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RE: American Airlines New York JFK - St.Maarten (Pics)

Sun Nov 11, 2007 1:10 pm

Was the first pic not a 767 rather than your 757???

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American Airlines New York JFK - St.Maarten (Pics)

Sun Nov 11, 2007 5:07 pm



March 2, 2007:

It was a rainy morning in New York and after entering the JFK entrance I could see a long line of planes waiting to take off. I was bound for SXM for a three day vacation and mostly plane spotting. There were two flights to SXM that day operated by American and I was on the second flight which departed at 11:40am. Check-in was easy at the First Class counter and same with security.


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The gate for the flight would be 41 which is directly across from the admirals club. After taking a few pictures at the admirals club and watching our 757 pull in I headed to the gate.


Boarding would begin at around 11:10AM and it started right on time.

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First Class passengers were allowed boarding first and after entering the aircraft I really noticed how badly the 757 need to be redone. The first class F/A greeting as at the door and I noticed that there was a huge pool of water on the galley floor. About thirty minutes passed and after everyone was on board the F/A brought the captain out to the galley to show him all the water. Turns out one of the coffee machines was broken so they had to call maintenance to replace it.



Well that took about 15 minutes as they were quick. So it was around 12:00PM when they closed the door and we were off.

In flight:

Airline: American Airlines
Flight: 449
Sectors: New York JFK - St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles
Scheduled Departure Time: 11:40AM
Acutal Departure Time: 12:01PM
Sceduled Arrival Time: 4:35PM
Acutal Arrival Time: 5:05PM
Departure Gate: 41
Arrival Gate: A3

The usual safety briefing was played and soon after that we took off.

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Cloudy Sky

Soon after takeoff the two FA's came around with hot towels. After that the post takeoff drink with the famous warm nuts. The male FA was incredibly efficient coming around to top off everyones drink every 5 minutes. As the plane was over Bermuda the meal cart came around.
The choices were three cheese pasta or grilled chicken with some type of sauce. I will say that this was much better than the meal I would have on AA3 a week later. Each meal came with a salad and in all the meal was not that bad. After the FA took away our trays we told us dessert would be coming soon. Well we could tell that because of the amazing aroma of the cookies in the galley.

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After desert I settled into the seat for the rest of the flight. There was some moderate turbulence after lunch was served and coming into St. Maarten on approach was some beautiful weather. Landing was smooth and the jet parked at gate A3. The new terminal in St. Maarten is much better than the old one. It took 10 minutes to get out of the plane and into the car. The crew would be serving the flight back as with the pilots. LONG DAY. Anyhow I would rate the flight a 8/5-10.

I will post photos from the trip and the return part soon.

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RE: American Airlines New York JFK - St.Maarten (Pics)

Sun Nov 11, 2007 7:06 pm

they were other AC next to my 757
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RE: American Airlines New York JFK - St.Maarten (Pics)

Sun Nov 11, 2007 7:36 pm

Good Tr...yeah I had to go check the aa timetable to make sure they had not upgraded their JFK-SXM route because that did not look like a 757 to me
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RE: American Airlines New York JFK - St.Maarten (P

Sun Nov 11, 2007 8:44 pm

How is it coming into world famous Maho Beach and on the runway from inside the aircraft?
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RE: American Airlines New York JFK - St.Maarten (Pics)

Sun Nov 11, 2007 11:24 pm

Quoting Yankees (Reply 2):
they were other AC next to my 757

That is definately a AA 767
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RE: American Airlines New York JFK - St.Maarten (Pics)

Sun Nov 11, 2007 11:34 pm

Quoting Sketty222 (Reply 5):

That is definately a AA 767

Yes, but as the original poster stated, those two aircraft, the A300 and the 767, were aircraft next to his 757 which was NOT pictured above.
 
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RE: American Airlines New York JFK - St.Maarten (Pics)

Mon Nov 12, 2007 12:48 am

the ac i was on was N680AN
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RE: American Airlines New York JFK - St.Maarten (Pics)

Mon Nov 12, 2007 2:08 pm

Good TR.

The pics are also good.


Of the second flight to SXM departs 11:40AM when does the first flight depart???

Thank you for sharing.

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RE: American Airlines New York JFK - St.Maarten (Pics)

Mon Nov 12, 2007 7:55 pm

first sxm flight departs at 8:15am
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RE: American Airlines New York JFK - St.Maarten (Pics)

Mon Nov 12, 2007 7:56 pm

Quoting Yankees (Reply 9):
first sxm flight departs at 8:15am

Okey, is that also operated by a 757???

Why is the SXM flights so early in the morning. Wouldn't it be better with one flight around 15:00??
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RE: American Airlines New York JFK - St.Maarten (Pics)

Mon Nov 12, 2007 11:59 pm

well st. maarten is an hour ahead so the 11:40 comes back into jfk at around 9. Plus the crew works both flights down and back. So the 15:00 flight would get back pretty late.
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