Review of American Airlines flight Miami San Francisco in Domestic First

Airline American Airlines
Flight AA2918
Seat 04F
Aircraft Airbus A321
Flight time 06:22
Take-off 05 Dec 20, 08:55
Arrival at 05 Dec 20, 12:17
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ISTFlyer
By GOLD 1018
Published on 24th January 2021

Report No: 2020-1204


Ladies and Gentlemen,

Welcome to the second part of this series where I would be on another mileage-run, this time originating from the West Coast on another route other than DCA-RDU. To keep some mystery, I would reveal the routing part-by-part


The fourth report of this series would be a longer flight from the previous one and would be my longest AA flight that I've ever taken since that day. This time, I'll be flying on the American Airlines Airbus A321 from Miami to San Francisco in part of my mileage run. Before this flight, I also had the opportunity to visit the American Airlines Admirals Club at MIA near Gate D30.


Here is the routing ( the remaining parts would be revealed soon )
Part 1:



Part 2:



Loads for this flight

Domestic First: 100%
Main Cabin: 30-35%


MIAMI AIRPORT - MIA


After arriving from my previous flight, for the short layover, it was time to visit the American Airlines Admirals Club. So I started heading over there. The club at gate D15, the club at E gates and the Flagship Lounge is currently closed so my only option was the American Airlines Admirals Club near gate D30


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FIDS while walking through the terminal


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American Airlines ADMIRALS CLUB MIA D30 - MIAMI AIRPORT


After being welcomed by the lounge attendant at the entry level, I've headed upstairs to the club.


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That day, the lounge wasn't that crowded although all window seats were taken.


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In the MIA club, the bar was open as well as the buffets


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There was also a guac toast station where the chef served a guac toast with the condiments of your choice. Soup was also available. 


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Here are the breakfast selections of the club


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Bagels & cereals


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Fruits & oatmeal


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GATE AREA & BOARDING


About 5-10 minutes before boarding, I left the club and started heading to concourse E where my flight was departing. It was a solid 7-8 minutes walk between the club and E gates.


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While I arrived at the gate, N928AM was already there.


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I arrived at the gate just when boarding for Group 1 was announced, and I was the first passenger to board the aircraft


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AA 2918 MIAMI AIRPORT TO SAN FRANCISCO AIRPORT


After being welcomed by the crew, I decided to benefit from the empty cabin and take photos a bit.
The Domestic First cabin that has the old LAA First Class seats which would be converted with Project Kodiak seats soon.


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The Main Cabin


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And my seat for this flight: 4F.
Upon boarding, there was a pillow and blanket already ready at my seat. 


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The legroom is much generous than Project Oasis/Kodiak cabins


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Each seat is equipped with an inflight entertainment system


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That also has a remote


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Also, the seats are equipped with USB ports and power outlets


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Our neighbor was this American A319 that was heading to Bogota that morning


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The overhead panel


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Here is the route map


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Here is the seat pocket content


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After boarding was completed, an hand sanitizing wipe was provided by the cabin crew.


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After boarding was completed, we have started our push-back


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And the safety video was played from the personal screens


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American A321 that was going to operate AA1502 to Punta Cana that morning


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N726AN, which was going to head to Los Angeles that evening


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The E satellite gates were totally empty


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Swiftair 737-400 that was going to Havana that morning


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Concourses F and G


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And after a short taxi, we were already at the runway


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We passed next to an AeroUnion cargo aircraft


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As well as the terminals for one last time


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And we were in the air


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LATAM aircraft at remote stands


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Cargo aircraft


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A photo after takeoff


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The airport and the city of Miami for the last time


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After we took off, it was time to discover the personal entertainment system.


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In addition to paid Wi-Fi, free movies, TV shows, live TV and Apple Music was available on this flight.


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Weather information for the Bay Area


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Wi-Fi options for this flight


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Apple Music is free of charge


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And the monthly suscription option


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While we were gaining altitude, a video about the safety precautions taken by American Airlines throughout the journey was being monitored.


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Although the live TV options are now limited to two channels, the coming of beIN Sports to American Airlines is something super for me as a football ( soccer ) fan.


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Here is the mobile IFE menu


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TV show options


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Movie options


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Shortly after takeoff I have requested a pair of earphones from the cabin crew which was promptly served.


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After the seatbelt signs have been turned off, the breakfast service has begun with the option of a turkey&swiss croissant and a breakfast box. I've opted for the breakfast box option which has yoghurt and granola


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The description of the contents


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With my breakfast, I've asked for an apple juice


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St. Petersburg, FL


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Route map when the trays were collected


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During the flight, to entertain myself, I've opened my computer and decided to watch the Sevilla - Real Madrid La Liga match.


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Real Madrid has won the game 1-0 with the own goal of Yassine Bonnou.


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After a while, I slept for the remaining of the flight and woke up closer to our arrival time.


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At that time I visited the lavatory which was clean


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The toiletries are from CO Bigelow.


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At that time, I picked some snacks from the snack basket at the galley and the crew asked me if I would like any drinks. I've opted for a cup of water.


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We're landing towards SFO


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Route map at that time


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San Mateo-Hayward Bridge


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The reflection of our A321 on the water


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Shortly later, we have landed at SFO


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Some American A321's were parked at remote stands


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As well as some United wide-bodies


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United 787


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United aircraft at Terminal 3


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More United aircraft


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Alaska, Delta and United Express aircraft at Terminal 2


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Alaska E-175 that would be heading towards Portland, OR


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More Alaska aircraft


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Delta 737


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Some part of the C gates were under construction


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JetBlue aircraft at Terminal 1


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Southwest aircraft at SFO


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And American aircraft


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American A321's at Terminal 1


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JAL 777-300ER at the International Terminal


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American A321's at gate B24 and B25.


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We have parked next to them at gate B26.


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SAN FRANCISCO AIRPORT - SFO


After I said goodbye to the crew, I left the aircraft and I was in the brand new Terminal 1 of San Francisco International Airport.


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And, it was time to wait until my next flight.
The journey would continue in the next report.
Once again, thanks for reading and hope to see you in another report.

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Verdict

American Airlines

8.0/10
Cabin8.5
Cabin crew9.5
Entertainment/wifi9.0
Meal/catering5.0

AA Admirals Club D30

7.2/10
Comfort8.0
Meal/catering6.5
Entertainment/wifi7.0
Services7.5

Miami - MIA

8.0/10
Efficiency8.5
Access8.0
Services8.0
Cleanliness7.5

San Francisco - SFO

8.4/10
Efficiency8.5
Access8.5
Services7.0
Cleanliness9.5

Conclusion

To conclude this Flight-Report, I could mention that the airport experience in MIA was pleasant and the AA Admirals Club in MIA had OK offerings for breakfast. The flight itself was an enjoyable one with comfy seats, blankets & pillows, a friendly crew, IFE offerings; however, the meal was a bit disappointing since, for a flight longer than 2500 miles, the only food that was served in the premium cabin is either a breakfast box with yoghurt and granola or a turkey & swiss croissant alongside with pre-packaged snacks throughout the flight upon request. For SFO, I didn't use SFO Terminal 2 in the past so I couldn't comment on AA's terminal change, though, I could mention that the new Terminal 1 looks fresh and clean which I could affirm that it's much modern than most terminals in the US.

MIA
(+) Priorities respected throughout the boarding process
AA Admirals Club MIA D30
(+) Comfortable seating
(+) OK food & beverage selection
AA2918
(+) Comfortable seats and decent legroom
(+) Blankets and pillows were provided for a daytime flight
(+) Friendly crew
(+) Lavatories were kept clean throughout the flight
(+) IFE system including personal device entertainment
(+) The presence of power outlets and USB ports
(-) The meal is definitely not enough for the length of the flight
SFO
(+) Clean and spacious terminal

Information on the route Miami (MIA) San Francisco (SFO)

2 Comments

  • Comment 570417 by
    KévinDC TEAM SILVER 5378 Comments

    Hi ISTFlyer, thanks for another very nice and detailed report of flying AA Domestic F during the pandemic. One thing I don't like about AA's TCON routes ex-MIA since pre-Covid is the inconsistent mix of aircraft on MIA-LAX/SFO. Sometimes you get long-haul J on widebodies, sometimes you get Domestic configured a/c like on this flight. At least you got a LAA 321 that still have PTVs.

    I was also pleasantly surprised to see beIN Sports on the Live TV offerings recently. That will be especially nice to have during major football (soccer) events if flying.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Comment 570418 by
      ISTFlyer GOLD AUTHOR 306 Comments

      Hi Kévin and welcome to this report,

      One thing I don't like about AA's TCON routes ex-MIA since pre-Covid is the inconsistent mix of aircraft on MIA-LAX/SFO.

      - MIA-SFO is now all narrow bodies and MIA-LAX is a mixture of A321, 77E & 77W's. If I'm not wrong AA operated the 767's on MIA-SFO in the past but unfortunately, they are gone from AA's fleet. Also, as you mentioned the mixture on LAX-MIA could be bothering, at least during I flew the flight on my previous report, the red-eye was operated with a -Premium Transcontinental- 777-300ER, now it's a - Domestic First- LAA A321 which could not be compared with a wide-body.
      Sometimes you get long-haul J on widebodies, sometimes you get Domestic configured a/c like on this flight. At least you got a LAA 321 that still have PTVs.

      - Unfortunately, ex-SFO is now all narrow-bodies and except for the A321T's that operate to/from JFK, there isn't any way to fly lie-flat on AA to SFO but I was lucky that I didn't end up with an Oasis 737 or a PMUS A321 for this long flight.
      I was also pleasantly surprised to see beIN Sports on the Live TV offerings recently. That will be especially nice to have during major football (soccer) events if flying.

      - We share the exact feelings; as someone watching football ( soccer ) games regularly, I was also happy to see beIN Sports, and the La Liga match was pretty entertaining. American has earned a plus from me for my future travels within the USA because of this move, especially as beIN Sports is not available on DirecTV equipped United and JetBlue aircraft anymore.

      Once again thanks for your comment and stay safe

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