Hello and welcome to the second leg of this 4 segment routing from Washington, DC to Sydney, Australia. This report will cover my recent flight from DFW to HKG in Business class on AA's Flagship 777-300ER. Scheduled at 17 hours, this is currently the longest flight in the American Airlines system.
We had about 2 hours in DFW and I was excited to check out the new Flagship Dining Room in the Terminal D Admirals club. DFW was one of the few legacy-AA hubs without a Flagship lounge for First class and oneworld Emerald passengers. Recently, AA opened up the Flagship Dining Room, within the International Terminal's Admirals Club–it is not a full Flagship lounge as in other hubs, but nevertheless, I was interested to check it out.
Upon checking in at the Admirals club, oneworld Emeralds and International First class passengers are given an invitation to the Flagship Dining Room.
The Flagship Dining Room is located just across from the bar area. An attendant outside the door took our invitation upon entering.
My first impression is that the dining room is small, with only tables for two. This was fine for us, and it was not crowded on this Christmas day, but I would imagine that it gets packed during peak business travel days. Another downside of this section is that it feels a bit claustrophobic with no outside views–the windows you see in the below picture are frosted,
The food offering is about the same as I've had in the JFK Flagship lounge. That is to say, good for a U.S. lounge, but not on par with other oneworld First class lounges around the world.
The food is more on the level of non-U.S. carriers' Business class lounges.
I was still a bit hungry after a light-ish breakfast on the DCA-DFW leg.
The one pleasant surprise in the Flagship Dining Room is the champagne. Taittinger! The Flagship lounge in JFK was serving Chandon Napa the last time I was there, so this was a welcome improvement.
There was only Champagne, beer, and wine in the Flagship Dining Room. For cocktails and spirits, you have to go across the way to the bar. There were also waiters who came around regularly to refill glasses.
After a few glasses of Taittinger, I was in the Christmas spirit :-)
Security was mostly empty, so I went outside to get some fresh air before boarding my 17 hour flight.
Boarding started right as I got back to the gate with First and Business class. Very warm Christmas greeting by two cheerful Flight Attendants at the door.
The now familiar 77W Business cabin with Reverse herringbone Zodiac Cirrus seats in a 1-2-1 configuration.
My seat for the next 17 hours.
A few more views of the cabin before it filled up.
Love these seats. Super comfortable and private for long flights.
Legroom is great, of course!
AA's heritage amenity kits are really cool for AvGeeks. Today, I got PSA. Slippers are also provided.
As you may have noticed from the first picture of the seat upon boarding, Menus were already available on the center console.
There will be 3 meals on this flight, along with snacks available at anytime at the bar.
The IFE is a very good size and comes in many different languages, including Catalan surprisingly. I suppose that comes in handy for flights to Barcelona.
These seats have tons of space and storage.
As people settled in, Flight Attendants were in the aisles to offer Pre-departure drinks. Champagne for me!
And it is actual champagne, unlike my previous AA long-haul which had only Prosecco.
Decent list, but it's missing Sauternes for Dessert IMO.
As boarding finished up, the mood lighting was turned on.
AA plays the airshow on the overhead monitors throughout the flight.
But if you're a geek like me and you like that sort of thing, there's a really good airshow on the IFE.
As I was playing around with the IFE, the Safety video came on.
Notice anything weird? Keeping in mind that this is a flight to Hong Kong…
Yep, it's in Spanish! The FAs noticed the error immediately and switched it off.
The airshow came back on. One cool feature is that it shows you the route we'll be flying along with the flying times.
After a few minutes the correct Safety video came on.
And after a short taxi time we were off.
Just under 16 hours flying time today, shorter than my previous time on this flight where we were just shy of 17 hours.
Playing around with the IFE.
WiFi is available, however, it barely worked over water the last time I took this flight so I decided to stay disconnected. It's nice to disconnect sometimes.
Interesting feature, there are some e-books/magazines in the IFE, though nothing terribly exciting.
I was feeling the Christmas spirit and wanted to see something cute and sweet so I went for Frozen. I know how nerdy, Right? :-P
Oshibori before drink and meal service.
And the cuteness continues with Christmas cocktail napkins.
I continued to watch my Kid movie with my adult beverage :-)
The movie title shows on the touchscreen IFE remote. Yes, I watched it in French. I'd already seen it in English so it changes things up a bit, lol.
Nice looking appetizer course–good presentation. Also, it looks like AA no longer has an aversion to protein in the appetizer!
For the main course, I chose the beef. From experience, I know that I always regret choosing the beef on airplanes as it's usually tough and overcooked. But not this time. It was tender and juicy–and surprisingly pink in the middle!
The blue cheese potatoes were delicious. The Côtes du Rhône went well with the flavors.
Nice amount of pink for airplane beef!
Here's a look at the Coconut crusted chicken option.
By dessert we were getting close to the Canadian border.
Cheese course and a tasty Cappuccino mousse cake with a Sherry for dessert.
Here we are over Esteban's favorite part of the world!
Listened to some music and relaxed after the meal.
Decided to watch another movie. After starting off the flight with a cartoon, I went for something with a little more testosterone :-P
Red Flower Products in the Business class lavs
Hung out in the cool bar area for a bit to stretch out. There is a nice variety of sweet and savoury snacks as well as beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages. AA is the only U.S. carrier with an onboard bar area in the premium cabin.
Took a snack back to my seat.
Afterwards I took a little nap. Here are some pics of the seat in bed mode. Very comfortable.
I woke up as the FAs were coming down the aisles with the mid-flight snack. Linens were only laid for the first meal.
I chose the Seared chicken Asian option. It has good flavor.
The Western other option was a Tuscan Turkey sandwich.
After the snack it was getting to be night back home in DC and I fell asleep again. I slept most of the rest of the flight. One nice thing about these long Transpacific flights is that you can have a full night's sleep–or two full nights' sleeps even! That's not the case on the short Transatlantic flights that I often take.
I have a knack for waking up for meals :-P I stayed with the Asian option, Char Siu Duck with curry lo mein noodles.
It was very good with some really nice flavors. I like that AA often serves duck–you don't find duck too often on many airlines.
The Western option was an omelet, nothing too exciting, but it looked good.
Almost there! It's amazing how fast a 17 hour flight goes by when you're enjoying it. I'm sure if I were having a bad experience it would drag on forever.
The mood lighting comes back on during the descent.
We landed early and got to the gate about 20 minutes ahead of schedule.
Our beautiful 77W at the gate in HKG.
Welcome to Hong Kong!
Thanks for reading and see you soon for the next leg on Cathay Pacific!
Flagship Dining Room at Admirals Club D
Dallas/Fort Worth - DFW
Hong Kong - HKG
This is as good as it gets as a Business class experience on a U.S. carrier! Awesome seat, great IFE, very good catering with good options, a cool bar area to stretch your legs and enjoy a drink and chat, and a cheerful and attentive crew. The Business class experience is not always consistent on AA with so many aircraft types and seat models, but the 77W is a guaranteed good ride! Another enjoyable flight on the American Airlines flagship.
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