Hello everyone. I just got back yesterday (28) from my 4th trip to europe and these are my comments. Enjoy.
June 4th- Miami to London Heathrow on American Airlines flight 56
WOW!! That was the first impression I got when stepping onto my first 777. More legroom, hell yeah. I was actually able to cross my legs like on those commercials. The PTV was excellent. It was a touch screen which was awesome because I didnt need to touch the remote ever. The movies were ok but I watched the National Geographic channel along with the nickelodeon channel, I'm a sucker for cartoons. I took a pill right before the meal and passed out at 11 or so and didnt wake up till we entered the coast of Ireland. That was good for now I wouldn't be jet lagged. Seats were also very wide. AA makes use of the fact that they have only 9 abreast when the 777 can fit 10, so that's nice of them. Food was very good. The pilot came on twice and he was a real trip. Very funny and he was bragging about how wonderful the 777 was and how everyone has a PTV and more legroom. He spoke each time for about 15 minutes, right after we hit cruise, and a half hour before landing.
Bad stuff. The flight attendants. Mean, rude, and overall just not nice. This was my first time flying over on AA, I usually go Virgin. So my conclusion was that I'm getting lots more room than Virgin, but I'm sacrificing service. Virgin usually comes around with Baily's and will serve wine and other alcohols not caring about age. Not so with AA on this flight. Our flight attendant would not give us any wine with dinner nor anything else and I was shocked. My friend and I are 17. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a heavy teenage drinker, but I occasionly like some wine with dinner. So we asked why and they replied "you're not 21", we answered back "Were in the middle of the ocean, far from 3 miles off the American shore", she then says snotty "its an American Airlines rule." Well I really didnt really care that I didnt get the wine, but it was the principle I was pissed about. I wouldn't have minded so much if they would have told us that from the beginning. It could have went like this: "I would like some white wine please", "Sorry we have a rule that we don't serve under 21." but no we get an "You must be mistaken, we dont serve under 21" said snooty. Other stuff, the remote was on the top of the arm rest which means one can keep hitting stuff they dont mean to, plus they still have the ptv box under the seat ahead which subtracts from the legroom. Delta had this problem on their 764s but supposely has fixed that, and so should AA on their 777s. Other than that, a very nice flight, I like the 2-5-2 configuration, my friend and I had the 2 part and we were isolated.
Technical: We took off late by 40 minutes due to the fact that the printer in the cockpit was broken. Arrived about 15 minutes late. The plane was N797AN, Spirit of AA.
June 27- Geneva to London Heathrow on Swissair flight 830
I was very much looking foward to this flight with great expectations, and they were infact met. We boarded the A321 about 1/2 full, taxied at about the take off speed, then took off. Even though it was a short flight, we got drinks, a big breakfast, and a "just kidding" pranks video presentation. Seats were leather, wide, and plenty of legroom. The FA's were very nice. An ideal perfect flight. 10/10. Arrived early after circling London a couple times.
June 28- London Heathrow to Miami on AA 57
Due to my first flight, I was expecting more room more but less service. While there was more room, it wasnt as much as the first flight. I'd say the first had a pitch of 35" and this flight a 33", not that I'm complaining. Service this time was excellent, The FA's were very nice. Food was terrific. They came around with drinks first, shortly followed by a meal, chicken with salad, bread, mashed potatoes, and cake!!!! Holy crap, thats good food!! Then they gave more drinks. This time we got our alcoholic beverages with no problem, they didnt even hesitate, which brings me to the conclusion that either these FA's knew they could get away with it, or the other ones were just a**holes, excuse my French. They came around with coffee, tea, and water throughout the flight. The final meal was, thats right, pizza!! Movies were great too. 13 Days, Down to earth, Antitrust, Crouching tiger.... We took a very northern route. We came down north of Newfoundland, right over boston and so on..... This was my best transatlantic flight. I like the 777 less busy 2-5-2 interior than the 747 3-4-3.
Conclusion: As stated, this was my first time not taking Virgin. Virgin may not have the space, but theres a certain spirit on board that AA doesn't have. It may just be that I'm going on vacation and the moment I get on Virgin I already feel like I'm in Britian due to the english accent, they give the temperature in celsius..... while with American, everything is still in yes, American. However, that last AA flight was really awesome. Also, when I've flown Virgin, there has always been a problem with the PTV either with the remote or a problem with the actual screen, on AA I had no such problems.
Side notes: I visited the Paris Air Show since I happened to be in Paris. I went on the last day. It was very hot and very crowded. The show moved very slowly and I decided to leave. I saw most of the exhibitions and got a cool Boeing bag.
My inbound MIA flight left at 10:50am so I checked in at 8 and headed for the terminal 2 spectators gallery. Heathrow has very good signs all over the airport directing us hobbyist toward it. I saw all sorts of cool stuff. However, I only saw two 747 landings in the span of an hour. A BA in Union colours, and a South African 744. The special Qantas racing plane was parked at a hanger for reasons I dont know why, and so was a South African 747sp. I saw 3 Concordes resting at hangers. There were many people at the gallery, should have asked them if any come here. Geneva airport is small but I got to see some cool stuff.
Hope you enjoyed my report and I wish to see some replies.
Sometimes I go about in pity for myself and all the while a great wind carries me across the sky.