airplaneboy
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AA Service For Upcoming Trip

Sat Jul 03, 2004 1:36 pm

Hi everyone!

I have not flown AA since I was a kid (back in 1990 or 1991) and am wondering how their service is (I don't remember much of my experience).

Also, what is their IFE like? What's the service like on the A/C types I'll be flying on?

I'll be flying them to DCA for a one week internship in August .... fortunately, my airline ticket was paid for and I'm hoping for a positive experience.  Smile

My itinerary is as follows:
1740 LAX-ORD 738
430 ORD-DCA M80
4771 DCA-JFK ERD (ERJ 140?)
19 JFK-LAX 762

There will be many firsts for me on this trip: my first time flying into D.C. (let alone DCA and experiencing the fun approach I've been reading about!), first time on the 762, 738, and ERD, as well as my first time on American Eagle. It will also be my first time on an RJ.

I have been assigned window seats on all segments.

Does anyone know if the 762's have new interiors?

I would appreciate any comments and suggestions. Thank you all.

Happy flying!

Travis/LAX

[Edited 2004-07-03 06:44:24]
 
777boy
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RE: AA Service For Upcoming Trip

Sat Jul 03, 2004 2:20 pm

I have usually found AA's service to be pretty good (always helps to be an elite).

On the 738, they have the new blue seats with headrests and MRTC, as well as video screens every few rows. Expect a movie then CBS eye on American. You won't get a full meal, but I think you should get one of the bistro meals. Not sure cause my last flight like that was a redeye (no food), but I think they still have the bistro bags for these flights.

The MD-80s are nice craft; the new seats w/headrests and MRTC, but not video or audio entertainment. Make sure you're not in the last few rows, and expect only pretzels.

The ERJ's are also pretty nice. The seating config is 1-2, and I always like taking the single seats. The ERJ seats also are the blue ones and have headrests, but no MRTC, and in fact the legroom is a little tight (31'', I think). Again, try to avoid the last few rows. American Eagle operates just like regular AA. Only difference you'll notice is if you have a carryon that won't fit in the seat in front of you, they will gate check it which means you give it up at the bottom of the jetway in DCA and get it back at the bottom of the jetway in JFK.

The 762s are very nice. They have the new blue seats w/headrests and MRTC. The only problem I have with them is they don't have personal air vents. They do have one projector screen at the front of coach, so again expect a movie and CBS programming. You should get a full, hot meal on this flight, and maybe a snack at the end (I know there is a snack eastbound, but I'm forget about westbound).

Have fun.
Matt
 
airplaneboy
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RE: AA Service For Upcoming Trip

Sun Jul 04, 2004 7:53 am

Hi Matt,

Thanks for your help. I'm excited to fly on them. I remember falling in love with commercial aviation because of my trip with them back when I was only 7 or so. I flew them to MCI (through DFW) and I especially liked being on a widebody to DFW. If I remember, I think I flew on an A300 from LAX-DFW back then (early 90's), though it could have been a 767 as well.

I'm really looking forward to my trip.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Happy flying!

Travis/LAX
 
smcmac32msn
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RE: AA Service For Upcoming Trip

Sun Jul 04, 2004 7:59 am

I've flown on AA once and had an absolute blast. I know your not going to STL, but I was there during a storm and talked to a CSR about a particular 767 at the next gate over. On my return trip (CMH-ORD-MSN), I found that there was a flight coming home 2 hours earlier than my scheduled time, and the CSR at ORD got me on that flight with a window seat on the single side (rare to get day of) on an ERJ for the flight home. Not only that, she warned me "Your bag might not make the earlier flight, but check the bag claim at MSN to be sure." When I got to MSN, it was the first bag on the carousel. They do anything to make you happy, and I was very happy with them. I usually buy whats cheap (thats the only reason I've flown them once). Don't worry about anything, their CSRs are great!
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SeaMeFly
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RE: AA Service For Upcoming Trip

Sun Jul 04, 2004 9:33 am

If you don't remember from your past experience, why does it matter if the a/c has new interior or not?? you said you haven't flown AA since the early 90s. Everything to you should look new; even if it's not.
 
airplaneboy
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RE: AA Service For Upcoming Trip

Sun Jul 04, 2004 10:07 am

SeaMeFly-

Good point!  Smile

I asked whether the 762 had new interiors or not b/c I know they have been around a long time and I am curious as to if it has the updated 777 interior (as some of AA's new 763's do).

As an aviation enthusiast, I like to know about the aircraft I fly on.

I don't have anything against you, but your post doesn't sound positive....sounds more like criticism. Anyhow, thanks for trying to help answer my questions.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Happy flying!

Travis/LAX
 
MSYtristar
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RE: AA Service For Upcoming Trip

Sun Jul 04, 2004 10:18 am

Travis, enjoy your trip. You'll love the new Super 80 interiors with the MRTC. Very comfortable aircraft. I've always like the Mad Dogs, even though they don't have all the bells and whistles of the newer Airbus and Boeing jets. They are always good for a smooth, quiet ride.

As for the 762 and 738, I have yet to get on the AA version of those aircraft, but in general you can't go wrong with those aircraft regardless of the airline. The 762 won't be around for much longer, so it's good your getting on it while you can.

 
airplaneboy
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RE: AA Service For Upcoming Trip

Sun Jul 04, 2004 10:39 am

Smcmac32msn- thanks for sharing. I'm looking forward to my trip. I have to wait a whole month before I leave! arghhh!!!  Smile

Hey Steve,
Thanks for the response. Yeah, when I noticed that my itinerary included a 762 (I didn't buy the ticket), I was thrilled!!! If I was actually buying the ticket myself, it's just what I would have booked. I wonder how much longer they'll be around. If I had my choice, I'd also like to fly on my first 777. I'll have to wait for that one though. Happy flying!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Travis/LAX

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