Happy New Year to all and welcome to another series of Flight-Reports.
I had found some decent oneworld Business class fares to Peru over the Thanksgiving Holiday, which presented a perfect opportunity to go to Machu Picchu and check off one of those long-time bucket-list trips. Although LATAM had recently started non-stop flights between Washington-Dulles and Lima, the flights were not daily and the schedule did not fit my travel plans. I would therefore need to fly to Lima either via Miami or Dallas. The shortest travel time was via MIA, but the overnight MIA-LIM flight time is less than 5 hours, which does not give much time for sleep. So I decided to go through DFW–the 7 hour DFW-LIM flight would allow for more sleeping time so we could hit the ground running upon arrival.
As mentioned above, we had chosen overnight flights; this schedule allowed us to work a full day prior to flying out. We arrived at the airport about 2.5 hours before departure, giving us enough time to enjoy the lounge.
We had already checked-in online, but had one bag to check. The AA ticket counter staff at IAD is always friendly and helpful. The agent checked my bag through to Cusco, though I would find out upon arrival in Lima that I had to re-check my bag there.
Flying out of Dulles never gets old; it's a beautiful airport.
Arriving in the concourse
Nice sunset colors
The British Airways Galleries lounge is just to the right after the escalator from the train. The BA Galleries is the only oneworld lounge at IAD.
The lounge was renovated a little under two years ago and looks great in the new standard BA style. We were greeted by a friendly agent who chatted with us for a bit about Machu Picchu.
View from the lounge
The main section of the lounge consists of one long hall with seating overlooking the concourse. With the BA A380 departure to LHR less than an hour away, the lounge was understandably very crowded.
There were no available seats in the main gallery, but we found an empty small side room.
There are separate buffet/snack and bar areas
Unlike most other BA lounges I've visited, there were no hot options at the buffet. However, there is a dining room serving hot meals à la carte, but it is reserved for London passengers.
Once boarding was called for the BA A380 to LHR, the lounge really cleared out. We were the only ones left in the lounge along with another couple. It was a nice opportunity to roam around and explore in the peace and quiet.
Computer workspace area
we headed to the gate a few minutes before boarding was due to begin.
There was no good view of the aircraft from the gate.
Boarding began right on time with First class.
As most of you know, AA has 4 rows of Domestic First class in a 2-2 configuration on the 737-800 fleet.
A pleasant surprise to find one of the new interiors on this 737. The new 737 cabins are still somewhat rare–you never really know when you'll see one.
Good 40" pitch in AA Domestic First class
The view looking back towards the main Terminal
The flight was completely full–not surprising the week of Thanksgiving in the U.S. Nevertheless, boarding was relatively quick and we pushed back on time.
The new safety video played as we pushed back from the gate.
The new video is a bit surreal and reminds me of Air France's safety video, only weirder.
As is often the case on LAA metal, the FAs did not do a full pre-departure beverage service–water was the only option.
Nice moodlighting and Boeing Sky Interior.
Love the modern airshow on the new IFE in these cabins.
Taxiing to the runway
Lining up for takeoff on runway 12/30
Shortly after takeoff, pre-dinner drinks were served with warm nuts. I went for some sparkling wine.
The IFE is great in these new cabins. There is a large choice of movies, series, documentaries, and music.
I decided to put on a movie to watch during dinner.
As usual, i pre-ordered my meal on AA.com to ensure I would get my first choice.
I selected the Chicken Pot Pie with Béchamel sauce, which sounded interesting.
I was expecting something with a pie crust, but this was creative and interesting. It was more like a deconstructed pot pie with southern-style biscuits standing in as a crust.
It was actually very tasty and I commend AA for creativity. It hit the spot on a cold winter evening.
Warm chocolate chip cookie for dessert, the usual fare on most flights under 3.5 hours.
I continued watching movies and relaxing after dinner. About 2 hours into the flight, the captain announced that we would be delayed into Dallas due to storms in the area. Shortly after, we were put into a holding pattern.
After about a half hour of holding we were released and made out descent into DFW.
I could see a lot of lighting in the distance, but the storms had cleared out from the immediate Dallas area. In fact, the visibility was quite good.
The flight map shows our looping holding pattern over the Arkansas-Oklahoma border.
We landed about a half hour late, which cut in to our connecting time, but we still had about an hour before the departure of the Lima flight. Still plenty of time to get to the next gate, we'll just have to skip the lounge.
Our plane on arrival at DFW.
Thanks for reading!
British Airways Galleries Lounge
Washington - IAD
Dallas/Fort Worth - DFW
A good flight with AA in domestic First class. Nice crew, good service and catering for a flight with a scheduled flight time of 2:45. The new cabin with Boeing Sky Interior and PTVs made the experience all the more pleasant. I just wish LAA crews would be consistent with PDB service. Aside from that, everything was great.
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