Date: Jan. 3 2006
Flight #: AA 109
Aircraft reg.: N752AN
Special Services: Unaccompanied Minor
Departure time-Scheduled: 10:30AM
Departure time-Actual: 10:27AM
Arrival time-Actual and scheduled: 12:50PM
Photo © Youri Thonon - Contrails Aviation Photography
I boarded through 2L and was welcomed by the friendly faces of AA f/a’s who I had flown with many times before. I was then brought up to the purser, who I also knew very well, so he could sign my paper work. The purser escorted me down to 34H, an aisle seat. I asked the f/a’s if there were any window seats available, but unfortunately, this was a full flight. Suddenly, right before closing the door, the purser tells me to bring my stuff and go with him. He leads me up to the First Class section and tells me to sit in seat 3A. That’s ok with me! After closing the door and showing the safety video (a new one I hadn’t seen before), the purser came around to order our meals. The menu:
We are pleased to offer our traditional dining service in courses, or our Dine Upon Request? service, a complete meal presented all at once, at any time you wish. If you opt for out Dine Upon Request service please notify your flight attendant.
Warm mixed Nuts
Smoked Salmon accompanied by Capers, Red Onion and Sour Cream, garnished with Lemon Wedges and served with Toast Points
The Salad Cart
Please select any combination of the following offered with Uno’s Foccacia Bread:
-Fresh seasonal Greens offered with Parmesan Peppercorn Ranch Dressing or Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar
-Your choice of fresh Vegetables including Asparagus, Cucumbers, Cherry Tomatoes and Red Onions
Assorted warm Breads
The following a la carte vegetable options are available with your entrée
-Tender Asparagus and Celery delicately sauteed in Olive Oil, Olivette Potatoes and sautéed Savoy Cabbage.
On this flight we are proud to offer you a taste of European flair. Using only the freshest ingredients, Chef Gregor Hill, from our own Frankfurt kitchen has created an entrée that captures the essence of his country’s cuisine.
Parsley Cheese-Crusted Salmon featured with Riesling Sauce, served with Onion, Bell Pepper and Risotto Timbale
Grilled Fillet of Beef
Grilled Fillet of Beef complemented by a Plum Demi-Glace, served with Potato Cabbage Flan, Zucchini and Wild Mushroom Ragout
Guinea Fowl accented by Foie Gras Sauce, offered with Potato Darphin, Asparagus and Baby Carrots
Saffron-Chili Sauce Pasta
Delicate Saffron and Chili Sauce served over Penne Pasta, topped with Garlic Roasted Squash
Presented as an alternative, your lighter entrée may be created from our Salad Cart
from our selection of a la carte vegetables.
You may choose one of the following entrees to be served with an Appetizer and Dessert, presented all at once, at any time you wish.
Cheese-Crusted Salmon-Grilled Filet of Beef-Guinea Fowl-Saffron-Chili Sauce Pasta
American Airlines serves Brazilian beef.
We apologize if your selection is not available.
The Cheese and Dessert Cart
Gouda and Stilton Cheese
Served with dried fruit Compote and selected Crackers
Ice Cream Sunday
Ben and Jerry’s Vanilla Ice Cream with a choice of Hot Fudge, Butterscotch or seasonal Berry Toppings, Whipped Cream and Pecans
Peaches in Amaretto Sauce
Served with Biscotti Stuffing
Please select one of the following options:
Smoked Chicken Pizza
A personal pizza topped with smoked Chicken Breast, Syrah Red wine simmered Onions, and Mozzarella and Provolone Cheese, accompanied by a green salad with plum Tomatoes and Green Onions
Sliced Turkey Breast served on a Ciabatta Roll accompanied by Baby Greens with Roma Tomatoes, English Cucumbers and Feta Cheese enhanced by an Olive Oil Vinaigrette Dressing
Fresh Fruit or Cookies, freshly baked on board
I chose the fillet of beef and the Ice Cream for dessert. As we were taking off it started raining but we shot above the clouds where it was clear. I opened the amenity kit and put on the Bose headphones. Pic of the amenity kit:
I started to look at the movie selection. In first class, on AA, there is the regular PTV (10 channels) with the same programming as J and Y plus there is a built in VCR. There is a list of 20 movies, some new and some old. The advantage with the tape player is that you can pause and rewind the tape; it’s kind of like a basic version of AVOD. The purser came around with warmed nuts and a cocktail, I had a coke, and asked us what tapes we would like to order. I chose “the man”. A pic of me watching the movie:
After eating the nuts the purser came around with the smoked salmon, which was very good, and next came the beef, which I didn’t really enjoy. Finally dessert came. It was an impressive setup with two flight attendants rolling a cart down the aisle. Your Sunday is prepared on the spot; I had Hot Fudge and Whipped Cream on my vanilla Ice Cream. There were so many choices; it was hard to choose what to eat! After finishing my movie, I went to the J galley to get another one. Once there a f/a ,who I have flown with at least 10 times, offered me the J dessert (mint chocolate chip Ice Cream). How could I say no? At the end of my 2nd movie (“In her shoes”) the 2nd service was beginning. I ran back 2 the J galley chose another movie to occupy my time (this time I chose “Just Like Heaven, which was a really weird movie). I ate my pizza, which was quite good, while we were flying over New Brunswick and some really bumpy air. We landed in snowy Boston right on time and we didn’t even have to wait for a free gate!
This was one of my best flights EVER! The crew was awesome as well as the seat, the entertainment and the food. This flight was a 10 out of 10!
P.S.: Sorry about the # of pics!