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First Time Flying American...What To Expect?

Mon May 16, 2005 10:30 am

I'm flying American this week for the first time and I have a couple of questions. (TPA-MSP is my flight)

How are the MD-80's? (interior, etc. I know there's not PTV's or IFE no big deal there)

On my reservation from TPA-ORD it says I get "brunch." Oddly my flight leaves at 7:40 pm...anyone know what this is? Also on the return DFW-TPA I get dinner. I didn't think that American was giving out meals anymore?

Thanks in advance!

TPA

[Edited 2005-05-16 03:32:12]
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Starlionblue
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RE: First Time Flying American...What To Expect?

Mon May 16, 2005 10:33 am

AA gives out snacks at mealtime as far as I remember. Don't expect a gourmet meal.

M80s rock if you're not way in the back with the engines.
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RE: First Time Flying American...What To Expect?

Mon May 16, 2005 11:12 am

Check the seat maps on your record locator to see which seat closest to the fron you can get. That will make your trip quiet and comfortable. Bring things to eat and to amuse yourself with. At ORD you can get alot of good food (they have a wide variety of food in T3). Other than that...enjoy your flight!

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RE: First Time Flying American...What To Expect?

Mon May 16, 2005 11:14 am

AA is a fine airline. Expect good service and a professional crew. The MD-80s are great aircraft. Almost all my flights are with AA. Never had a major problem.
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RE: First Time Flying American...What To Expect?

Mon May 16, 2005 11:30 am

My experience with AA is this: Good airline, very safe and professional, but don't expect those extra details or anything like that; in relation to service, AA is very basic.
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RE: First Time Flying American...What To Expect?

Mon May 16, 2005 12:00 pm

AA no longer serves food, but snack boxes can be purchased for $3 on certain flights over 3 hours duration. There is no entertainment system on the Super 80s, so bring something to read or a sleeping pill. There was a test of rentable DVD players on MD-80s, but I don't know if the test is still ongoing as I fly international. The flight attendants all look like grandmas! Have a good trip!
 
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RE: First Time Flying American...What To Expect?

Mon May 16, 2005 12:07 pm

American will keep it basic and simple. it's a seat on a plane and you get on and go. that's about it, anymore, with any airline, but I fly American a lot and it gets you there and everyone's usually happen in the end.

Quoting Starlionblue (Reply 1):
M80s rock if you're not way in the back with the engines.

i think sitting in the back rocks. that way you don't have to listen to anybody snore when they fall asleep. also, the engines are not loud enough to where they drown out any sound from a personal walkman or a portable dvd player.

plus you're not blocked to the bathroom if you need to get up and go when they have the drink cart out.

Quoting AA787 (Reply 2):
At ORD you can get alot of good food (they have a wide variety of food in T3).

it's pretty quick and easy to get up there and get something to eat for a quick snack. there is a chili's at the "top" of the H & K concourses. there is a major foodcourt up where H & K meet with two smaller ones down each of the other concourses.
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RE: First Time Flying American...What To Expect?

Mon May 16, 2005 12:14 pm

funny thing...

the only experience ?'ve had with AA was in 99... SCL-MIA-MCO, it was great; their long haul was perfect, great food, etc. I just can't believe what I've heard since then...

I'd be confident.

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