Review of American Airlines flight Saint Martin Miami in Economy

Airline American Airlines
Flight AA2219
Class Economy
Seat 19A
Aircraft Boeing 757-200
Flight time 05:30
Take-off 14 Feb 19, 16:30
Arrival at 14 Feb 19, 21:00
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Jett Tyler
By SILVER 1095
Published on 15th April 2019
So… Here we are, a four day trip to Sint Maarten…

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and its fair to say majority of my visit was spent in one place!

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Yes!

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Maho Beach!!!



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Of course I took a day from my schedule to visit the Dutch side capital of PHILLIPSBURG.



Even the Hard Rock Cafe wasn't safe from me visiting!

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Sadly, the rest of my tour awaited me.

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Time to move North to the USA!



I chose to pay £180 and fly with American Airlines via Miami to New York. Flying on two of my all time favourite jets! The Boeing 757-200 & 767-300!

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Boeing 757-200(WL) N190AA was to be my ride from Sint Maarten to Miami on this lovely Valentines Day!

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The Sint Maarten airport is slowly getting back to its original self after being hit by the Hurricane in 2017, but a decent but basically efficient operation can still be carried out!

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The airport can't use the jetways, so all flights are open boards/disembarkation regardless of the aircraft size. I had zero complaints about that!!!

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I got on the Boeing 757-200 aircraft, the cabin was a little on the hot side due to the external weather (even though it was late afternoon) and I took my seat in 19A.

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I found the windows were really low on the 757. The cabin on this aircraft didn't have personal IFE Screens but included shared screens every 5 or 6 rows.

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I don't want to sound like a diva, but I would hate to be on a flight over 5 hours on this aircraft with the lack of IFE! The plane was built in 2001, so its not extremely old. The seat was comfy enough!

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The plane left Sint Maarten on time, and we had an amazing climb out over the island, after giving the spotters on Maho Beach a little jet blast!

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About an hour into the flight, the service began. I paid $11 (US) to buy a pre-ordered "Meal package" for this flight. I chose the turkey wrap (I booked it three weeks ahead) and the crew told me they didn't have a spare or stocked Turkey wrap, but offered the chicken sandwich instead with the warm baked cookie. I accepted it and I found it nice and filling, despite the lack of notable flavour. I am in no way holding this minor mess up on the crew, the planning should have been better prepared before the plane left for Sint Maarten.

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I followed the afford mentioned sandwich and cookie with two complimentary soft drinks (tea and Dr Pepper) with the usual pretzel snack pack.

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The flight soon fell under the cover of night as we approached the Bahamas, and just as the captain had told us before we left, we ran into some almighty bad turbulence… Probably the worst patch I've experienced in almost 200 flights in 19 years!

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We arrived into Miami on time and we parked up at the far side of the airport, unfortunately the pilots bolted quickly to get to another flight, so I missed a flight deck visit, but I knew I'd make it up later!

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So the next day, having spent the night in the Hilton Hotel just off Miami Airport, I woke up early to do some photography- the results speak for themselves!


This time I was to fly a night time flight on a Boeing 767-300 to New York JFK.



But with a few hours to kill (after visiting the Miami Hard Rock) I went air side to do some more air side pictures!



The most notable catch for me was the retro TAP Portugal Airbus A330, and a "Red Top" Avianca A320…

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My Boeing 767-300 that night was N434AN, similar in age to the 757 from the night before. The cabin was more spacious and again- shared IFE. Not something I'd like to see on a 7 hour trip to Europe!

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The Boeing departed at night so there isn't much to report on, other than a great crew and the usual complimentary soft drink and pretzel snacks…

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However after landing at New York JFK- I did get a flight deck visit to the AA 767! Making up for the previous night…

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Verdict

American Airlines

7.4/10
Cabin8.5
Cabin crew10.0
Entertainment/wifi4.0
Meal/catering7.0

Saint Martin - SXM

8.5/10
Efficiency9.0
Access10.0
Services5.0
Cleanliness10.0

Miami - MIA

9.8/10
Efficiency10.0
Access10.0
Services9.0
Cleanliness10.0

Conclusion

American Airlines- Good product, IFE was a bit of let down (but I did fly on older retiring aircraft), was happy with flying on two of my favourite planes! Great crews on both flights, slight let down on the in flight meal- but that is down to the systems at AA, nothing against the in-flight crew...

Sint Maarten- Still a long way to go, but its getting there. The staff did the best they could with what they have. Still ran an efficient operation! Maho Beach certainly lived up to its fantasy in reality!

Miami- Great views around the entire airport, both from windows and the rail link. Plenty of shops and cafe/restaurants to browse through.

New York JFK- Not much to write home about on this domestic run, though I was hooked up to a taxi very quickly and the staff were helpful in guidance!

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3 Comments

  • Comment 497871 by
    KévinDC TEAM GOLD 4857 Comments

    I came for the planespotting and I got it!!! AWESOME shots.

    and its fair to say majority of my visit was spent in one place!

    Yaaasss!! #AvGeek Heaven ✈😍

    Those AA 752 shots landing and up close....perfection! I've said it before and I'll say it again, the new AA livery looks amazing on the 752. I also just love the look of 75s.

    The interior is another story...while the seats are comfortable, it sucks that AA refurbished the cabins two years ago without bothering to do nose-to-tail IFE. Especially since these birds have flown some pretty long routes.

    Thanks for sharing and for my daily planespotting fix! 😊

  • Comment 497877 by
    sotto_Deactivated 83 Comments

    Added. I can not cope with the "American way of life" with American airlines: more than 5 hours of flight, and I have to pay 11USD for a sandwich that I did not order (weeks in advance). I can not cope with that as a former airliner.For that, I would at most 1 point (for the recognition of the crew,who can not help it at all), but not 7 points. I remember a flight with NW in First, where I was served the soup after dessert.Everything very superficial. Only that does not cash.

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