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American 2198 Mexico - Miami

Mon Apr 28, 2008 10:08 pm

Hello!
This is part 2, which covers the return trip to Miami and Vero Beach so if you don’t mind let’s get down to business!
The return was set on American Airlines flight 2198 which was schedule for departure at 11:10am local time, therefore I decide to wake up at 7am and take a quick shower, and make sure I had packed everything before going to the airport. My dad and I live the house at 8:15am and the ride to the airport was very fast, no traffic at all over Circuito Interior and arriving at 8:30 at the F3 ticket counters, home of American Airlines in Mexico City, check in was very fast and in just a blink I was passing through security and head to the Duty Free to kill some time as well as to an electronic Duty Free, since the flight has no gate assigned yet I just assumed the flight was going to departed from any gate between 29 a 36, so I walked through the long hall to gates 29 thru 36 which was almost empty! The only flight departing in there was a UA flight to IAD, and gat gate 29 was an AA Mad Dog which was departing later to DFW. We having almost anything to do I connected to the internet using my Prodigy account and then I just searched for a place to take some pictures and with little luck I could took some “decent” pictures:
Varig, DHL, Iberia, Califas DC9:
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202199/1.jpg
View of a sign, pointing to gate 30, which later turns to be that gate 30 was assign to American Airlines flight 2199 from MIA and AA2198 to MIA:
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202199/2.jpg
Departure’s Screen, some information:
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202199/3.jpg
Terminal 2 thru the jail bars:
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202199/4.jpg
Parallel operations?
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202199/6.jpg
Mexicana A318 after landing and taxing to the gate:
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202199/7.jpg
Iberia A340 being tow to the gate, and will be departing to Madrid as IBE6400 or 6401:
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202199/5.jpg
Mexicana Airbus preparing for an international flight at gate 27
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202199/8.jpg
After that I sat again and just chill out, and check the arrival of American 2199 from MIA on American webpage and saw it was schedule for 10:15, I again just pack my laptop and search for a place to take a picture of the 738, thank God I found it and here are some pictures of it:
My plane to Miami coming to gate 30:
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202199/9.jpg
Entering to the gate:
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202199/10.jpg
Quickly after arrival, all passengers came down, there was also a crew change which was a surprise to me, anyway boarding was schedule for 10:25am and actual boarding was call at 10:35am again with business class follow by American gold platinum and all those members and then coach class group 1 and 2 follow by 3 and 4 and last but not least 5 and 6. Sadly to me and good for American this flight was full on F and full on Y so there was a lot of people at the gate, I board an took my seat 19F and just wait to the whole plane to get full, here are some pictures:
After boarding:
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202199/11.jpg
After that, and luckily enough, people were fast and we were pushing back 5 minutes before schedule departure time of 11:10am, here are some pictures of the pushback:
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202199/12.jpg
Safety demonstration video:
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202199/13.jpg
Taxiway Bravo was close between Bravo 7 and Bravo 5 I think so we were cleared to taxi to runway 5R via B9, runway 5L and A1 I think to 5R, some pictures during taxi:
Taxiway B closed:
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202199/14.jpg
Money, anyone???
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202199/15.jpg
Entering 5L:
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202199/16.jpg
Since we were using a runway for taxi, taxi was a little faster and we were number one on 5R for departure here is a video, sorry about the window, it was so dirty!

After almost a minute rolling down 5R, the heavy, full of cargo and passengers 737-800 had generated enough lift was climbing way from Mexico City, here are some pictures again!:
Climbing with Texcoco highway below:
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202199/17.jpg
The crew announced we were climbing to 37,000 feet but, we never make it there, some minutes later they announce we were at 35,000 feet and that was going to be the final altitude, here are some pictures during cruise:
Mexicana A319 probably from Miami:
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202199/18.jpg
Some nice puffy clouds:
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202199/19.jpg
A tanker probably on its way to Veracruz or Tampico port:
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202199/20.jpg
The cabin:
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202199/21.jpg
More puffy clouds and turning:
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202199/22.jpg
After that the coast came into sight, I’m assuming we enter the US somewhere near Key West, I got some pictures, if anyone can identify, I will appreciated it:
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202199/23.jpg
An airport:
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202199/24.jpg
And after almost 2 hours and 10 minutes, we start our descent and approach into Miami, and 25 minutes later we were touching down on runway 9, here are some pictures and a video:
The everglades as we descent into Miami:
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202199/25.jpg
Slowing down, with the help of the spoilers:
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202199/26.jpg
Flaps and spoilers still up:
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202199/27.jpg
Flaps in position for landing:
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202199/28.jpg
Video of landing, sorry it’s incomplete, when the airplane touchdown was a bit hard and I turn the camera off  ROFL:

Breaking in runway 9:
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202199/29.jpg
We arrived almost 25 minutes earlier in Miami, which didn’t help in anything because we just spend those 25 minutes waiting for the gate to become free, so I just took some pictures while taxing and waiting at the penalty box or something like that the pilot call the stand we were waiting:
Speedbird just in form LHR and being prepare for the return:

American 777 being tow to the gate:
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202199/32.jpg
Aladia first 757 with winglets being prepare for delivery in Miami:
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202199/33.jpg
After the 25 minutes wait, we taxing to Concourse E gate E6, some pictures:
Virgin A346 at gate F19 preparing for departure back to LHR
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202199/31.jpg
Shutting down at the gate:
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee118/Chicho001/American%202199/34.jpg

After that, I was walking fast to beat some people on the line at passport control but guess what?! It was rush hour! It was packed! From people from France, Spain, England, Italy! OMG I spent almost one hour in passport control, after that everything was easy, and almost one and half hour after arrival finally I was on my way to hertz to pick up my car, ad drive back to Vero Beach.
Hope you enjoy this second part! And be prepare for the trip report The Road To Vero Beach on January 2 with Continental Airlines. I might be doing it tomorrow!
Thanks for reading, comments very welcome!
Jorge Meneses
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RE: American 2198 Mexico - Miami

Mon Apr 28, 2008 10:21 pm

Sr. Meneses

Vuestro trip report was great! The pictures were fantastic although now I understand why you're telling me to go on the left side for the MEX-MIA leg. Where there more than 2 boxes this time on service? Also it's a shame you had to go through one hour of costums control...

Another thing that called my attention was the long long take off from RWY 5R you sure were going heavy that day!

Well done!

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RE: American 2198 Mexico - Miami

Mon Apr 28, 2008 11:09 pm

does anyone know where you could find a AA safety vid?
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RE: American 2198 Mexico - Miami

Tue Apr 29, 2008 12:35 am



Quoting KLM685 (Reply 1):
Where there more than 2 boxes this time on service?

I think yes, there where more that 2 boxes this time, however I wasn't that hungry so didn't bother to ask.

Quoting KLM685 (Reply 1):
Another thing that called my attention was the long long take off from RWY 5R you sure were going heavy that day!

Yes! late rotation, heavy plane, and was hot that day!

Quoting USAirALB (Reply 2):

Try searching on You Tube

Cheers
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RE: American 2198 Mexico - Miami

Tue Apr 29, 2008 2:11 am



Quoting KLM685 (Reply 1):
Another thing that called my attention was the long long take off from RWY 5R you sure were going heavy that day!

MEX is around 7000 feet above sea level, which means thinner air, resulting in a longer takeoff run. Isn't UIO the highest airport?

I always enjoy TR's with pics and vids on AA because I am retired AA. I hope you can fly on one of our 777's sometime.
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RE: American 2198 Mexico - Miami

Tue Apr 29, 2008 5:08 pm



Quoting Triple7man (Reply 4):
I hope you can fly on one of our 777's sometime.

I hope that too!! lol

Quoting Triple7man (Reply 4):
MEX is around 7000 feet above sea level

7325 feet to be exact, and that day was hot so performance was waaaay to low!
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RE: American 2198 Mexico - Miami

Tue Apr 29, 2008 7:37 pm

Nice report and pictures thanks.

The wing & flaps on that bird sure are dirty!

I assume the onboard service was the usual minimal type............

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RE: American 2198 Mexico - Miami

Tue Apr 29, 2008 8:25 pm



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 6):
I assume the onboard service was the usual minimal type............

That's correct, only beverage service!
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RE: American 2198 Mexico - Miami

Thu May 01, 2008 12:34 am



Quoting Xaapb (Reply 3):
Try searching on You Tube

i did
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RE: American 2198 Mexico - Miami

Tue May 13, 2008 4:32 am



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 6):
The wing & flaps on that bird sure are dirty!

I'm glad someone else said it first... wow.
 
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RE: American 2198 Mexico - Miami

Tue May 13, 2008 4:14 pm

Very nice trip report. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Quoting XAAPB:
After that, I was walking fast to beat some people on the line at passport control but guess what?! It was rush hour! It was packed! From people from France, Spain, England, Italy!

That's one of the most annoying problems at MIA. Once I almost lost my connection to IAD due to a shutdown of the system that forced us to stay in the passport control area for over 90 minutes.

Saludos,

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RE: American 2198 Mexico - Miami

Sat May 17, 2008 12:58 pm



Quoting Rleiro (Reply 10):
shutdown of the system

That's sucks! but what happen, why did they shutdown the system? or was it like a power failure? Anyway it must be annoying to be stucked for those kind of reasons!
Glad you enojoy the trip report!
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RE: American 2198 Mexico - Miami

Sat May 17, 2008 1:33 pm

Hey, good report.
It seems weird they dont have drop-down t.v. on the 738?
 
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RE: American 2198 Mexico - Miami

Sun May 18, 2008 7:11 pm

Once again great trip report. Enjoyed looking at those pictures of MEX. I think that IB A340 needs a good wash.
 
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RE: American 2198 Mexico - Miami

Mon May 19, 2008 12:12 am



Quoting Jrfspa320 (Reply 12):
It seems weird they dont have drop-down t.v. on the 738?

Nop, they are just hanging.

Quoting Mexicana757 (Reply 13):

thanks! yes that IB needs a wash!
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