Going To Phoenix On American, Part 2

Tue Oct 31, 2000 3:06 am

This is the continuation of my trip, the first leg of which was discussed in the post "Going to Phoenix (Weird Trip) part 1"

My return from Phoenix to Kansas City went smoother than my inbound trip. The first leg of the return was American Airlines flight 1552, leaving PHX for DFW at 11:43 AM. Aircraft was a 757, registry N626AA, delivered 8/14/90.

The flight departed on time. Attendants were friendly and professional. Takeoff smooth, cruising altitude 37,000. No turbulence, and pilot said we had a tailwind and would arrive in DFW at least 10 minutes early.

Lunch/snack was a turkey/cheese wrap, chips, and a cookie. I'm allergic to cheese so I couldn't eat the snack, but the person next to me said it was tasty.

Condition of the aircraft was mediocre. My seat tray was loose and didn't work properly. The window shade for the row in front of mine was stuck in the down position, which irritated the window seat passenger. The overhead bins were dinged and scratched, and the carpet and upholstery on the seats was rather worn. On the other hand, the reconfiguration for more leg room was VERY nice, and overall the trip was comfortable.

We arrived in Dallas 15 minutes early, but it took FOREVER to taxi to the gate and we actually got to the gate 5 minutes past our scheduled arrival.

The next leg, from Dallas to MCI, was flight 1185, scheduled 727. However, the 727 that normally flies this route was out of service, so they used an MD-80 instead. Registry N70504, in service 10/31/89.

Scheduled departure was 3:54, but although all the passengers were boarded on time, we were delayed 30 minutes. One of the overhead bins wouldnt' shut properly, so they had to get a maintenence person out to fix the lock.

Other than the bin problem, this aircraft was in better condition than the 757. The carpet and upholstery was newer, and there werent' as many dings and scratches in the interior. Again, it was reconfigured for more legroom, and that was nice.

Flight attendants were once again friendly and helpful. Drinks were served quickly and efficiently. The flight had a little turbulence due to a storm system in the central plains, but overall it was another pleasant trip.
Cruised at 34,000.

Arrived safe and sound at MCI 28 minutes late.

In general, I was very happy with my trip on American Airlines. I was a bit surprised about the somewhat worn interior of the 757, but the better legroom in coach made up for it. All the flight personnel were very nice, and when I asked for the registry numbers of each plane they were very quick to get it for me without asking why I wanted to know.
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RE: Going To Phoenix On American, Part 2

Sun Nov 05, 2000 1:25 am

Upon your arrival at DFW, as DFW is my home airport, I know how it feels to arrive late there. DFW is massive and there have been times when we have spent more time getting to the runway than the actual flight. That's the disadvantage of huge airports like DFW.
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RE: Going To Phoenix On American, Part 2

Tue Nov 14, 2000 1:24 am

I enjoyed reading about your trip, I always like to read trip reports. It sounds like you had nice flights. From DFW to MCI, you were supposed to have a 727 and the aircraft turned out ot be an MD-80 at the last minute! I would have been very upset! I would have booked those flights just to fly on a 727. I don't really care about the 757 but I do care about the 727, I mean...yes of course I like the 757 and the MD-80 but the reason I would insist on flying on the 727 is because it's an aircraft that's going to be retired soon, the 757 will be in operation many more years to come. I would have booked those flights for the reason I just explained and at the last minute the aircraft I wanted to take is changed to something else!!! I would have been mad. It doesn't matter whether the aircraft is an MD-80, a 757 or a 737-800...those three are nice, I don't have anything against any of those three. What does matter is missing the last oppurtunity to fly on a 727. Anyway, I'm glad to hear you made it back to MCI in good shape.

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