For the winter of 2018, my family decided to visit Texas. My mother was coming home from China, so she would meet us there, straight from China. My father and I would come by ourselves. We would be heading to College Station since my uncle works at Texas A&M there. In this series there will be four trip-reports: Two first class flights on the American Eagle ERJ-175, two economy flights on the rare ERJ-140, and a review of the Centurion Lounge at DFW. Photos were taken on my Pixel 2 XL. I hope everyone has a good holiday and enjoy the reports!
American Eagle operated by Envoy Air Flight 3418 12-24-18
We left our house at 5:47 for our 6:58 flight to Dallas. We arrived at 5:58 at Hector International Airport. It was still dark and quiet outside.
Hector International Curbside
Hector International Outside
Since we had already checked-in online and were only traveling with hand luggage, we proceded to security straight away. The check-in desks were quiet as people for the flights before ours had already checked-in.
Hector International Check-in Desks
Wright Flyer model with Santa
There weren't many people at security, and we were able to breeze right through with TSA Pre-Check. However, my father was pulled aside for some additional screening :p.
Our plane for today was N243NN, a 2/2 year-old ERJ-175 operated by Envoy Air for American Eagle.
Next to our plane was a Delta 737-900ER heading to Minneapolis/Saint-Paul at nine.
With nothing to do, I decided to stroll about the terminal.
United CRJ-200 heading to Chicago-O'Hare
In near terminal near Gate 4 was a café, where many people went to buy breakfast today.
I walked back around to Gate 1 where there was a Delta CRJ-900 ready to depart to Atlanta. In the background was another CRJ-900 headed to MSP, which I thought was odd because the flight was supposed to have departed already at five in the morning.
Gate 2 waiting area
Eventually, I headed back to Gate 3 to wait for boarding to begin.
Gate 3 waiting area
Boarding was called at 6:32 starting with people who needed assistance and military members.
On the plane
I found my seat at 4A, and my dad was seated at 3A in front of me. The first class cabin consisted of 12 seats spread across four rows in a 1-2 configuration. My dad and I were seated in the single seats along the left side of the plane. The flight attendant came around and asked for pre-departure drinks. I asked for a ginger ale, and it was served in a plastic cup.
AA ERJ-175 First Class seat (picture taken later in flight)
On the left side was a pull-out cup holder
ERJ-175 cup holder
The tray table folded out of the right armrest and was a good size
ERJ-175 Tray Table
The seatback pocket contained all the reading materials and was pretty large, so you could fit many things in it.
ERJ-175 seatback pocket
Legroom was good with a seat pitch of 37 in.
Boarding continued with 8 out of 12 first class seats taken, including two unaccompanied minors. Doors closed at 6:48, and we ended up pushing back seven minutes early at 6:51!
First class cabin
View from my seat
Engines were started up, and the flight attendant did the safety demonstration.
We taxied by the CRJ-900 that was supposed to go to MSP, but it was deicing for some reason. We didn't have to deice. :)
Delta CRJ-900 deicing
We taxied to Runway 18 and started our takeoff roll.
The views of downtown Fargo were pretty good, and the lights were beautiful. Unfortunately, the water drops on the windows made it really hard to take decent pictures.
North Dakota St.
Reaching cloud level
After we had about leveled off, I took a bathroom break. On the ERJ-175, there was bathroom behind the cockpit and another behind the economy cabin. The bathroom was a bit small, but perfectly usable.
The sun was just rising when I came back.
The flight attendant came back and offered breakfast, I accepted. The breakfast consisted of some cereal and milk, a cinnamon roll, a banana, strawberry yogurt, some grapes, and crackers with cheese. I had a Dr. Pepper to go along with it.
The breakfast was pretty good, and I finished it all. The flight attendant offered me a refill on my drink, but I politely declined.
View after breakfast
Since the ERJ-175 doesn't feature any seatback entertainment, I took out my phone to stream videos on it with AA's personal device entertainment. However, when I logged onto the wifi and went to airborne.gogoinflight.com to watch any video, it wouldn't work. I would tap on a TV show, and the site would bring me to the AA app and an error message would show up. No matter how many attempts I tried, it just wouldn't work. It's worked in the past with my old iPhone, so I don't know why the streaming wasn't working on my Android. I decided it was a lost cause and looked through the things in the seatback pocket.
ERJ-175 seatback contents
DFW terminal map
AA route network. FAR is nearly directly North of DFW
For the remainder of the flight, I listened to some music, played some games, and looked through the window. We started descending around 40 minutes later.
Starting our descent
Breaking through the clouds
We landed on Runway 13R
Thrust reversers engaged
Atlas Air 747-400F
Terminal D in the distance
Emirates A6-EPZ from Dubai-DXB
AA CRJ-900 Terminal B
We arrived at Terminal B at 9:26, parked next to another ERJ-175.
ERJ-175 Terminal B
We bid the flight attendant farewell and headed to the Skylink to Terminal D
Fargo - FAR
Dallas/Fort Worth - DFW
This was a pretty good flight, overall. The flight attendant was nice and provided good service, the seats were comfortable, and the food was good as well. Unfortunately, since the device streaming didn't work I couldn't really do anything during the flight. Interestingly, the seatbelt sign never came off even though it was one of the smoothest flights I've ever been on. Departing from FAR was smooth as always, and the taxi time at DFW was a bit long, though. Stay tuned for the upcoming review on the Amex Centurion and the AA ERJ-140.
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