tommy767
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AA 738 LAX-IAD Taken Out Of Service (10/20/06)

Tue Oct 24, 2006 8:20 am

Hey All,

I flew from Los Angeles to Washington/Dulles on friday morning on AA flight 76 (gate 48B.) I was stoked because the 738 I was about to fly on had winglets, which at this point are limited on American's fleet right now (sorry I couldn't get the registration.)

When we were taxing for takeoff the pilot announced that we had to delay departure because the warning system on the pilot controls was not working (could someone shed some light on what this could have been?) And after an hour of AA mechanic work which included rebooting the whole electric system, and checking the avionics control room, the pilot announced that the particular 738 we were on had to be withdrawn from service until the problem was fixed. We were told that eventually that we would board another plane to dulles (I was hoping for the lonely looking 762 sitting alone next to us, but it wasn't.)

After deplaning, we were told to get food and come back to board another 738 (no winglets) out of gate 49A. American was very professional because it took only 20 minutes to get the new plane ready, and the whole crew was straight up honest with the passengers. We arrived 2 hours late, but it was a leisure trip, so it really didn't matter to me.

So I have a few questions:

1. AA has 77 738s and I was surprised that LAX had a spare lying around. Do all of the AA maintanance stations have a few 738s based for problems like this?

2. Approx. how long will this 738 be withdrawn from service? (If anyone could speculate?)

--Happy flying! Tommy in EWR/LAX.

[Edited 2006-10-24 01:20:55]
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RE: AA 738 LAX-IAD Taken Out Of Service (10/20/06)

Tue Oct 24, 2006 8:44 am

It really depends on how long it takes to correct the problem. I doubt that 738 was sitting around as a spare; operations probably determined that it was safe to use another 738 that was not needed for some time (all based on assumptions on whether or not the out-of-service 738 will be available later, if not, then some sort of cancellation would of occured).
 
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RE: AA 738 LAX-IAD Taken Out Of Service (10/20/06)

Tue Oct 24, 2006 8:50 am

AA does MX at LAX, so there may very well have been a 738 "sitting around" waiting to go into service later that day or next morning and other 738 to come out of service. Thus, swapping that jet in could have been very simple. Then they are likely hoping they can get the tech 738 back on it's feet by the time the other 738 was needed.
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RE: AA 738 LAX-IAD Taken Out Of Service (10/20/06)

Tue Oct 24, 2006 8:52 am

Quoting Tommy767 (Thread starter):
1. AA has 77 738s and I was surprised that LAX had a spare lying around.

It may well have not been a spare, rather an aircraft that was intended for a longish turn to another flight and AA saw fit to use it. I was on a UA A320 from LAX to MSY that pushed, sat on a pad for nearly 2 hours due to a non-essential light on the F/A panel and then our whole flight was moved to another A320 that had pulled in while all this was going on.
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RE: AA 738 LAX-IAD Taken Out Of Service (10/20/06)

Tue Oct 24, 2006 10:27 am

Overall, how the rest of the flight? I am scheduled for this flight on Friday, December 1st. Leaving at 9:10 and getting into IAD at 4:55pm. It will be my first time flying AA in 17 years. Sorry to go off topic.
 
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RE: AA 738 LAX-IAD Taken Out Of Service (10/20/06)

Tue Oct 24, 2006 10:35 am

AA may have spares in LAX. My guess is that an a/c was a day ahead in mx, so they pulled out that one and rotated it to IAD then back to LAX where it was supposed to be.

The one that went to mx was probaly out that night.

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RE: AA 738 LAX-IAD Taken Out Of Service (10/20/06)

Tue Oct 24, 2006 10:53 am

Quoting Tommy767 (Thread starter):
2. Approx. how long will this 738 be withdrawn from service? (If anyone could speculate?)

Depends upon exactly what the problem was (Master Caution System? An individual system?) and if parts had to come into LAX from somewhere else, but something like this probably wouldnt take the aircraft out of service for any longer than a few hours.
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RE: AA 738 LAX-IAD Taken Out Of Service (10/20/06)

Tue Oct 24, 2006 11:44 am

Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 6):
Master Caution System

I'm pretty sure that was the problem actually.

Quoting FutureSDPDcop (Reply 4):
Overall, how the rest of the flight? I am scheduled for this flight on Friday, December 1st. Leaving at 9:10 and getting into IAD at 4:55pm. It will be my first time flying AA in 17 years. Sorry to go off topic.

It was good. Food is B.O.B. and consists of panini sandwhiches or muffins. I purchased the muffin for 2 dollars and it was filling. F/A's also gave us full cans of drinks with multiple runs throughout the flight. Seats were the best as the 738s have adjustable headrests, and we were supplied with pillows and blankets. The whole staff was professional and apologetic at the same time. Ticket price was over 100 dollars cheaper than United. So have fun with this flight!
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RE: AA 738 LAX-IAD Taken Out Of Service (10/20/06)

Tue Oct 24, 2006 2:17 pm

I believe that AA schedules a 763 in LAX with a long layover as a substitute because on two separate trips, they've switched equipment (once from a 763, once from a 752) onto a 763 within about fifteen minutes. However, the reticketing of everyone took about an hour (even when switching 767 to 767, they reticketed everyone). I was happy because I got the row 18? crew rest seats.

It was surprising because the 767s both times (two years apart) had headsets at all seats (even though Hawaii requires $).

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