Review of American Airlines flight Washington New York in Domestic First

Airline American Airlines
Flight AA2115
Seat 02F
Aircraft Airbus A319
Flight time 01:10
Take-off 09 Oct 20, 06:00
Arrival at 09 Oct 20, 07:10
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ISTFlyer
By GOLD 179
Published on 8th December 2020

Report No: 2020-1007


Ladies and Gentlemen,


Welcome to this long, 18 flight series of US domestic mileage runs that I took in October 2020. After COVID-19, the demand for premium travel within the USA has decreased for short distances so on some occasions Domestic First tickets in the USA could be really cheap if you book in advance. American Airlines had a deal of DCA-RDU r/t for $227 which would have given me 240 British Airways Executive Club Tier Points so I decided to take 3 of these runs to achieve Gold status in British Airways Executive Club.


Although I am a Qatar Airways Privilege Club Platinum member at the moment, unless things change, I am pretty sure that I would lose it in mid-2022 so I have started working on a back-up plan as oneworld Emerald status is a really valuable status for a frequent traveler.


The seventh report of this series would be the first report of the second day in my DCA-RDU TP run series. The itinerary for the second day is similar to the first day so my journey would start with the American Airlines A319 onboard a flight from Washington DCA to New York La Guardia.


Here is the routing
Part 1 



Part 2



Part 3



Loads for this flight

Domestic First: 60-65%
Main Cabin: 20-25%  


Washington Reagan AIRPORT - DCA


During the day of my flight, I have arrived 1h10mins before the flight. The situation was same like the first part of the report. Alongside with a Delta flight to Detroit, our flight was the first flights to depart that day.


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Here is the National Hall of DCA


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As it the day before the start of a long weekend, the lines for the TSA document check was longer. I have waited 5 minutes for my documents to be checked before heading towards security. Although there was a priority lane, it was closed so this wait was at the general boarding lane.


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After clearing security, there are no lounge options as the Admirals Club in DCA Terminal B/C is closed due to low demand and the club in Terminal C opens at 05:30 which makes it unsenseful to go there for a 06:00 departure.


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The terminal was mostly empty


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GATE AREA & BOARDING


While I arrived at the gate N757UW was there.


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Before boarding, the gate agent made an announcement that passengers should fill out the NY state health form before our arrival at LGA. Although, on the date I travelled it wasn't necessary to fill out the form for passengers arriving from Virginia, I didn't fill out the form and nobody checked anything upon arrival at LGA.


Boarding had started on time where the gate agent gave us the necessary QR codes for those who've been to a restricted state ( according to the NY state ) within the last 14 days.


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AA 2115 Washington Reagan AIRPORT TO New York LA GUARDIA AIRPORT


While I boarded the aircraft a surprise was waiting for me. The same crew with my previous DCA-LGA flight was in charge of this flight and they have recognized me and welcomed me back onboard. While they handed me a hand sanitizing wipe, they told me that they are the fixed crew for this flight until the end of October.


As expected, this aircraft was equipped with the Oasis seats.


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The legroom is generous in First Class


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Here is the health declaration QR paper given by the gate agent and the hand sanitizing wipe by the aircraft crew.


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Onboard this A319, there weren't any USB ports but there were power outlets at each seat.


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The seat pocket had the usual content


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Before takeoff, the cabin crew asked if we needed anything and I have opted for a cup of water.


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The Washington Monument from our parking position


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We have pushed back on time and Delta aircraft was visible at Terminal B.


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This time, we would be the first one to takeoff that morning, the Delta A319 to Detroit was still waiting permission to taxi.


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And we have took off on time.


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During our takeoff, I had the opportunity to take beautiful photos of Washington DC, starting with the Washington Monument


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The White House


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And more of the city


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We're getting away from DC


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And a last shot of DC


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The personal device entertainment system menu


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Weather information for New York.


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Wi-Fi options for this flight


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Movies & TV shows menu


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During the flight, the crew have asked if we liked any drinks, although I've opted for nothing. They have also done trash runs.


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JFK Airport


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And shortly after spotting JFK, we have made a turn


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Manhattan is visible


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And we have landed at LGA far before our scheduled arrival time.


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The JetBlue Terminal, which isn't connected to any other terminals in the airport.


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The American Airlines hangar at LGA


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American Airlines aircraft at Terminal B Concourse D.


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And we were going to park at gate D10.


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More AA aircraft at Concourse D


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After I said goodbye and hope to see you on another flight to the crew, I have left the aircraft.


New York LA GUARDIA AIRPORT - LGA


The last shot of N757UW for the day


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And now, it was time to head towards the Admirals Club before my previous flight.


This report has come to an end.
The journey would continue in the next report.

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Verdict

American Airlines

8.0/10
Cabin8.0
Cabin crew9.5
Entertainment/wifi8.5
Meal/catering6.0

Washington - DCA

8.4/10
Efficiency8.5
Access9.0
Services7.5
Cleanliness8.5

New York - LGA

8.6/10
Efficiency9.0
Access9.0
Services8.5
Cleanliness8.0

Conclusion

A brief conclusion would be available at the 18th ( last ) report of this series.

Information on the route Washington (DCA) New York (LGA)

2 Comments

  • Comment 568124 by
    flyLars 26 Comments

    Thanks IST-Flyer for this series of (18!!!) flight reports, I am really enjoying reading them. Regarding the service you get on such flights is unfortunately a shame. Not just because of Covid but I think almost all airlines in Europe managed to deliver a solid business class service during this time. For comparison: On this flight of 1:10 you got nothing but water while I on a 18 minutes LH Business Class hop received a full meal service and two drinks. They really have to work better on their service, not just AA, but also UA and DL!
    Thanks again and stay safe,
    FlyLars

    • Comment 568142 by
      ISTFlyer GOLD AUTHOR 305 Comments

      Hi flyLars and thanks for your comment,

      Thanks IST-Flyer for this series of (18!!!) flight reports, I am really enjoying reading them.

      - More is on the way other than the remaining 9 reports in this series. :)
      Regarding the service you get on such flights is unfortunately a shame. Not just because of Covid but I think almost all airlines in Europe managed to deliver a solid business class service during this time. For comparison: On this flight of 1:10 you got nothing but water while I on a 18 minutes LH Business Class hop received a full meal service and two drinks. They really have to work better on their service, not just AA, but also UA and DL!

      - I definitely agree with this part but it seems that even pre-COVID, the top priority of premium cabin passengers in the USA is not the meals or the soft-product but the seat and the hard-product instead. This is the main problem. At least I have access to the Admirals Club ( when open ) so that's a nice way to feed myself, however, as you mentioned, I would appreciate a meal onboard the DF product of the US3. By the way, the full beverage menu including alcoholic beverages available on this flight.
      Thanks again and stay safe,

      - You're very welcome, hope to see you in another report. Best,

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