Hello and welcome to another trip report. On today's agenda, I will be flying business class on American Airlines from ORD to GUA. I booked the flight as part of a mixed cabin ticket from DCA to GUA with a stop in ORD. The round trip ticket cost came to about $900, which I would consider a good deal considering that other economy flights with economy on all legs cost the same amount.After landing from DCA I headed straight to the American Airlines Flagship Lounge. The lounge was spectacular, with a buffet that included things like sushi and pork roast. Unfortunately, no a la carte dining for business class passengers. Though that wasn't really an issue, it would be appreciated ;-). There was a large variety of seating options including restaurant style tables, plush armchairs, and high top bars. Speaking of bars, there was a wide selection of alcohol including Besserat champagne that retails for around $60 a bottle, so pretty respectable. There were also shower suites available, which I took full advantage of. Overall, the lounge was fantastic, one of the best I've ever been in.
After a while in the lounge, I realized the my flight was boarding and I arrived just in time and was the last one on the plane. I was greeted warmly by the flight attendants and was offered a pre-departure beverage of choice. I had a Sierra Mist. The cabin was in the standard 2-2 configuration in recliner seats for first/business class on a 737. The seats had been given an overhaul, replacing the old style cloth. The bulkheads were also changed to a dark grey color, giving the cabin a sleek and modern look. The seat had multiple drink holders and a pair of AC power outlets for the two seats to share. I believe this seat design is unique to AA, I haven't seen anything like it elsewhere. The recline was quite good, helped by the seat cushion sliding forward to increase the feel of the recline. The 40 inches of pitch was impressive and would be more than sufficient for the flight ahead. Boy was I happy the plane wasn't retrofitted with an Oasis cabin given the long flight ahead ;-).
Before long, the safety video was screened, we started our push-back, and were on our way. After a short taxi, we were airborne.
30 minutes after take off, hot towels were distributed and I was offered a drink. The flight attendant then acknowledged my pre-ordered meal. My drink was then delivered and it was soon followed by my fruit plate that was accompanied by yogurt and granola. The other option was an omelette. There was then a bread basket with warm breakfast breads. I chose a cinnamon roll and was not disappointed. That could also be said about the fruit plate. Another beverage was offered with the meal. I had a coffee. As soon as I finished, my tray was cleared and I was offered yet another beverage. Orange juice please! The flight attendants kept on passing through the cabin every 20 minutes or so to check if anyone needed anything. Around two hours before landing a snack mix was offered, along with the option of another drink. This crew was probably one of the best I've had on American.
We were treated to a great view on our approach into GUA. We landed on time. I bid farewell to the crew and was off to explore Guatemala.
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Overall, great crew and service made for a pleasant flight.