Greeting and welcome to another flight report! Today I will be flying g from LHR to CLT on American Airlines. After a drive from Lewes, I had arrived at Heathrow. Funnily enough, on the way to the airport, there were signs indicating where to go to the long closed Terminal 1. Not long after, I had an impressive view of the entirety of British Airways' Terminal 5.
I headed to Terminal 3 and went straight to bag check. After a long-is line, my bags were checked and I headed to security. The line was relatively short and soon I was released into the gaudy duty free area. I wasted no time in finding my gate. On the way, I got a glimpse of an Iran Air A330, which satisfied my inner AvGeek.
Before long, boarding was called and soon enough, I was onboard.
There had been an aircraft swap in which our flight switched to an A330-200 from an A330-300. With the smaller plane, seat assignments were all mixed up, but thankfully I didn't encounter any related issues. I wasn't expecting power, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a USB port in the armrest by accident. There was a cheap blanket and pillow at every seat.
As for the IFE, it was dated, slow, and had a quite limited entertainment selection. There was Before long, the annoying safety video was screened as we were pushing back. I really miss hearing "There are so many places to go in this world"-It reminds me of a better time with less cost-cutting.
We had a short taxi to the runway on which I saw the stunning as always BA Concorde.
Soon, we were ascending through the gloomy London skies.
Upon reaching cruising altitude, a beverage service commenced. This was followed by meal choices (I only remember what I chose, which was shepherds pie). Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture of the meal. It tasted ok but didn't look appetizing in the slightest.
After the meal ended, the crew disappeared for a couple hours for their break. They left a snack basket in the galley from which I took a bag of pretzels purely because of the pun on the bag.
Around halfway through the flight, vanilla ice cream was distributed, which was a nice touch and it was surprisingly high quality.
Before landing, another round of drinks was offered as well as a pre-landing snack, which I declined. Before long, we had begun our scenic approach into CLT. The views of lakes and the suburbs surrounding them were breathtaking.
We had a short taxi to the gate on which we had great views of all the AA planes there.
Upon disembarking, I bypassed immigration and re-cleared security and spend the rest of my time before my flight to DCA at a restaurant eating cheap sushi.
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This flight was ok and the crew was indifferent. The cabin, however, was pretty bad and due for a retrofit.