I traveled with my dad, my sister, and my grandmother. We flew down to Miami for a short vacation b/c of the NJEA teachers convention week (my sister and I were off on Thurs and Fri.) Our outbound flight was 12:40 pm on a 757 leaving Newark.
Onboard, I found the 757 to be one of cleanest I have encountered. Unlike the older AA 757's, this one had no stains on the walls, and the carpet and bulkheads were clean. The wings had absolutely no wear and tear, and looked new. I was startled by how clean this aircraft was, until the interior was quite worn. Like all 757's they had the old seats, which were worn! It looked like AA jacked the seats from an existing 757 and put them into this new one. Sorry guys, didn't catch the Reg.
We had a late take-off out of EWR, due to fog and just crappy weather. AA Let passengers get up to use the bathroom, one at a time. Once we were on our way, drink service began, and it was smooth flying from here. I was offered a drink and a bag of pretzels, and that was it. I didn't mind, nobody gives away food anymore IFE was standard (CBS eye on American) which was somewhat interesting. I just like to look around the plane!
We descended into Miami, and it rained once we arrived.
Coming home Flight 1700 A300:
I admit it, I was not too thrilled to fly an A300. After flight 587, I was a bit nervous on flying one again. I arrived at my seat (row 37, the last row.) Yet I still had some generous recline! We took off and I felt the G force! Man the A300 is a rocket! On take-off and throughout the flight, I felt strange shaking vibrations from the a/c, probably due to its curved fuselage. Once in the air, I was fine, and watched CBS Eye on AA. Drink service rolled around, and I received a Dr. Pepper. Afterward, I asked for another can of soda, and the f/a happily gave me another. You many not get food on AA, but you do get a soda with a smile!
Photo © Daniel Werner
The A300 is probably my favorite Aibus after the forgotten A310. Once I was up in the air, I was happy to be aboard! The A300 was showing its age, with slightly worn seats, and older style bulkheads. I heard that AA installed PTV's into some of there A300 for flights to Europe. Did they take those out?
Photo © Justin Cederholm
Two good flights. Fly AA.