Review of American Airlines flight Phoenix Dallas/Fort Worth in Domestic First

Airline American Airlines
Flight AA1946
Seat 04F
Aircraft Boeing 737-800
Flight time 02:34
Take-off 05 Dec 20, 20:06
Arrival at 05 Dec 20, 23:40
AA   #35 out of 71 Airlines A minimum of 10 flight-reports within the past two years is required to appear in the rankings. 500 reviews
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By GOLD 634
Published on 22nd March 2021

Report No: 2020-1206


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 sixth report of this series would be on the American Airlines 737-800 equipped with the Project Kodiak cabin on a flight from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport to Dallas Fort Worth Airport. I also had the chance to visit the American Airlines Admirals Club at Phoenix Gate A7 during my layover.


Here is the routing ( the remaining parts would be revealed soon )
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Part 2:



Part 3:



Loads for this flight

Domestic First: 75%
Main Cabin: 25-30%


American Airlines ADMIRALS CLUB a7 - PHOENIX SKY HARBOR AIRPORT


After arriving from my previous flight at gate A3, it was time to head to the American Airlines Admirals Club located near gate A7. There are normally 3 Admirals Club's in Phoenix Terminal 4, however, only one of them is open.


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I was welcomed at the gate, however, the agent reminded me that they were closing in 15 minutes so I didn't have that much time to spend in the club.


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As they were closing, the bar was closed and soup and mac'n cheese service had already ended by then.
The only available food options were that was at the buffet 


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The fountain drink machine and the espresso machine was available


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This club also has a business center which was empty that Saturday evening.


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The lounge was empty during my visit.


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While I was at the lounge, the incoming aircraft of our flight had just arrived from Portland.


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And, N804NN had parked at gate A9.


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GATE AREA & BOARDING


When the club closed at 19:30, I headed downstairs to the gate.


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During our boarding time, the incoming passengers from the previous flight were still disembarking so there was a 14 minute delay announced at that time.


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After the passengers from the previous flight disembarked, it was our turn to board and boarding was done according to group numbers with priorities being respected.


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AA 1946 PHOENIX SKY HARBOR AIRPORT TO DALLAS Fort Worth AIRPORT


After being welcomed by the crew at the aircraft door and being handed a hand sanitizing wipe, I head to my seat which was located at the last row of the Domestic First Cabin.


Here is the Main Cabin that was empty ( for now ).


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Here is the hand sanitizing wipe


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And here is my seat for this flight


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The legroom is still generous but definitely less than the old 737 configuration and the LAA A321's.


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The seatback had a USB port as well as a phone/tablet holder as on this flight, IFE is only available through the personal device entertainment system.


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The seat also has a power outlet


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Our neighbor was this Airbus A321.


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The overhead panel


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The seatback pocket content was the same as usual


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Although there was a delay announced, boarding finished earlier so we were able to push back on time. For this flight, the seat next to me was empty.


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American Eagle aircraft at B gates


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American mainline aircraft at the international concourse


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American Airlines A320 at Terminal 4


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American Eagle aircraft


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The connector between B and C gates


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Southwest aircraft at the other part of Terminal 4


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There were multiple aircraft waiting to takeoff so we needed to wait a little bit.


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Shortly later it was our turn and we were in the air.


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Photos after takeoff


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It's now time to visit the personal device entertainment system


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On this flight paid Wi-Fi, free movies, TV shows, access to news websites, live TV and Apple Music was available


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Here is the weather information for DFW


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Wi-Fi options for this flight


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Free Apple Music was available


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The monthly subscription options for Wi-Fi


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Live TV is now limited to two channels: Bloomberg and beIN Sports.


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You are welcome to access these news websites for free.


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Here is the TV shows & movies menu


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TV show options


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Movie options


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On this flight, drinks were served upon request so I needed hit the call button for my drink request. I've opted for a Bloody Mary which was promptly served.


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After enjoying my drink, I've visited the lavatory which was clean at that time


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For the rest of the flight I slept and I woke up just when we have landed at DFW


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The ATC tower


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American aircraft


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Some more at remote stands


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And after a short taxi, we have parked at gate C14 next to this Boeing 737-800 which was going to head to PDX the following morning.


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After the seatbelt signs were turned off by the captain and the front door was opened, I said goodbye to the crew and the captain waiting at the front door and left the aircraft.


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DALLAS Fort Worth AIRPORT - DFW


Fuselage shot


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Before my next flight I had 9-10 hours of layover time. Here you could see the flights that have connecting passengers from this flight. This is a spoiler of which flight I would review next. It's not hard to guess. Costa Rica or LA?


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And after taking this final photo, I've decided to find a quiet corner at the airport until the Admirals Club's open at 05:15.


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This report has come to an end. 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

7.5/10
Cabin8.0
Cabin crew8.5
Entertainment/wifi8.5
Meal/catering5.0

US Airways US Airways Club (Gate A7)

6.9/10
Comfort8.0
Meal/catering5.0
Entertainment/wifi7.0
Services7.5

Phoenix - PHX

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

Dallas/Fort Worth - DFW

8.5/10
Efficiency8.5
Access8.5
Services8.5
Cleanliness8.5

Conclusion

As I'm behind of my posting schedule, I'll skip the conclusion part for this review. If you have further questions, please don't hesitate to write a comment below.

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4 Comments

  • Comment 572598 by
    Leadership TEAM GOLD 5136 Comments

    Great short report again, thanks for sharing it with us.
    Why not go sleeping in a proper hotel considering the 9 hours layover?

    • Comment 572608 by
      ISTFlyer GOLD AUTHOR 360 Comments

      Thank you very much for your comment,

      Why not go sleeping in a proper hotel considering the 9 hours layover?

      - That day the prices were interesting for hotels around DFW and most hotels didn't even offer a complimentary shuttle service and it would have costed me more almost the same price as all 5 AA flights for a single night of hotel and Uber/Lyft from and to the hotel. The airport Hyatt was about $150+fees for that night which was also disattractive. If I had PriorityPass, I might have used their sleeping pods but in the end, I ended up only sleeping 2-3 hours and dealing with something else on my computer so it was indeed not worth going to an hotel for this occasion.

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