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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 )
Loads for this flight
Domestic First: 100%
Main Cabin: 30-35%
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
FIDS while walking through the terminal
After being welcomed by the lounge attendant at the entry level, I've headed upstairs to the club.
That day, the lounge wasn't that crowded although all window seats were taken.
In the MIA club, the bar was open as well as the buffets
There was also a guac toast station where the chef served a guac toast with the condiments of your choice. Soup was also available.
Here are the breakfast selections of the club
Bagels & cereals
Fruits & oatmeal
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.
While I arrived at the gate, N928AM was already there.
I arrived at the gate just when boarding for Group 1 was announced, and I was the first passenger to board the aircraft
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.
The Main Cabin
And my seat for this flight: 4F.
Upon boarding, there was a pillow and blanket already ready at my seat.
The legroom is much generous than Project Oasis/Kodiak cabins
Each seat is equipped with an inflight entertainment system
That also has a remote
Also, the seats are equipped with USB ports and power outlets
Our neighbor was this American A319 that was heading to Bogota that morning
The overhead panel
Here is the route map
Here is the seat pocket content
After boarding was completed, an hand sanitizing wipe was provided by the cabin crew.
After boarding was completed, we have started our push-back
And the safety video was played from the personal screens
American A321 that was going to operate AA1502 to Punta Cana that morning
N726AN, which was going to head to Los Angeles that evening
The E satellite gates were totally empty
Swiftair 737-400 that was going to Havana that morning
Concourses F and G
And after a short taxi, we were already at the runway
We passed next to an AeroUnion cargo aircraft
As well as the terminals for one last time
And we were in the air
LATAM aircraft at remote stands
A photo after takeoff
The airport and the city of Miami for the last time
After we took off, it was time to discover the personal entertainment system.
In addition to paid Wi-Fi, free movies, TV shows, live TV and Apple Music was available on this flight.
Weather information for the Bay Area
Wi-Fi options for this flight
Apple Music is free of charge
And the monthly suscription option
While we were gaining altitude, a video about the safety precautions taken by American Airlines throughout the journey was being monitored.
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.
Here is the mobile IFE menu
TV show options
Shortly after takeoff I have requested a pair of earphones from the cabin crew which was promptly served.
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
The description of the contents
With my breakfast, I've asked for an apple juice
St. Petersburg, FL
Route map when the trays were collected
During the flight, to entertain myself, I've opened my computer and decided to watch the Sevilla - Real Madrid La Liga match.
Real Madrid has won the game 1-0 with the own goal of Yassine Bonnou.
After a while, I slept for the remaining of the flight and woke up closer to our arrival time.
At that time I visited the lavatory which was clean
The toiletries are from CO Bigelow.
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.
We're landing towards SFO
Route map at that time
San Mateo-Hayward Bridge
The reflection of our A321 on the water
Shortly later, we have landed at SFO
Some American A321's were parked at remote stands
As well as some United wide-bodies
United aircraft at Terminal 3
More United aircraft
Alaska, Delta and United Express aircraft at Terminal 2
Alaska E-175 that would be heading towards Portland, OR
More Alaska aircraft
Some part of the C gates were under construction
JetBlue aircraft at Terminal 1
Southwest aircraft at SFO
And American aircraft
American A321's at Terminal 1
JAL 777-300ER at the International Terminal
American A321's at gate B24 and B25.
We have parked next to them at gate B26.
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.
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.
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.
(+) Priorities respected throughout the boarding process
AA Admirals Club MIA D30
(+) Comfortable seating
(+) OK food & beverage selection
(+) 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
(+) Clean and spacious terminal