So, I finally decided to fly something other than a narrowbody jet; in this case, I had the chance to fly AA's 788 Dreamliner not once, but twice. I ended up "splurging" (for my standards) and booked I (Business Class) both ways between DFW and ORD.
My outbound flight was on N802AN, departing from D29 at DFW. This was my first time through Terminal D, which for those not familiar with DFW, is designed differently from the other terminals, which takes some getting used to. In any event, boarding was a snap, though, I learned the hard way that the lie-flat seats don't really have a way to store personal items, so both my carry-on and my backpack had to go into the overhead bins. But, both items fit, so it wasn't the worst thing in the world. Settled into seat 2A, a reverse-facing seat that took some getting used to.
It wasn't a good sign when they had a problem getting the plane started up properly at the game, so our 7:15 gate departure was pushed back about 40 minutes. After a few fixes, we finally took off from DFW at 8:15, though we were well behind schedule to the point where I wasn't going to be able to make my Metra commuter rail connection at ORD, so I had to settle for taking the Blue Line L train into the Loop.
In flight, the IFE worked fine, but my remote control didn't seem to be working. The seats themselves were not too bad. Breakfast offerings were either an omlette or a fruit/granola tray (that's best way I could describe it). It also took me some time to get used to the window-shade controls. I'm not sure if they're always slow to adjust on a 788, but I guess I'm stubborn enough to prefer the window shades on most jets.
We finally arrived at ORD at 10:10, about a half hour late. For the most part, I enjoyed my first flight on a widebody, though I kinda wish there were better offerings in I, but I can't really complain in the overall scheme of things.
The return flight to DFW was almost as bad, if not worse delay-wise. Got to ORD for a scheduled 16:55 push-back from Gate K9 at Terminal 3, but the inbound flight from NRT arrived "late" and we ended up leaving about an hour late. Not a fun experience as at least a couple other passengers ended up missing connecting flights at DFW because of the delays.
I will say that plane spotting at ORD Terminal 3 is a pretty neat experience. At the end of K concourse, you get a nice view of the widebodies landing and taxiing to Terminal 5. Saw quite a few 744s and 748s landing, in addition to the typical ORD mix of AA/UA 737s and 320s.
Our departure time went from the scheduled 16:55 to 17:30, then 17:54 and finally, we pushed back at 18:15. This time, I sat in 4L, which is also a reverse-facing seat in I.
Oh, here's the take-off roll from ORD:https://youtu.be/YBjlZUiKTSs
This time, at least the IFE remote in my seat was working, so that was a good sign. Dinner offerings were chicken with a mushroom sauce and a baked potato or a fruit tray. I passed on the dining options, to be honest. I will say, however, lie-flat seats are a nice experience, but you don't really get much benefit from them on a two-hour domestic flight. Now, if I were flying LAX-JFK, it might be more useful, but I can't really complain about how comfortable those seats were.
We finally landed at DFW at 20:28 at A24. What I especially appreciated about Business Class was priority baggage claim, so suitcase was one of the first off the belt. The good news is at the older terminals at DFW, the baggage claim is on the same level as the gates, so that was very convenient when getting off the plane. The bad news was that I had parked at Terminal D so I had to trudge on the shuttle buses to get back to my car. The roads leading into the garages at DFW are not fun to navigate to say the least.
In the overall scheme of things, I wouldn't be too upset if I had to fly AA on a 788 again. I might not splurge as much on Business Class for a shorter flight like DFW-ORD, but for longer flights? Definitely.
Now, I'm planning to hit a triangle of AA jets I've been wanting to fly on: the 757, 767 and 777. Haven't set a date yet, but it'll probably be over the summer, but it's probably going to be a DFW-PHL-MIA-DFW combo, since the 757s in-and-out of DFW tend to be on the PHL flights. I just hope that I'll get to fly the 757 when I book (as I've noted elsewhere on these forums, I was hoping to fly a DL 752 next month, but that flight got downgauged to a 739).
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