After a good Transpacific flight on the AA 787, we had about 2 hours before our connecting flight to Washington, DC.
Unfortunately, just going through immigration and customs ate up about half of that time. It was very slow moving. I keep telling myself that I need to do Global Entry, but never get around to it.
There is a Flagship First Class lounge in Chicago, but given that we didn't have much time before boarding, we just went to the Admirals Club that was closest to our gate. The Admirals Club is in desparate need of some updating. It had a very vintage 80s/90s feel. On the positive side, it was large and spacious and not overly crowded.
And there were some nice views of the tarmac
There is also a view of downtown Chicago, with the Willis Tower dominating the skyline.
The Special World cup livery Lufthansa 748 "Fanhansa" prepares to take off
As we didn't have much time, we just grabbed some sparkling wine and a quick snack. The sparkling wine, a Prosecco, is considered a "premium" drink in the Admirals club, as in most U.S. lounges. As an Executive Platinum/oneworld Emerald, I received premium drink coupons on checking in at the Admirals club.
Pretty soon, it was time to board.
A pleasant surprise to be on a new 738 with the Boeing Sky Interior and new leather seats with IFE. For some reason, I've only gotten these on flights between Chicago and DC.
A look into the Main Cabin Extra section of Economy
Seat pitch is generous at 40" – the best legroom of any Domestic First class product
Nice big PTV–one of the best parts of the new cabins
The IFE is availabe from gate-to-gate so I was was able to continue a movie I didn't get to finish on the last flight.
Some sunset spotting out the window with an Iberia A330 and Unitental A320
The flight was staffed by a DC based crew, who, in my experience, are always super friendly.
Pre-departure drinks were offered, with a choice of full bar. I went for some sparkling wine.
Boarding was completed on time and the safety video was played on the PTVs as we pushed back.
Love that Boeing Sky Interior
Some spotting as we taxied to the runway
Delta 763 in SkyTeam livery heading off to Paris
Some beautiful sunset colors as we take off over Chicago
About 20 minutes into the flight, there was a hot towel service.
Drink orders were taken. I went for more sparkling wine.
Drinks were served with warm nuts.
Last time I had flown a Chicago to DC flight in the evening, it was just a snack service, but is now a full meal service flight.
The meal choices were Shrimp & grits or Tortellini pasta.
I went for the Shrimp & grits, which I found very original as far as in-flight catering goes.
It was quite tasty, with the perfect level of seasoning and spice. The shrimp were well cooked.
Here's a look at the Tortellini option.
A warm cookie is served for dessert
The flight is only about 600 miles long and less than 1.5 hours of flying time, so it is definitely nice to have a full meal on a short flight like this.
Before I knew it, we had begun our descent, and the cabin was prepared for landing.
Having purposely chosen seats on the left side of the aircraft, I was hoping for the River approach, to see DC's monuments on landing. But we ended up approaching DCA from the South.
So instead, we got a view of Alexandria, a beautiful historic city.
Thanks for reading!
American Airlines Admirals Club (Concourses H/K) - 3
Chicago - ORD
Washington - DCA
A very good short flight onboard one of AA's newer 738s. I really like the new cabin with the Boeing Sky Interior. The service was great with a very friendly and attentive DC-based crew. A full meal on a short 1.5 hour flight is definitely above average by U.S. airline catering standards and AA gets points for creativity with the shrimp & grits.
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