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Wed Nov 21, 2001 10:52 pm

AA142 JFK-LHR 777-200ER N789AN
dep. 8:30 AM EST, arr. 8:20 PM GMT

On Tuesday morning (November 20th) I travelled from JFK to London Heathrow on American Airlines flight 142. I've never written a trip report before but I decided to give it a go because I thoroughly enjoyed this flight. So, here goes. Hope you enjoy it.

At about 4 a.m. I woke up, having had about three hours of sleep, and finished off the last of my packing for my week-long trip to England. Still somewhat bleary-eyed, I headed outside and walked a block over to Park Av., in order to catch a cab up to Grand Central. Got on the 5:10 a.m. bus to JFK, and because we had no traffic whatsoever, we arrived at the airport within about twenty minutes. Something that I noticed which seemed strange was the act that more than half of the ten people on the bus said 'Jetblue' when asked what airline they were flying. Following along with this trend, the lines inside the Jetblue terminal were enormous when we got there. I'm guessing that either they have a lot of early morning flights, or that I had just underestimated their popularity. But, in any case...

Got to Terminal 8 (AA Int'l) and found it fairly drab and boring inside. Check-in was simple and very quick, although there were a good number of people milling around the terminal at that point. The line for security was extremely long, but they managed to process us relatively efficiently. My carry-on was packed full with everything I was taking for the trip, and they did not check it. The guy at the checkpoint unexpectedly said to me "what's up Gabe?" Not the the kind of friendliness I'm used to in US airports, so I appreciated it. There were a couple of National Guard guys with massive rifles on their shoulders just passed the screening point. It reminded me of the guards they have in Frankfurt. That was somewhat reassuring.

Anyway, had an hour or so to kill before boarding. Unfortunately, there was nowhere to actually do that, so I sat on a chair by Gate 6 because it had the most windows, and studied the planes around me. I saw an AA 738, two 762s, an MD-80, a 757, and two A300s. Across the road at the BA terminal I saw a BA 744 and, briefly, also an SAA 744 taxiing along. My 777 was blocked by the jetway leading to the 738, and for some reason you couldn't see through the glass by Gate 8, so I only could really look at the tail of it. The tail, by the way, was spotless, and I felt like she must have been given a bath recently when I managed to get a better view as we boarded. What more can you ask for than an immaculate-looking 777?

As I boarded the plane the FA saw me looking at it and announced to me, "The 777, it's the best kind of aircraft to ride on! Did you know that?" I found that very funny and also nice. I let her know that I shared her enthusiasm and proceeded to my seat, 25C. It was just myself and another guy sharing the row of five seats. The flight time was expected to be quick, at 5h 44min.

After a quick taxi, we waited as an NW DC-9 and I believe a DL 732 took off in front of us. Our takeoff roll was short, and also very bumpy. And the sound of those engines at full power was incredible! Gets me every time, no matter how many times I hear it. We took off towards the west, quickly circled around and headed up over Hartford CT, ascending to FL370. From there we headed up over Nova Scotia, headed up north of Gander and then headed out over the Labrador Sea, after which we were amidst nothing but blue for a long time. Tailwinds were great and we maintained a steady average of about 660 mph throughout the flight.

The new AA seats are really quite comfortable. And the added legroom was a subtle but great difference. The interior of the plane looked very nice and clean. Bathrooms were spotless. The PTVs were a good size, but in the end I didn't find anything very interesting so I just listened to my own music and watched the moving map. The food was fine, although not by any means incredible. I slept about half of the flight, lying down on three seats. When I wasn't doing that, I would head back to the rear cabin where there was a completely empty bulhead row except for one of the seats, and I would sit and watch the moving map on the big screen there and just marvel at the beauty of the 777. Even now I can't stop thinking about how much I love that aircraft.

We made landfall over Northern Ireland, and headed down, reaching England and flying SE over Birmingham. We were put in a holding pattern north of LHR and then headed out over East London, turning back to the West and heading in a straight line towards the runway. It was great to see the lights of London getting bigger and bigger, and when we finally reached the airport, the landing was fairly smooth.

Overall, I had a great experience. This was my first time on an AA 777, and I was impressed. I hope you've found this interesting. Please let me know if there is anything that I should have added/subtracted from the report, and give me your thoughts and opinions.


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Thu Nov 22, 2001 1:43 am

Very enjoyable write up . I was meant to travel to atlanta by delta 777 last week but the events of sept made them change there schedule an now they use 767's . Nice but I'd rather have flown in a 777.
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Thu Nov 22, 2001 6:26 pm

Hi, nice report. December last year I went to New York for a new years eve party and was scheduled to fly BA, but they cancelled my flight and was transferred to an AA 777, which I was kinda pleased about as it was a first for me.
I too enjoyed the trip. Those 777's are great aren't they.
I'm on a Delta 777 next month to Atlanta so I'll be posting my trip report about that.
How did you find the FA's? How full was the flight?
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Thu Nov 22, 2001 11:55 pm

Hi Guys,

I was flew on B777 by Delta Air Lines last years on April 26, 2000. It was been flew out from ATL to MCO flight and flight were very good as for me. I've in the love with B777 plane with N860DA (7001). That is one were came here at my FLL airport by last years. I was take a nice tour inside with B777 plane. I like it! So as you might to think about it something as for me. I was watched with PTV on airshow map by moving flight tracker. I was seen there was in St. Augustine went past of St. Augustine to Daytona Beach goes to Orlando. I was said that there I see Disney World and other there. I was seat #31B. It was closer of Business Elite Class. It was super flight as for me. I love it that my day as for me. Well, see ya.


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Fri Nov 23, 2001 1:34 am

Sounds great! My friend and I are flying AA JFK-LHR on the 777 on Dec 16th, can't wait!
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Fri Nov 23, 2001 2:23 am

Very nice trip report.I flow on a AA 777 from DFW to ZRH, Switzerland last april and they were just great. I loved AA very much, the flight attendants were all very friendly and extremly nice. And the 777 is the best airplane. I already flow with a 777 with Malaysian Airlines in 2000.
American offes a very confortable seat pitch. I definity love American Airliens. They are my favourite major US airline.


Fri Nov 23, 2001 2:29 am

Nice! Big grin I flew UA 777-200 from LAX-CDG it was awesome! Channel 9 makes the whole trip an amazing experience! (See TR)
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Fri Nov 23, 2001 2:32 am

BCal DC-10, to answer your questions- I found the FAs to be very helpful and pleasant. No complaints there at all. And I would say the flight was only about half full. Plenty of room to stretch out.


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Fri Nov 23, 2001 5:28 am

Nice trip report.

Outstanding at the beginning, but you seemed to shorten it for the actual flight though!!!

Glad you enjoyed the flight, can't wait to get on a 777 Big grin


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Fri Nov 23, 2001 6:00 am

i just flew first class on an AA triple seven yesterday and it was great. Sleeper seats are awesome (the older 2-2-2 seating) and i was sad to get off, i could have easily enjoyed a 12 hour flight! the 738 i flew on next was cramped (even in first!) compared to the trip sev.

sounds like an empty flight, when i flew coach on an AA triple seven before MRTC and i almost died, it was a horrible flight. Seems the 777 in coach is not a bad airplane when not every seat is sold!
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Fri Nov 23, 2001 3:12 pm

You did great
God bless through Jesus, Jeff
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Sat Nov 24, 2001 6:58 am

Nice report. I have done that same flight also on the 777. Would not think twice about doing it again. My flights are always to DUB and getting a connection at LHR after 9.30pm is very difficult. Also get free upgrades on EI so why not fly them!! But I prefer AA and especially their 777 some of their 762 service leaves something to be desired.

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Sat Nov 24, 2001 7:33 am

Really good article! I rode on a American 777 too(LHR-ORD) and it was nice. Did you take any pictures of your flight inside the cabin?
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Sat Nov 24, 2001 8:21 pm

Ccrl R, no I didn't take any photographs on my flight. It's only for a week that I'm over here, so I decided to pack as light as possible. Unfortunately, the camera wouldn't fit into my backpack. But I should be bringing it along when I make this trip again in December- that time I'll be over here for a month. Then if I take any photos I'll let you know.

EGGD, you're right- now that I look back on it I did kind of leave out a lot of detail once I got to the actual flight portion. Thanks for the suggestion. On my next report I'll take that into account.

Thanks for all the replies, guys.




Mon Nov 26, 2001 10:05 am

Great Report!

I really have enjoyed American's service in the past 14 years. I have yet to experience the sleeper seats though. I'm glad you enjoyed American, continue to fly and support them  Smile


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