Welcome to a new series series of flights that will take me from Washington, DC to Sydney in a very AvGeeky not-so-direct way :-) All flights, except for one, will be on oneworld carriers. This trip will include my first ever flight on a Dreamliner…and there will be two of them! It will also include a few new airlines for me, as well as some fun 5th freedom routes.
Since there are no AA or oneworld Transpacific flights from the Washington, DC area, I will naturally have to connect in a hub. So we start out with a relatively uninteresting domestic hop from DCA to DFW on a AA B737-800. I've flown a lot on AA 737s and have posted several reports (and have many more in my drafts that I don't always have the motivation to post, LOL), so this first FR of the series won't be the most exciting or elaborate.
Check-in was quick and easy with friendly agents. Bags were tagged to Singapore where we would be doing an overnight. Then we headed to the Admirals club which was completely deserted except for another couple. The two club agents were super friendly and because it wasn't busy we chatted with them for a bit.
An empty lounge is always pleasant!
Standard morning fare, nothing terribly exciting. I just had a Bagel and some juice.
Early morning view from the Admirals club.
Boarding started as we got to the gate, right on time. We were greeted by two FAs who were clearly in the Christmas spirit wearing Christmas tree hats with lights and everything! Sorry, I didn't think to ask to take pics. They were very jolly and in a great mood, which started the trip off right.
My seat in the first row, 3F.
Bulkhead seats have good legroom on AA's 737s.
Although this aircraft features the old cabin, it does have the Boeing Sky Interior.
Announcements on the overhead screens during boarding.
Flight attendants came by to take coats and bring pre-departure beverages as soon as we were settled in. There was a choice of orange juice and water. In my experience, on LAA (Legacy American Airlines) domestic aircraft, pre-departure drinks are limited to orange juice and water (and sparkling wine on longer domestic flights), and sometimes no PDB is offered at all, while on LUS (Legacy US Airways) aircraft, you have a full choice of anything at the bar for PDBs. It's not a huge deal, but AA should probably work on a uniform policy for both sides as it can make the passenger experience inconsistent.
Despite a full flight, boarding was completed early and we pushed back a few minutes early. The safety video played on the overhead screens as we pushed back.
The sun began to rise as we took off. It was a cloudy day in the DC area and around the Appalachians.
The clouds started to burn off as we got further away.
As this was a morning flight, I started with a Bloody Mary :-)
There was a hot and a cold option for breakfast. I chose the hot option, which was a Florentine Quiche.
The quiche was a good size and tasty, though as usual, I found that they were a bit stingy on the potatoes.
On aircraft with overhead monitors that don't have PTVs, AA shows NBC-Universal programming. On this flight, AA showed an episode of Heroes - Reborn
Sticking with the Bloody Marys
Not sure what this city is that we flew over, but we flew an odd route to avoid some weather.
Cincinnati maybe? Doesn't seem big enough.
After a quick nap we were already on the descent. Prior to landing, flight attendants come around with AA mints and thank each passenger in First class individually, which is always a nice touch.
View of downtown Fort Worth on landing at DFW
As with the last several times I've taken flight 137, we parked at the International Terminal D. I imagine this is due to the flight being a Thru-Flight to HKG with the same flight number.
Thanks for reading and see you soon for the Transpacific leg on American's Flagship B777-300ER!
American Airlines Admirals Club - B
Washington - DCA
Dallas/Fort Worth - DFW
A comfortable 2.5 hour flight with good catering and a great crew that showed their Christmas spirit.
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