After a delayed and less than satisfactory flight on American Eagle from DCA, I was stuck waiting at the top of the jetbridge to wait for my gate checked bag. The whole process took 20 minutes and was stressfull since I kept on getting closer and closer to missing my flight to LHR as the connection was already short. I arrived at the gate just as the flight was on final call. I was stopped by the gate agent, who forced me to check my bag. When I stepped onboard, I immediately noticed the colorful and modern entryway.
I turned right into the business class mini cabin and headed straight to the back to my seat.
The seat's pitch was a bit tight. It was equiped with a modern IFE screen that had a USB built in. Below the screen was a power outlet.
I couldn't help but admire how modern the cabin was as at the time of the flight the plane was 19 years old. The retrofits really paid off! If I didn't know any better, I would've thought the plane was brand new. As I was one of the last onboard, the doors were closed almost immediately after I took my seat. Soon, the safety demo was played and we pushed back. The mood lighting adjusted to its dimmed setting, which was gorgeous.
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After a quick takeoff roll, we were airborne.
I was so happy to be on an AA plane with IFE so I could hear the recorded announcements-I don't know what it is about them but I find them oddly soothing ;-). And no flight on American could be complete without hearing about the AAdvantage Aviator Red Mastercard!
After takeoff, drink and meal orders were taken. I ordered the chicken dish as opposed to the pasta dish. Please excuse me not having any pictures of the food-I was exhausted beyond belief. I had a (powdered) decaf coffee to go with it.
Soon after I was finished, meal trays were collected and cabin lights dimmed. I was offered another drink. I had a Diet Coke to test the airplane fizz theory, which was indeed true.
At this point I checked out the IFE, which had an extensive selection and was responsive. I didn't watch anything and instead played some music and tried to sleep. I managed an hour or two and woke up to the breakfast service.
Yogurt and granola were on offer though I declined. Soon, we had begun or descent into LHR. We had great views of the city on final and before long, we had touched down.
We arrived slightly early.
I headed straight to immigration and wasted no time heading to Terminal 5 to catch my connection to EDI.
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American did a great job with the retrofits, making an old plane seem brand new. No complaints here.