Review of American Airlines flight Philadelphia Charlotte in Domestic First

Airline American Airlines
Flight AA847
Seat 04F
Aircraft Boeing 737-800
Flight time 01:57
Take-off 14 Oct 20, 10:20
Arrival at 14 Oct 20, 12:17
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ISTFlyer
By GOLD 184
Published on 17th December 2020

Report No: 2020-1014


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 fourteenth report in this series would be the last report onboard a Boeing aircraft in this series. This time I'll be flying the Project Kodiak cabin equipped Boeing 737-800 of American Airlines from Philadelphia to Charlotte. I would be also visiting the American Airlines Admirals Club in Philadelphia during my layover.


Here is the routing
Part 1 



Part 2



Part 3



Loads for this flight

Domestic First: 100%
Main Cabin: 95-100%  


PHILADELPHIA AIRPORT - PHL


After arriving from my previous flight, it was time to head towards the AA Admirals Club in Terminal B/C as it was the only oneworld lounge open at Philly at that time.


On the way, I spotted some construction going on at the brand new American Airlines Flagship Lounge at Philadelphia that would open soon. It was nice to see workers over there as this meant that the project of a premium lounge in PHL is not cancelled.


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There is also a British Airways Galleries Club Lounge at PHL but unfortunately, it's closed due to COVID.


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FIDS


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American Airlines ADMIRALS CLUB B/C - PHILADELPHIA AIRPORT


So I went to the only open oneworld lounge in Philadelphia which was the American Airlines Admirals Club at concourse B/C.


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As you could see the lounge is spacious and there was plenty of seating available.


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The bar was open such as there was an avocado toast station in the morning as well.


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The espresso machine was working 


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Here is my selection for breakfast


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And here is a view of the apron from the club


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GATE AREA & BOARDING


As our flight was going to depart from Terminal A-West which is the international terminal in PHL, I have left the club early as it involves a 10-15 minute walk.


At the entrance of the international concourse, there was a sign that no shops and concessions would be open in this concourse and indeed, all of them were closed.


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I don't know what but there was an event in one of the gates in the previous days.


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Our gate, A25 was located at the end of the concourse


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Today's aircraft was going to be N932NN.


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35 minutes before our scheduled departure time, boarding had started with the respect of priorities. During boarding, one of the supervisors were thanking passengers for choosing American while the gate agent was checking boarding passes.


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Fuselage shot


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AA 847 PHILADELPHIA AIRPORT TO CHARLOTTE DOUGLAS AIRPORT


After being welcomed by the crew, I took my seat 4F in the last row of the Domestic First cabin.


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The legroom was great.


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This aircraft was equipped with power outlets under the armrest and USB ports in the seatback in front.


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The seatback pocket content was always the same


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The overhead panel


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American A319 passing by


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American Eagle ERJ-175 passing through


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After boarding was completed, the aircraft doors were shut and we had started our pushback


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American 787 at one of the gates


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DHL Boeing 767


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UPS hangar


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American Eagle ERJ-175 taking off


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Another AA Eagle aircraft taking off


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And another one, after a long taxi, we needed to wait for our turn as the runway queue was long that morning


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American Airlines A321


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American Eagle E-175


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Another American Eagle E-175


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The traffic in PHL is not surprising


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American Airlines A321


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American Eagle E-175


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Another one


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This time it's a Boeing


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Another AA Eagle jet


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And finally it's our turn. The runway queue at that time


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And about 20-25 minutes after our scheduled departure time, we were gaining speed


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And we've took off


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Philadelphia downtown in the background


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American Airlines A321's at remote stands, although there is one A319 between them


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Some residential areas


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Some more photos after takeoff


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Last shot of PHL


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Mobile IFE system provided by Viasat was available on this flight


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Free live TV and free Apple Music was available too.


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Weather information for Charlotte


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Wi-Fi options for this flight


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The entertainment menu


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Live TV options


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About a few minutes after takeoff, the crew came and asked for drink orders, I've opted for a Bloody Mary which was served with a Biscoff cookie.


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By the way, I had a really funny neighbor, he attempted to speak on the phone during our taxi in PHL and was warned by the cabin crew and he asked for a chewing gum from the cabin crew during the flight and he was shocked when the crew said they don't have one. That gentleman was flying in First Class for the first time as he told to me.


IAD airport


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Tysons, VA


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IAD again


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And a few minutes later, CLT


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Yes, it's CLT


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We're descending towards CLT


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Downtown CLT


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We're almost there


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But, unfortunately, due to a reason I don't know, the pilot has skipped the runway and we were going to circle around one more time. The pilot has apologized for any inconvenience that might have been caused.


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CLT


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And some closer photos of downtown CLT


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There is practice going on in the American Football field.


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CLT again


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And after a couple of minutes, we were back in descent.


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And we've safely landed in our second attempt


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US military jets


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American Eagle CRJ passing by


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The A319 that would operate my next flight to RDU was parked at gate D5.


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American Airlines aircraft at concourse C


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Some more including the A319 that I would fly later that day from Charlotte to Philadelphia.


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Yes, here is N732US that would be covered in the seventeenth report of this series.


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American Airlines A321 parked at gate C17


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More American Airlines aircraft at Concourse B


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And we were going to park at gate B13.


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Next to this Boeing 737-800


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CHARLOTTE DOUGLAS AIRPORT - CLT


After saying goodbye to the crew, I have left the aircraft and directly headed to my onward departure gate as the delay caused by the runway queue in PHL and the pilot skipping the runway didn't allow me to visit the Admirals Club during this layover.


Also, as you might imagine, CLT was crowded as usual.


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The journey would continue in the next report.
Thanks for reading and hope to see you in another report. 

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Verdict

American Airlines

7.8/10
Cabin8.0
Cabin crew8.5
Entertainment/wifi8.5
Meal/catering6.0

AA Admirals Club - Concourse B/C

8.0/10
Comfort8.5
Meal/catering7.5
Entertainment/wifi8.0
Services8.0

Philadelphia - PHL

8.2/10
Efficiency8.5
Access8.0
Services8.5
Cleanliness8.0

Charlotte - CLT

8.1/10
Efficiency8.5
Access8.0
Services8.5
Cleanliness7.5

Conclusion

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

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4 Comments

  • Comment 568692 by
    KévinDC TEAM SILVER 5362 Comments

    Hi ISTFLyer, thanks again for another report! I noticed that you found the legroom to be great on this Project Kodiak aircraft, which seems to confirm the improved seat pitch in First class vs the original Project Oasis cabin. I am glad that AA listened to passenger feedback when rolling out the tight Oasis configuration and did something about the tight pitch in F...going from 39-40" pitch in F to 36-37" was noticeably tighter and uncomfortable for many frequent AA flyers. A shame AA had to waste time and money by getting it wrong in the first place, but I commend them on doing something about it. The Kodiak class dividers are definitely better than the Oasis tiny dividers, or lack thereof, but they're still a downgrade from the true bulkhead walls in place on the standard 738 config.

    Did you try out the LiveTV? Did it actually work on this aircraft? It's been my understanding that Live TV has been suspended due to Covid cutbacks and it didn't work on any of my 4 recent flights.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Comment 568693 by
    KévinDC TEAM SILVER 5362 Comments

    Also I forgot to mention. As a frequent pre-merger US Airways flying, it looks so weird to me still to see a PMAA 738 doing a PHL-CLT route...a former US Airways Hub-to-hub route. And the pic in PHL with a 787 in the background makes it even weirder haha

    • Comment 568696 by
      ISTFlyer GOLD AUTHOR 305 Comments

      -I don't recall the exact reason why a 737-800 was flying this route rather than a PMUS aircraft, however, I remember that the cabin crew was from Florida and it was not the first flight of the day for that aircraft but it's kind of strange as you mentioned.

      And the pic in PHL with a 787 in the background makes it even weirder haha

      - I guess we'll see more Boeing wide-bodies at PMUS hubs which is the new normal.

  • Comment 568695 by
    ISTFlyer GOLD AUTHOR 305 Comments

    Hi Kévin and thanks for your comment,

    I noticed that you found the legroom to be great on this Project Kodiak aircraft, which seems to confirm the improved seat pitch in First class vs the original Project Oasis cabin. I am glad that AA listened to passenger feedback when rolling out the tight Oasis configuration and did something about the tight pitch in F...going from 39-40" pitch in F to 36-37" was noticeably tighter and uncomfortable for many frequent AA flyers. A shame AA had to waste time and money by getting it wrong in the first place, but I commend them on doing something about it. The Kodiak class dividers are definitely better than the Oasis tiny dividers, or lack thereof, but they're still a downgrade from the true bulkhead walls in place on the standard 738 config.

    - As I'm probably not that tall, that 2-3" they reduced doesn't bother me that much, although, I'll accept that it's a huge downgrade. I'll also admit that Kodiak is better than Oasis ( especially the divider ). As I generally purchase Main Cabin tickets, it might also felt nice to me to travel in a premium cabin.
    Did you try out the LiveTV? Did it actually work on this aircraft? It's been my understanding that Live TV has been suspended due to Covid cutbacks and it didn't work on any of my 4 recent flights.

    - I'm not sure if I tried on this specific flight but I recall watching live TV on one or two of the Viasat Wi-Fi equipped flights in this series and it worked perfectly. However, on Gogo Wi-Fi equipped aircraft, I didn't recall live TV working; maybe it's a Gogo related problem. After this MR, I also had some other AA flights which had Viasat Wi-Fi and I recall watching live TV without any glitches on one of my flights.

    Once again thanks for stopping by and stay safe.

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