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Scintillating Summer 2018 (2): American Airlines' Refurbished 777 (DFW-MIA Y, Jul '18, pics + videos)

Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:25 pm

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American Airlines AA1195
Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW/KDFW) to Miami International Airport (MIA/KMIA)
July 17th 2018
Departure 1025 hours CDT, arrival 1416 hours EDT
Seat 25A, Main Cabin
N752AN, 17.3 years old Boeing 777-223/ER
3rd flight on American Airlines
4th flight on a Boeing 777-200ER
13th flight on a Boeing 777
13th short haul flight (>3 hrs) on a wide body airplane
Route: MRSSH2 ZALEA SWB MCB J50 CEW J2 SZW SSCOT4
Filed altitude: 32000 feet, 30000 feet
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The 89th trip report!


BACKGROUND
Continuing on with my summer 2018 series of trip reports for which I had to fly down to Miami from Fargo, where American Airlines proved to be the best choice thanks to the opportunity to fly on wide bodies within the USA. So here we are - my 2nd USA domestic wide body flight. I was quite excited for this one given everything that I have read about American refurbishing the 777-200ERs to be something on par with what several competition airlines would come up with in the international skies, be it in the premium parts, or Main Cabin where the 3-4-3 configuration makes its appearance. Good thing this flight was just over two-and-a-half hours long. I was also nervous, due to the shortest layover I have had to attempt.

INTRODUCTION
Dallas/Ft Worth is American’s home. Very rare to see something that’s not American Airlines especially in the mid-morning/early afternoon. I was especially keen on the 777-200ER operations: there would be one coming in to Dallas from Miami at around 9am, which one would think logically this’d head back to Miami as AA1195 departing at 1025 hours. Whenever this was the case, AA1195 would be delayed by an hour at least. The more on time AA1195 departures would be a plane coming in to Dallas before 0615 in the morning, from either Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Honolulu, Kalaloa Kona, Kahului or on the odd occasion, Tokyo.

CRUCIAL CONNECTIONS #1: JULY 18TH 2018
On the day of I thought it’d be a good idea to walk up to the gate agent and make sure my seat on AA1195 was still there, and that I wasn’t rebooked on to AA2606 without which I would not have been able to make the international flight. The reason for this, as mentioned in the previous installment was that due to a south-southwesterly routing avoiding a storm, AA3418 was estimated to arrive about 30 minutes late, meaning I wouldn't make this connection, and so the rebooking. It all worked out in the end, but I needed to make sure I made AA1195.

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Walking around towards gate A23X I thought of stopping at the AA customer service center - the line was terrifyingly long. Off to A23X where it was quite busy - this was going to be a full flight on the popular hub-to-hub route.

I was at the gate for 0949 hours, 36 minutes to departure. And boarding had not even started yet! Suffice to say I did make this connection just fine, but there was the minor concern of actually making sure I was on this flight, and my suitcase making it.

A beauty!
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Boarding pass, from Fargo...but I hope to have actually made this flight...
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BOARDING
Boarding was called just over 30 minutes to departure - a slight delay was assured given it takes time to board a wide body. Scanning my boarding pass, it took time for it to scan. My heart was racing - I was knocked off of this flight……. until it went green! My place was indeed secured just in time. I happily walked towards N752AN, I had pulled off my shortest ever layover, and the first of several crucial connections made.
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I was onboard at 1004 hours to a lovely mood-lit cabin welcoming us. The seats in Flagship Business looked quite fantastic, to be honest. A great way to kill a few hours on this plane. Premium Economy looked quite spacious too, but the cramped 3-4-3 back in Main Cabin was about to be a bit of a space crunch until I realized seat 25A is one of few 2-4-2 seats available on this 777.
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A lovely refurbished cabin - this is the first of several pictures you'll be seeing :)
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The seat itself was quite comfortable - except for the fact that it smelled like some one had smoked a cigarette, and that an opened pouch of skittles were left around in the seat pocket. I also felt the seat was way high up and that I had to slouch a little in order to see through the window just fine. Keeping these aside, a fixed PTV screen but one that was very responsive to touch, a remote and universal plug point. Just the things one would need to survive a solid 8 or 9 hour flight on this one. Heck, I’d be okay with it.

N788AN there, would operate a domestic flight, but just that little longer... AA7 to Kahului (OGG), an 8hr flight!
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The baggage situation was wonderful as well - in fact, it only took 8 minutes for it to get from the E175 at the other end of the airport to the B777, nice nice! I was in very high spirits going in to the trip, with all sorts of nerves and anxiety keeping away, for now.
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DEPARTURE
It was a pretty full flight, an elderly gentlemen took seat 25C. Boarding was complete 4 minutes after departure time. We pushed back only a few minutes later at 1032 hours. Good stuff, so far so good indeed. A 2hr23min flight time was announced at 39000 feet, Miami reporting a pretty warm day at Miami with 87F/31C temperature, and partly cloudy skies. No thunderstorms! The Rolls Royce Trent 892 engines were fired up simultaneously. These did sound pretty sweet!

Moodlighting as we pushed back
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Concourse A, spot the old American :)
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The lovely Rolls Royce Trent 800s are fired up!

Flaps set, ready to go
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My favorite part of a safety video is how the aircraft is depicted in the emergency exit locations...
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It was quite the busy time at DFW - with several mainline and regional flights departing. We had to hold a couple of times, eventually making it to Runway 17R. Americans of all shapes & sizes (& colors!) as far as the eye could see: Airbus’, Boeings, Embraers, Bombardiers, and the one McDonnell Douglas too!

Americans galore....
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Lined up with 17R and started a very long take off roll following your typical Rolls Royce spool up at 1046 hours - 21 minutes late. I was a bit surprised the 777 did not take off with 800 feet of powering up because, you know I’m so used to a Piper Archers’ take off. :silly: We did take to the skies eventually and banked east/south east. I was in & out of Dallas/Ft. Worth in 1hr34min.

But why didn't the ground roll last only 700 feet? :)

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INFLIGHT
A pretty smooth climb up to 39000 feet again. Robots did their announcements, and the cabin settled down. No headphones were provided for the IFE, but in this day & age most folk had their own headphones connected to the IFE - and people by and large enjoyed this. Several movies, many TV shows, and ocean of music albums and excellent information on the info pages thanks to the voyager 3D maps. Amusing to see that under the hospitality section were all the coke product drinks listed that would be served. Like 30 or 40 can brands were listed! American Airlines passed the metal test with an album from Judas Priest. Several Marvel movies too: spoiler alert - the next airline has substantial sponsorships with DC :) I liked what I saw - now if all three US airlines came up with something like this on all their widbody airplanes then the MEB3 has a real fight on their hands, as far as hard product is concerned.

Music that I love:
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News on live TV:
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Marvel nerds would love American Airlines:
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International movies, too!
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Power ports were up there:
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Cruising along
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SERVICE
The crew started off the service. While they were nothing exemplary, they were courteous & helpful, with the occasional smile. No issues with this. I had a cup of ginger ale & cookies, 42 minutes in to flight.
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Just under an hour in to the flight the seat mate headed to the restroom, so I waited for my turn to stretch my legs and relieve myself.
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Some turbulence happened, I buckled down and watched Black Panther. Still not quite sure of what the hype is around it, just another superhero movie really. I watched as much as I could till landing, still haven’t finished watching it to this day.
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WiFi options on this one -
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Magazine & safety card:
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Voyager maps:
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DESCENT & ARRIVAL
The rest of the flight was quite uneventful, arrival preparations happened. Flew over what I think are the Everglades. Winds were out of the East, pretty warm, and some precipitation around but not a whole lot. Cut through some pretty thick clouds which led to a bumpy approach. Very American moodlighting happened in the cabin as we came down.
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Americanizing cabin in 3...2...1...
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Cabin Americanized....
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Lined up with Runway 09 and touch down a little firm at 1409 hours EDT.
Landing at Miami
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Had to wait a little bit for whatever reason just by gate E8, probably for it to free up. I had exactly 6 hours to make the international connection. This was looking really good for me.

The B777, vastly larger than the E175, and so far the 2 types of planes I have been on during the day!
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Parked at gate E8 at 1427 hours EDT, 11 minutes behind schedule. Found a MAX in the distance
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I waited for everyone, literally everyone to disembark before I’d get moving - a flight attendant even stopped by and asked if I needed help with anything. I told them I have a long layover here… ‘Ah, I get that!’ they said.
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I thanked the crew and disembarked through a jet bridge that actually headed down to the terminal which was strange. The terminal itself felt bright and airy airside, but I did not get a parting shot of N752AN. I did find a 737 MAX though:
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Once heading down to the baggage claim it felt very claustrophobic - especially with the many wide pillars.
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Baggage did take a very long time to show up. I did not mind this - for I had so much time to kill at the airport. Got my baggage (hooray!) after a while just fine, before taking to one of the seats to sit around on and spoke to my girlfriend, where another 45 minutes went by pretty easily, I only had 4.5 hours before the international flight departed. Everything was going really well, and it was time to get to the business end of flights here.

CONCLUSION
I haven't really flown (mainline) American domestically barring the one ORD-MSP flight to log in the MD-80, MD-82 in particular. Sure, things got awry with the ERJ-145 that same year when I headed home for the winter, but I gave it another shot. Everything that needed to go fine, went fine. The first flight, the layover, my suitcase making it. The flight itself was quite uneventful, but it convinced me that American Airlines have something of a very strong product to fight with the MEb3 when it comes to long hauls, and I applaud them for that. I am genuinely excited to try out an American Airlines international flight sometime, if the price was right.

As always, people of this website, please do take the time out to see the video trip report for this flight, I will certainly appreciate it :) Until the next one, where thing's get international (a second hint has been dropped in this one, as well :) )

My other trip reports:
2018

Scintillating Summer 2018: Envoy Air ERJ-175 FAR-DFW (Y, Jul '18) + BONUS Air Force One & Thunderbirds (pics + videos)
(video trip report)
A, B, C & E of airplanes: A Spring Break in NYC (4): The Comfortable CRJ?! (UA4851 ORD-FAR Mar '18 Y)(video trip report)
A, B, C & E of airplanes: A Spring Break in NYC (3): Red Eye hub-to-hub on the A320 (UA2139 EWR-ORD Mar '18 Y)(video trip report)
A, B, C & E of airplanes: A Spring Break in NYC (2) - DeIcing Delays; The Big Boeing 777! (UA1995 Y ORD-FAR Mar' 18)(video trip report)
A, B, C & E of airplanes: A Spring Break in NYC (1) - United Express/ExpressJet ERJ-145LR (UA4082 Y FAR-ORD Mar' 18)(video trip report)
Wobbly Winter '17/18 (11): The cramped CRJ conundrum (DL3896 MSP-GFK, CRJ-200LR Jan '18)(video trip report)
Wobbly Winter '17/18 (10): Frozen Fuel Truck - uncertainty ensues! (DL461 JFK-MSP, B717-200 Jan '18)(video trip report)
Wobbly Winter '17/18 (9): BA's logo jet, the uncertainty of NYC's winter storm! (BA173 LHR-JFK, B747-400 Jan '18)(video trip report)
Wobbly Winter '17/18 (8): The Red Eye 747! (BA142, DEL-LHR, B747-400 Jan '18, pics)(video trip report)
Wobbly Winter '17/18 (7): Vistara's amazing Business Class! (UK778 CCU-DEL A320 Jan '18, pics & video TR)(video trip report)

2017
*NO FLIGHTS* Wobbly Winter '17/18 (6): Himalayas, Palam Air Force Museum, Heavily Delayed Rajdhani Express
Wobbly Winter '17/18 (5): Fly Smart? Not quite: The GoAir Debut! (G8128 CCU-DEL A320 Dec'17, pics & video TR)(video trip report)
Wobbly Winter '17/18 (4): Efficient Air India! (AI401 DEL - CCU B787 Dec'17, pics & video TR)(video trip report)
Wobbly Winter '17/18 (3): Elegantly British? (BA143 LHR-DEL B747-400 WT Dec'17, pics & video TR)(video trip report)
Wobbly Winter '17/18 (2): A British Concorde, A British Queen! (BA116 B747-400 World Traveller Dec'17, pics & video TR)(video trip report)
Wobbly Winter '17/'18 (1): Insane tailwinds to the Big Apple! (DL A319 MSP-JFK Dec '17 Y, pics & video TR)(video trip report)
A (slightly) unlucky summer '17 (10): Software glitch'd? (SkyWest Delta CRJ-200ER, MSP-GFK, Jun '17, w/pics & video TR)(video trip report)
A (slightly) unlucky summer '17 (9): Yet no CRJ-700 for you! (IAD-MSP UA E175, Y, Jun '17)(video trip report)
A (slightly) unlucky summer '17 (8): A tale of 2 Etihads - electronics BANNED! (B77L/B789, BOM-AUH-IAD, Y, Jun '17)(video trip report)
A (slightly) unlucky summer '17 (7): Jet's extended range B737 (9W472 CCU-BOM, Y, pics & vids)(video trip report)
A (slightly) unlucky summer '17 (6): Delays galore, inefficiency ensues! (SpiceJet, B737-900ER, SG517 BLR-CCU, Y)(video trip report)
A (slightly) unlucky summer '17 (5): Missed opportunity with Jet's A330 (BOM-BLR, Y, B73H, May '17) [pics & video TR](video trip report)
A (slightly) unlucky summer '17 (4): Short flight on the Etihad A380! (AUH-BOM, Y, May '17) [pics & video TR] (video trip report)
A (slightly) unlucky summer '17 (3): Elegant Etihad? (JFK-AUH, A380 Y, May '17) [many pics & video TR] (video trip report)
A (slightly) unlucky summer '17 (2): No MD-88 for you! (MSP-LGA, DL Y, May '17) [pics & video TR]] (video trip report)
A (slightly) unlucky summer '17 (1): No CRJ-700 for you! (GFK-MSP, SkyWest Delta) [pics & video TR] (video trip report)
Spring Break 2017 - To the Pacific Northwest! (AMTRAK, BC, Idaho, NO flights!)
Winter Break 2016/17 (9): The Final Hop Home (AA Eagle ERJ-145, ORD-FAR, Jan '17, Y) (video trip report)
Winter Break 2016/17 (8): Ultra long haul with Etihad (AUH-ORD, Y, Jan '17) (video trip report)
Winter Break 2016/17 (7): Enticing Etihad to Abu Dhabi! (CCU-AUH, Jan '17, Y) (video trip report)

2016
Winter Break 2016 (6): My last flight on Jet Airways' ATR (GAU-CCU, Y, Dec '16) + Scintillating Sunderbans (video trip report)
Winter Break 2016 (5): Konnecting to Kaziranga (S24363 B73H CCU-GAU Y, Dec '16) (video trip report)
Winter Break 2016 (4): Take us home, Qatar Airways! (QR540, DOH-CCU, Y, Dec'16) (video trip report)
Winter Break 2016 (3): Long haul middle seat - our first flight on Qatar Airways! (QR28 MAN-DOH, Y, Dec'16) (video trip report)
Winter Break 2016 (2): Pencil Jet across the Atlantic (AA54 MAN-ORD, Y+, Dec'16) (video trip report)
Winter Break 2016 (1): The Frozen Embraer Delay - missed connection! (FAR-ORD, Dec '16) (video trip report)
Thanksgiving '16 in the Sin City - My Allegiance with N891GA, to divert or not to divert (LAS-GFK Nov '16) (video trip report)
Thanksgiving '16 in the Sin City - My Allegiance with Allegiant! (Part 1, many pictures) (video trip report)
The day I flew the world's most popular plane (GFK-FAR-CKN-GFK, C172)
Summer '16 trek back home - Part 14: Delta Connection, a quick hop in the Midwest! (MSP - GFK, Aug '16) (video trip report)
Summer '16 trek back home - Part 13: Super old, Super 80, Mad Dog Across the Midwest! (AA ORD-MSP, Aug'16) (video trip report)
Summer '16 trek back home - Part 12: Flying the Friendly Skies... (United Munich to Chicago, Aug '16)) (video trip report)
Summer '16 trek back home - Part 11: Epic Lufthansa, Epic A340! (Delhi to Munich, Aug '16) (video trip report)
Summer '16 trek back home - Part 10: Konnect, Lite, Delight...(S2 B73H CCU-DEL, Aug '16) (video trip report)
Summer '16 trek back home - Part 9: Take me home, Vistara! (DEL-CCU, Jul '16) (video trip report)[/color]
Summer '16 trek back home - Part 8: Vistara's INAUGURAL flight out of Kolkata! (CCU-DEL, Jun '16)) (video trip report)
Summer '16 trek back home - Part 7: Efficient IndiGo! (Mumbai to Kolkata, A320, May '16) (video trip report)
Summer '16 trek back home - Part 6: Big delays, cracked windshield, angry passengers (SG CCU-BOM B73J) (video trip report)
Summer '16 trek back home - Part 5: Air India's domestic Dream)liner (DEL-CCU May '16) (video trip report)
Summer '16 trek back home - Part 4: Nearly First Class - stories of the empty A380! (LH FRA-DEL May '16) (video trip report)
Summer '16 trek back home - Part 3: World's longest jet, Lufthansa's B748i! (ORD-FRA May '16) (video trip report)
Summer '16 trek back home - Part 2: ChicaGO on United's A319! (MSP-ORD, May '16) (video trip report)
Summer '16 trek back home - Part 1: Sun rise onboard the long range CRJ (DL GFK-MSP CRJ-900, May '16) (video trip report)
The pencil jet(s) for spring break! (+ Iron Maiden bonus): Delta MSP-FLL-MSP, March '16 (DL1608 video trip report, DL2027 video trip report)
De-iced & Delayed, cold onboard a CRJ! (ORD-MSP-GFK on Delta, Jan '16) (ORD-MSP video report) (MSP-GFK video report)
Delta's aged B767-300ER across the Atlantic! (CDG-ORD in Y, Jan '16) (video report)
Air France's NEW Economy (B777-200ER, Bengaluru to Paris, Jan '16) (video report)
Delays and despair: stressed out in the middle seat! (Jet Airways B737 Mumbai - Bengaluru, Jan '16)
Air India's hybrid babybus from Kolkata to Mumbai (Jan '16, Y) (video report)

2012
South Africa 3: 12 days in Scintillating South Africa (Kruger, Kulula and Rand Airport, Apr' 12, LONG!)
South Africa 2: Elegant Emirates Economy! (DXB-CPT, B77W, Apr '12)
South Africa 1: My first flight on Emirates, my first flight on the 777 (CMB-DXB, Apr '12)

2011
International transit with Jet Airways (BOM-MAA-CMB, Oct. '11)
Konnecting to Bhubaneswar (9W BOM-BBI-BOM, Jul '11)
Three trips between India and Sri Lanka (9W BOM-CMB-BOM: Jun '11, Jul '11, Oct. 11)
To India's Orange City: Mumbai - Nagpur - Mumbai on Jetlite & Tadoba National Park (May 2011)
My last flight on Kingfisher Airlines (and 2 other Jet flights, May '11)
 
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Re: Scintillating Summer 2018 (2): American Airlines' Refurbished 777 (DFW-MIA Y, Jul '18, pics + videos)

Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:18 pm

Nice report. Great to get on a 777 for a flight of this length, and a domestic flight no less! Looking forward to the next part of your trip.
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Re: Scintillating Summer 2018 (2): American Airlines' Refurbished 777 (DFW-MIA Y, Jul '18, pics + videos)

Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:24 am

Black Panther is a GOOD superhero movie...that's what all the hype is about. Good trip report though
 
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Re: Scintillating Summer 2018 (2): American Airlines' Refurbished 777 (DFW-MIA Y, Jul '18, pics + videos)

Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:15 pm

Good TR...

Wings of that plane def need to show some water :P

I do not like those non adjustable screens, I found them on Delta too (is it common trend for US carriers?)....when person in front of you recline or if you recline, you don't get same picture quality..
 
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Re: Scintillating Summer 2018 (2): American Airlines' Refurbished 777 (DFW-MIA Y, Jul '18, pics + videos)

Thu Apr 18, 2019 4:25 pm

767747 wrote:
Nice report. Great to get on a 777 for a flight of this length, and a domestic flight no less! Looking forward to the next part of your trip.

Thank you for giving this a read! More big planes, coming up :)

n2dru wrote:
Black Panther is a GOOD superhero movie...that's what all the hype is about. Good trip report though

To each his own, I guess - thanks for giving this a read! Appreciate it :)

theaviator380 wrote:
Good TR...

Wings of that plane def need to show some water :P

I do not like those non adjustable screens, I found them on Delta too (is it common trend for US carriers?)....when person in front of you recline or if you recline, you don't get same picture quality..

Thanks for leaving a comment - yea, everyone gives grief to AF for having dirty planes - but here is AA :D

Non-adjustable screens are commonplace on the USA wide bodies I have been, so far DL B76W, AA B77E and more recently UA B788: I think AF's refurbished B77E are non-adjustable too. If I remember correctly it is a bit of a problem when the sun is out & window shades are up... not so much when it is simulated darkness like most airlines like to do. Picture quality wise...hmm, I haven't observed this yet...

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