Part 1 can be found here: JFK-BCN-JFK On AA (Sadly) Part 1 100+ Photos (by FlyingFan18 Sep 15 2012 in Trip Reports)
After spending an amazing 7 nights on the beautiful NCL Epic and 1 night in beautiful Barcelona it was time to go home. The only thing I could think of was trying to brace myself for the tight 8 hour ride home. I tried looking on the AA website if I can at least upgrade my dad and I to business or even a row with more legroom such as an emergency exit row (I’m 17 so it wasn’t an issue) but, in shock the flight was 100% booked. There was not one seat available and I was stuck in the terribly tight economy seat. Rather depressed we headed to the airport and braced ourself for a rather long flight home to the U.S.
Departure: We arrive to Barcelona’s beautiful airport. I really was impressed with the international side and was pleased with the services. We had to self check-in which was a pain. Whatever happened to just walking up to a counter and having them check you in. I don’t even know why we self checked-in because we had to just get online to drop our bags and she took our ticks anyway. Anyway, enough of my confusion let’s start posting pictures;
The rather long Vueling check-in. I just found out Vueling is based in Barcelona and is a LCC. Anyone have any info on them or trip reports, I would love reading them!
This is my Uncle and I checking in for our flight. Notice the rather long line behind us to drop off our bags. AA was checking in both flights, one for JFK and the other to MIA.
Bag drop time. I loved these machines, pretty cool and also going into my future airport, well the one in my head that is.
From my understanding the international part of Barcelona is on top of the domestic part or where Vueling is located. This picture is showing the Vueling part of the terminal.
Indeed this is Vueling territory.
This rather confused me, a Singapore Airlines flight to Sao Paulo? It was on an Singapore Airlines aircraft as well, anyone have any details on it?
First view of my 767 to JFK.
Closer up view of my 767. It seemed different but I couldn’t tell why until I noticed the rather interesting logo on the aircraft. Anyone know why it is the Spirit of San Francisco?
Boarding was called late… what a surprise. Finally we boarded and I was met with our neighbor a BA A319/20 heading to London.
I just love the 767… to bad it is in AA livery though.
A bad shot of the logo on the aircraft. Not sure what it is just quite yet, maybe you do?
Spirit of San Francisco it is?
View from my seat, this Iberia aircraft just pulled up and emptied in a matter of minutes.
A pretty cool private aircraft passing by. I know being an Airliner I should probably of know what aircraft it is but I don’t… anyone of you know?
Taxing to our first runway, yes you heard me right first runway.
Lining up with our first runway.
Soon after spending a couple of minutes on the runway with a few aircrafts waiting behind us we started our roll. Only then did I realize I was experiencing my first aborted take-off. We stopped our roll and got off on a couple of taxiways down and nothing said just sat there. We then started our taxi but the wrong way back to the gates. I of course try staying cool even though I realized that this is a possible aircraft issue and we may be canceled. I immediately go through my head trying to figure out other ways home thinking about the Delta flight, the BA flight through London, the Iberia flight through Madrid… being an Airliner I just hoped secretly I can find us another way home. Finally an announcement was made stating that everything is fine just had to do a runway change. I figured we where to heavy for that runway and had to go to a bigger one.
Heading towards our second runway.
Sadly we are off… well there goes my airline wish of being canceled.
Breaking through some clouds.
Bye Spain, see you soon on a different airline, hopefully.
It was an amazing day for flying.
The wonderful (yea right… they where rude as hell) flight attendants at work.
Tray table set up for my wonderful airline food. Truly that wasn’t sarcasm I thought the food was good, or maybe my cramped legs where cutting off circulation to my brain… anyway it was good.
What a surprise, chicken and rice.
My mom modeling the wonderful salad dressing.
Did I metion this was AA?
Over water this time. There goes my view looking outside.
I somehow managed to watch a TV series on my Mac.
I got bored and the seats where killing me so I decided to do a tour of the plane… well from my seat cause I couldn’t move literally.
Don’t you guys love the 50’s wallpaper?
Showing the rather interesting seat design. My dad got up to use the lavatory when I snapped this picture.
My wonderful feet showing off the rather aged carpet. Why don’t airlines use like wood or something to make it more home feeling… I always wondered this.
Oh my… what a surprise 20 year old TV’s!
The cabin is quite aged… hopefully AA will consider at least updating the seats… but with my luck make the seats thinner and more uncomfortable.
You can’t tell but I am stuck in my seat.
Yay for tight seats!
Almost there… yes? No? Maybe so?
No land yet…
YAY land! We are somewhere over Canada… I think.
Pre-arrival meal. Oh yea by the way with our drinks on the way back we didn’t get a snack. Not sure why but we just didn’t before our main meal.
Oh by the way I am on AA… just saying.
I guess AA is trying to be nice by giving us a plastic fork and knife to cut there hard as hell pizza.
Only good thing was this cookie.
I love tomato juice in a plane, just something about it.
Ocean again… really?
Yup, this is definitely North America… based on the roads that is.
Yup this definitely is the USA now.
Time to play guess that airport… anyone know?
Descending time… thank you lord!
Round two of guess that airport… anyone know?
I assume we are crossing the sound into Long Island.
Round three of guess that airport… anyone know?
Wait there is more… round 4… anyone know?
Closer and closer we get.
On final into JFK.
Crossing runway 31R.
Touchdown… with some not that nice weather in the background.
Slowing with the storm approaching fast!
Terminal 4 is progressing nicely… I think I will try Delta next time I fly international.
Pretty nice terminal progress.
The old terminal 3 or current Delta terminal. Delta will be destroying this iconic terminal in the near future and just using terminal 2 and 4.
Terminal 2 which is basically delta connection flying I believe.
Terminal 1 the original international terminal I think.
A Russian visitor.
A jumbo Korean visitor. Sorta amazing how the A380 can fit at terminal 1.
A Japanese visitor.
A rather small French visitor. I thought AF sends there A380 here… didn’t know they send a smaller A330/40. I thought it was only B777 and higher.
Finally the AA terminal.
A South American friend.
No Vueling territory here just AA aircrafts.
How much worst could this 767 be compared to this one… probably not much.
Pulling in next to an AA 757 probably from Miami.
Finally off this tight plane!
Wouldn’t this be nice for an 8 hour flight?
Maybe in the future my friend, maybe in the future.
Let’s go to customs… yay!
One last look at the sticker.
Bye 767… thanks for the tight ride!
Last picture heading down and around towards customs… yay!
Conclusion: In all honestly even though I did joke around it was an okay flight. AA got us from point A to point B safe and fast. The seats where tight and there was no entertainment but as they say you pay for what you get. I can see AA in the future having a tough time because to be honest everyone else offers a better product to them. Delta has leather seats and TVs and that is who they are going up against on the JFK-BCN market. I think if I had the choice I would of connected through a different airline but hey you get what you get and you can’t be that upset.