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AA Flagship First! Part 2! EDI-LHR-BOS-MIA-GCM Pic

Sat May 31, 2008 5:46 pm

Well after my week back in Scotland and after an eventful baptism, it was time for me to head back to the sun!
This is the follow on from this report:
Part one: https://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ums/trip_reports/read.main/126809/
Continuation of Part One: https://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ums/trip_reports/read.main/126832/
As I was going to be spending the night in Boston, I didn’t have an early start to my day (which is a first normally for my flights heading back to GCM) and my flight from EDI wasn’t till 1:40pm. I checked in the day before and I love this feature that BA have! I mean if AA could do the same as BA then it would be great! I mean BA makes air travel so easy! I just logged on, chose my seat, and then clicked to pick up my ticket at the airport (because I still gotta get a proper ticket and not just a piece of paper!)
I left the wonders of my flat in St Andrews after some lovely sunshine that was there. However there was always a breezy wind which made it pretty cold!
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The R&A clubhouse at St. Andrews. My father’s clubhouse which holds the claret jug. This is also a gentlemen only establishment, no ladies allowed in the clubhouse!
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A view of the links and the 18th hole on the Old Course.
On the 27th I left St. Andrews around 11:45am just to give myself plenty of time to arrive at EDI and with just over an hour journey I was soon in EDI with just around 40 mins to spare before my flight. I was actually very happy with my timings as it meant that after checking in and also grabbing a quick bite to eat, I headed through security to find boarding already beginning. Now BA always seem to annoy me on how when they board, they just let everybody board! It is a mad rush basically of everybody trying to get on for storage of bags! I took my time and grabbed a photo and then had a quick trip to the toilet and by then they were calling my name for final boarding! Timing was impeccable if I may say so as I was the last one on board this 75% full flight to LHR
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My A321. Reg G-EUXJ
BA flt 1445.
EDILHR
Dep: 1:40pm
Arr: 3:00pm
Acft: A321
Seat: 1F (economy, window)
As I was the last one onboard, I had to find a space for my bag which happened to be 5 rows back. It didn’t really bother me as I wasn’t in a rush (like I don’t understand why people can’t bring one bag only, and a smallish one, and put it above their seat!). Also like every other time I fly BA from EDI to LHR, they always have times way before their slots for LHR! So we had to sit around for 15 mins until we actually pushed back and got underway. So while I waited I snapped some photos of the surrounding aircraft.
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My legroom.
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Views from my seat of EDI.
We soon pushed back and our captain informed us of the flying time and also that this service would be a restricted one due to the weather that was over the UK. The UK (especially England) was having a bad bank holiday weekend and, as usual, there was terrible weather.
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Ten points for who can tell me who this is! Thanks for the help!

Takeoff from EDI
We had a very bumpy and cloudy all the way up out of EDI. The route today was the usual route out of EDI heading west to Glasgow and then making a south turn down the west coast of the UK over Manchester and then finally back over to LHR.
This flight was very bumpy all the way down and the flight crew tried their best to get the service done as quickly and as safely as possible. As I had just eaten in the airport, I decided against having the deli lunch (which happened to be the chicken sandwich like the flight up to EDI) and just asked for a sprite for the short journey down to LHR. One nice thing about BAs airbus fleet is that they all have monitors onboard which show the flight map. BAs flight map also give a bit more detail than AAs as it also shows either the Headwind or Tailwind speed also.
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The flip down monitor and also a view of the map.
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The UK was covered with a blanket of clouds that kept turbulence happening all the way through the flight.
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I saw this AF 744 flying right below me when he went past! Finally got the camera ready and was able to snap the shot of him heading away from us. Must have been just around 1000 feet below us heading for the Atlantic.
Soon we began our decent into the greater London area. It was here that the purser then showed us a video for arrival into T5
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Little snapshots of the video for our arrival into T5. It gave details on flight connections and also details for arriving passengers.
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Making our usual banks into LHR. Still very cloudy down here.

Our landing into LHR on 09L
We then made the turn off and then tracked back up the taxi way to T5 and also to gate 1 at T5 (the same gate I left from to go up to EDI)
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A company aircraft landing after us.
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This BA 744 is performing a Go Around. I guess she was too close to the A320 that landed before her.
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A VX A346 just about to touch down on 9L
We soon pulled into the gate and again there was a mad rush to get off the aircraft. As my bag was behind me in the overhead bins, I waited (instead of going against the flow) until most of the people had disembarked and then when the time was right, grabbed my bag and proceeded to flight connections. Flight connections In T5 involves a walk around the perimeter of the building of 5A and it seems that the busses to take you from the centre part of T5 near the airside to the other terminals. All the busses are brand new looking and seem to run every 5 minutes to the other terminals. The busses seem to also take an odd route as they head down a tunnel near 09L to get across to 5B and then go all the way along 5B to the side of 9R to then go under a long tunnel that then brings you over to T3. I don’t understand why they just didn’t build a central tunnel system rather than the zigzag that the bus does! However it does give you a good view of the aircraft at T5!
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Place where you board the bus looking out to T5B
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Various aircraft parked around T5 as the bus went over to T3.
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A look back to T5A before taking the long tunnel to T3.
After the bus, I made my way to flight connections and the AA desk to get my tickets for my flights. After 5 mins I was in the flagship lounge enjoying a nice pimms and some sandwiches and enjoying my short wait until my flight to BOS.
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Flagship lounge. Sorry but it seems that when I was taking these photos my hand wasn’t the steadiest!
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Ah welcome to the good life!
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Some aircraft spotting while I waited! A JAL 772 and AI 763 (after the JAL 772 left)
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A JAL 77W arriving into the gate right beside the lounge.
Soon after some more pimms and sandwiches it was time to make my way to the aircraft. Also as my gate was 21 so it was farthest away gate and it took around 15 mins to get to the gate area.
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An Air China 744 Combi just arrived I guess from Beijing.
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My 772 which was getting ready for our departure.
AA flt 155
LHR-BOS
Dep: 6:05pm
Arr: 8:20pm
Acft: B772
Seat: 2A (First, window)
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My seat 2A. One of the finest First seats out there!
This aircraft was one of the new installed aircraft with the new biz class seats which also mean she was equipped with the new AAvod! I had a look at the new biz seats on this aircraft and I have to say that they look really good on the 777s!
On this flight today there were only suppose to be 4 of us in First today which I was hoping would make the service a little less rushed and more personal for this flight. The two cabin crew in charge of First came around and offered me a welcome on board drink and also my amenity pack.
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Relaxing before departure.
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Every Window seat onboard this aircraft has 3 windows! And in SQ A380 only 2 seats have 3 windows in first!
Soon the aircraft was ready for departure and we pushed back 10 minutes early! Must have been the first flight in my life that has left LHR early or on time!
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This beautiful PIA 77W was sat beside me and looks fantastic!
We soon began making our way to 09R for departure today. At this time, the cabin crew handed out the menus for today’s service.
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A CX A343
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An ANA 77W! It seems to be a 77W day in LHR for me!
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Two speedbirds getting ready for late departures. One just about to get going while the other waits.
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Around now. The Cabin crew also handed out the complementary Bose headsets. I own my own pair of QC2s and AA now have onboard the QC3s. I actually tried to see if one was better than the other but it seems they both have the same effectiveness so it’s just a preference if you like the on-ear or around ear. I actually prefer my own around ear style as they don’t squash my ear.
Also while we taxied, the cabin crew went around both sides of the aircraft asking what we would like to drink after takeoff and also our choice for our main on tonight’s flight.
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An airline again I don’t know who this is! Any help again please!
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The A321 here is the Vintage LF aircraft colour scheme! Also you can see it in the video of the take off. (well kind of!)

Take off video of our flight. In the end you can also see the BA 777 that was in the incident here at LHR.
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Climbing out of LHR beginning out short flight today to BOS. Our flying time today was only just going to be 6 hours and 45 minutes.
As this was an AAvod equipped aircraft, I soon got my PTV out and began to choose from the selections on today’s flight. The AAvod is a huge improvement from the old system however if I have one complaint, is that it’s hard to see what the choices are. All it shows is a picture of the item and until not until you select it do you get the title of the film/program. Also the menus could be better by having titles like ‘new releases’ rather than just the usual ‘comedy, action, drama’ stuff as IMO that does make things a little more confusing as some films I would of classed in different categories than AA used!
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A little video welcoming us onboard. It is the same video shown on the 767s.
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The menu.
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A cool little feature that you could watch telling you about all the seats functions.

It was a little bumpy as we headed out over the Ireland today. The pilot also informed us that due to the turbulence out of the UK the crew would remain in their seats a little longer than usual.
Soon though the bell went off and the service for tonight’s flight began
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My Jack and Coke with these great warm nuts!
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Relaxing before the meal service. Also watching on the AAVod, Apollo 13.
The meal for today’s flight was kind of the same experience that I had on the flight to LHR. However one thing that was different was that everything was hand served from the kitchen for tonight’s flight. It did feel more personal.
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Appetizer: Smoked salmon and tarragon shrimp accompanied by capers, red onion and sour cream, garnished with lemon wedges and served with toast points.
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The Salad Cart: Fresh Seasonal Greens with pickled carrots, plum tomatoes, broccoli and scallions offered with roasted pepper dressing (I opted for this one) or olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Also served with slice Herbes de Provence chicken breasts.
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Main Course: Grilled fillet of beef accent by cherry and chocolate balsamic sauce, served with cheddar polenta cake and asparagus and celery medley.
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Dessert: Ice Cream sundae with a choice of hot fudge (opted for again), butterscotch or season berry toppings, whipped cream and pecans (I had none of these).
The meal was again, fantastic especially the beef as it was moist and not dry (like my other flight) and the sauce was very interesting and actually worked great with the beef! The Ice cream also was a lot better as it was Ben and Jerry’s rather than the out flight being Brayers.
After the end of this meal service we were already approaching 2 hours into the flight and most of the people were trying to relax and get some sleep. However I wasn’t really tired but I but the seat into recline and just spent most of the flight relaxing. I did get up and try to take some photos of the cabin, but with all the shades down and the lights off it made things hard.
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A view of the seat in a recline position…..
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..And now into the bed position.
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Relaxing while I watched some TV shows.
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A view of the first class cabin. Very nice!
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A view of the map on board. I was hoping that with the upgrade to the system, they would install the new maps like AA have on the 763s but it still seems to have the ‘cartoon’ like one rather than the satellite image type on the 763s.
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A view of some of the details provided on AAs Air show.
It seemed to me that the first half of the flight went past so quickly and the last half was ever so slow! I guess it was just me but it seemed that we spent ages over the Nova Scotia on the map!
However it seemed that we were getting closer to BOS and soon the cabin crew came around asking if I would have liked something from the menu before landing. The choice was a pizza or an Asian style chicken salad. However I wasn’t hungry from the big meal I just had a couple of hours, I only asked for some of the freshly baked cookies that were onboard with a glass of milk.
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Warm chocolate chip cookies baked onboard with a glass of milk. These cookies were awesome and I was asked if I would have liked some more but I refused otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to get off them!
Soon the captain came on to say that BOS had just had some huge thunder storms and that we would be going through these storms into BOS so he also explained that he wanted the cabin crew to be seated early for our arrival to avoid any injuries with the turbulence.

Our decent into BOS and the thunderclouds.

Our captain trying to avoid most of the clouds as we came into BOS.
Actually I thought that it wasn’t that bad actually and was expecting more turbulence but it wasn’t really that bad at all! Kinda of similar to some high level turbulence and nothing like what thunderclouds can really do!

Our landing into BOS
We soon reached the end of the runway and made our right turn off to wait for a couple of aircraft to depart on the parallel and then made our way to the international terminal which is the only terminal in BOS that has customs and immigration. All American international flights come in here but depart from the normal AA terminal at BOS.
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Some FedEx aircraft with the city of Boston in the background.
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US airways have a nice little establishment here in BOS. In fact US airways started a direct service to GCM on sats only from BOS. Also a spot of another vintage colour aircraft here! The piedmont A319 of US! My second spot of a special (vintage) livery today!
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Jet blues E190 and A320s getting ready for their night departures. I was surprised to see how many Jet Blue aircraft there was in BOS! I would have thought with their main base just being down the coast that a BOS hub would have been too close to JFK!
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A look towards the international terminal here in BOS.
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The tails of NWA! Won’t be seeing these in the near future anymore and I think that this livery is way better than DL!
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A Swiss A332 unloading from her flight from Zurich. Our gate was right beside this aircraft.
We were soon parked at our stand around the 8:10pm mark and being in First, the cabin crew block the other passengers from Biz class getting out before we had a chance to deplane (through door 2L). BOS was pretty much dead at this time of night. The immigration hall was empty and it didn’t take me long to clear immigration and then head down the escalators to baggage reclaim.
Now here is where my trip lost its touch.
I waited at the baggage belt and waited a long while. It seemed that most bags from connections were coming off and as my bag was a connection bag, it’s not uncommon for these bags to be on the aircraft first as they have been sitting around for a while! For 20 minutes I waited and it seemed that my bag wasn’t going to show up, and it didn’t! Bugger!! Went over to one staff member and asked if that was all the bags for flight 155 and he radioed about and said it was and if my bag wasn’t there I should head out past customs and make a left and speak to the service people there. I should also point out that it wasn’t just me whose bag didn’t make a show and there was around 20 people all milling around the baggage belt in a lost hope to see their bag appear! I was kind of lucky that I took the intuitive to ask as it mean that I was near the front of the queue to report the lost bag!
Now I had a problem really. My bag was only tagged to BOS, however the next day I was going onto MIA and then GCM and I made sure that the person who handled me understood this and I also showed him my itinerary and he understood that when they get the bag that they needed to forward the bag to GCM for me. He seemed to scribble a lot on these carbon papers and I got a copy which I then later realized had no Bag reference on this paper! It just seemed to list what my bag looked like and the bag tag that BA were using for it! Nothing really about an AA reference number. However later on I got it from the girls down in GCM. The person also said that when I get to GCM I should also report the bag loss there and make sure that it is in the system for the bag to be forwarded here.
With all this done I made my way to the bus to take me to the embassy suites at BOS. Luckily the bus was just outside loading some people and I made a dash for it and soon was at the hotel.
I was kind of worried about my bag and was kinda pissed off at myself as I packed some stuff in it that I needed for coming back to GCM but thought that as I would be picking it up in BOS that I would then get it then! Also I was looking for a spare change of clothes as the ones I were travelling in were not in their best of shape anymore.
I soon was in my room and basically knackered from all the fuss at the airport so I just jumped into the shower and then to bed. It was here that things got worse! As I was taking off my jeans I noticed that a hole had formed and then the zip had come off! (these jeans were 3 years old and done a good deal of work so not that bad). I was like S*-t! how the heck can I travel in these now! Major bummer! Oh well what else was I going to do!
I went to bed and made sure that I set three alarms to wake me up and get me ready for my early departure tomorrow morning.
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The embassy suites actually was very nice and I enjoyed my short stay there. All the rooms are suites with a kinda living/kitchenette along with a nice big bathroom and a queen/king size bed. It was also half the price of the Hilton which is at the airport and I think you get a lot more for your money in the embassy suites!
I awoke to the chorus of alarms going off all around me and kinda stumbled off to the bathroom to freshen up before dawning my clothes and making my way back downstairs to the shuttle bus that runs every 15 mins.
After a little short talk to the bus driver (who was without his bus as someone else was using it!) myself and another customer climbed into the bus and made our way back to BOS. We dropped of the other customer at the DL concourse and then me at the AA concourse. As the bus seemed to drop me off on the arrival level and I was right beside a baggage helpdesk I went across to speak to the lady at the desk to make sure that they knew to forward the bag and she said that they had my home address and also my telephone number.
Also as I was issued tickets in LHR, I made my way straight to security and the departure hall. Security at this time in the morning wasn’t anything really. I do like it how AA and security do seem to have a priority line for AAdvantage members and also people travelling in Biz or First.
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Some Air Tran aircraft awaiting their departures. Love the 717s!
I made my way to the admirals club for about a 20 minute wait and then I noticed that the boards read that the flight was boarding so made my way down to the gate where my 757 was awaiting me.
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The view from the admirals club looking out towards the active departure runway.
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I think is logo which AA have at the end of the terminal is so cool! Kind of a vintage feel but all ‘neoned’ up!

AA flt 1909
BOS-MIA
Dep: 6:55am
Arr: 10:00am
Acft: B752W
Seat: 4F (First, Window)
The air bridge for this aircraft was actually at door 2L on this 757 which was a first for me as normally they just have the bridge at door 1L and this is the first I have seen this on AA! I have to say though that the way AA have the aircraft configured, this is not a good place to board as row 9 is pretty much at the door so you if your assigned these seats, you’re going to have people walking all over you as they board! I made the right left turn to take up my seat.

My seat 4F. These old seats are still very comfy and I actually find them easier to sleep in than the new ones on the MDs and 737s! I am still hoping for a cool new first seat for these 757s and hope that they have some new features from the ones they have atm (in the MDs and 737s that is!)
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My legroom.
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View from my seat.
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This MD-80 had its registration basically worn off! Is this legal for an aircraft to not have its registration properly shown?
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A view of the famous BOS tower

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Can someone tell me what this flap below the engine on the fuselage is for? It seemed to pivot up and down while I was sitting here.
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One of the flight crew performing the walk around checks on the MD-80.
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This was a very interesting cart buggy as it reads on the top ‘alternate fuels’. I also noticed some that had ‘electric’ on the top. Not a bad way to save the environment I suppose! Every little bit helps!
Soon everybody was onboard and on the dot of 6:55 we pushed back and were on our way to MIA.
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RE: AA Flagship First! Part 2! EDI-LHR-BOS-MIA-GCM Pic

Sat May 31, 2008 5:48 pm

continued from above...
Soon everybody was onboard and on the dot of 6:55 we pushed back and were on our way to MIA.
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Right on the money!
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My Silverbird repositioned from our flight last night to the normal AA concourse. She was getting ready for the daylight flight back to BOS


A great shot of the tail with that very cool logo! (in my opinion)
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Our taxi up to the active runway for departure looking back at our gate area. Also notice the US A320 following us on the other taxiway heading for her own gate.
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Another view of the FedEx ramp but his time with the sun in the right place! Vintage 727!
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Another view of the Boston skyline
We had to wait for two aircraft to arrive before we were put into position and hold and then we took off to the north. I took these two photos below of the E190 landing and then the MD80 as the MD80 was actually very close to the E190 and did some turns to try and create more separation. It was very odd to see the MD80 make some pretty sharp turns at this altitude. My first thought was it looked like they were having problems with the control surfaces but they showed me that they didn’t as they were able to land without having to perform a go around (I was so sure that they would need to!)
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These photos were literally taken one after the other so you can see how close the MD-80 was to the E190.

Our takeoff from BOS.
I do love the 757s with their raw POWER! We rocketed out of there like a bat out of hell!
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Making our southerly turn to head down to MIA
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A view of BOS with Boston in the background. I find it quite surprising how small BOS actually is!
We climbed up to around 35,000 feet and soon the cabin crew were up and about getting the breakfast meal ready for First class passengers. Now I have normally never been a fan of breakfast meals on planes as they always seem to be kinda crap with some tasteless omelet. However when they came around to me and they said I had a choice of either pancakes or an omelet I was like ‘pppppppp pancakes?!?!?!?!’. Can’t guess then what I chose! Big grin
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Yummy yummy!
This meal actually was very good! I was a bit miffed with the weird sausage but it was tasty and I loved this idea of pancakes for breakfast on an aircraft! I mean it’s simple to heat up, you can’t really ruin them, and 9 out of 10 passengers love it (for the ones who don’t…… shame on you!). I was really surprised with this meal and it didn’t last too long on my plate!
After my pigging out and with this flight being an early start again for me, I decided that a nap was probably the best course of action. As the country was pretty much covered in clouds there wasn’t much to see so I hit the recline button and put the blanket up against the side of the aircraft and lay my head down for a wee nap……..
…I then found myself waking up to our approach into MIA with 15 minutes left of the flight! Some nap I have to say!
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Making the usual banks into MIA to line up onto the 08L runway.
At this time the purser was giving out information for connecting passengers and gates. She said we would be arriving at gate C7. Oh god! For those of you who have had the luxury of travelling out of the C concourse at MIA all know what I’m talking about, and for those who don’t, C is basically the Bosnia of MIA! The place is small, cramped and needs to be knocked down anyway to make way for the new terminal! I have to say I won’t miss it when it’s gone! My flight to GCM was going to be out of D40 so I had a little walk in between my short connection time (just over an hour).
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Our landing into MIA on runway 08L
We soon touched down and pulled up short of 08R to wait for a company 757 to takeoff before we made our short taxi to gate C7.
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This beauty rotated in a great spot for some photos!
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Some big birds for AA waiting for their next sortie out to the Caribbean or Central/South America
We pulled up to our gate C7 (groan) and after a pleasant goodbye from the crew, I made my way to gate D40. The connection linking C to D was pretty around a 5 min journey and it drops you out right past security for concourse D in the old section of D. As my flight was off from the new part I made my through the crowds to the gait.
D40 is right at the start of the new concourse and so is kind of in a corner waiting for the terminal to be extended back towards A. As I showed up I noticed the B738 just pulling up from her flight from ATL (same flight number all the way down to GCM). There didn’t seem to be that many people on the flight and within 20 mins of the flight arriving at the gate, the crew were getting ready to start boarding for our flight down to GCM.
AA flt 561
MIA-GCM
Dep: 11:25am
Arr: 11:50am
Acft: B738W
Seat: 5A (Biz, window)
My first report of this journey has photos of the seat so I didn’t bother taking any photos really of the cabin on today’s flight.
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The view out of my window.
Boarding was complete around 11:20 and at 11:25 we pushed back on our way to GCM.
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A view of the MX ramp here at MIA as we taxied past on our way to 08R
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A company B757 with her body shinning in the sunshine here at MIA!
It didn’t take long for us to taxi up to the runway and soon we were racing down the runway and airborne to GCM

We made the usual climb over Miami harbor and then made our southerly turn to head down the keys and pick up our route into GCM over the waypoint TADPO.
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Starfish island where the rich people of Miami all live. I do believe that this is where the mansion in Scarface is supposed to be.
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A small shot of the cabin as we made our way to GCM.
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Making our way south and approaching Cuba. Notice how you can tell where land starts as this is where the big clouds start to form up.

Looking back towards the Keys with Cuba below. I also love how when your this high up the colour of the sky is just immense!
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Bay of Pigs coming up on the left hand side of the aircraft. If you know your history then you know that this is quite an important place!
This flight may be called an hour long but it never seems like that to me! we were soon past Cuba and began our decent back into the ‘rock’ of Grand Cayman.
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A look over to rum point as we make our turn to head over to runway 08 for the visual approach (as we ain’t got no ILS!)
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A view of North Sound.
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Coming up on North West Point. This is where most of the wall dives are done here and you can easily see the drop off in this crystal clear water.
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A view of 7 mile beach and where most of the hotels are situated on.
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I tried to get a shot of GCM here but don’t know if it’s really that noticeable

If you can try to picture this, where the winglet is at basically is where the southbound aircraft come in from. They make a turn towards the west around the point of the island and then head out south westerly before lining up onto runway 08.

Our landing into GCM. You can see one Carnival cruise ship in and also if you look very carefully around 17 seconds into the film you may also see the Atlantis Submarine making a surfacing near 2 other boats (one is the surface vessel and the other is the shuttle boat to take passengers back and forth to the harbor.
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Here at GCM, you wanna use your breaks! At the end of runway 08 is the North sound. I have to do runway inspections and I can tell you that from the end of the runway concrete to the water is under 10 feet!
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Old and New! Two KX 733s awaiting their next flights off to the USA. As I am writing this, our newest aircraft into KX, VPCKW, is coming back from the work shop in Costa Rica so we shall have 2 aircraft now in the new colours!
We soon were back at the ramp and engines were switched off and our stairways were moved into position (took the guy 4 attempts which is a first for me to see that!) and I was soon through immigration and customs to talk to the baggage people about my lost bag and then out to my friends car who was already waiting for my arrival.

That concludes my epic journey in American First! I have to say that AA have really shown me that they can actually be a great airline and that the service is a heck of a lot better than it used to be 2-3 years ago. All my flights were on time or as close to being on time in arriving and the crew and food on all the flights were wonderful! The only small drawback from this trip was the loss of my bag but again I don’t think that’s AA’s fault but more of BAA and LHR! It’s been 5 days now since I have seen my bag and they still haven’t found it but I’m hoping that it will one day be back in my possession in the near future (god please help them find my bag!) The only downside to this trip was that it will be a long while before I can do anything like this again but I’m glad I was able to enjoy my trip to the fullest!
Thank you all for reading and I hoped that with the help of my words and photos, it has felt like you were there and along for the ride!
 
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Sat May 31, 2008 7:22 pm

Nice TR!
I did not know that AA had such a good F product! Since you had some problems with your bags, did they have priority tags?
Thanks for sharing!

Quoting Albird87 (Thread starter):
An airline again I don’t know who this is! Any help again please!

I believe that it's a Royal Air Maroc 737-8B6
SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
 
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Sat May 31, 2008 7:36 pm

A great conclusion to your trip. I really enjoyed it.

Quoting Albird87 (Thread starter):
Ten points for who can tell me who this is! Thanks for the help!

That is LN-KKZ, a Norwegian Air Shuttle, advertising the insurance company 'Silver.' It is a 737-33A.

Quoting Albird87 (Thread starter):
And in SQ A380 only 2 seats have 3 windows in first!

Mmm... I hope you are not trying to compare the SQ A380 Suites to the AA Flagship First. While the AA product may be impressive, the Suites are just insane.

Quoting Albird87 (Thread starter):
The Cabin crew also handed out the complementary Bose headsets.

Wow... Very nice! I guess those must be the ultimate headsets.

Quoting Albird87 (Thread starter):
As this was an AAvod equipped aircraft, I soon got my PTV out and began to choose from the selections on today%u2019s flight.

The TV size is a little disappointing for First class. A pity that it is not on the same level as the seat.

Quoting Albird87 (Thread starter):
My legroom.

The seats look nice, but the legroom is a little poor.

Quoting Albird87 (Thread starter):
god please help them find my bag

I hope you will find the bag! All the best of luck.

Overall, a very nice report. I hope to see some more soon.

Regards,
Globetraveller

[Edited 2008-05-31 12:39:29]
 
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Sat May 31, 2008 8:00 pm



Quoting Albird87 (Thread starter):
Can someone tell me what this flap below the engine on the fuselage is for? It seemed to pivot up and down while I was sitting here.

That would be the outflow valve.. It is used to regulate pressurization. It modulates by means of a controller that keeps the cabin at a desired pressure. It also can be moved manually also in the event the automatic function fails....Very nice trip report by the way nice pics.
 
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Sat May 31, 2008 8:48 pm



Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 3):
Mmm... I hope you are not trying to compare the SQ A380 Suites to the AA Flagship First. While the AA product may be impressive, the Suites are just insane.

haha yes you are right but im just saying that if AA can have 3 windows to 2 on a normal SQ suite then maybe its one up on it!  Wink  duck 

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 3):
Wow... Very nice! I guess those must be the ultimate headsets.

The Bose headsets are fantastic and its a great thing that AA have a special agreement with Bose. I dont know of any other airline that has these which makes AA have one up on other airlines again!

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 3):
The TV size is a little disappointing for First class. A pity that it is not on the same level as the seat.

Yes well the TV is small when you have the likes of 23" screens now onboard aircraft. The TV does pivot up and down and i have to say that i had no problem watching stuff on it. However with the new biz seats having 10" screens now i think that AA should consider in making some adjustments to these screens to at least make them 10 but 12" would be better (heck 15" would be a charm but i highly doubt that we shall see that until they bring out a new seat!)

Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 3):
The seats look nice, but the legroom is a little poor.

In may look poor but its really plenty. I would travel on that seat on the BOS-MAN flight that AA use to use a 757 on over a Y seat anyday!
 
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Sat May 31, 2008 9:47 pm

Great TR with great pics. I love flying first class on AA 777's. If you really want to experience it, fly to NRT in first class. All AA 777's now have the flagship suite, and most of them have been refitted with the new business class seats.

I also noticed the JL 777-300ER. That is also very nice, I recently flew in one NRT-BKK. Even though I was flying as a non rev, they gave me a seat in the premium economy section.

Quoting Albird87 (Thread starter):
Around now. The Cabin crew also handed out the complementary Bose headsets. I own my own pair of QC2s and AA now have onboard the QC3s. I actually tried to see if one was better than the other but it seems they both have the same effectiveness so it’s just a preference if you like the on-ear or around ear. I actually prefer my own around ear style as they don’t squash my ear.

I prefer the QC2's to the QC3's for the same reason..they don't squish my ear
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Sun Jun 01, 2008 5:19 am



Quoting Albird87 (Thread starter):
An airline again I don’t know who this is! Any help again please!

It looks like RAM---Royal Air Morocco
 
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Sun Jun 01, 2008 6:11 am



Quoting Ocracoke (Reply 7):

It looks like RAM---Royal Air Morocco

It is indeed.

I think the 733 is Silverjet.

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Sun Jun 01, 2008 7:38 am

Nice report and pictures, a good follow up to the outbound trip.

The meal service on the LHR-BOS flight looked better than some I have seen recently though I still think Pizza is a poor offering for a First Class arrivals snack, certainly lacks any imagination.

Regards

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Sun Jun 01, 2008 12:38 pm



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 9):
The meal service on the LHR-BOS flight looked better than some I have seen recently though I still think Pizza is a poor offering for a First Class arrivals snack, certainly lacks any imagination.

Yes i totally agree! its the same thing they serve in the back of the bus!
There was another option of asian chicken thingy (i cant remember fully!) and if i was actually at all hungry (even though i just ate that massive dinner meal!) then i would of definately opted for that. However the cookies were great!
I cant see why AA couldnt just serve you some nice sandwhich but something basic and light! If you do have that pizza it sits in your stomach like a stone!
 
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Sun Jun 01, 2008 10:25 pm

Great trip report!!

Also really nice watch!!!

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Fri Jul 11, 2008 3:41 am

hey just to let people who were asking...... I got my bag back...... 4 weeks later!

So the story goes a bit like this!

After phoning AA twice a day to find out where my bag was, I got the usual crap that they were 'still looking for it' and that the bag hadnt been sent to any AA station. They thought that the bag was maybe in Customs in BOS or LHR being searched before the bag was given out to the airline.
So After 6 days AA said that the bag trace was going to be moved to their central baggage tracking people. I had to download a form and fill out a lot of details like stuff about how much my bag costs and contents and also the value or the bag. They also had a cover note saying that if their search was unsucessful i would be given money for my loss, or an AA credit. AA made sure that on that tick box they would say that the AA credit was going to be most likely double whatever the cash i may receive. Im no fool and went for the cash!

Weeks past and still phone calls to AA central baggage came back with any luck on finding my bag. One guy told me that it may be in Italy where BA sent the lost T5 bags and it may be months before BA send AA bags from that incident! I asked then when i would get my compensation and because im a AAdvantage Gold member, I would get it after 6 weeks rather than the normal 12! Now my first thought was WOW! I mean how can they do that! Surely the Warsaw convention comes into play!

Anywhoo, weeks went on and on and they finally gave in and were going to send me the check for my compensation. I was kind of happy to be finally getting my money but annoyed that my bag hadnt been found!
In the back of my head tho i always thought that if BA had found the bag and checked the Oneworld lost baggage service and saw that I was continuing onto GCM and may of just thought to put the bag on their direct flight and then it wouldnt have to go via BOS and MIA before getting here. However that thought was kind of put away as the bag was only tagged to BOS!
So i had gone back to work and kind of stuff bumed that i didnt get my bag. Was very angry really at both AA and BA as it seemed that they were not doing anything! AA always told me that they were sending messages to BA to find the bag or if they had found it, but they never got a message back so they just thought that they were still looking for it.

It was now around the 28th of June and now a month since I had travelled. Also that thought about the bag sitting in GCM and did come on the BA flight but no one knew where it came from and also whos bag it was. I decided to phone AA at GCM and ask them if it was possible to come down and check the customs lock up to maybe see if the bag had come down and it may of been missed. AA said sure and got in contact with customs and allowed me to come down.
I walked into the customs hall and got a customs officer and AA attendant to open the customs lock up and within 5 seconds of the door opening, I saw my bag!
Now there were two thought running through my head at that time:
1st was releaved! I mean i was finally going to get my bag back and happy that my bag was back in my hands!
2nd was Anger! I mean i check the bag and it said it had been sitting in customs since the 30th of May! 3 days after i travelled! Like i thought, the bag had been put on BAs flight and come down here on the 30th of May. I mean AA staff were looking very confused and embarassed in a way to allow the bag to of been sitting there for so long! However i think that in the confusion it may of seemed that BA didnt seem to tell AA (who were in charge of the bag search really as it was an AA bag) that they had found it and sent it onto the final destination! I mean it would of saved a lot of time and hassle as AA could of then told me that that was what was happening and told me that it was on the flight on the 30th of May! I mean these airlines are suppose to be in an alliance and work together! It seems tho that with lost bags they have no connection what so ever!

However I have the bag and also got in the mail a check for 635 dollars so in the end it was a happy ending....... just a month late!
 
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Fri Jul 11, 2008 5:12 am

A month late. Wow. I'd have give up hope...

Nice report and good pics, I spotted your Breitling in the Flagship Lounge picture  Wink

Though you should have left the Flagship Lounge and tried the CX F or JL F lounge @ LHR. The FL is definitely the worst F lounge of the three...Any reason you didn't try out the EDI Terraces? It's not bad!

I have to agree with you about the warm AA cookies, they are pretty tasty! I always ask for a second one and they usually bring two or three out for me  biggrin 

You seemed to be too kind about AA's 757 F seats.  Wink For dayflights they are quite comfortable but for nightflights they are HORRIBLE. Especially now that AA doesn't seem to give you any pillows in F...what's that about? I presume they still do on the transcons and premium routes but on ANC-DFW we had nothing but nasty blankets. Not cool  thumbsdown 

Quoting Albird87 (Reply 5):
I dont know of any other airline that has these which makes AA have one up on other airlines again!

When I flew JL F they handed them out. My wife has the QC3 whilst I have the QC2, I prefer mine (obviously!), I'm not a huge fan of the 'on ear' feeling...
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Fri Jul 11, 2008 6:15 am



Quoting Albird87 (Thread starter):
An airline again I don’t know who this is! Any help again please!



Quoting Ocracoke (Reply 7):
It looks like RAM---Royal Air Morocco

It's Royal Air Maroc...

Quoting Albird87 (Thread starter):
Can someone tell me what this flap below the engine on the fuselage is for? It seemed to pivot up and down while I was sitting here.

Pressure outflow valve...

Awesome report I must say. Although the food is great, it seems very Business Class like. I wonder what did JCL have for meals in that case?
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Fri Jul 11, 2008 2:54 pm



Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 13):
Nice report and good pics, I spotted your Breitling in the Flagship Lounge picture

Haha well thats the joys of living in a tax and duty free place so the watch was 40% off retail prices! Also when your an aviator, gotta have the watch of the air!  Wink

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 13):
Though you should have left the Flagship Lounge and tried the CX F or JL F lounge @ LHR. The FL is definitely the worst F lounge of the three...Any reason you didn't try out the EDI Terraces? It's not bad!

Dam! I wasnt thinking! Arg! However, as much as the place looks very odd, the little sandwhiches were good. Also they had Pimms and as I cant get it over here! So i just stayed around and enjoyed my fill!
Also about EDI, i literally was there for 40 mins and basically if i would of gone in, i would just have to go out! Been in there before many times and it is quite a nice lounge!

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 13):
You seemed to be too kind about AA's 757 F seats. For dayflights they are quite comfortable but for nightflights they are HORRIBLE. Especially now that AA doesn't seem to give you any pillows in F...what's that about?

Haha! well i know they look bad but i love the retro seats. I slept the whole way down! so i cant complain! Im sure tho i had a pillow also! cant remember as its a while ago now!
Also i cant really imagine any of the 738s, MDs or 757s seats being great for overnight flights! Still better tho than Y!

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 14):
I wonder what did JCL have for meals in that case?



Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 13):
A month late. Wow. I'd have give up hope...

Haha well it was god dam long time but in the end i got it and compensation! If AA had not sent me any compensation, then there was going to be a very long angry letter to them! I was still contemplating on it after i got my bag to complain on how it had been sitting here for 4 weeks without no one telling me!
 
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Sat Jul 12, 2008 2:14 pm

Great TR!
It is really unfortunate that AA is going to the 763's on all the BOS-LHR routes  Sad
I really like the 777 and fly this route often. I do not like the 763's so I may be trying BA or VS. It makes no sense to not have a PTV for a 6 or 7 hour flight. Anyways, thanks for the TR, it was a great read!
Also, glad you got your bag back. Makes you wonder if the right hand knows what the left hand is doing with luggage. If your name tag is on a bag, why wouldn't they just send it to you instead of throwing it in a closet?

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