Welcome to the final leg of the return portion of this series of flights with American Airlines. As previously mentioned, this trip was essentially a mileage run over a long weekend yielding 19,000 miles. After a very long flight accross the Pacific, this 3 hour flight, which normally seems long by domestic flight standards, sounds like nothing. Our flight to DCA has the same flight number as our flight from HKG–would have been nice to keep the same aircraft as well :-P Yes, I know that's not possible.
As mentioned in the last report, our flight arrived super early into DFW due to some very strong tail winds. On top of the early arrival, I breezed though immigration faster than ever using the self-serve kiosks with no lines at all. This left us with plenty of time to go enjoy the Amex Centurion lounge and get a shower there to freshen up.
Up the escalator we go
No pics of the lounge this time. See the DFW-HKG report for a detailed review of the DFW Centurion lounge.
About 10 minutes before boarding time, we left the lounge and took the SkyTrain to Terminal C.
Nice view of the lineup at the International Terminal from the SkyTrain
As I got to the gate I tried to get a pic of our plane but could only see this MD-80. Huh…aircraft swap? Would be cool to fly the Mad dog…it's been a long time since I'd been on an AA MD-80 in F.
The seatmap still showed the aircraft as a 738 and upon boarding realized that we just coudln't see our plane from the gate. We were indeed on a 738…which is starting to get a little boring…unless you get lucky with the new 738s with PTVs.
Something a little different this time; our 738 is in oneworld livery. Too bad we couldn't get a good view of it from the gate.
My seat. A window in the last row of F…I usually try to choose these seats because I can recline without bothering anyone.
The seat pitch is good in Domestic F on AA. Better than DL or UA in my experience.
I like that American plays boarding music while showing images of nature on the overhead TVs. I find it relaxing. I don't think DL played music on domestic flights when I was a DL FF.
Boarding was complete early despite a full flight and we pushed back ahead of schedule.
The safety video plays while we taxi
Some pics while taxiing.
DL Connection E-jet
AA 738 in the old livery.
After a very short taxi time, we're off
Chicago Fire comes on the overhead screens shortly after takeoff
A few minutes later our FA comes around to take drink orders. I ask for a gin & tonic.
She comes back with drinks and warm nuts. This is another thing I like about AA Domestic First compares to the others. DL has stopped serving warm nuts altogether, even in Transatlantic Business class (I'm not sure about Transpacific).
Hot towels right before dinner.
Some pretty colors outside as the sun sets.
For a domestic flight less than 3 hours long, I find the catering to be pretty decent. I know that longtime AA Frequent Flyers have decried AA's new catering as a major downgrade from what it was pre-merger. But as a long-time Delta flyer, I did not experience the pre-Merger catering on AA ( not in many years anyway) and find the meals to be better than on Delta for similar length flights. Though to be fair, DL was starting to make improvements to Domestic F catering before I switched to AA.
Beef in a mustard sauce. I found it good overall.
A warm cookie and a Baileys for dessert.
Another US Airways glass has made its way onto an AA plane.
More NBC-Universal TV shows are played on the overhead screens during the flight.
The FA is very attentive and came around regularly to fill up glasses.
One more Baileys before we land.
The cabin is prepared for landing
I-495 Capital Beltway
Bolling Air Force Base accross the river from Reagan National
We landed about 20 minutes early, which is great because I couldn't wait to get home and sleep in my own bed.
With no check bags I was home by the scheduled arrival time.
Thanks for reading and see you soon for a new series of reports!
AMEX Centurion Lounge
Dallas/Fort Worth - DFW
Washington - DCA
It was a good short flight in this cabin that I find perfect for a 3 hour leg.
Comfort - As I've said before I find AA's Domestic F seats to be the most comfortable of the Big 3 US carriers. The legroom is generous and the recline is good. Catering - I enjoyed the meal and thought the portions were just right for this length of flight. Crew - The crew was great. The FA who took care of us was charming and attentive. IFE - The IFE is ok. Overhead TVs are better than no TVs as is the case on the US Airways fleet. The new 738s are being delivered with PTVs which is nice. AA need to refurbish the US Airways fleet because transcons with no IFE seems very LCC -- reports coming soon.
Early departure, early arrival
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