Photo © Matthew I. Smith
Photo © Matthew I. Smith
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.
Flight: AA 101
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 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.