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What Can I Expect: AA ORD-LHR?

Fri Jan 16, 2004 3:55 am

Hey all! I just wanted to let you know that after months of planning and debating, I finally took the plunge and made my reservations for March: SEA-ORD-LHR-ORD-SEA.

The last time I flew to LHR, it was YVR-ORD-LHR-ORD-YVR on UA, and I was wondering what I can expect on the AA product versus the UA product. Are the IFE's similiar? Does MRTC really make that much of a difference?

Anyway, for all those who are interested, here's my intinerary for the four (4) of us:

March 6th
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Flight # 86
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Departs Seattle at 0959 (Super 80)
Arrives Chicago at 1551
Seats: 13 A&B, 14 A&B

Flight # 86 Continuation:

Departs Chicago at 5:20 PM (777)
Arrives London at 6:50 AM
Seats: 26 C-F


March 14th
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Flight # 87
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Departs London at 1015 (777)
Arrives Chicago at 1245
Seats: 26 C-F

Flight # 87 Continuation:

Departs Chicago at 1445 (Super 80)
Arrives Seattle at 1722
Seats: 15 A&B, 16 A&B
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RE: What Can I Expect: AA ORD-LHR?

Fri Jan 16, 2004 4:09 am

I've never flown a United 772 but I think you'll really like AA's product on the 772. The more room throughout coach makes a difference...somehow that extra few inches really does come in handy. The PTVs are pretty good. You'll probably have 2-3 movies from which to choose, a number of other channels like History, National Geographic, etc. plus reruns of some CBS sitcom (Raymond, King of Queens, etc.) and then the music channels. Plus I like to watch the big screens that give the planes GPS coordinates and show you where the plane is relative to cities/areas on the ground.
 
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RE: What Can I Expect: AA ORD-LHR?

Fri Jan 16, 2004 4:14 am

Oh, so the location info is on the big screen? That's a little different then UA.. well at least partially. On the way over, I had the option of a location screen on my PTV which showed location, altitude, speed, etc..., but on the way back, the IFE wasn't equipped with that feature. Anyone know the reason for the difference on the IFE between these two aircraft? Were they slightly different models or something? (This was in July of 1999)
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RE: What Can I Expect: AA ORD-LHR?

Fri Jan 16, 2004 7:02 am

Sorry, I didn't clarify. You can check out the positioning screen on the big one or on your PTV on AA 772s. Love me some 772s.
 
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RE: What Can I Expect: AA ORD-LHR?

Fri Jan 16, 2004 7:22 am

Took 86 (coach) from ORD-LHR in September. Great plane, good IFE, Food and FAs. You can keep track of your position on both the PTV and Big Screen.

Only down side was we arrived early and were told LHR would not accept arrivals prior to 6:00 am so we held about 20 minutes. That put us through customs with all the other heavies arriving about the same time. A little wait, but hey, a wait in London is better than sleeping at home right?!
 
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RE: What Can I Expect: AA ORD-LHR?

Fri Jan 16, 2004 7:36 am

BCA...MRTC makes all the difference in the world when you have to fly coach on a trans-Atlantic or Deep Latin America flight.

All in all, I think AA does a decent service on its trans-Atlantic flights..actually better than the BA flights we had.

Have a good trip!
 
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RE: What Can I Expect: AA ORD-LHR?

Fri Jan 16, 2004 9:13 am

Oh you'll like it a lot. Believe me. I've taken quite a few trips on the 777 transatlantic and I really liked it. You have good entertainment feature showing no less than two movies, plus you have a wide choice of music channels, and like others have told you, you can see at anytime where the aircraft is during the flight, altitude, local time at destination and how much time remains before landing. On the 777, unlike on the 767, every passenger has his or her own video screen so you can choose the movie on your own regardless of what is shown on the main screen.
The More Room Throughout Coach feature makes it a comfortable airplane to fly on and the new interior designs make it look very modern and clean. The seats are navy blue and they each have an adjustable headrest.

On American you get a choice between two entrees at mealtime, the only thing however is that you have to pay 5 Dollars or 5 Euros if you want an alcoholic beverage. An hour and a half before landing you get a breakfast which will consist in a croissant (towards Paris you get a croissant but towards London you could get an English muffin instead!), a raspberry yoghurt, a banana and an orange juice cup, plus coffee that you can get during beverage service at breakfast time.

Have a nice flight.  Smile

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RE: What Can I Expect: AA ORD-LHR?

Fri Jan 16, 2004 9:52 am

More Room Throughout Coach is nice. AA 777s are nice planes. The MRTC MD-80 is quite comfortable too... by economy standards for US carriers.

Bulk head rows are nice, and you have armrest-mounted PTVs. Pre-9/11 the exit rows filled up with people waiting to use the restroom. Now that does not happen any more.

You WANT to get window/aisle combinations for your 777 seats. You have some middle ones there... middle of middle is not fun.

 
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RE: What Can I Expect: AA ORD-LHR?

Fri Jan 16, 2004 9:58 am

Yeah TexAussie -

I would love to have the window/aisle combos, but it looks like they're all gone. Except for the exit rows of course.. that's the ace up my sleeve. Show up 2+ hours early, and I think I might just get them.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy And besides, I'll have the aisle, I'll let the others worry about the middle of the middle.  Wink/being sarcastic
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RE: What Can I Expect: AA ORD-LHR?

Fri Jan 16, 2004 10:08 am

Hey,

You can expect a great flight no matter the airline, its a 777.

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RE: What Can I Expect: AA ORD-LHR?

Fri Jan 16, 2004 10:13 am

Was doing SEA-ORD-LHR cheaper than taking the direct BA 744 flight?
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RE: What Can I Expect: AA ORD-LHR?

Fri Jan 16, 2004 10:25 am

I would have taken the SEA-CPH-LHR flight on SAS but the More Room... system is great. I flew LHR-ORD on a AA 777 last year and it was really nice to have some leg room!

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The IFE is decent, nothing too special.
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RE: What Can I Expect: AA ORD-LHR?

Fri Jan 16, 2004 11:04 am

Yeah GKirk.. we got the whole package through American Airlines Vacations, so the airfare worked out to only $305 RT!  Wow! The non-stop BA from SEA to LHR would've been in the low $600 range.
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