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LHR-JFK In AA First (With Pics)

Sat Jun 18, 2005 12:27 pm

Even though I am just writing this now, the trip was on July 21, 2004. After spending two days at the Farnborough Airshow it was time to go home.


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We were scheduled to leave on AA 101 at 8:30am. We left our hotel around 530am to ensure that we got to LHR in plenty of time for check in, duty free shopping etc. When we got there we were selected for the extra security before we even checked in. After checking in we proceeded to the security checkpoint that had no lines. Once past security we made our way through the duty free section before grabbing a bite to eat as it was only 630am at this point.

We eventually took the journey out to gate 15 - and yes it’s a journey. Once the gate "opened" we took a seat and waited for them to announce boarding. Around 740 they announced boarding for First Class.



Flying
Flight: AA 101
Aircraft: 777-200
Registration: Unknown
Flying Time: 7 hours +/-
Seat: 4A, First Class

Today boarding was done through 2L. As I boarded I was greeted by the purser who told me to take a left and it was the first seat on the left. Already on my seat was the menu, the amenity kit and a card with a listing of individual movies I could choose to watch at any time during the flight.









While the rest of the plane boarded we were served pre-departure drinks that consisted of OJ, Water, or Mimosas. After downing a few OJ’s the door was shut and we were ready to go. After a short taxi over to runway 27R we were number 3 for departure behind some BA planes. Once airborne you could clearly see the construction of T5.



Shortly after departure the flight attendant took our orders, asked if we wanted Bose Headsets and if we would be watching a movie. I took the Bose headsets but for the time being declined a movie. The choices for breakfast were a Gruyere Omelette, Broccoli and Cheese Blintz, Sourdough French Toast or Asian-Style Shrimp with Noodles. I had the French toast as that was the only choice I had any interest in. The orders were taken using FEBO so I was lucky to still be able to have my choice as I was the last person to choose on the A and D side of the plane. As you can see in the pictures I ate with the seat facing the window.

The Menu


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The meal first consisted of fresh fruit followed by corn flakes with fresh raspberries on them. After the cereal came the main course, the French toast with pork leek sausage. The French Toast was ok but I’d still rather have the Spanish Omelette that AA offers in domestic F. Throughout the entire breakfast service assorted breads were available.







After breakfast I reclined the seat to the bed position and I got the movie Taking Lives. The movie just about took the life out of me and I fell asleep for a little while.





Waking up we still had 4 hours and 24 minutes left before our arrival at JFK. For the next couple of hours I spent my time between editing pictures from Farnborough and sleeping. There is no better way to sleep on AA then in their Flagship Suite. Throughout the entire flight the flight attendants were there to fill up my empty glass of coke.



Seventy minutes prior to landing our orders were taken for our light lunch/snack. The choices were Pesto Scallops, Grilled Chicken or Cream of Tomato Soup. I took the Grilled Chicken as I am not a fan of anything that swims. The lunch service started out with your choice of hot nuts or the vegetable dip (both if you wanted). A few minutes later our came our entrees. The chicken was quite good, though a little on the cold side. It consisted of chicken with pita bread and assorted garnishes that you could make your own little sandwich with. After the flight attendants took the plate away the dessert came. Next came one of the highlights of AA First Intl flights - the baked on board cookies. This also came with a fruit bowl but I had enough fruit already on the flight so I decided to pass on it. The cookies however, were good as always.









Our descent brought us over Long Island but it was too hazy to see anything until we were over Jones Beach.



We landed at approximately 12:45EST on 31R. Landing on 31R we were able to see two spots that the local NYC photographers shoot 31R arrivals - The Costco Parking lot at the Boston Market parking lot.





Customs and Immigration wasn’t too bad as it was still early for international arrivals.

Overall the service was everything it should be on AA in International First. The only complaint that I have is that during the flight I was drinking Coke and I was given the can. Normally that’s great but to me in First Class on an International flight the flight attendants should be attentive enough to refill my glass – laziness on their part.

Hope you all enjoyed it.

-Matt
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Sat Jun 18, 2005 1:39 pm

Amazing report, really enjoyed all the pictures, those make or break a report.
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Sat Jun 18, 2005 2:05 pm

I second that, amazing report! Loved the pics!



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Sat Jun 18, 2005 6:45 pm

Wooow  Smile
Great trip report.

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Sat Jun 18, 2005 10:41 pm

Matt,

Yeah, great report!  bigthumbsup 

I had a question. Did I notice plastic cutlery on the pictures? Given all the nice looking bowls / plates / glasses, didn't the plastic cutlery drive you crazy? I had a similar experience in AC Executive First a few weeks back...

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Sun Jun 19, 2005 12:52 am

Nice report and pictures! But why oh why did you fly AA?!?! BA LHR-JFK is so much more civilised!

Thankfully metal cutlery has made a return to aircraft going to and from the UK.

The metal/plastic cutlery debate has been done to death but it sucks using plastic cutlery, especially when BA have managed to cook their steak into a piece of shoe leather  Wink Especially demeaning was using plastic on Concorde  Sad
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Sun Jun 19, 2005 2:23 am

yeh im' a united fan.. and they once served ribs on business from ORD-HKG i swear.. i broke at leat 2 plastic knives on that serving... BUT good things is that untied has finally become more leniant.. they do let metal cutlery now in asian flights.. e.g. HKG-NRT or to other asian cities.. the cutlery are allll metal =D

btw nice pics.. never seen AA first before.. great report

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Sun Jun 19, 2005 3:36 am

An awesome report, How does AA first compare with other carriers you have flown in.
 
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Sun Jun 19, 2005 5:28 am

Great job. Glad someone finally did a pic report of AA's transatlantic F class service.
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Sun Jun 19, 2005 5:35 am

Fantastic report

good pics!

Do UA have metal cutlery on their flights from England to the US? LHR- IAD for example (off to Miami in 3 weeks) yeah boy!

thanks

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Mon Jun 20, 2005 7:43 am

WOWOWOW that makes me just want to go out and fly on that 777 right now!! Great pics!!
 
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Mon Jun 20, 2005 8:35 am

Quoting Paul (Reply 9):
Do UA have metal cutlery on their flights from England to the US? LHR- IAD for example (off to Miami in 3 weeks) yeah boy!

I flew UA from FRA to IAD back in March (http://www.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/55564/) and they used plastic cuttery. I had the filet mignon and it actually wasn't that hard to cut with the plastic. I'm sure they do the same for all US bound flights out of Europe.
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Tue Jun 21, 2005 2:19 am

Thanks guys for all the comments. In regards to the plastic cutlery its not all that bad - although I broke a fork in a chicken pot pie on AA MIA-SXM. Usually what they are giving us isnt too hard to cut with a plastic knife. The biggest let-down is the fact that it just looks REALLY tacky.

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Tue Jun 21, 2005 4:36 am

Lovely report,

Thanks for sharing,

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Tue Jun 21, 2005 10:54 am

Amazing report! I didn't know AA had such an amazing first/suite product!!  Smile Amazing pics also! Big grin Very neat!

Thanks for writing.  Smile

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Tue Jun 21, 2005 11:15 am

Quoting CaptainTim (Reply 6):
BUT good things is that untied has finally become more leniant.. they do let metal cutlery now in asian flights.. e.g. HKG-NRT or to other asian cities.. the cutlery are allll metal =D

D'oh - bad news: two recent UA NRT-BKK and return trips have been all plastic cutlery. The thing I don't get: isn't a fork a weapon, too?

GREAT trip report and lovely pictures, especially the food. Nice back-lighting from the window.
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Thu Jun 23, 2005 7:19 am

Great Report! I love the pictures of First Class. I really can't imagine flying that comfortable :P

It was also curious to see first class breakfast and everything with plastic cutlery I still remember many many years ago when they used to be metal. But I think that's part of the charm taken by 9/11.
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Thu Jul 07, 2005 2:38 pm

Christao17,

I dont think the plastic forks are weapons at all considering Ive broken a lot of them in the food haha

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Thu Jul 07, 2005 3:11 pm

You lucky lucky gite

That looks amazing

Cheers for the pics
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Sun Jul 10, 2005 3:42 am

Indeed nice report...!!

Felt like strange though to see the plastic cutlery !!

I always say some plastics knives are more harmfull than some metal's...

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Sun Jul 10, 2005 8:06 am

Thanks for the report. Your experience seems very similar to experiences that I have had in United First. Professional, but not overly attentive service along with a nice flat seat and pretty good food.

I actually like the slightly less attentive service that is provided by US carriers. I find it annoying when flight attendants constantly check on me, and fill up my glass and all that. Sometimes I just want the can and to be left alone. I don't think flight attendants need to act like your personal servant in order to provide good service.
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Tue Sep 13, 2005 8:11 am

hey Matt, good TR. So did you take the AA 777 with F/S both ways?
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Tue Sep 13, 2005 10:09 am

I always fly business class on AA, but I always wanted to make the left turn to go to the flagship suite. Sounds great. I always break my spoon while attempting to eat my ice cream.  Sad That is the only bad thing I can find with AA.

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Tue Sep 13, 2005 6:10 pm

Very nice! Will hopefully be able to try First for real some day!

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Tue Sep 13, 2005 11:24 pm

Good report. I am an AA retiree with 110 flights on the 777. It is my favorite airplane, and I love the International First Class Service.
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Wed Sep 14, 2005 3:45 am

Nice Pics!! thanxx!!

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Wed Sep 14, 2005 5:55 am

OK, you totally contradicted yourself here ... which was it ?

Quoting AA 777 (Thread starter):
Throughout the entire flight the flight attendants were there to fill up my empty glass of coke.



Quoting AA 777 (Thread starter):
The only complaint that I have is that during the flight I was drinking Coke and I was given the can. Normally that’s great but to me in First Class on an International flight the flight attendants should be attentive enough to refill my glass – laziness on their part.


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Also, enlighten us as to what FEBO is.

Great report otherwise ..
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Wed Sep 14, 2005 1:14 pm

FEBO is Forward Even, Back Odd. On flights with an even number the flight attendants start the service from the front of the cabin. This means if you want your choice of entree and you're on an even numbered flight you need to sit near the front. On odd numbered flights the service starts from the back of the premium cabin.
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Thu Sep 15, 2005 12:35 am

Nice report, I dont' know how you afford flying F! I checked fares and oneway was 7000 dollars Big grin
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Tue Dec 20, 2005 10:02 am

its easy when you know the right people  Smile Or if you choose your parents wisely  Wink
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Wed Dec 21, 2005 2:24 pm

Quoting Triple7man (Reply 27):
FEBO is Forward Even, Back Odd. On flights with an even number the flight attendants start the service from the front of the cabin. This means if you want your choice of entree and you're on an even numbered flight you need to sit near the front. On odd numbered flights the service starts from the back of the premium cabin.

Which is exactly why I'm wondering why he was the last to order his meal if the flight was #115. He was sitting in 4A, the last row of First, on an odd numbered flight, so shouldn't he have gotten first choice?

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