I drove up to Minnesota with a friend, as he was headed back up there for school, and since I never get to see him, we decided a leisurely drive up to MN, and a subsequent trip to his grandparents' lake house in west central Minnesota would suffice. Right off the bat, here's one picture from the lake, a stunning sunset!
Alas, after a fun-filled week, it was time to head back home, as my school starts up on the 25th. I had booked, as I normally do, a trip with more stops than necessary, just to include a larger plane than I'd otherwise get to fly. The culprit this time: AA's flagship, the Triple Seven, operating as AA47, a positioning flight between ORD and DFW.
I arrived at the airport about 12:30 for my 4:40 flight, hoping that by checking in early enough, I'd either be able to score a machine upgrade for my 777, or at the very least move from my seat in the back, 33J, to a better seat, hopefully one of the J seats. Alas, I struck out on both attempts, so I was pretty bummed. Other than that, check-in went smoothly, and I arrived at gate E16 right about 1. The first thing I did was see if the MSP gate agent could change my seating assignment for my ORD-DFW flight. Strike 3. Then I went over to gate E12 where a 2:00 departure to ORD had not yet arrived. I decided I'd rather spend 4 hours in ORD than 3 hours in MSP and 1 in ORD, so I asked if standby space was available. Not surprisingly, it was, and they gave me 7A, a bulkhead. I also noticed that this row boards with Group 1, which made me happy. Shortly thereafter, N7540A, an MD-82, arrived from ORD. About 25 minutes later, AA 2337 was set to go to ORD.
After takeoff, we climbed to FL290, and we got a quick, but full beverage service.
Our route today took us over Madison, WI.
MSN, I believe
We began our descent, and a bit later we were into the sprawling Suburban Chicago. A turn to the south, followed by a turn due east lined us up with 10.
Landing at ORD
After landing, and a short taxi, we pulled into gate H11A, 5 minutes ahead of schedule.
I deplaned, and started to make my way over to concourse L, hoping I may have some luck with a new seat there. I had a lot of time to kill, and needed something to do, anyway. As I walked through the cut-over between H & K, I meandered right passed the Admiral's Club. I started thinking, $50 for a day pass, and I've got a lot of time to kill...seemed like a good idea to me. And if there's one thing I've learned, the ladies at any Admiral's Club can work magic, so I also had some hope of finding a new seat there, too. I bought the day pass, and went up to the 3rd floor to the club. I asked the agents up there if there were any seats, and still to no avail. My hopes were beginning to dwindle. I hung out at the club, and took a LOT of pictures. I'll post a few of them here.
AA MD-82 N7540A (my ride from MSP in all her glory! )
AA 752 N610AA
AA 763 N393AN (I flew on 394AN a month ago LAX-DFW)
UA 744 N122UA
LH 744 D-ABVT
UA 744 N174UA
AA 772 N766AN (my ride to DFW)
AA MD-82 N7537A
ORD H/K Ramp overview
Around 5, I was chatting with Drew (FXRamper) on AIM, and he logged into SABRE and told me that a bunch of J seats were opening up, presumably as ExPlat and Plat upgrades cleared, so I went back to one of the AAdmiral Club's AAgents and nabbed 13J, a window! Boarding pass in hand, I made my way to L8 around 6:30, for my 7:15 departure.
N766AN from L8 lounge
After my first experience with these seats last month, I must say, they're that much better on the Triple. I think it's a great product that competes well with other US carriers that offer a Business/First hybrid product. It's a very comfortable seat, and I must say I don't slide down AT ALL! The clear drawback being it really is damn near impossible to get out if you're in the window and your seatmate is so much as reclined. Everything just seems so much bigger, including the seat, but especially the wing!
After push back, we made a very roundabout taxi to 9R, around the south side, but eventually we taxied into position. I was chatting with my seatmate, who was a nice guy (3 Million Miler), but he was an Aggie. We talked a lot about AA and the state of the industry. He's the guy talking right before we began our takeoff roll in the video.
Takeoff from ORD
We made an immediate southerly turn right after takeoff, visible in the video, and climbed to our cruising altitude of FL 400. Although drinks and BOB were the only things offered, I was too engrossed in the seat to really care. Service was great and professional, as always, however! I settled in to experiment with the new AAVOD , which I hadn't yet experienced on any airline. It was pretty well done, I think, but a few oversights (like only displaying screenshots, and not movie titles, in the main movies pages), and a relatively small, though perfectly adequate selection of titles set AA's AVOD a step behind some of the others, it would appear (though as I mentioned, this was my first experience with AVOD, period). I had a fantastic view of the sunset.
Chronological Sunset (I really like that last one)
After too short a time (probably because I was playing around with my seat a lot), we began our descent into DFW. We came in from the northeast, turned back to the west, and eventually north to line up for 35C.
Metroplex at Night (with a big Trent 892 in front of it! )
I tried to take a video of the landing, and will post it on here, but it's certainly not up to par with my others. It's just a bit too dark, I think. Oh well.
Landing at DFW
We taxied over to the west side via the Zulu bridge, and parked at gate D30. I went up to have a chat with the pilots, and got a pretty good shot of the cockpit, I think.
F Seat from front
F Seat from back
I do love those Flagship Suites, they're awesome!
I deplaned, all teary eyed (ok, not really, I get to fly another one in a month and a half), and made my way to D34, after a quick stop at Mickie D's.
I found out my flight was about 30 minutes late leaving DEN, and that turned into 40 minutes late for departure back to AUS.
I asked the gate agent if she had any better seats, and she gladly gave me 7F, another bulkhead. I asked her if she had any upgrades "for a guy in an AA polo." She started typing, and I got my hopes up, but she told me I'd have to do battle with all the ExPlats. Sadly, that was a battle I wouldn't win, especially to AUS, on the last flight of the day. Alas, the bulkhead was fine, and the middle seat stayed open. I was mad, because 6B wasn't taken, though!
We took off to the north, and turned back south. I'm always impressed with the flight attendants' ability to serve drinks to 130 people on such a short flight. I let this LAX based crew know after the flight that there are some people out there who appreciate what they do. The only eventful part of the flight was on final when we had to do a 360 degree turn. I was curious, but luckily the captain wrote on my data sheet it was because a WN pilot had slowed too early on final. I almost shit myself at the notion of a WN pilot doing anything too slow. Nevertheless, the second time around, we made a routine landing, and a quick taxi to the gate. After a little bit of blindness/panic on my part, I saw my bag on the belt, and my trip was over.
AA again performs wonderfully in my book. I know what to expect, I know what not to expect, and they're always polite, courteous, and professional, and very rarely late, at least in my experiences.
Enjoyed the trip report! A great read and really good pictures. You sure do a better job on cabin photos than I do!
I've never been to the Admiral's Club at ORD. It has great views for sure!
I flew N766AN (7CA) on AA47 ORD-DFW earlier this year too. I, um, was in seat 1A for that, er, flight. Sorry you had to turn right when you boarded. I always try to get a seat where I turn left into the cabin on the 777!
Thanks for posting,
See, I knew American Eagle was first class all along!
A TR like this brings back many memories of connections at ORD and flying the 777 between ORD-DFW. I'm glad you got a seat in business class. I haven't tried them yet, but they look comfortable, although I've heard if you're in the window or middle and the person on the aisle has his/her seat fully reclind, it's impossible to get out.
I've flown AA 777's many times DFW-ORD-DFW and have been lucky to get a business class seat (the old ones) even as a non rev because of last minute upgrades.
The first class flagship suite is wonderful especially if you are flying internationally.
I'm glad you were able to take a picture of the cockpit. I noticed both pilots were captains. These flights are often used for check rides as I've been on it several times and they were doing that.
Quoting DFW13L (Reply 2): I've never been to the Admiral's Club at ORD. It has great views for sure!
I was amazed at the view, too. I may have to make another trip back there.
Quoting DFW13L (Reply 2): I flew N766AN (7CA) on AA47 ORD-DFW earlier this year too. I, um, was in seat 1A for that, er, flight. Sorry you had to turn right when you boarded. I always try to get a seat where I turn left into the cabin on the 777! Big grin
Well, um, aren't you, umm.....special. Give me a month and a half and I'll do another TR from the front.
Hey! Thanks for the comment. I'm sincerely sorry you got dealt such a bad hand at birth. Maybe some day you'll grow out of this "phase" your in, and realize which one you'd rather be a fan of. Hook'em!
Thanks for the comment! The seats are very comfortable, but you've heard correctly. It's a real pain to try and get out. They don't even have to be fully reclined, just in a lounge position, and it's a real chore to get out. I imagine fully reclined is damn near impossible.
Quoting Triple7man (Reply 4): I noticed both pilots were captains. These flights are often used for check rides as I've been on it several times and they were doing that.
ARGH!!! I knew I forgot to mention something. Thanks a bunch, Nana Nana Nana guy, for including it.
You know, I haven't tried AA's First Class on the 777's yet, but the Biz Class seats almost look considerably nicer, just from my personal experience in them on several flights now. The F seats just look dated or something.... idk, it's hard to describe.
Quoting Triple7man (Reply 4): although I've heard if you're in the window or middle and the person on the aisle has his/her seat fully reclind, it's impossible to get out.
But then again, this is the case with most every other Biz class product out there.
Quoting Transpac787 (Reply 6):
You know, I haven't tried AA's First Class on the 777's yet, but the Biz Class seats almost look considerably nicer, just from my personal experience in them on several flights now. The F seats just look dated or something.... idk, it's hard to describe. You wouldn't say that if you tried it ? F > J by a laAAarge margin. They really are so much more private and you can't beat the flat bed and the space. Really worth it!
EDIT: Forgot to mention, thanks for the absolutely wonderfull TR !!! Well done.
Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 5): Hey! Thanks for the comment. Smile I'm sincerely sorry you got dealt such a bad hand at birth. Maybe some day you'll grow out of this "phase" your in, and realize which one you'd rather be a fan of. Hook'em! Wink
Grr! Well Eventually The Longhorns will Come down from there Luck High, and start experiencing what being screwed by Bad Calls, And Having The HARDEST schedule in All of College Football Feels like, and then try to come out of that with a winning season..and on top of that actually beat the Aggies.. without luck. =D hehe
LOL. Once Again Great Post. LOL.
Whoever said you can do anything you set your mind to has obviously never tried to slam a revolving door!!!
Another great one!Great job Cameron!I am a bit jelous now as my trip with B6 was nothing to compare with your trip!
Well at least B6 opened my eyes how to make successful landings on FSX )
Again,great job,I really enjoyed this trip report as all of your previous ones!