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system, and checking the avionics control room, the pilot announced that the particular 738 we were on had to be withdrawn from service until the problem was fixed.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 how long will this 738 be withdrawn from service?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]