The class of this flight is considered as Main Cabin Extra and the product is an economy class seat with more legroom so I consider this flight as Economy instead of Premium Economy.
This long weekend trip to Los Angeles was my first trip since I moved to the US. I have chosen American Airlines due to my oneworld Sapphire status and its privileges. Flying from DCA to LAX was $100 expensive than flying from IAD for each direction. So, this trip would include two trip reports of American's regular domestic product for a trans continent flight.
AA 1339 Los Angeles to Washington Dulles ( Main Cabin Extra ), Airbus A321-200, American Airlines Flagship Lounge LAXYou are here
Pax for this flight Domestic First: %100 Main Cabin: %95-100
I have checked-in online for this flight 24 hours before scheduled departure time.
As my prebooked seat was the best seat at the moment, I haven't changed it
Then, the boarding pass has been created.
LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - LAX
My gate was changed to 42A instead of 53A so I have arrived to Terminal 4, approximately 55 minutes before scheduled departure time.
As I didn't have any checked baggage, I have directly proceeded to the priority checkpoint lane. The security check was cleared in 5-10 minutes
After the security check, this AA 319 was visible
AMERICAN AIRLINES FLAGSHIP LOUNGE T4 - LAX
I had the goal to both explore the oneworld Lounge in TBIT and the American Airlines Flagship Lounge, but due to the time and being in Terminal 4, today's selection was the American Airlines Flagship Lounge.
While checking-in to the Admirals Club, the lounge staff gives the passenger a Flagship Lounge invitation if the passenger is eligible to access this lounge. I was able to access this lounge by my oneworld Sapphire card ( British Airways EXEC Silver ). American Airlines domestic First passengers without a OW status ( excluding status from AA ) aren't eligible for this lounge.
The lounge was busy that day so I could have found a seat at a quiet corner. This AA 787 assigned for the Beijing flight was visible from the lounge.
And this 787-9 aircraft heading to Tokyo
A small drink buffet near to the entrance. Fresh orange juice was available during breakfast time.
Food selections at the main buffet. There were plenty of hot breakfast selections available as well as Asian food selections as passengers in the lounge were mostly passengers traveling to the Far East.
In addition to the buffets, a personalized breakfast burrito bar was present. Lounge guests can select their ingredients and create their own burrito. This process is similar to TK's personalized omelette service at IST.
View near the main buffet
While I took my food, this LATAM aircraft arrived to gate 159
While leaving the lounge, I took a cup of coffee which can be both served in porcelain cups or plastic cups. This is a great service as passengers can drink their coffee during boarding and at the aircraft. Also chocolate is offered at the desk located at the entrance of the Flagship Lounge.
GATE AREA AND BOARDING
Our aircraft, N131NN was visible from the terminal
Boarding was made from gate 42A.
As there wasn't enough seats for everyone people were standing in front of the boarding lanes.
Boarding had started on time and priorities were respected.
AA 1339 LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT to WASHINGTON DULLES AIRPORT
I was welcomed by the cabin supervisor while boarding the aircraft.
The seat was comfortable and the legroom for Main Cabin Extra seats are absolutely good.
Like the aircraft on the previous flight, this A321 also had personal TV's installed on all seats.
Advertisements while opening the IFE system
Before takeoff, usual announcements were made.
Our route today
AA 738 next door at gate 42B
This A319 was pushed back to serve AA816 to Mexico City
Then the safety video started to play for the first time but there was no crew at row 11 to demonstrate the safety features at the emergency exit row which IFE screens are stowed away for takeoff. So, the video was played for a second time after the steward came with the demo set.
This 738 was going to Orlando this morning
An AA 738 and an AA A321 was parked at T5
N964JT would operate B6 424 to JFK
Hawaiian Airlines 757 to Kailua
Another AA 738
Another B6 A321, this time to Boston Logan
Alaska Airlines A319 taxiing to the runway for its flight to Portland
T5 & T6
N166SY, United Express flight to Vancouver
Didn't know that Ethiopian Airlines used Terminal 6
AC 787-9 had just landed from Toronto
N29961 getting ready to serve UA 32 to Tokyo Narita
T7 & T8
AA Regional Terminal
N989NN is also at the takeoff queue, getting ready to fly to Atlanta
Alaska 738 parked at the apron, waiting for its flight AS9660 to Vegas
After seeing that aircraft it was our turn to depart, this AA A321 was landing while we gained speed
KAL Cargo aircraft
At the runway
That A321 has landed
And we took of
Another view of LAX
El Segundo area
Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant
And we're over the clouds, the cabin crew asked passengers to close their window blinds as sunlight was directly targeting the aircraft
And, the welcome announcement
Today, instead of AA InflightWifi, gogo Wi-Fi was available.
At that moment, PTV's were showing the recent IFE additions
Wi-Fi login portal
When trying to open the mobile entertainment page, there was an error
Route map at that time
Shortly after takeoff, the first and the only service for this flight has begun, most of the passengers bought selections from the BoB menu but I wanted to have some of the complimentary pretzels. Unfortunately, no snacks were loaded that day so I only had my apple juice.
IFE - AA 1339 LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT to WASHINGTON DULLES AIRPORT
Today there were many movies and TV programs available to watch, I have chosen only one movie to watch during this flight
Mobile entertainment still wasn't working
The seat pocket had the safety card, the inflight menu
Today's selections from the menu
and the American Way and the Nexos magazine
Our aircraft at the fleet
AA East Coast destinations
Some route information
15 minutes later than I took these photos an electricity error has been occurred and the IFE system and the Wi-Fi was rebooted. I was using the T-Mobile 1 hour complimentary Wi-Fi and free messaging during the flight option but after this reboot I wasn't able to reaccess to my free texting.
Then I visited the rear lavatory as the one near door 3L had a long queue. This lavatory was cleaner than the last flight but still dirty. When I left the lavatory, I have realized that one of the cabin crews were sleeping at the rear galley.
While watching my movie, a water run was made and one of the crews served water for those passengers who wished to have one. This was the only drink service except the main service.
Route map as I finished my movie. The part that we have before the reboot isn't visible on the route map
After the seatbelt signs had been turned on, I have opened the window blind to take some scenery photos starting with Sugar Grove, WV
Then, the landing announcement appeared on PTV's
South Fork Shenandoah River
Dickey Ridge, VA
Last shot from the route map
Potomac Falls, VA
First view of IAD
And, we had landed
B6 E190, BA 744 and EY 789 in sight
Some construction work is being done
LH 748 getting ready for his flight to Frankfurt
N462AS would operate AS 849 to Seattle
WASHINGTON DULLES AIRPORT - IAD
Then we have arrived to gate B71 which is near to the B concourse AirTrain station.
After disembarking the aircraft, I have directly headed to the AirTrain station.
The AirTrain wasn't crowded and easily find a spot
After reaching the main building, I have waited the Silver Line Express Shuttle which would take me to the subway station.
A shot from the bus
Later on, I used the subway to reach my address.
And, this Flight-Report series has came to an end.
American Airlines Flagship Lounge
Los Angeles - LAX
Washington - IAD
LAX (+) Wait time at checkpoint (+) Priorities respected while boarding (-) Not enough seating at boarding gates AA Flagship Lounge T4 (+) Food & drink selection (+) Comfortable furniture (+) Great ambiance (+) Great scenery (+) Personalized breakfast burrito service (+) Nice idea of plastic coffee cups for passengers who would like to enjoy their drink during the flight (+) Lounge staff (-) Difficult to find an empty seat AA1339 (+) Comfort of seat and legroom (+) IFE content ( the amount and recent selections ) (-) No snacks were loaded onboard (-) Drink runs weren't made ( only one water run except the main service ) (-) Mobile IFE system didn't work (-) gogo Inflight Wi-Fi & IFE issues, no apologize by the crew (-) Some of the crew were sleeping at the rear galley during the flight (-) Lavatories weren't clean IAD (+) Efficient at domestic arrivals (+) Access to public transportation
This flight-report series has came to an end and I was satisfied of American's domestic product as it is better than I imagined. First, LAX T4 wasn't crowded that day so I have cleared the security check within 10 minutes from the Priority Line, the waiting time for regular lines seemed to be 15-20 min which isn't that bad. The Flagship Lounge was amazing and I wish I could have stayed more there. There were many food options and beverages than I imagined and the food tasted very well. In addition, the burrito bar seemed perfect but due to the lack of time I couldn't experienced it and I hope to experience in my next morning visit. Also I would like to note that due to the morning flights to Beijing and Shanghai, the lounge was crowded and it's difficult to find seats. Boarding started on time and priorities were respected today. Onboard today's aircraft, the regular Main Cabin Extra rows had got a decent legroom and the seat was comfortable. Also, the entertainment system had a great content in it, but had some issues during the flight. Firstly, the mobile entertainment system didn't worked at all. Secondly, I was able to use the T-Mobile 1 hour free data and unlimited messaging option but after a electrical problem in the cabin the system rebooted and I wasn't able to re-login and the system showed the error "You have already used this service today." Also, the reboot of the entertainment system was annoying that I waited 30 minutes to continue enjoying my movie but the screen automatically continued my movie at the point which the systems were shut down. Another negative point about this flight was that no snacks were loaded and the only option to eat food was buying the three main options, and also the some of the crew were lazy so were sleeping in the galley and haven't done the second drink service, only 2/4 crews were awake at that time ( 1 was in charge of First ) so the only cabin crew, which was in charge of the Main Cabin and was professional & awake during the whole flight, had done a water run by herself. The IAD experience was a regular arrival experience as there was nothing special.
To conclude, not loading snacks to the flight and sleeping crews at the galley were unprofessional movements but I think that this flight experience was exceptional and this won't occur to me again. These unexpected events can occur at any airline and their possibility to happen are very low. Thanks to the experience at the Flagship Lounge and the IAD-LAX flight was perfect so I would definitely use American Airlines again and continue to use my oneworld privileges with them.
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