djmatthews
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AA flight (Coach Class). What to expect?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 8:54 am

Hi There. I will be flying with AA shortly on the below flights. Can anybody tell me what to expect, what personal experiences people have had, food entertainment etc.

Many Thanks DJ

American Airlines (Coach Class)

Monday April 11th
Flight: 51
(LGW) - (DFW)
Boeing 777

Flight: 1074
(DFW) - (MCO)
Boeing 757

Wednesday 21st April
Flight: 2217
(MCO) - (DFW)
Boeing 757

Flight: 78
(DFW) - (LGW)
Boeing 777

 
UAORD
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AA flight (Coach Class). What to expect?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 9:00 am

On the international segments, you had better bring your own tea bags. AA is a very friendly airline but not quite the class of BA.


Unfortunately on their 757 fleet, AA is in the process of removing all that extra leg-room or might have already completed this.



[Edited 2004-03-23 01:10:27]

[Edited 2004-03-23 01:11:43]

 
CRFLY
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AA flight (Coach Class). What to expect?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 9:05 am

AA is average, European carriers such as BA and KL are better but I think AA is still better than IB and AZ... I see no problem on the Long-Haul flight but you better buy something to eat at DFW before your flight between DFW and MCO because a small crackers package or "snack" is not enough for the 2:45hrs of flight or so... I you're lucky, you'll fly the ex TWA 757 on the DFW/MCO flight, which I think looks good, better than the AA 757... Have a good trip and welcome to Orlando!!!
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chris78cpr
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AA flight (Coach Class). What to expect?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 9:06 am

DJ,

I am flying AA 2 MCO via ORD on April 15th!!!!!
My flights are

LHR-ORD on Thurs 15th April - 772
ORD-MCO on Thurs 15th April - md80

MCO-ORD - Monday 19th April - md80
ORD-LHR - Monday/Tuesday 19th/20th April - 772

I am looking forward to it, i have heard good things about AA on this route!!!

Chris
5D2/7D/1D2(soon to be a 1Dx) 17-40L/24-105L/70-200F2.8L/100-400L/24F1.4LII/50F1.2L/85F1.2LII
 
rojo
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AA flight (Coach Class). What to expect?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 9:09 am

On Saturday I flew AA115 LHR-JFK on the B777. I fly this route 4 or 5 times a year and I can tell you that the service is still good and the food is great (I just love the pizza AA gives as breakfast). You will get your own PTV on the B777 with 5 movies and some TV programs. The best seats are 31A and 31J (window seats), so try to get them at the airport (if you are an AA elite, you can get them assigned by calling AA or on AA.com).

Enjoy your flights.
 
flynavy
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AA flight (Coach Class). What to expect?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 9:11 am

I'd go with VS or BA, personally.
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B4REAL
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AA flight (Coach Class). What to expect?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 9:18 am

BTW> Try to use a better topic description.
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aviaar
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AA flight (Coach Class). What to expect?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 9:21 am

Maybe I'll come watch you come in on Monday. DFW is under a lot of construction right now so it's not very visually appealing, but its still a very nice airport-I think you'll like it. AA is average, but you'll only get good service.

So, welcome to Texas and enjoy you short stay. Cheers.  Big thumbs up
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Tony Lu
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AA flight (Coach Class). What to expect?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 9:27 am

im flying AA

June 16, PHL-ORD-AA), Japan">NRT
June 29, AA), Japan">NRT-ORD-PHL
All w/ the 738 and 772

Tony
 
concord977
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AA flight (Coach Class). What to expect?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 11:21 am


The real AA experts can correct me on this, if I am wrong.

If you are real airliner enthusiast, you are probably interested in things like aircraft configuration rather than whether they use 2" or 3.25" stems on their wine glasses.

That said, I believe that your 757 from DFW to MCO is a true AA aircraft, while your return to DFW on the other 757 will be a former TWA aircraft with a much different configuration.

The 777s are very nice, but not spectacular unless you are booked in 1st class.

The 777s board and deplane from Terminal A at DFW, and you can get to all the other terminals via Airtrans (a train), the AA's "TRAAM" (another train), or moving walkways - if you care to spot other airlines while you're there.


Curt / concord977
Washington, DC



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AnsettB727
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AA flight (Coach Class). What to expect?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 11:26 am

Some fairly common themes here. The 777 to/from the UK is always fine, even up the back. Extra legroom is great. Unfortunately, domestic flights on AA leave a lot to be desired. Bring your own food/music/Hoover/smiles...bit different to Europe.
 
aviaar
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AA flight (Coach Class). What to expect?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 11:56 am

Concord977...I think you're on the right track

However, I think the TRAAIN is out of service right now-go to http://www.dfwairport.com for any airport info.

Hope this helps again

[Edited 2004-03-23 03:57:17]
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flymia
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AA flight (Coach Class). What to expect?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 12:10 pm

The 777 is amazing! Greatest plane i ever flown on! Have fun. If the 757 still has more room in coach it should be a great flight! If not just expect a normal 757 flight. Thats a little wierd that they sent you to DFW to connect. Did you only want to fly from LGW. You could have gone to MIA to connect to MCO. I would have just flown VS non stop. But that might be a little more money. Any Way have a great flight. 777!
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kevin752
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AA flight (Coach Class). What to expect?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 2:38 pm

You are very lucky to be flying AA and their 777 and the 757's. I love that airline. you should expect medium service on all flights ( the f/a's tend to disappear a lot), good entertainment and pretty good food. The 757-223's never had MRTC. Well, have a pleasant flight on American Airlines.
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tekelberry
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AA flight (Coach Class). What to expect?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 3:20 pm

Aviaar: The airport train isn't used for passengers anymore, however the trAAin is still in operation for AA connections.

All of your flights will be aboard original AA metal (read: no ex-TWA aircraft).

Have fun in Florida!
 
gustyorange
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AA flight (Coach Class). What to expect?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 5:54 pm

I'm flying GLA-ORD-LAS in June on AA.

I was wondering if there will be meal service in coach on the ORD-LAS segment. I think it's 4.5 hours long, surely I can't go hungry for that length of time...

Cheers

Gusty

ps I'll be best man at a wedding in Vegas, hence I'll be wearing our national dress (the Kilt). I've been told that American girls are very fond of guys in kilts, could anyone confirm ?  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
 
djmatthews
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RE: AA Flight (Coach Class). What To Expect?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 7:23 pm

Thanks for all your help. Flymia, the cheapest option was the LGW-DFW-MCO route, I also find it quite a strange route. The prices with BA or VS were very dear. Even our charter airlines MyTravel, Brtiannia etc were more, and their aircraft are very small inside. I was reading that AA seat pitch is 34" compared with 30" of MyTravel.

I am looking forward to the AA 777, I have flown on AF's 777 before on a CDG-LAX route. Why are AA removing the "extra room" on the 757, will they be doing this across the whole AA fleet?

Are the drinks and headsets complimentary on AA?

Many Thanks Guys!
 
ManchesterMAN
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RE: AA Flight (Coach Class). What To Expect?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 8:06 pm

Djmatthews,

I just got back yesterday from an AA trip SFO-LHR via BOS. Travelled on the 757 and 777 and I must say that AA are distinctly average. The 757 was very cramped with the new "less room throughout coach" seating and with a window seat you can't see the TV screens. Service OK, they do atleast make a few journeys with the drinks cart so you won't go thirsty.

The 777 was better. I had seat 34J coming back which was OK. The coach pitch varies I think between 33" and 34" (mine must have been 33"!). If you have a window seat the metal box for the PTVs takes up much of your leg room. Entertainment OK, your standard 10 or so channels and a flight map, although no games as on other carriers.

Meal service was good and being vegetarian I was served first and the pizzas are great! Two meals one about an hour into the flight and another lighter meal 90 minutes or so before landing. The one annoying thing is the PTV remote controls are on top of the arm rests and not to the side as on other carriers. In my case yesterday the guy next to me kept falling asleep with his arm on my remote which would occasionally change the channel. Bad design.

If you are used to BY or MYT AA will be heaven - if you are used to VS, BA or even (in my opinion) CO you might be left underwhelmed.

One other tip if you haven't got your seat assignment yet sort it out on the website before you go this way you can make sure you get a good seat as there will be no window or probably aisle seats available at check-in.

Enjoy your trip.
John
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djmatthews
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RE: AA Flight (Coach Class). What To Expect?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 8:19 pm

Thanks ManchesterMAN

I have actually got my seats assigned. I booked my trip through Expedia, which automatically assigned the seats. Just a few minutes ago I have been on the AA website, should have done that before writing on here. I have:

(LGW) - (DFW)
Boeing 777
37J, 37H

(DFW) - (MCO)
Boeing 757
27A, 27B

(MCO) - (DFW)
Boeing 757
29A, 29B

(DFW) - (LGW)
Boeing 777
38J, 38H

These are windows seats, which is all good. On the AA website, I could change them if I wanted, however, on the way out there are very few seats left by the window.

The last long haul flight I went on was with ATA Direct from MAN to SFB. I can't say the flight was that great. Before that was my trip with AF 777 & 747 which was very good indeed. The 777 being better as it had the screens. I
n 1997 I flew BY, I have noticed they put an extra seat across in their 767!!! Their service was pleasant, and the aircraft had just had its 360 service facelift. I've not flown VS since 1996.
 
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RE: AA Flight (Coach Class). What To Expect?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 11:41 pm

Here is a tip for all of you who are flying AA.

DONT FORGET YOUR HEADPHONES!!!!

Or you will have to pay $5 for a pair, just bring you regular CD-Player ones they use the same jack.
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LY4XELD
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RE: AA Flight (Coach Class). What To Expect?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 11:47 pm

The TRAAIN service is still operable at DFW. Construction abounds with the new trains they will be having go between terminals, not to mention Terminal D.

You'll probably find less legroom in your DFW-MCO flight and they have likely not updated the interior to include headrest "wings" which add a lot for comfort (sleeping) in my opinion.
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qqflyboy
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RE: AA Flight (Coach Class). What To Expect?

Wed Mar 24, 2004 2:07 am

Time to dispel some of the mistruths that are frequent on A.net...

AA's 757s, although now with standard legroom (standard as in no different than any other airline, still better than charters) have video and music programming. So you won't be bored from DFW-MCO as suggested above. Your flight to Orlando from take-off to touchdown should not exceed 2.5 hours, probably will be a little less. And if it's of any interest, you'll get to take a shortcut by flying over the Gulf of Mexico.

AA does not offer complimentary drinks in coach class anymore, however, they do offer free headsets (from Europe). On AA domestic flights, AA headsets can be purchased for $2, not $5 as stated above, and are yours to keep. It is simply a convenience for those who don't have their own headset. You can bring yours with you from the LGW flight and keep it the whole trip, or, you can use your own.

For the poster regarding ORD-LAS, AA currently serves a light meal, the "Bistro" in coach between those two cities. However, starting next month Bistros are being cut on over 100 flights, and my guess is that'll be one of them. The flight between ORD and LAS should not take more than 3.5 hours. There's a large food court between the H and K concourses in ORD so you'll have plenty of options to get some food you might actually enjoy.

(A side note to the Bistro being cut on over a 100 flights... the company is cutting them to help pay for increased meal flights in f-class... to compete with UA's new policy. The company stated the Bistro never met customer expectations and therefore will be cut from all but the longest of domestic (non-transcon) routes. The company is right, they never did meet customer expectations (does any airline meal/snack?); however, I bet there will be no shortage of complaints when they go.)

Hope you enjoy AA. It's as good as those who say it is, and not as bad as those who say it's bad.
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RE: AA Flight (Coach Class). What To Expect?

Wed Mar 24, 2004 2:14 am

I have already flown the 777 in the GRU-MIA route. I found it spetacular! The best economy class I´ve ever had! The 757 ( I got it in MIA-MCO) is a good plane too, but not as comfortable (as you might expect).
I would say go with AA! Maybe their F/As are not the most friendly, but you´ll have a pleasant flight for sure!
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djmatthews
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RE: AA Flight (Coach Class). What To Expect?

Wed Mar 24, 2004 4:34 am

Many Thanks for all your help guys. Keep up the good work!
 
gustyorange
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RE: AA Flight (Coach Class). What To Expect?

Wed Mar 24, 2004 5:36 am

Thanks qqflyboy.

Sounds like I'll need to taky my way into an upgrade  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Cheers

Gusty
 
djmatthews
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RE: AA Flight (Coach Class). What To Expect?

Wed Mar 24, 2004 6:14 am

How possible would it be to try and "blag" an upgrade?
 
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RE: AA Flight (Coach Class). What To Expect?

Wed Mar 24, 2004 6:20 am

How possible would it be to try and "blag" an upgrade?

Unlikely unless you either are an elite FF member, in which case they are more likely to move you forward if they need the coach seat for something else (like an oversell). Or you can simply pay for it via money or miles or fly the carrier enough to earn it for free.
 
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RE: AA Flight (Coach Class). What To Expect?

Wed Mar 24, 2004 7:14 am

If you are going to try and swing an upgrade out of DFW, I would show up in wrangler jeans, cowboy boots, and a cowboy hat, not the pin-stripe suit and red power tie that you would need on BA or VS.

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