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FCO-ORD On American Airlines (long)

Mon Apr 12, 2004 9:27 am

After talking to our concerge at the hotel the previous night, he suggested that we get to Rome Fuminicino Airport about 2 hours before our flight left. He suggested that we take a cab, because it would be easier that having to lug our bags through Rome that morning, trying to get to Termini Station. We said to arrange a cab ride, and he did and it would get to our hotel at 9:45 that morning. I went back to my room, 204 and my parents went to theirs, 205 (we had seperate rooms because they were really small, but very nice). I crammed all my clothes and things into my suitcase and went to bed. I slept pretty bad that night, but hearing the rain hear the glass outside seemed a bit peaceful. I finally got to sleep around 2:00am, after going to bed at about 11:30 that night. The wake up call was at 8:00 and I got up, called my parents room (because they want to know that I am up) and got into the shower. We went up to the rooftop of the hotel for breakfast, and took some last minute pictures. We were all packed and went downstairs and checked out and the cab arrived at about 10:00 am.

We loaded our luggage into the car, a car called a Fiat Multipla. Try finding that in the United States. I don't think you can. After going through all of that stop-and-go Rome traffic, we finally got on the "Autostrada" or Highway. I was sad to leave Italy, but we had to. Our cab driver dropped us off at the last terminal, Terminal C. We arrived at about 10:45

We entered the somewhat cramed ticket desk area, all the United States based airlines are near eachother, so the 3 American Airlines counters were near the ones for US Airways and Delta. We got checked in and our bags were sent to ORD. We cleared security with no probelms and my parents went to a Duty-Free shop I saught out a window. Here is what I saw-

- Flyglobespan 737
- Blue Panorama 767
- Iranair A310
- Alitalia...everything  Big grin
-Tunisair A320

I was looking at all the cool airlines that do not come to the United States when my parents yelled for me to hurry up. We saw that our gate, C30 was a satelite gate and that meant that we had to ride the airport tram, called the "Skybridge". We stood there for about 30 seconds and the tram came. We got on, and it started up. It goes very fast. We arrived at the gates and we went to C30, where our 767-300 was waiting for us.

American Airlines flight 111
Rome, Italy (FCO) - Chicago, Illinois (ORD)
STD: 12:30pm
ATD: 12:55pm
STA: 2:55pm
ATA: 2:10pm (40 minutes EARLY!)
Flight Time: 8 hours 17 minutes
Boeing 767-300 (Reg Unknown) Coach Class, Seat 22C
Departure: Terminal C International, Gate C30 (T8)
Arrival: Terminal 5, Gate M1

We were welcomed onto the aircraft by smiling flight attendents, one recognized us from the flight we took to Rome. We walked through business class, and watched the people drink their cocktails in their nice seats with the footrests up. We made our way to Row 22, where someone was in our middle seat. We told her that this was Row 22, and she was so embarassed, and went to Row 23. The rows on the 767-300 are staggered, and the signs above are not right. Odd. The safety video came on, in both English and Italian. It was a bit long. We took off 20 minutes late, right after a US Airways A330. (Stupid Question- But is US Airways planes Black or Dark (Navy) Blue?) Anyway, shortly after take off, the pilot announced our route: We would be going North over Italy and turning left over England. We would continue north over Iceland and Newfoundland and Canada. He also announced with headwinds, we would get to ORD 40 minutes ahead. Nice. The flight attendent got the "AAtractions" system started with a Duty Free Catalog show. Then it was Eyes on American, a bunch of CBS show snippets. I liked that because Yes, Dear was featured on there. Eventually Without A Trace came on, and meal service started. It was a choice of Salmon and Rice or Chicken and Potatos. I had the Chicken and it was covered in a cheese sauce. It was very good. Another salad and it had these very good Italian Tomatoes on it. Bread Roll and Butter and a cake-type thing for dessert. Water to drink. MMMMMM...good. The CBS shows ended, and I thought they would put the movies on, but we flew for about 4 more hours and then the f/a realized she did not put the tape in, so she ran up and activated the "AAtractions" system again, with "Under The Tuscan Sun" and "In America" The same movies we saw going to Rome. Oh well. Our pilots came on and told us to look out the window, Newfoundland was covered in really thick ice. It was really a cool sight. He then told us we were finally over Canada, and would be arriving in 2 hours. 30 minutes later, a snack was handed out, which was a personal pan pizza  Smile very good, grapes, and shortbread cookes. Water again. After a quick nap, the flight attendent put the arrival video on. It basically told you how to get around customs, what to do with filling out the forms and all. It also showed how to get to the other terminals (1, 2, and 3) from Terminal 5 which is not attached to the others. We touched down, 40 minutes early, as promised. After a short taxi, we arrived at the very last gate in the International Terminal, M1. Damn. Oh well, after a 20 minute, YES 20 minute walk to customs, we cleared it fast. Bags were coming out on claim 4, and my bag got all wet because some other pax had water that exploded or something. We were about to leave, when the customs agent showed us that our form was not stamped, just our passports. He was a nice guy, who let us cut in front of everyone to get it restamped and leave. We walked out into the main area, under the large "International Arriving Passengers" sign. We got onto the airport train, took it to Remote Parking and drove home. It was good to be back in the United States, where people could speak English. I was home. Italy was great.

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RE: FCO-ORD On American Airlines (long)

Mon Apr 12, 2004 9:47 am

Very good report!! I really love American Airliens service and would recommend ti to everyone!!! I now try to fly AA whenever I can!! Glad to see you enjoyed FCO, those "other" airlines are actually very known to me half were LCC as I said before. Glad to see you got here safely, now lets talk AA some more  Laugh out loud

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RE: FCO-ORD On American Airlines (long)

Tue Apr 13, 2004 3:30 am

Sounds like you enjoyed your flight. I would have been miffed about the IFE snafu. I'm not sure what AA's policy is but generally airlines will show different
movies, short subjects, etc depending on the direction you're flying. Either the F/A's on your flight had no choice but to show you the same movies as on your flight over or they simply did not pay enough attention to put in the right program. My guess is the latter which is a shame because not only were they late but the programming was wrong. Sad, alas, there's more to a flight than just IFE.
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RE: FCO-ORD On American Airlines (long)

Tue Apr 13, 2004 4:04 am

How is the weather in Rome? I have never been there nor do I know anybody that has. Also, how hard is it to get around an airport in a foreign country with a different language? Otherwise sounds like a great flight. I've heard quite a few horror stories about American so I'm glad everything went smooth for you.
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RE: FCO-ORD On American Airlines (long)

Tue Apr 13, 2004 4:08 am

Good report. To answer your question (which in my opinion wasn't "stupid," b/c I have wondered the exact same thing), I am almost positive that US Airways livery is a dark dark navy blue as opposed to black...I fly Delta and US Air almost exclusively, and I'm almost positive that USAir's livery is a very dark navy blue.

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Widget Head is right, what happened on your with your IFE is certainly abnormal. I'm not so sure about AA personally, but my experience with DL is that they're normally pretty good about frequently rotating movies and feature shows based on where you're flying from. Maybe you were just unlucky...all the more reason to fly DL next time. Hehe.
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RE: FCO-ORD On American Airlines (long)

Tue Apr 13, 2004 9:23 am

Thank you all for the kind words, and thank you ATLhomeCMH for the help with US Airways. Yes, I did not like the IFE situation, I wish the 767-300 could have PTV but that was the only probelm. AA has a great international Y class product.
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RE: FCO-ORD On American Airlines (long)

Tue Apr 13, 2004 10:26 am

Glad you enjoyed Rome! The trek to Termini would have been a pain. It's an okay deal- I love the Trenitalia. BUT- I would have given an arm or leg (okay, maybe a fingernail clipping) to ride in a Multipla- I haven't seen one since I got back almost three years ago. Weird looking, aren't they?

Glad to hear of your experience with AA. I flew USAirways, and enjoyed my PTV and lumbar support in coach class. Customs in PHL was, however, rather tricky.

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RE: FCO-ORD On American Airlines (long)

Thu Apr 15, 2004 6:47 am

AA737-823: The Multipla is totally weird looking! Its almost like a perfect cube! The back is very comfortable.

Thank you again, everyone for the kind words.
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RE: FCO-ORD On American Airlines (long)

Thu Apr 15, 2004 11:30 am

Never flown AA international or domestic for that matter. Pleading ignorance, what are the pizzas like? Do you get your choice of what goes on there? And is it relatively a good size pizza? Stupid question, I know...but I would really like to know.

And nice report. Always wanted to go to Rome. How is it?

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RE: FCO-ORD On American Airlines (long)

Fri Apr 16, 2004 6:13 am

XJRamper- It's not a stupid question, if we never asked questions we would never get the answers! Anyway, the pizza was a little smaller than a little smaller than a personal pan plzza that you could by at the supermarket (Home Run Inn Brand, Red Baron Brand) It has really thick crust and really good tomato (tasted a bit like Marinara) and good cheese.

Rome is great, the unfortunate thing is that it is really dirty (graffiti and taggers) and that it is hard to get around (size). If you ever go there, I recommend you fly into FCO and immediatly go to Roma Termini (main rail station) and take the Eurostar Italia train to Florence. It is a luxery train, just a little bit more then the regular, Trenitalia, but it is a 1h 30min ride whereas the Trenitalia is 3h 30min. Florence is really nice, and everything is in walking distance.

I will try to get some pictures added.

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RE: FCO-ORD On American Airlines (long)

Fri Apr 16, 2004 6:15 am

Not to speak in SouthwestMDW's stead (excellent T/R by the way!), Rome is one of the most amazing, and diverse cities I have ever visited. I did find their customs/immigration to be some of the most ignorant and bull-headed agents (I was detained for over 4 hours in Feb of 2001), but it is a great city to visit.

About the pizzas...if they're similar to the ones served from LHR, they're about the size of an "airport-pizza" you would find at Pizza Hut, with an exceptionally salty sauce.
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RE: FCO-ORD On American Airlines (long)

Mon Apr 26, 2004 8:31 am

Thanks for the kind comments. The pizzas are just like what Mlsrar said, and they have very, very salty sauce. They are pretty good  Big grin


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