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Sat Jun 16, 2001 11:24 am

June 6, 2001
American Airlines #116
Airbus A300-605R N70073

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This is the real JFK-LHR redeye. Departure from JFK is at 1130PM and arrival around 1135AM. Boarding on time, aircraft spotless with the three class interior. I am seated in the back of the economy section, and the 'more room' is nice on a long flight of this nature. Flight time is 7 hours and 40 minutes. The PTVs are great, although I was a bit dissapointed that the games feature has apparently been turned off since the last time I flew the route on the Airbus, about three years ago. Take off was to the East, with an AirAfrique AB6 which is rather unusual sight west of the atlantic following close behind.

Flight routed over the Atlantic, south of LI, then crossing the island, straight over martha's vineyard, newfoundland, the north atlantic, ireland, and direct into heathrow.

Dinner served about 50 minutes out of JFK. Choice of salmon or beef. I had the beef which was rather tough. Overall, I was pretty dissapointed with the level of service on the flight.

Watched a movie, and then fell right to sleep, only to wake about 2 hours out of LHR by an F/A announcement. Apparantly, a passenger had become ill, and we had began a decent into Shannon. I watched on the moving map. We did indeed change our course slightly to the north, and began a decent. We were down to about 31,000 feet, when the captain announced that we were going to continue to LHR as the passenger had stabilized. We got a straight in route, and were on the ground about an hour later.

Parked next to a Saudi 777 and a Turkish 738, but had to wait for the ill passenger to be removed, which took nearly 25 minutes.

Deplaned, and collected baggage, and off to the hotel for an overnight.

June 8, 2001
British Airways #812
Boeing 757-236 G-CPEM
Blue Poole c/s

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Checked in at 545a for this 655a departure, and had a chance to Check out Terminal two, which houses most european departues. Saw a pleathora of BA world tail a/c, mostly 734s, 320s, and 757s, plus all of the new union jack 319s, which are pretty boring. Also got to enjoy the new BmI colors on several 320s. I hadnt noticed on photos the red elevators and alerons, quite a nice touch. There were also hybrids of 733s and 321s, plus two 735s in the old livery, which suddenly looks quite dated when compared to the new one. I must say that I dont love it, but it does look far, far better in person...

Aircraft for my flight was one of the newer 757s, with 535E4 engines, that will be retained by BA. The interior was immaculate, with dark blue leather seats, and ample legroom. I was quite surprised to see the total lack of IFE on this flight though. Take of was brisk into a beautiful clear day. Service started immeadiately with a choice of breakfast sandwhiches and coffee/tea. This far beats the service on American airlines flights of equal time. Total block time was about 1 45. Arrived in beautiful Copenhagen to a great variety of aircraft. Thai 743, SAS fleet, including the new Dash 8Q-400s, and old colored F50s. New Crossair and Skyways E145s, plus Maersk 733/73Gs, a KLM 738, and a BEAUTY, which we parked next to, a Pulkovo Tu134 with dayglo orange wingtips.

Copenhagen is a modern, clean facility. Luggage arrived within 10 minutes and passport control was not a problem at all. I was out of the airport in 20 minutes...quite a feat considering the amount of luggage which I was carrying!

Overall, a very enjoyable trip.

Return will be posted at the end of July.
scheduled BA319 CPH-LHR and my first 777(AA) LHR-JFK
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Sat Jun 16, 2001 11:44 am

Great report  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
Last time i was on AA on the LHR-JFK i vowed never to fly AA again, as it was easily the worst flight i had ever had! Service was crap, the food wasn't eaven suitable for my dog and the seats where like blocks of wood crammed into the sardine can like AA A300-600R. I've hard there seats have more room now but has the service ect changed on this route? I have done this route 14 more times since '99' and everytime it's been with BA on either a 777-236 or a 747-436. I've gota say theyv'e got the whole airline travel thing down to a tee!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
Glad you liked the Eurpoean BA flight, and i agree with you about the lack of tv's. I think there gona change that, but not straight away.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
The food is soo much better than a American flight of the same lenghth. I have found this many, many times before.
Anyway looking forward to the retun trip and the AA 777, hopefuly it will be better than the 'Bus' !  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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Sat Jun 16, 2001 1:16 pm

Cool that AA is using an A300 to Europe. This has gotten quite rare.
Also amazing that they have PTVs in them.



Sat Jun 16, 2001 6:37 pm

Great Report!
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Mon Jun 18, 2001 3:19 am

8 of American's 35 Airbus A300-600's were converted to three class aircraft for Atlantic operations to both
London and Paris from JFK and Boston (select flights)
and for a short while, MIA-MAD.

Until the 777's arrived, the A300's were the only AA
jets with PTV's.

Service is OK. Nothing great. I flew on one in March
of 1998 from JFK to LHR, AA 106, the 9:35 daylight
service. Flight was empty. Service was efficient,
but flight attendants overall were aloof.

American will remove the A300's from Atlantic service
shortly. The 777 and 767 will become the standard
on these flights. The A300's were added to the fleet
in 1988 for Caribbean and Latin America operations.



Mon Jun 18, 2001 5:00 am

very nice report !
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Mon Jun 18, 2001 3:55 pm

Thanks for the comments, I just changed my return date to the 21 JUL. Hoping to get a 777 still, and am working that out with the BA office in CPH now!
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Tue Jun 19, 2001 7:32 am

Are all of AA's A300's now painted silver instead of gray?
Ding! You are now free to keep supporting Frontier.

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