After sitting for a few minutes inside the plane waiting for Immigration to open, we finally were allowed to leave the aircraft and everybody hurried up to be processed. The lines at Immigration were already getting busy and I was directed to check in at a kiosk. I printed my confirmation and handed it to the agent who then directed me to Customs. The process was pretty smooth and soon I was back at the ticket counter.
Security was busy and it took me 15-20 min. to clear the priority line. A separate line for connecting passengers to get back to the terminal right after exiting Customs would be ideal, especially at a busy airport like JFK. Once I got back to the secured area, I decided to go to the Admirals Club located by gate 40 because it was near my departure gate and I did not want to leave the lounge in a hurry.
There are a lot of reports on the Admirals Club by the entrance of the terminal, but not too many about the one further inside by the gates. I found this one to be cozy and not as crowded as the main one. There was a breakfast display containing citrus salad, yogurt, cereal, morning pastries, breads and hot oatmeal. To my surprise, I saw that chef Anthony Bourdain was also a guest today. He was sitting alone and apparently nobody was bothering him - which is the way that it should be.
Admirals Club near gate 40 Concourse C.
As soon as I entered, I requested a shower and the receptionist escorted me to one immediately.
Views from the lounge.
I decided to go to the gate at 40 min. before dept.
Plane at the gate.
Once boarding started I made my way inside and was greeted by the FA's at the door.
The Business cabin.
Here is my seat 10C.
A blanket and pillow were already placed on each seat in addition to a small amenity kit (different from those given on intl. flight), bottle of water and printed menu (again, smaller than the intl. J menu).
Pre-dept. drinks were offered from a tray (sparkling wine, water and orange juice) and FA's collected coats.
After take off, service started with hot towels (once again, these were the flimsy ones).
The FA working in J was professional and friendly. I even saw her kneel down when she spoke to passengers, just like Asian FA's. That caught me by surprise. She came to me and acknowledged my kosher meal.
I ordered a kosher meal since none of the choices caught my fancy. Besides, I was curious to see what this special meal would consist of. I was hoping for lox and bagel or some smoked fish, but alas, I was served a boring omelette with a plate of fruits that was very watery. It looked like it was frozen and thawed later on.
Breakfast started with biscotti along with beverage of choice. I had a cup of black tea.
My special meal. The FA offered warm breads from a basket and I couldn't refuse a croissant.
You might recall that according to the menu there was a selection of sweet treats for dessert. Well, there was no selection per say. The FA's placed two baskets - one with fruits and the other one with packaged snacks by the bulkhead and that was it.
I browsed through the entertainment system and eventually took a nap.
I must warn you that if you choose the last row in J, there is a galley right behind and you will hear the carts being taken out and returned during service.
The FA's in J made passes checking on passengers frequently and before arrival they did a second hot towel service followed by the snack basket and offer of warm cookies with milk. Towards the end of the flight, mints were distributed along with a personal thanks for flying AA.
American Airlines Admirals Club (Concourse C)
New York - JFK
Los Angeles - LAX
This was a good flight with very professional and attentive FA's.
The meal was disappointing and it would have been better if I ordered the regular omelette. The watery fruit plate and cold piece of croissant that came with the meal did not help. The omelette tasted a bit rubbery but the ratatouille helped a bit.
As far punctuality we left a bit late but arrived earlier at 11:37 instead of 12:13.
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