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American2199 MIA-MEX

Mon Apr 28, 2008 2:59 am

Hello,
This is my first trip report here on Airliners; this was from Vero Beach to Miami (driving) and from Miami to Mexico City on American flight 2199 on April 19th and back to Miami and Vero Beach on April 26th.
The whole purpose was to visit the family; I've been studying for 5 months here in Flight Safety Academy because my dad and sister couldn't come during the spring break in March better known as "Semana Santa" (Holly Week). After searching with many carriers for a trip to Mexico City, American came with the best fare (220 USD with tax round trip).
So the trip began Saturday April 26th at 1:30am, since my flight departed Miami at 7:40am and had to be there at least 2 hours and 30 minutes before departure, and the road trip was going to take at least 2 hours , I grab the car I rented and head to I-95 to the South, passing many cities/towns until West Palm Beach and finally at 3:30am in Miami, after 15 minutes trying to figure out where was the Marriot Hotel in Miami I found it and drop the car, of course there was no body at the Hertz desk, I just drop the keys and kill some time at the lobby. At 4:15am I decide it was time to head to the airport, I just took a cab and get there in less than 10 minutes, It was my first time with American out of Miami and I didn't knew where to check in, so the cab drop me out of Concourse C I think and get in line at the American counters, long line by the way! It took me almost an hour to get at the front, but I was glad because by 5am the line to check in was extremely long. After check-In, I walked to Concourse E and pass through the security screening, as always the same pain in the a$$ with this guys, getting almost naked to make them happy, but it was fast, the line wasn't that long and after a 15 minutes wait I was resting on a chair in gate E4. The next gate, E6 was packed of people that were getting ready to board a "Scarebus" to Orlando.
A300 getting ready for the flight to MCO
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202198/2.jpg
After that picture , I grab some breakfast by the way the most expensive breakfast I've ever had 11 bucks for a croissant and a juice anyway hunger is hunger, after that I just continue taking pictures until boarding was call, here are some pictures:
A300 pushing back to MCO
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202198/3.jpg
2 A320 and 737 at the F Concourse waiting for their departure times to Mexico
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202198/8.jpg
A320 pushing back to Mexico City
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202198/5.jpg
American 767 a the gate
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202198/4.jpg
American 777 at the gate
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202198/6.jpg
After that I return to E4 and boarding was call as usual starting with business class, then all the American Airlines gold platinum and all those members and then coach cabin starting by group 1 and 2 follow by 3 and 4 and 5 and 6. I was on group 4 so just waited like 5 minutes, after being call I handle my boarding pass and walk down the gate to the 737-800, I was greeted by a flight attendant and walk to my seat 18A.
Picture of my airplane to Mexico and pictures from my seat during boarding:
The 737 at E4 getting ready:
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202198/1.jpg
A 767 unloading probably just in from South America
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202198/7.jpg
Winglet:

Schedule departure time was 7:40am, and we were pushing back at 7:30am with a load of no more than 60%, which meant that I had the whole row for myself! Making it very nice! Taxi was quick no traffic at all and soon we were taking off runway 8R.
Pictures of pushback, taxi and take off:
Pushback from E4 with a view of gate F7 occupied by one of the newest 737 of AM
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202198/psuh.jpg
XA-MAH being load up:
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202198/10.jpg
XA-TXT being load up:
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202198/11.jpg
Racing with a MIA fire truck:
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202198/12.jpg
AmeriJet 727 fleet:
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202198/13.jpg
Ready to go 8R:
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202198/14.jpg
Some cargo planes as we roll down 8R:
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202198/15.jpg
American Airlines Arena as we climb away on the MNATE1 departure:

The announcement was we were climbing to FL390, very smooth climb and cruise, they pass a movie, I don't even remember which one it was, probably Mad Money or something like that, I didn't pay any attention, I was watching a DVD on my laptop, here are some pictures:
Climbing over the Gulf of Mexico to 39,000 ft.:
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202198/18.jpg
My IFE:

Seating back, relaxing and enjoying the smooth flight!
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202198/19.jpg
After nearly 2 hours and 45 minutes of flight the coast of Veracruz was spotted and at distance Pico de Orizaba was gracefully showing through the overcast skies:
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202198/20.jpg
And shortly after that we start our descent via DATUL1A into Mexico City, expecting the ILS DME to runway 5R in Mexico City:
Descending:
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202198/21.jpg
On the initial approach on a very hazy and polluted day in Mexico City:

Somewhere over the city while turning to Plaza NDB:
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202198/ala.jpg
World Trade Center as we turn to Plaza NDB
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202198/wtcala.jpg
Mexicana Tower, or at least used to be:

Full established on the ILS 5R:
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202198/24.jpg
Some of the "fantastic" road construction on the city!
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202198/seehundospijhosos.jpg
Very short final, over the fence!
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202198/25.jpg
Touchdown!
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202198/26.jpg
Cleared of 5R and crossing 5L.
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202198/27.jpg
We arrived 10 minutes early, and taxi was fast to gate 33. From there I head to immigration which was empty and only took 5 minutes. Walk to baggage claim, which came out fast and then customs in 5 minutes again so it only took 20 minutes since we landed until I was meeting with my dad!

Hope you enjoyed my first trip report and comments are welcome!
Thank You
Jorge Meneses

Coming soon: Part 2 MEX-MIA

[Edited 2008-04-27 20:06:57]

[Edited 2008-04-27 20:11:22]
Jorge Meneses
 
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RE: American2199 MIA-MEX

Mon Apr 28, 2008 3:11 am

Joven Meneses

Congratulations on this magical trip report of a flight I'll take soon! I liked the pictures alot. Specially the one with the WTC. I'm not surprised you took your laptop out to watch Tiesto @ Copenhaguen...

What's with that 11 USD croissant and juice?! lol


Cheers!
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RE: American2199 MIA-MEX

Mon Apr 28, 2008 3:43 am

Great pictures, especially around MIA

BTW....Tiesto Elements of Life is aaammazzzinnngg!

Rob
 
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RE: American2199 MIA-MEX

Mon Apr 28, 2008 10:42 am

Great job!

Quoting XAAPB (Thread starter):
with a load of no more than 60%, which meant that I had the whole row for myself!

In october I took this flight MIA-MEX, but later in the day, it was the same way...full in F but very light in Y.
 
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RE: American2199 MIA-MEX

Mon Apr 28, 2008 12:18 pm

Good pics and TR on AA. MIA is one of the few places you will see A300's. They are used mostly on Caribbean routes.
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RE: American2199 MIA-MEX

Mon Apr 28, 2008 12:48 pm

Great Trip Report. I will be takeing the trip in a few monts.
 
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RE: American2199 MIA-MEX

Mon Apr 28, 2008 2:26 pm

Great TR! Welcome to Airliners!

Dave
Can I have a mojito on this flight?
 
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RE: American2199 MIA-MEX

Mon Apr 28, 2008 2:46 pm

Thanks everyone for your comments, I will be writing part 2 later today.

Quoting JetSetter629 (Reply 2):
BTW....Tiesto Elements of Life is aaammazzzinnngg!

Yes!! I love it!

Quoting KLM685 (Reply 1):

Congratulations on this magical trip report of a flight I'll take soon! I liked the pictures alot. Specially the one with the WTC. I'm not surprised you took your laptop out to watch Tiesto @ Copenhaguen...

What's with that 11 USD croissant and juice?! lol

Well that's the good thing of having all the row for myself! more space to use the laptop, as for the croissant and juice for 11 bucks I have no comments at all, just that I was hungry!

Greetings!
Jorge Meneses
 
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RE: American2199 MIA-MEX

Tue Apr 29, 2008 12:42 pm

Thanks for the awesonme TR's Jorge. You took some great photos.
Do you usually fly AA MIA-MEX-MIA or do you also take AM or MX? Who do you prefer?
 
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RE: American2199 MIA-MEX

Tue Apr 29, 2008 2:28 pm



Quoting LACA773 (Reply 8):
Do you usually fly AA MIA-MEX-MIA or do you also take AM or MX? Who do you prefer?

Hi LACA773,
Thanks for your kind word.

I really don't prefer, the airline that offer me the best fair, that's the one I usually choose, this time American offer the fair in 220usd and AM and MX were offering in more the 500usd.

It's the first time I took the flight, since I'm studying in Florida, and my dad and sister couldn't come to visit me.
Greetings
Jorge
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RE: American2199 MIA-MEX

Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:19 pm

awesome report and I love Tiesto's music. He's very good.
thanks for writing and sharing this report...
 
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RE: American2199 MIA-MEX

Sat May 17, 2008 12:55 pm



Quoting Buck3y3nut (Reply 10):
I love Tiesto's music

Tiesto and Van Buuren for me!!
thanks for the comments!
Jorge
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RE: American2199 MIA-MEX

Sun May 18, 2008 6:34 pm

Great trip report and pictures.  bigthumbsup  I like the picture of the Mexicana building.  Big grin At least you had some good IFE.
 
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RE: American2199 MIA-MEX

Mon May 19, 2008 12:14 am



Quoting Mexicana757 (Reply 12):
Great trip report and pictures. bigthumbsup I like the picture of the Mexicana building. Big grin At least you had some good IFE.

Thanks! glad you like the trip report!
Yep much better that what AA present for IFE.
Jorge Meneses
 
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RE: American2199 MIA-MEX

Mon May 19, 2008 12:27 am

great trip report! I don' think I can find better pics of an A300 or 737 wing view

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