I just did JFK
last week. Am doing it again twice in the next 9 weeks.
the dreaded 42J on the return
I sat in the Whiplash Zone (the rear of the aircraft is more sensitive to turbulence) both times (42A, 39J) but I like that part of the plane. It tends to be the last to fill up if the flight isn't full. On my way back I had two seats to myself. Whoooo!
Last row (42 on the outside) is very nice on the 777 if you can deal with the decrease in recline. I don't mind and AA
has plenty of space anyway. Also you get extra stowage under your own seat and if you have the window you get a bit more room since the fuse curves. And here's the most important bit: since the 777 has a bulkhead behind the last seat, no one can kick you in the back or grab your seat when they stand up/sit down. The line for the crapper tends to be aft by the emergency exit so no noise issue either. Besides, that's why God invented noise cancellation headphones.
I know I am in the minority with my preference for the last rows
For my next 4 flights, I am booked on 42A twice , 41A once, and the last one is still unassigned. Waiting to pounce on a window seat when it becomes available.
The service was decent but on average not really in the same league to LH
/SK/AF/BA/VS. I missed the free wine a bit. I bought a glass on the way back but seriously: $5? IMHO they should give the first 2 wines/beers free, then charge for the hard stuff and any additional wine/beer. But that's just me. If you like pizza you get the minipizzas. Ah well.
Still, it's not THAT long so who cares? If I wanted good service and free wine I would have paid for F or Biz.
The screens are small, but that's fine. Movie selection is very limited even compared to other companies with this generation of IFE. A few more would have been nice. Also on the way back the system was frelled, and most screens would work for about 1-2 minutes, then dissolve into static. Turn off screen, turn on screen, watch for 2 minutes, rinse, repeat. Thank goodness for my laptop.
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