Here is the report that precedes this:
DTW-MIA-MEX With AA (pics) (by TwoLz2Rn Oct 8 2007 in Trip Reports)
After spending a couple of great days in Mexico City, it was time to leave. Mexico City was fantastic. I had mixed reactions from different people but I can proudly say that I really enjoyed myself while I was visiting. If you go, make sure you check out Teotihuacán and the anthropology museum…amazing but anyway, the report.
I took a taxi at around 6am from my hostel, which is really close to the Zócalo, to the airport. Since it was an early Sunday morning, I knew that there wouldn’t be any traffic so the trip was relatively short, but he was also speeding. I forget what time I arrived but I walked in the AA
check-in area where a line had already formed. I immediately thought that the plane was going to be full on the way back. About 20 minutes later, I was checked in, and then I headed to security which was no problem.
A bad shot of the check-in area at MEX
Some of the Duty Free shops in MEX
. I was really impressed with this area.
The gate had not been assigned yet, so walked around for a little bit and then sat in “Hall F3” and read. Soon enough it was time to board our flight to ORD
Depart – 8:50am
Arrive – 12:45pm
Equip. - 752
Boarding went quick as the flight wasn’t sold out! I would say that about 95% of the Y cabin didn’t have someone sitting in the middle seats.
The interior of the aircraft was in pretty sad shape
We began to taxi to the runway and I notice the people movers and how they become gates at the terminal, which I found very clever!
aircraft (what is the AM MEX
schedule by the way??)
Rolling down the runway
I saw this during the climb and was amazed, it was beautiful!
I decided to read some more once we reached cruising altitude which I believe was 36000ft. They had a movie on this flight which was Oceans 13. The drink cart came around twice and the same Buy-on-Board stuff was offered. One lady sitting across from me bought nearly $20 worth of stuff! The guy sitting next to me kept putting his trash in the seat back pocket even half full cans (more to come later on that).
Crossing the US border
Some airport…anyone recognize?
Another airport….anyone? I have no idea…
On decent, we circled ORD
to get in line
I was irritated that I was sitting on the wrong side of the plane as we taxied towards the international terminal. I missed good pictures of all the planes there! Of the quick glance I saw KL
747, PrivatAir, LH
747, several UA
and then I did catch the BD
flight land as we turned in to the VERY LAST gate!
After the mile and a half walk to customs, I got my bag, put it in the connecting flights pile and took the train to the main terminal to go through security. After that, I got some food and then sat near the gate in concourse H.
People waiting around the desk/gate because the flight crew got stuck in traffic on the way to the airport.
Once the F/A’s arrived, boarding went really fast since everyone was waiting right there.
Depart – 14:15
Actual Depart – 14:30
Arrive – 16:35
Actual Arrival – 16:58
Equip. - 752
I tried to get a picture of the international terminal, but it was too far away for a good picture
I didn’t take any shots leaving ORD
because I was once again on the wrong side of the plane to get any good pictures. One thing I found odd was that they had a drink service on a full 757 for a 52 minute flight…
Coming into DTW
Tried to get some pictures of the international flights at McNamara Terminal before the plane turned. I was able to see LH
and some NW
747’s and A333’s
After we parked at the gate, I went to get my bag, and since I was so close to the Big Blue Lot I just saved myself a buck and 15 minutes and walked to my car. On the way I got a picture of the front of the new North Terminal
It’s going to be nice!
Overall my experience with AA
was pleasant. I have always avoided them before due to many rumors of bad service and uncomfortable seats but I think I might be willing to try them on a TATL flight I have in the spring…who knows!
Questions? Comments? Feel free to ask!