Hello and welcome to the next segment in this new series of Flight-Reports. These flights were taken back in February–it was a quick trip to Ireland to see a good friend over the long Presidents Day holiday weekend. This report will cover the 2nd leg of this trip: a short hop across the pond from New York to London on a recently refurbished American Airlines B777-200ER
Here we are at AA's Terminal 8 in JFK. Because of the half hour delay on our inbound connecting flight from DC, we only had about 15 minutes before boarding was due to close on the flight to LHR. So, unfortunately, no time to visit the Flagship Lounge.
Quick shots of our triple seven during boarding
Two very friendly Flight Attendants greeted us warmly at the door and pointed us to our seats. Nice to see some friendly faces after a bad experience with Mr. Sunshine, the grouchy Lead FA, on the previous flight.
Because there are two of us travelling together, I had selected forward facing seats together in the middle section.
This is my second time flying on an aircraft with this forwards-backwards configuration Zodiac seat in Business class. My first time was on an AA 787 from Tokyo to Chicago.
One major thing I hadn't noticed on the 787 was the partition screens between the seats in the middle section.
The partitions aren't movable, which makes it impossible to speak to your neighbor. I wouldn't have chosen the middle seats, had I known. It would have been much better if the partition screens could come down like on BA and others. The 77Ws don't have screens. I don't find them necessary as the seats are far apart and you would have to lean forward to see your neighbor.
At the time AA was still doing the Heritage Amenity kits.
This is like the 3rd time I've gotten a US Airways kit–they must have had excess stock.
A few more cabin and seat shots.
My seat 7D
Legroom is great, of course.
IFE control and IFE screen
Bose headsets were distributed by the FAs during boarding
Shortly after, our friendly flight attendant offered pre-departure drinks. Some champagne for me.
Afterwards menus were distributed.
It is nice that AA offers a choice of 4 mains. I had already selected mine online to make sure my choice was available.
The moving map on the IFE is nice and modern, like on the 777-300ER and 787 fleets
The flight was running a bit behind schedule. Luckily I had over 2 hours to connect to my next flight in London.
Yep, we're definitely on a 777-200(ER).
One particularity of these seats are the car-like over-the-shoulder seat belts for forward-facing seats. These only have to be worn during takeoff and landing.
We pushed back about 25 minutes late. The safety video played as we taxied out.
A very short flying time! Less than 5 1/2 hours from New York to London. There must have been some crazy tailwinds.
As with most of the AA fleet, this aircraft has WiFi.
With the smartphone-like IFE controls, one can browse movie titles while having the airshow on the main screen. This is definitely a nice feature for AvGeeks!
Relaxing while waiting for the meal service to begin.
Row 7 is right behind the galley. Light and noise may be bothersome for some. Of course, that's what eye masks and noise-cancelling headphones are for.
While watching a movie, you can have the airshow on the remote control's screen.
The seats can be adjusted to custom positions.
Aperitif service began as we were reaching the coast of Nova Scotia.
I asked for more champagne
The mood lighting was turned on.
Which made the light from the galley much more pleasant.
On these shorter overnight flights, the meal is served on one tray.
Appetizer course: Flaky tomato tart with grilled artichoke hearts
Main course: Roasted duck breast with curry lime sauce, coconut jasmin rice, broccolini and peppers It was delicious and I have to give AA credit for creativity with a curry duck dish.
Ice cream sundae for dessert.
After dinner I tried to get some rest, as there wasn't much time left.
I woke up in the middle of the flight and got up to stretch my legs.
It's nice that even on a short Transatlantic flight, the bar is set up with a nice selection of snacks. I imagine a lot of it goes to waste, however, on short night flights.
Brought back a little snack.
With so little time left, I took another quick nap.
I woke up south of Ireland and had breakfast
The orange mood lighting made photographing the breakfast a bit difficult.
It's a rather hearty breakfast for such a short flight. I was still full from dinner and the mid-flight snack so I couldn't finish my breakfast.
Went to freshen up before landing.
Flight attendants prepare the cabin for arrival.
We landed with some delay, but had made up some time in flight.
We got to the gate about 25 minutes early.
One advantage of being by the galley is that we were the first people off the plane, which is always good in LHR, where passport control and security can be slow. We headed straight away for the airside shuttle to Terminal 5 to catch out connecting flight.
Thank you for reading and see you for the next report which will include a visit to the British Airways First Class lounge and a short hop to Dublin on BA.
New York - JFK
London - LHR
An enjoyable flight with AA aboard a refurbished 777-200ER. The new 777/787 Zodiac seats are much nicer and more comfortable and spacious than the old angled seats, but not quite as nice as the 777-300ER Cirrus seats. These seats are noticeably tighter than the 77W Cirrus seats. Another negative aspect of these seats is that they shake when the person behind you moves, which can be a bit annoying. Due to chronic delays with seat deliveries, earlier this year, AA cancelled their contract with Zodiac to supply seats for the 787 and 777 fleets. Only 13 of 47 777-200ER aircraft had been retrofitted with the new Zodiac seats. AA recently announced that the remaining 777-200ER and upcoming 787-9 fleets will be outfitted with new B/E Aerospace Super Diamond suites, which resemble the Cirrus seats found on the 777-300ER fleet. The new B/E Aerospace seats are flying as of a few weeks ago, which means that there are currently 3 types of seats on the 777-200ER fleet: Old angled flat, the new Zodiac forwards-backwards herringbone seats featured in this report, and the new new B/E Aerospace Super Diamond seats. Once all the old angled seats are gone, the passenger experience will be much more consistent.
Aside from the seats, other aspects of the flight were enjoyable. The cabin crew was very friendly and professional. Catering was overall very good. Again, I give AA credit for having 4 choices of mains and for creativity with the Duck Curry. AA is definitely starting to get away from the usual and boring "chicken or beef". The bar on these long-haul aircraft gives a very premium feel to the Business class passenger experience. The latest generation IFE on the newly refurbished planes is great. There is a lot of content and the airshow is very nice.
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