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AA 763 DFW-LHR In J For Oxonmoot!

Thu Nov 12, 2009 5:59 am

It generally doesn't require a huge reason for me to cross the pond, being an Anglophile, but this time it was for an event I really hated missing the previous year, Oxonmoot. Oxonmoot is an annual gathering of the Tolkien Society in Oxford to discuss things Tolkien.



It was a great experience and I plan to return. But of course the best part, or one of the best parts at least, is flying. (The better part was the return in F on the 777 LHR LAX, which will be in a subsequent trip report).

So I worked on a Thursday, and took Friday off, as Oxonmoot began Friday afternoon. After work, I went to DFW to catch AA78, the 7:20pm flight to LHR. It was a 763 and J was booked around 20 of 28, so I was a bit overconfident of getting a J seat. It turns out I ended up with the very last seat in J.


Here's my plane at D25. N344AN, which was acquired through a deal with Boeing after the TWA asset purchase. AA got 8 767s and 2 777s instead of a bunch of 717s. N342AN-N350AN are these 767s and they have upgraded interior, most noticably the 777 overhead bins through the entire cabin.

http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/bb319/madipides/Oxonmoot2009/Oxonmoot003.jpg
Some views of DFW's beautiful and spacious Terminal D.





This was a good sign. All standbys had been accommodated. I went to the agent who gave me seat 2B. A few minutes later, they paged my name, which is never a good thing after getting accommodated in business class. It turns out she wanted to juggle seats to help someone out, so she moved me to 4B. I asked for a window seat, but she didn't have any that were open. She said I had the very last seat and just barely made it to business class. Oh the horror of almost having flown coach! I probably would have asked her to move me to the 9pm departure if I lost business.


I was one of the first to board, being slightly eager to stow my carryon and just excited about the trip. Notice how big the bins are. These are the 777 bins and they are in all 767-300s in the fleet through row 13 (including the forward part of coach). On N342-N350 they are the full length of the plane. And there's no science to figuring out which 763 you'll get because the cabin layout on all of them is the same, so they are interchangeable. Before they upgraded the 763s a year or two ago, the new ones were the only ones with the moving map.


I didn't have any takeoff pics, but here's a sunset shot as we were climbing out heading northeast just past the east side of downtown Dallas on the departure.


A cabin shot. I like the new 767 J class (if it's still new?). It's a little bit tighter in width than the new 757 and the 777 J class, but is definitely adequate for a transatlantic trip. It's a small bother to get the guy in the window seat out to the bathroom, but in my 2 longhauls now on the 767 in J, it works out just fine.

Dinner is Served
AA keeps making longhaul meal service better. It was really good, even though my pics were bad. My neighbor kept looking at me taking pics of my food, so I was a bit embarassed and did a shoddy job of them.


Appetizer of Salmon and Shrimp. The bread came with olive oil for dipping, which I love.


The same appetizer, but trying to give you a view of the seat layout and where the IFE is compared to the tray, etc.


The Salad, which comes with choices of veggies that they add. There's also a chicken breast they will add to it, but that's just too much with a full entree following it. (notice the bread plate is empty and almost no trace of olive oil..LOL)


The Entree. The color in my pic doesn't do it justice. It's a curried chicken on rice, which was really nice and the first time I've had a curry dish on AA. Great job AA!


And the Sundae accompanied with a glass of Port.


One complaint...they were really stingy about showing the moving map. In F on the 777 they show the moving map the whole flight. On the 763 they tend to show a movie in J even though everyone has IFE. They only showed the map at this point near YUL and then on descent into LHR. I love watching the map, so that disappointed me.

I fell asleep before Newfoundland and woke up about an hour earlier than I would have liked, but that's life. I didn't really know where we were when I woke up due to no map.

Inflight service... the flight attendants were superb. There was one who was extra-attentive and very nice. She addressed me by name each time she asked if I needed anything and had that energy about her like she truly enjoyed her job. It's a roll of the dice on what flight attendants might be working a flight, but I have had good luck this year on my AA long hauls.

A while after dinner she passed around a box of Lindt chocolates. She also passed out bottled water to everyone.

Approaching the coast of Ireland, there was the breakfast service. I didn't take a pic because the cabin was too dark and I didn't want to turn on the light and wake up the person next to me. It was a rather large breakfast, which I remember from my previous transatlantic flight, includes a steak. I really am never in the mood for steak at breakfast, but it's first class service, so I guess some want it.

The breakfast had a cheese omelet with hash brown potatoes, a steak, yogurt, choice of a biscuit or bagel.

And I have no pics of the landing as i was in an aisle seat. We didn't have to hold, which is unusual at LHR! We landed to the west and I had a great view of central London as we turned out east of the Millenium Dome.

We landed on 27L and taxied quickly to T3, where we parked at an actual gate without waiting.


Taxiing by the SQ A380 on the way to the gate.


My plane at the gate.


Another shot.

I went into Passport Control and the IRIS scan lane was working, so it took me like 5 minutes total to get through customs and immigration. I had a slip to use the Fasttrack, but IRIS scan is great!


I felt welcome!

I had to visit Terminal 5 before heading up to Oxford. I needed to be in Oxford only by 5 or 6pm, so I wasn't in any hurry. We landed around 11am.


I love the architecture of Terminal 5.


Both inside and outside!



The views from T5 are great too! There's a nice viewing area on the upper level outside by the passenger drop off area.


One of LHR's many A380 departures. I also saw the Qantas A380 take off, but didn't get a pic for it. I was walking between locations and didn't have time to take a shot of it.

Now it's time for the ground portion of the trip... including other methods of transportation than air!

It's cheaper and faster to get from LHR to Oxford by bus, but I prefer the train! I took the Heathrow Express to Paddington and took a train to Oxford.

Here's a shot of Paddington. I also really like the iron architecture of Victorian rail stations.


The Oxford rail station parking lot! Nobody drives cars, they all have bikes in Oxford! I once rented (hired) a bike for several weeks in Oxford and parked it in that mess when I would catch the train.

I was going to Oxonmoot, which is held at different locations every year. This year it was in the college Lady Margaret Hall, on the north side of the city centre. On the way there, I made a small detour that I had been wanting to make for about a year! Beaumont Street, which wasn't really much of a detour.


Beaumont Street

You are probably wondering why Beaumont Street?


Here's a view of the street from the west side.

It actually has some big landmarks on it.


Such as the very nice Randolf Hotel.


And the Ashmolean Museum

But that's not why I wanted to go to Beaumont Street. I was looking for a sign. Literally. Or a plaque. And I had to walk the length of the street three times before I found it!


I came to Beaumont Street to find where Beaumont Palace was! There it is!! I was so excited.

I am a big fan of medieval European history and also my family is descended partially from the Beaumonts for whom the palace was named. That also ties me in with the Plantagenets too, such as Henry and John Plantagenet here. King John on this marker was the guy who penned the Magna Carta in 1215. Richard was known as Richard Coeur de Leon (Richard the Lionheart) and was a huge military leader. He was commanding an army at age 16! His son Richard II led the Third Crusade. These were significant folks who were born in England where I was standing. John was in England most of the time, but Richard spent most of his time in France. Both spoke mainly French rather than English. At this time the Court spoke French. It was, after all, only 100 years after the French conquered England in 1066.

OK, history lesson is over. Sorry about that, I couldn't help it.

So here's where I stayed and where the Tolkien Society held Oxonmoot. It was an absolutely gorgeous campus as you'll see from the following pictures.




It had a beautiful garden area. Here are pictures of the grounds.








OK now here are two tributes to J.R.R. Tolkien


His and his wife's grave.


One of, if not his favorite pubs. Tolkien "groupies" that I met all call this the "Bird and Baby" rather than Eagle and Child. It's the most famous venue for the "Inklings" which is possibly an English literary movment, but was for sure a gathering of significant writers in Oxford that met at Magdalene College and also at pubs including the Eagle and Child, the Lamb and Flag, the Kings Arms, the White Horse (I think that's the name, next to Blackwell's).

Thanks for enduring my trip report. Look for one to follow concerning the ride home. LHR-LAX-DFW (and no history lesson in that one).

Thanks,
Matt
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RE: AA 763 DFW-LHR In J For Oxonmoot!

Thu Nov 12, 2009 6:39 am

Nice report. I still haven't ever flown international J on AA...I've always wound up in F or Y. Maybe one of these days. I'm looking forward to the LAX-LHR report. I've flown this a few times, both in F and Y. I really like this route, although nonrevving out of LHR is really annoying with regards to cost!
 
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RE: AA 763 DFW-LHR In J For Oxonmoot!

Thu Nov 12, 2009 12:48 pm

Again an awesome trip report
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Thu Nov 12, 2009 1:46 pm

Hey, great trip report - I live in Oxford so its nice to see my home city in such nice photos!!
Were you here for the opening of the all new Ashmolean? it looks pretty cool from what I've seen!
 
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RE: AA 763 DFW-LHR In J For Oxonmoot!

Thu Nov 12, 2009 5:11 pm

Fantastic report as usual. Being a non-rev snob myself, I would have waited the extra 2 hrs and got on a 777. Great photos and details and always.  bigthumbsup 

Quoting DFW13L (Thread starter):
Bird and Baby

I studied at Oxford (New College) years ago and myself and other American students a like referred to it as "bird and baby" also; irony is laughable.  rotfl 
 
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RE: AA 763 DFW-LHR In J For Oxonmoot!

Thu Nov 12, 2009 7:47 pm

Nice TR

Seems you had a comfortable flight on AA.

Glad that you liked the crew.

Looking forward for the next trip report.


Thank you for sharing

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Thu Nov 12, 2009 9:21 pm

I believe you were on the plane that had the equipment for the PTVS in Y but no PTV.
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RE: AA 763 DFW-LHR In J For Oxonmoot!

Thu Nov 12, 2009 9:43 pm

Thanks very much for the great report, particularly the pictures of Oxford, and especially Beaumont Street.

I spent a phenomenal year of my life studying at Worcester College, which can be seen in the distance at the end of Beaumont Street in your picture of the Randolph Hotel.

If you're ever back there for an overnight, try staying at the Old Parsonage Hotel - not far from Beaumont Street and dates back to the 1600's.

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RE: AA 763 DFW-LHR In J For Oxonmoot!

Thu Nov 12, 2009 10:21 pm

Hi Matt,

Good to see you flying again, nice TR.

Quoting DFW13L (Thread starter):
N342AN-N350AN are these 767s and they have upgraded interior, most noticably the 777 overhead bins through the entire cabin.

- Interesting fact, never knew that.

Quoting DFW13L (Thread starter):
It's a small bother to get the guy in the window seat out to the bathroom,



Quoting DFW13L (Thread starter):
My neighbor kept looking at me taking pics of my food, so I was a bit embarassed and did a shoddy job of them.

- If travelling alone and they look , I just bsay I take pictures of all parts of my travels as something to look back upon.

Quoting DFW13L (Thread starter):
The breakfast had a cheese omelet with hash brown potatoes, a steak, yogurt, choice of a biscuit or bagel.

- Hmm, sounds nice!

Quoting DFW13L (Thread starter):
Another shot.

- That's not the same plane...............

Quoting DFW13L (Thread starter):
The Oxford rail station parking lot! Nobody drives cars, they all have bikes in Oxford!

- Yikes, never seen so many bikes!! I tend to sit in traffic in Oxford!

Looking forward to the return.

Regards

Mark
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RE: AA 763 DFW-LHR In J For Oxonmoot!

Fri Nov 13, 2009 2:04 am

Matt,

Hey! Thanks for this fantastic TR!

I loved the pictures of the flight and service. And of all the planes. I'm still not use to seeing a picture of an A380. Such a strange shape! lol

Quoting DFW13L (Thread starter):
My neighbor kept looking at me taking pics of my food, so I was a bit embarassed and did a shoddy job of them.

Never be embarassed! I am amused when I see people staring at me. I laugh at myself...thinking of how silly I must look. But who cares, I love it  Smile

Thanks so much
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Fri Nov 13, 2009 5:42 am

Matt's reports are especially entertaining to most loyal TR readers on this site because he usually incorporates a majority of pics and information about why he went overseas instead of just showing us all pics of the seat or food he ate. Plenty of users on this site, myself included, have similar flights if not more, but only offer the aviation side of our trip. In my case, I don't really care to know if they didn't have your favorite champagne in first class or if the meal was hot enough for you. Matt always lets the reader experience more of his vacation rather than his trip. This is why he's one of the top 5 writers in this forum.

Again;  bigthumbsup 
 
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RE: AA 763 DFW-LHR In J For Oxonmoot!

Fri Nov 13, 2009 9:06 am

Hey!
First off, great TR-I don't think I've read such about such a good experience in J on AA in a loong time (or maybe the mere mention of Tolkein whetted my appetite Big grin ). Thanks for the mini history lesson-I absolutely adore bits of trivia and anything to do with family trees, was a very welcome touch on an a.net TR! Oh, and the photos were great. England just glows when there's sunlight.
Thanks for sharing.
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RE: AA 763 DFW-LHR In J For Oxonmoot!

Fri Nov 13, 2009 6:48 pm

Really nice report with some good pictures.

Quoting DFW13L (Thread starter):
N342AN-N350AN are these 767s and they have upgraded interior, most noticably the 777 overhead bins through the entire cabin.

Interesting to know.

Quoting DFW13L (Thread starter):
Oh the horror of almost having flown coach!

That's what I call an exaggeration.

Quoting DFW13L (Thread starter):
I didn't have any takeoff pics, but here's a sunset shot as we were climbing out heading northeast just past the east side of downtown Dallas on the departure.

Nice shot!

Quoting DFW13L (Thread starter):
They only showed the map at this point near YUL and then on descent into LHR. I love watching the map, so that disappointed me.

Indeed, very disappointing.


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RE: AA 763 DFW-LHR In J For Oxonmoot!

Wed Nov 18, 2009 2:37 am

Thanks for the nice comments and feedback everyone! I'll address a few...

Quoting BCal DC10 (Reply 3):
Were you here for the opening of the all new Ashmolean?

It still wasn't open yet when I was there.

Quoting Fxramper (Reply 4):
Being a non-rev snob myself, I would have waited the extra 2 hrs and got on a 777.

That next flight was also a 763. In the Summer schedule, AA's DFW-LHR flights were 777, 763 and 763. I couldn't do the 777 because it left at like 4:55pm and I couldn't get out of work that day quickly enough to catch it! It was also fully booked in J and 1 open in F, so not really worth the effort of trying anyway.

Quoting Fxramper (Reply 4):
I studied at Oxford (New College) years ago and myself

I did so at Oriel and then again at Regent's Park College. I've always been fond of Oxford since I did that, and try to make it there at least once a year.

Quoting Greg99 (Reply 7):
If you're ever back there for an overnight, try staying at the Old Parsonage Hotel

Once I stayed with my parents at the Old Parsonage, which is a great place! And you went to Worcester College? It looked gorgeous.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 8):
That's not the same plane

Oops! You have a good eye Mark! Yes that's one of the 777s with the big Pink Susan G Komen ribbon on it. Thanks for pointing that out.

Quoting FXramper (Reply 10):
This is why he's one of the top 5 writers in this forum.

Wow, Drew, that's the nicest compliment I've ever gotten here. Thanks!

Quoting Directorguy (Reply 11):
or maybe the mere mention of Tolkein whetted my appetite ). Thanks for the mini history lesson-I absolutely adore bits of trivia and anything to do with family trees, was a very welcome touch on an a.net TR!

Yeah the Tolkein bit drew you in, huh? Thanks for the comment!

Thanks,
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Wed Nov 18, 2009 6:13 am



Quoting DFW13L (Thread starter):
My neighbor kept looking at me taking pics of my food, so I was a bit embarassed and did a shoddy job of them.

Tell them you are a travel writer or you are trying out a function on your new camera.

Quoting DFW13L (Thread starter):
One complaint...they were really stingy about showing the moving map. In F on the 777 they show the moving map the whole flight. On the 763 they tend to show a movie in J even though everyone has IFE. They only showed the map at this point near YUL and then on descent into LHR. I love watching the map, so that disappointed me.

There is no AVOD? Or no separate channels with the map on one of them?
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RE: AA 763 DFW-LHR In J For Oxonmoot!

Wed Nov 18, 2009 6:10 pm

Mr Matt,

Interesting report!! I'll always keep hawking you to finally go to NRT, but in the meantime... good of you to take a 763!!! I always prefer the AA 763's anyway, oddly enough. Better the GE motors than the RR's that'll surely have you splashing down all over hell and creation  devil 

Cool pictures you got at LHR, I like how you posted the 744 directly above the A380. I know I'm hopelessly biased, but my God that 744 is good looking  Silly

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