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   #44 out of 74 Airlines A minimum of 10 flight-reports within the past two years is required to appear in the rankings. 533 reviews
By GOLD 771
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 )
Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Loads for this flight

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


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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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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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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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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American Airlines

Cabin crew8.5

US Airways US Airways Club (Gate A7)


Phoenix - PHX


Dallas/Fort Worth - DFW



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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  • Comment 572598 by
    Leadership TEAM GOLD 5346 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 368 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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