I recently took a trip to Los Angeles and San Francisco and my only option was to fly American Airlines in business class because my dad has thousands of miles and he wouldn't have to pay that much. I got to Terminal 9 around 10:00am for the 12:00PM flight to Los Angeles. Check in was easy at the first class desk and I headed through secruity in no time. Since I have no Admirals Club pass I headed directly to the gate. The gate was 44 and the aircraft had not even arrived.
|Empty Gate 44|
After about 10 minutes of waiting our B762 was pulled into the gate. The plane was already cleaned inside and the flight crew of 11 was ready to board. On this flight there were nine FA's and 2 pilots.
|Our B762 being pulled into the gate|
It took about 15 more minutes till they were ready to board. When boarding started at 11:30am for the First Class cabin it seemed as if no one got up, but once they called the Business Class cabin people started getting up and walking to the gate. Once I got inside the aircraft it seemed really cramped. For a 767-200 3 classes is a bit small compared to the 2 class on the 763. Anyway I took my seat in 7A and settled down for the 5.5 hour trip. Also at my seat was a pillow and one of the new duvets they give out on all 767 flights.
Airline: American Airlines
Sectors: New York JFK - Los Angeles
Date: March 14, 2007
Scheduled Departure Time: 12:00PM
Actual Departure Time: 12:00PM
Scheduled Arrival Time: 3:20PM
Actual Arrival Time: 2:50PM
Aircraft: Boeing 767-200ER (N339AA)
Seat: 7A Business Class
Departure Gate: 44
Arrival Gate: 37A
After settling into my seat, the 3 business class flight attendants came around with orange juice, champagne, and water. After 1L was closed we began our taxi in which the FA's passed out menus for lunch and what is interesting is that on the 762 they have to flip the tv screen for takeoff on the bulkhead. We made our way quickly to im not sure which runway to takeoff. Behind us was an Emirates B777-300W bound for either Hamburg or Dubai.
Takeoff was very quick and soon we were at 39,000ft our cruising altitude for the flight. About 30 minutes after we were airborne Wendy the FA who was working the left side came around with the beverage service and of course AA's famous warm nuts. I had a cranapple and soon the movie for the flight Happy Feet was turned on. Now if you ask me this was a good five months after it had ended playing in theaters and they are still showing it on west bound flights? O well. Soon Wendy came around taking orders for lunch.
The choices were either Buffalo BBQ Chicken Sandwich or Antipasto. I choose the sandwich as did most people and about 20 minutes later is was on my tray table. It came with the bread of your choice and two choices of salad. The food was ok and I would rate it 7/10 (better than it used to be). Then the desert cart came and the choice was either ice cream or cheese. I of course had ice cream. After lunch I settled back into my seat and dozed off for about 3 hours. To me the business class seats are very uncomfortable. I actually prefer the 757 first class seats because they are wider and I like the leather more. Although I do like how they have foot rests on them even on domestic flights for the 767's and the comforters. When I woke up the captain was making announcements on how we would arrive into LAX early and he was also pointing out the sights along the way.
I think we were over Las Vegas at this point and about 1 hour from landing the CBS Eye on American was getting ready to end. About twenty minutes before we touched down the flight attendants came around with milk and cookies and also to pick anything up.
Right before landing we flew over these mountains any guesses?
Right before we were parked an AA S80 bound for STL
We touched down and it was less than 3 minutes till we were at the gate. We had arrived about 30 minutes ahead of schedule and the surprising this was that they were ready. We parked at Gate 37A and that was the end of the flight. In all I have heard bad things about American's JFK-LAX service but in all I would give it a 7.5/10.
Any comments would be appreciated thanks