and blanket wrapped in plastic were waiting on my seat. We pushed off and departed on time. Once in the air the beverage service began and the IFE service was also started. All of a sudden the personal overhead lights throughout the cabin automatically turned on and off. This happened a couple of times. An announcement was made that there were some technical issues and that the people in the mini Economy Class cabin were free to move to the back since they had no IFE and overhead lights. During the beverage service I asked for a Sprite and got a cup and a whole can of Sprite. I again tried to sleep for the rest of the flight, without even touching the IFE. The seats were perfect to take a quick nap.

Another gigantic piece of art of the 777:



I can’t get enough of this engine:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y120/gxshiem/Trip%20Report%2011-04-06/12.jpg

Other than that there wasn’t anything special to note about this flight since it was really short.

Finally some international widebodies other than American Airlines at ORD:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y120/gxshiem/Trip%20Report%2011-04-06/13.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y120/gxshiem/Trip%20Report%2011-04-06/14.jpg

After deplaning I went to the Admiral’s Club in the H/K concourse to have a drink and check up on an upgrade request for my next flight. Unfortunately, First Class was full so no upgrade for me. It wasn’t a biggie at all since my flight would be on a 777 again as well as in the Business Class cabin. I then proceeded to sit by the windows overlooking the tarmac and downtown Chicago and took some pictures.

The view from the Admiral’s Club at ORD (If you squint you can see the Sears tower in the distance just above the engine of the AA 777):

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y120/gxshiem/Trip%20Report%2011-04-06/15.jpg

A slightly better shot of Downtown Chicago:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y120/gxshiem/Trip%20Report%2011-04-06/16.jpg

Nov 4
ORD-DFW
AA 67
Dep: 5:00 pm
Arr: 7:30 pm
Seat 10A (Economy)
Boeing 777-223/ER

This flight was also on a 777. This is actually the main reason why I choose this flight and the previous one. Unlike my previous flight, this one was a lot emptier. Other than that I had the same crew as on my previous flight (AA 66), there wasn’t anything special about this flight, hence no pictures. It was a different aircraft however, not the same 777 as my previous flight.

Nov 4
DFW-FLL
AA 1616
Dep: 8:15 pm
Arr: 11:50 pm
Seat 4F (First)
Boeing 737-823

I arrived at gate ¾ through the boarding process. This flight would be on a 737, my favorite single isle AA aircraft because of the modern First Class seats (compared to the 757’s) and the size of the cabin (compared with the MD-82’s). Once on board a pre-flight drink was offered. It seemed this flight was also not full, even in First Class. Once in the air the inflight movie as well as a beverage service was started. The movie on this flight was My Super Ex-Girlfriend, which I didn’t watch. The beverage service was followed by some warm mixed nuts and then the hot towel service (cloth again). The snack that was offered was either a roast beef sandwich or a pizza. I choose the non-cheese meal, the roast beef sandwich. The snack was then followed by some chewy warm chocolate chip cookies. Yummy! I tried to take a nap for the rest of the flight which was stimulated by a couple of drinks.

Overall, AA’s service is very consistent. It’s always just OK. Flight attendants do exactly what they’re supposed to do, may it be in Economy or First Class. The return of the cloth hot towels (not all flights though) is a warm welcome as well as the addition of the warm chocolate chip cookies. I’m also glad the ex-TWA 757’s are leaving AA since the seats in First as well as in Economy Class were not the standard AA seats (the seats in Economy can be described as padded planks). Additionally, they do not have powerports, even in First Class.


To fly, or not to fly: that is the question
8 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineLfutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3339 posts, RR: 27
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 18005 times:

Great trip report but just to clarify, we dont have a Terminal D.

Terminals 1,2,3 and 5.

Concourses B & C is in T1.
Concourses E & F is in T2.
Concourses G,H,K,L is in T3.
Concourse M is T5.

Leo



Leo/ORD -- Groetjes uit de VS! -- Heeft u laatst nog met KLM gevlogen?
User currently offlineAlexPorter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 17600 times:

Quoting Lfutia (Reply 1):
Great trip report but just to clarify, we dont have a Terminal D.

I think he was talking about Terminal D in DFW.


User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1937 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 17502 times:
Support Airliners.net - become a First Class Member!

Great report and good pictures!! That's great that you got to sit in the Business Class cabin on the 777 for two flights.

Looking forward to more reports!

767747


User currently offlineDALelite From Switzerland, joined Jun 2000, 1770 posts, RR: 25
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 17391 times:

Enjoyed your report . Great Pics!!

regards: DALelite



They loved to fly and it showed..
User currently offlineTriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 743 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 17335 times:
Support Airliners.net - become a First Class Member!

Good report with good pics. I hope you get to try the 777 in business or first class for an international flight. That is where it is really great. Next year the 777's will be fitted with the new lie flat business class seats which are currently being installed on the 767's.
Congratulations on requalifying for Aadvantage Platinum



Have you kissed a 777 today?
User currently offlineBigMac From Suriname, joined Nov 2003, 319 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 17137 times:

Thanks everyone for the comments.

Quoting AlexPorter (Reply 2):
I think he was talking about Terminal D in DFW.

Lfutia, AlexPorter is correct, I was talking about DFW.

Quoting Triple7man (Reply 5):
I hope you get to try the 777 in business or first class for an international flight. That is where it is really great. Next year the 777's will be fitted with the new lie flat business class seats which are currently being installed on the 767's.
Congratulations on requalifying for Aadvantage Platinum

Unfortunately, if I fly internationally it will not be on AA's 777. Their current Business product is outdated. Additionally, the price they ask is about equal to what their best competitors ask. I haven't tried their new Business product, but from the pictures I've seen it doesn't look very good.



To fly, or not to fly: that is the question
User currently offlineLfutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3339 posts, RR: 27
Reply 7, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 17108 times:

Quoting BigMac (Reply 6):
Lfutia, AlexPorter is correct, I was talking about DFW.

oops. Just realised that. Sorry!

Leo



Leo/ORD -- Groetjes uit de VS! -- Heeft u laatst nog met KLM gevlogen?
User currently offlineTriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 743 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 13848 times:
Support Airliners.net - become a First Class Member!



Quoting BigMac (Reply 6):
Unfortunately, if I fly internationally it will not be on AA's 777. Their current Business product is outdated. Additionally, the price they ask is about equal to what their best competitors ask. I haven't tried their new Business product, but from the pictures I've seen it doesn't look very good.

I always get a kick out of looking back at TR's I've written these comments on...because now all AA 777's except 1 have been reconfigured with the Next Generation Business Class seats. I have not flown in them, but they look very nice, and I hope you can try one and have a good experience in it. Also all AA 777's now have the Flagship Suite in First Class.



Have you kissed a 777 today?
Top Of Page
Forum Index

Reply To This Topic FLL-DFW-ORD-DFW-FLL On AA (mostly Pics)
Username:
No username? Sign up now!
Password: 


Forgot Password? Be reminded.
Remember me on this computer (uses cookies)
  • Trip reports only! Other topics here
  • If criticizing an airline, express yourself in a dignified manner.
  • No adverts of any kind. This includes web pages.
  • No hostile language or criticizing of others.
  • Do not post copyright protected material.
  • Use relevant and describing topics.
  • Check if your post already been discussed.
  • Check your spelling!
  • DETAILED RULES
Add Images Add SmiliesPosting Help

Please check your spelling (press "Check Spelling" above)


Similar topics:More similar topics...
To Venezuela: ORD-MIA-CCS On AA With Pics/videos posted Thu Jul 7 2005 23:55:16 by Jsnww81
Meeting Atrude777 ORD-STL-ORD On AA With Pics/Vids posted Sun Mar 6 2005 02:25:47 by SouthwestMDW
LGA-ORD-LGA On AA Long W/ Pics posted Tue Sep 7 2004 18:07:03 by PIA747SV747
LGA-BOS-JFK-LAX-DFW-DCA-LGA On AA posted Wed Jun 4 2003 02:28:25 by CMK10
LAX-DFW-LGW-MUC On AA And BA: Great! posted Fri Oct 4 2002 08:48:31 by Udo
LGA-FLL-LGA On AA (Quite Long) posted Thu May 30 2002 00:17:31 by JBLUA320
BOS-SFO 1st Class On AA (20 Pics) posted Thu Jun 1 2006 15:12:33 by Crdaus
CMH-STL-CMH On AA Connection (w/pics) posted Thu Apr 6 2006 20:39:02 by Bluejackets
2004 Journey From DEN To HNL On AA Part 2 (pics) posted Mon Mar 20 2006 06:50:52 by Yanksn4
2004 Journey From DEN To HNL On AA Part 1 (pics) posted Sun Mar 19 2006 03:56:08 by Yanksn4

Sponsor Message:
Printer friendly format