LONGisland89
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AA LAX-JFK Flagship First Class

Fri May 07, 2010 7:33 pm

I just finished up school for the semester so I decided to go home for a few days via LAX for some In-N-Out and plane spotting. My first two legs were MCO-DFW-LAX, both on MD-80s in coach. The flights were your typical non-rev AA MD-80 experience, non-eventful and predictable  .

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On approach to LAX

In-N-Out was, of course, delicious   

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I didn't take any pictures of aircraft because I was only there for about an hour. Some interesting things seen:
Oneworld Cathay Pacific 777-300
C-GWSZ, a WestJet 737-800 with a special paint scheme.


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American Airlines Flight 22
Boeing 767-200
JFK - LAX
May 6, 2010
First Class, Seat 2H

Originally I was standing-by for J, but as I expected it filled up and I really didn't want to fly in Y after flying all day. Just prior to my flight I was in the non-rev lounge checking the flight and I met a retired mechanic and his wife who lived in my hometown in New York. It really is a small world! They had just come from JFK and were on their way to KOA later that evening.
I spent so much time chatting, I got to the gate for JFK as they were boarding and they had already given D3s (lower priority stand-bys) all the seats in F. Needless to say I was a little upset, but flight 180 was leaving in another two hours, so I would just wait for that flight. The gate agent informed me that there was one seat open in F but the passenger had not checked in and she couldn't release the seat until the flight was ready to leave.   
After waiting, the passenger didn't show and i got on  
I took my seat and the door was closed behind me. This was the first time I had been in the refurbished F seats and they were very nice. Of course me being, 5''1', my feet were dangling and I couldn't touch the floor sitting all the way back   . I had quick glass of OJ before takeoff and in a couple minutes we were airborne. Above 10,000 the flight attendants issued out the entertainment units (I love the bose headsets) and began the meal service. The purser was very professional and polite and addressed everyone by their name.

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Enjoying a rum & coke and some warm mixed nuts (I had already eaten the cheese antipasto)
Also, having internet on this flight is very convenient and definitely worth the $12.95.

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Appetizer: Apple soy marinated beef served with horseradish cream and thin potatoes

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Salad and bread

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Three choices for the main course. I chose the Beef fillet.

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Main course. The meat and sauce was delicious, however I know a certain someone who can make a better mushroom sauce (Mrs. Bühler  )

By this point in time I was already beyond full and about 4 rum & cokes deep.   
It was time for dessert...the best thing at American Airlines.

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A little bit of heaven

I finished off desert with some coffee with baileys and watched a movie. Sitting there with the seat reclined, massage function on, beyond full, and slightly intoxicated I thought I definitely made the right choice not to fly Y.
Somewhere near Chicago, I was served a chocolate chip cookie with some cold milk. I was offered another and of course, I would never decline another cookie! I forgot to take a picture because the cookies were right there screaming eat me now!    After that I sipped another rum & coke.

Before I knew it, we were descending and the attendants passed out sparkling water. We landed on 4R and taxied quickly to the gate. At the gate I realized I didn't take a picture of the seat so I waited for everyone to deplane a snapped a picture.

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The flight was a very enjoyable experience. I feel that there is still a level of prestige in flying a transcon in style on a widebody that AA pulls off very well. Thank you all for taking the time to read my report.
 
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RE: AA LAX-JFK Flagship First Class

Fri May 07, 2010 7:40 pm

Hi there,

Very nice TR you wrote! thanks for sharing!

I just love those old MD-80's! Especially in AA colors  

The photos are great by the way!

Cheers,

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RE: AA LAX-JFK Flagship First Class

Fri May 07, 2010 8:01 pm

Great report, really enjoyed reading!

Btw, did they pass out the Bose QC3 headphones?

Thanks for sharing!
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RE: AA LAX-JFK Flagship First Class

Fri May 07, 2010 9:41 pm

LOL. I refer to the last menu photo. Do AA think that a glass of water with a slice of lemon is a "pre-arrival beverage" appropriate for first class. Were there more menu items after this?
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RE: AA LAX-JFK Flagship First Class

Sat May 08, 2010 12:22 am

Quoting TravellerPlus (Reply 3):

This is usually served about 10 - 15 minutes before landing so there is not much more on offer. However if you wish, you can probably ask for a drink of choice at the time. Sometimes the FAs dont even serve it.

Great TR by the way. Americans domestic service is relatively strong by US standards.
 
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RE: AA LAX-JFK Flagship First Class

Sat May 08, 2010 3:18 am

Quoting TravellerPlus (Reply 3):

AA deems it as a "pre-arrival beverage" but you could for sure substitute it for dom perignon, beer or anything you want, and not only before arrival but at anytime during the flight.  
 
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RE: AA LAX-JFK Flagship First Class

Sat May 08, 2010 4:32 am

I took this trip a few weeks ago in F but on the morning flight. I was dissapointed with the breakfast, they offered an egg skillet (scrambled eggs over hashbrowns with feta cheese), french toast or corn flakes. None of the breakfast options were serves with meat. I was disappointed, I was hoping for something with bacon or sausage. The egg skillet was good and served with cut up fruit, a yogurt and choice of warm bagel or biscut. Fresh cookies were served about 2 hrs after breakfast. Dinner looks a lot better than the breakfast did.

Anyone know how the food in J compares to F on this route?
 
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RE: AA LAX-JFK Flagship First Class

Sat May 08, 2010 5:44 am

Quoting LONGisland89 (Thread starter):
I spent so much time chatting, I got to the gate for JFK as they were boarding and they had already given D3s (lower priority stand-bys) all the seats in F. Needless to say I was a little upset, but flight 180 was leaving in another two hours, so I would just wait for that flight. The gate agent informed me that there was one seat open in F but the passenger had not checked in and she couldn't release the seat until the flight was ready to leave.
After waiting, the passenger didn't show and i got on

From my experience if u are wanting Premium Class it's best to be at the gate 1 hour before departure. If there are a lot of non revs standing by if u don't answer they will go to the next one. That happened to me flying SNA-DFW and they passed me up. Fortunately they were waiting for a Platinum and if they said if he doesn't show up I could have his seat. I got it.

Those seats look like the first class seats that were on the 777 before they did it in Flagship Suite.
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RE: AA LAX-JFK Flagship First Class

Sat May 08, 2010 7:56 am

Quoting TravellerPlus (Reply 3):
LOL. I refer to the last menu photo. Do AA think that a glass of water with a slice of lemon is a "pre-arrival beverage" appropriate for first class.

You can have any drink you'd like before landing, you are certainly not limited to sparkling water.

Quoting a340crew (Reply 6):

Anyone know how the food in J compares to F on this route?

Food is the same, but a choice between only two entrees and no "make your own salad" cart.

Quoting triple7man (Reply 7):

Those seats look like the first class seats that were on the 777 before they did it in Flagship Suite.

They are the old 763 F seats.

Quoting a340crew (Reply 6):
I was disappointed, I was hoping for something with bacon or sausage.

That is odd there was no meat choice. I've never seen that. Though AA usually does not serve pork meat with breakfast on the trans-cons from Miami, New York and LA with so many Jewish customers. It is almost always turkey bacon or turkey sausage.
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RE: AA LAX-JFK Flagship First Class

Sat May 08, 2010 6:51 pm

Nice report and pix, food looks good.

The seats look pretty dated though - how much longer do AA plan to fly these 762's?

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RE: AA LAX-JFK Flagship First Class

Mon May 10, 2010 5:59 pm

Thanks for the trip report. I have done UA's premium service to JFK a couple times in First Class and it is interesting to compare. The food at AA looked pretty good, although I think the seats that UA uses are better. You can have the angled flat or the alternative reclined position instead of the older generation business class seats.

What do the business class seats look like at AA on their JFK flights?
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RE: AA LAX-JFK Flagship First Class

Fri May 14, 2010 11:27 pm

I am not surprised with the D3 were given priority over D2s or even D2Ts...AA agents like to upgrade the people they know personally first rather than following the procedures.
 
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RE: AA LAX-JFK Flagship First Class

Sat May 15, 2010 1:34 am

Quoting spdbrdconcorde (Reply 11):
I am not surprised with the D3 were given priority over D2s or even D2Ts...AA agents like to upgrade the people they know personally first rather than following the procedures.

The fact that I showed up late was the reason why the D3s were given seats first......however, I know exactly what you mean. Unfortunately, I've seen AA agents give away seats to D3s way before all D2s were accommodated   
 
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RE: AA LAX-JFK Flagship First Class

Sat May 15, 2010 7:45 am

Quoting LONGisland89 (Reply 12):
The fact that I showed up late was the reason why the D3s were given seats first......however, I know exactly what you mean. Unfortunately, I've seen AA agents give away seats to D3s way before all D2s were accommodated

Like I've said before, and learned from experience...if u are listed for premium class, it's best to be at the gate early. If there are a lot of non revs listed, they will pass u if u don't respond. If you get there late, they'll ask where you were and tell you they called you but you didn't answer.
Just from me...I do everything I can to make it easy for the gate agents because they have a lot going on, so I try to help them out by getting there early.
And I am glad you got first class!
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RE: AA LAX-JFK Flagship First Class

Sat May 15, 2010 1:59 pm

Thanks for the report with the pics.

However, please tell me what kept those fries from IN & OUT from reaching critical mass.

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RE: AA LAX-JFK Flagship First Class

Sun May 16, 2010 5:19 am

I am a pilot for AA and I usually fly their 777's. This is a really nice TR! Next time you are flying with us on AA, you should contact me and I'll try to get you a suite!

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RE: AA LAX-JFK Flagship First Class

Wed Jun 02, 2010 10:50 pm

Quoting jbbmonster7 (Reply 15):
I am a pilot for AA and I usually fly their 777's. This is a really nice TR! Next time you are flying with us on AA, you should contact me and I'll try to get you a suite!

Uh..... We may need to get the NLRB involved here. I was unaware AA allowed 15 year olds to pilot hazardous materials around the country on T7's......?
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RE: AA LAX-JFK Flagship First Class

Sun Jun 06, 2010 10:12 pm

Nice report , food looks great even the In-N-Out especially the fries  

Nice seats on AA J class.

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RE: AA LAX-JFK Flagship First Class

Sun Jun 06, 2010 10:20 pm

Quoting jbbmonster7 (Reply 15):
I am a pilot for AA and I usually fly their 777's. This is a really nice TR! Next time you are flying with us on AA, you should contact me and I'll try to get you a suite!

You are 15 and a pilot huh? Didnt know airline pilots usually fly a type of plane?

Quoting LONGisland89 (Thread starter):
In-N-Out was, of course, delicious

The best fast food ever! Wish they would spread more to the east. There is one going to Texas so who knows.

Good Report. AA has a great first product. Best in the US.
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RE: AA LAX-JFK Flagship First Class

Mon Jun 07, 2010 12:52 am

That food looks fantastic! Great job by AA! Thanks for posting this.
 
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RE: AA LAX-JFK Flagship First Class

Mon Jun 07, 2010 4:07 am

That's the flagship first class seat? I thought they were like the new int'l J?

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RE: AA LAX-JFK Flagship First Class

Wed Jun 09, 2010 3:44 am

Quoting flymia (Reply 18):
You are 15 and a pilot huh? Didnt know airline pilots usually fly a type of plane?

Not to mention - I don't know many AA employees that are willing to give some random stranger one of their passes.
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RE: AA LAX-JFK Flagship First Class

Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:52 pm

Quoting Coal (Reply 20):
That's the flagship first class seat? I thought they were like the new int'l J?

No, that is the domestic 762 F seat, which lies to 175 degrees and has nothing to do with the Flagship F seats or the new J seats.
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RE: AA LAX-JFK Flagship First Class

Mon Oct 25, 2010 7:48 am

I just posted a question about this service. Nice review, thanks!

Does this route get a lot of the non-revs into First Class or were you lucky? Or is the First Class mostly non-Revs? Seems like a route that elites would want to upgrade but i guess they need to buy business to upgrade to first?
 
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RE: AA LAX-JFK Flagship First Class

Tue Oct 26, 2010 12:28 am

Quoting mah4546 (Reply 8):
They are the old 763 F seats.

Weren't these lie flat in the 763 but could not be in the 762 due to space limitations?
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RE: AA LAX-JFK Flagship First Class

Tue Oct 26, 2010 10:51 am

Quoting LONGisland89 (Thread starter):
, I was served a chocolate chip cookie with some cold milk. I was offered another and of course, I would never decline another cookie! I forgot to take a picture because the cookies were right there screaming eat me now!

Did someone say cookies, got to love those AA cookies that you get in AA First Class.



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RE: AA LAX-JFK Flagship First Class

Tue Oct 26, 2010 7:52 pm

Quoting SlcDeltaRUmd11 (Reply 23):
Does this route get a lot of the non-revs into First Class or were you lucky? Or is the First Class mostly non-Revs? Seems like a route that elites would want to upgrade but i guess they need to buy business to upgrade to first?

I've only flown between LAX and JFK several times and getting F hasn't been a problem. Most (almost all) of the upgrades that I've seen are all in J. For example, I listed for J several times and couldn't get it (even with 10 out of 30 seats confirmed) because it was all filled with upgrades from Y.
 
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RE: AA LAX-JFK Flagship First Class

Tue Oct 26, 2010 9:09 pm

How does service in F compare on the LAW-EWR-LAX flight. I know its a B757 so the seat is not lie flat, but as far as the service in F is it similar since this is still a NYC-LAX flight?
 
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RE: AA LAX-JFK Flagship First Class

Fri Oct 29, 2010 5:03 am

Quoting EC001 (Reply 1):
just love those old MD-80's! Especially in AA colors

So do I.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 9):
how much longer do AA plan to fly these 762's?

Four more years at least, American is not getting its first 787 before 2014.

Very nice report thanks for sharing. I haven't flown on a 762 in a while, I was supposed to fly on one a month ago from JFK to SFO and back, but for some reason I had to cancel my trip. I was disappointed, not only I would have enjoyed a transcon flight on the 762, I would have had triple mileage.

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RE: AA LAX-JFK Flagship First Class

Fri Oct 29, 2010 4:44 pm

Wow! That main course looks delicious. I don't know if I would have had room for it after In and Out  

Anyways, ive been flying AA this year and have been consistently pleased with their service, even in domestic Y. The flight attendants and ground staff have all been great.

Secondly, it's really wonderful to see that both AA and UA maintain this routing with a premium service offerings. I would love try AA's product on this routing one day; UA's ps is superb, but I was sad to see the 767s retired.

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RE: AA LAX-JFK Flagship First Class

Wed Nov 03, 2010 2:15 pm

Quoting mah4546 (Reply 8):
That is odd there was no meat choice. I've never seen that. Though AA usually does not serve pork meat with breakfast on the trans-cons from Miami, New York and LA with so many Jewish customers. It is almost always turkey bacon or turkey sausage.

They removed the meat back in May and it has not come back since! I wrote them about it. Its' pretty pathetic.
 
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RE: AA LAX-JFK Flagship First Class

Sat Nov 06, 2010 1:35 pm

Thanks for the report!

I've always wanted to try AA transcon in F funnily enough. It's strange, because I'd never want to fly with them internationally, judging by some of the reports I've read!

The seat looks good, and the food substantial. I do think charging F passengers for internet is a little stingy, although to have internet at all onboard must be something of a novelty!

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