Review of American Eagle flight Charlotte Birmingham in Economy

Airline American Eagle
Flight AA5164
Class Economy
Seat 6F
Flight time 01:20
Take-off 23 Jul 16, 14:20
Arrival at 23 Jul 16, 14:40
MQ   #65 out of 95 Airlines A minimum of 10 flight-reports within the past two years is required to appear in the rankings. 68 reviews
Published on 24th April 2017
Hi and welcome to the second chapter of American Vacation Story!

Heart of Dixie: American Southern Story

This series will cover my annual vacation to the US in summer 2016, which contains 4 journeys in 3 different sets of tickets with 2 alliances.

As per my practice, I will reveal the routing as we go on. The series will be broken down as follows:

Chapter 1 - CX890 HKG-EWR, Boeing B777-300ER in J [Here]
Chapter 2a - AA1615 EWR-CLT, Boeing B737-800 in Y [Here]
Chapter 2b - AA5164 CLT-BHM, Bombardier CRJ-200ER in Y [You are here!]
Chapter 3a - DL ATL-ATL, Boeing B767-200 Spirit of Delta in J/Y [Merge into 3b]
Chapter 3b - UA5865 ATL-ORD, Embraer E-175 in Y [Here]
Chapter 4a - CX807 ORD-HKG, Boeing B777-300ER in J [Flight cancelled and merged to 4b]
Chapter 4b - CX807 ORD-HKG, Boeing B777-300ER in J [Here]

This is the second part of my flight from Newark to Birmingham (not UK) which I would have a stopover in Charlotte. As this is another boring US domestic flight, there will be my travel bonus of Alabama in the second part of report.


My another travel destination in Alabama is Montgomery the state capital. American flies to both BHM and MGM airports from Charlotte. Due to the flight schedule and other matter (?) I opted flying to Birmingham instead of Montgomery. It was just an hour regional flight and I chose the windows seat 6F during my online check-in.

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Charlotte Douglas International

Erstwhile on last report, I arrived at Terminal B. Being an AA hub, CLT could be very busy. But it is spacious, decent and tidy.

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Still having 2 hours for the next flight, I wandered around the terminals and did some plane spotting. A lot of eateries

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As a lover of AA… livery, I was very excited to see those AA tails everywhere^^ An AA A321

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An AA B738 in tin can livery

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I connected to the airport Wi-Fi which is very fast

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I was welcomed by those gate FIDS

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The caption is true: Charlotte’s got a lot for shopping ;)

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It showed my flight had an 14:29 departure on time from Gate 1 of Terminal E on time (in the middle of the left FIDS)

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Charging stations are everywhere

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The airport guide

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I went to the toilet and it was clean

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The tarmac view with nice weather today. An AA A319

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One step back. Indeed there was a family bidding farewell to their pilot father on that A319

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The Main Terminal. I like CLT planted the trees at the atrium for more oxygen^^

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Some passengers were having the sunbath

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My next checkpoint was the Terminal C which you would pass the back door of Admirals Club

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An AA E190 in legacy US livery

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An AA A321

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An AA A332

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Strolling around the Terminal C

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I had my lunch there

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After that I returned to the Main Terminal. There are display monitors for news snapshots

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I grabbed a seat on the mezzanine level of the Main Terminal and enjoyed the nice atrium view. The TSA Pre application center is also on that floor.

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30 minutes before departure, I headed to Terminal E. This time I passed by the front door of Admirals Club

Once taking the escalator down to the Terminal E, my Gate immediately appeared on the right.

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My plane was already here. It was a 12 year-old ex-US CRJ-200 delivered in 2004 (N247JS).

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I witnessed my baggage was loaded! ;)

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My gate. The adjunct gate was another AA CRJ to YYZ.

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Flight Report

Boarding had started for awhile. My boarding pass

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Those gate-checked baggage

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The fuselage shot

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Only 1 cool FA on this flight and I was welcomed at the door

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The cabin

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I found my window seat 6F. Later my seatmate came.

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View from the wing. Our bird was still in feeding.

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The armrest

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Seat pitch is adequate for this regional jet

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The seat back materials together with safety card

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The cabin was 100% full because our flight would fly to Philly following Birmingham. The sun was blazing down thus the cabin was hot and stifling. Passengers kept asking if the FA could turn down the AC. In response the FA simply said he could do nothing but ordered us to shut the windows for cooler cabin.

We pushed back sharply at 14:20.

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Following was preflight safety demonstration.

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Taxiing. An AA A319 was ready

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The FA repeatedly reminded to keep the windows closed to save fuel for a cooler cabin

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We were ready…

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And took off!

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Beverage services started once leveled off

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When the FA was about to serve my row, he suddenly pushed back his cart to the bulkhead. He then announced that we would experience a turbulence so the beverage services for the remain rows would be cancelled with no apologies made lol A lot of rear passengers including my seatmate were jaw dropped…

Our plane was somewhere outside Atlanta then

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Soon we were descending

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Not far now… Not far now… Not far now… Far far now… Far far far far now… Far far far far out…

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Eventually we touched down at runway 36 on 14:35

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There was showers when taxiing. We arrived at Terminal B

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The cool FA gave me a goodbye

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Passing through the jet bridge. Those next flight passengers were already boarding.

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Last view of my bird

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Arrived at the new rebuilt BHM terminal. It is bright, clean and spacious which totally beats Newark lol

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There are some eateries airside

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I took the escalator down to the baggage claim

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My baggage was already here. I picked it and exited the terminal.

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The first thing to do was recharging myself^^

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I then grabbed an Uber to my Airbnb apartment and started my 3-day stay in Birmingham.

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Bonus: Montgomery from Confederacy to Civil Rights

I travelled to Montgomery by Greyhound from Birmingham which just took 1.5 hours.

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The coach seat pitch is good and it has a power socket which is work.

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The South in the summer could be very hot and I was sunburn :(

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The man who the city named in his honor

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I followed the Montgomery Civil Heritage Trail which connects all the historic sites in the downtown (the Court Square - Dexter Avenue Historic District).

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Alabama State Capitol, where the CSA was established at this building in 1861 and it became the first political capital of CSA.

Next to the Capitol is the First White House of the Confederacy

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In the Alabama Department of Archives and History, I recalled my A-level study of American History

The former Union Station, now it served as visitor center

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Rosa Parks Museum

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Being a history student, taking the Montgomery Bus is a must^^ The drivers are very nice and helpful.

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The old Greyhound Station now becomes the Freedom Rides Museum

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Dexter Avenue Baptist Church

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The Civil Rights Memorial Center. The monument was designed by the one who also created the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in DC

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Wandering around the downtown.

When I was taking the murica flag photo outside a beauty salon, the elderly owner spotted me and invited me to visit inside^^ All the 70s' decoration^^

The Riverfront Park

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Stunning view of the Alabama River

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Montgomery at night

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This is the Second Chapter of flight report and here is the glimpse of next report: I traveled to the first US city I knew since my birth

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Thank you for your reading!
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American Eagle

Cabin crew7.0

Charlotte - CLT


Birmingham - BHM



Another standard domestic flight on AA. The cabin is clean but hot. Standard seat pitch and seat back materials. The crew performed his job but could be nicer. We arrived on time.
For CLT, the Terminal is clean and has adequate amenities while the Wi-Fi is very fast.
For BHM, despite being a regional airport, the new Terminal is bright and spacious. It has clear signs for passengers’ access.



If you liked this review or if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to post a comment below !
  • Comment 394949 by
    Pilpintu TEAM 1003 Comments
    I absolutely loved your report!!
    CLT is amazing! Those rocking chairs.... fantastic idea! I would miss my plane there because I'd fall asleep!
    And the Montgomery bonus... wow! All those beautiful, historical buildings!
    I certainly will have to read your report more carefully later. If I had to rate it: AAA+++

    Thanks for sharing! ^^
    • Comment 396486 by
      aussenrist AUTHOR 225 Comments
      Thanks for your comment Nechus! Sorry for late reply lol
      You are right! I like their atrium design too. Sitting on those chairs make you imagine yourself in vacation and feel relaxed^^

      “I certainly will have to read your report more carefully later. If I had to rate it: AAA+++”
      - Thanks for your appreciation! Yes my reports always have those Easter Eggs^^ Your reports are always awesome for excellent pictures and the Chile bonus!
  • Comment 397462 by
    Airplaneflying 4 Comments
    Great flight report! I am excited for the rest of your journey to be revealed.
    Let me guess, your next flight review will be from Birmingham to New York, and then you will fly back to Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific business class. If it is, I sure do look forward to those flight reviews!
    • Comment 398129 by
      aussenrist AUTHOR 225 Comments
      Thanks for your comment Airplaneflying!
      “your next flight review will be from Birmingham to New York, and then you will fly back to Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific business class”
      - Um… your guess is partially correct. I would suggest to read my previous reports for the hint^^ BTW the next report would be a bit experimental and I am still working on it.

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