Review of American Eagle flight New York Washington in Economy

Airline American Eagle
Flight AA4722
Class Economy
Seat --
Aircraft Embraer E-175
Flight time 01:25
Take-off 04 Mar 22, 17:20
Arrival at 04 Mar 22, 18:45
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Chibcha
By SILVER 119
Published on 14th April 2024

intro


Hello amigos!
This is Part 2 of a trip to the US I took back in 2022. You may find the previous flight here: 



transiting in JFK T8


…so I pick up where I left you. I just got off from a pretty good MAD-JFK flight that arrived tightly on time, but took long to taxi to the gate and to make things worse, our arrival gate was occupied, eating up a whole chunk of my connecting time. So now, I was risking a misconnect, I had only 1h20 to make it to my next flight.

I was handed an orange "express connection" paper, along with my BP for the DCA flight. I was told  to rush to the CBP check. Upon descending to the CBP hall, I showed my orange paper to one of the persons organising the queues and I was rushed to the front of one of the queues. 

Now, hold your jaw. I made it through the CBP interview (I was asked about the last time I was in the USA and where would I go and for how long) in no time, then waited for my bag to come out (I thought this is where I would miss my flight) my bag came out and I handed it to the connection's counter. Then I was to go out to the arrivals level, get on a lift, go up 2 levels and then queue with the TSA to get back airside.


Between the last picture in the previous report (when I got the orange paper) to this picture (I made it to the TSA check) it took me 20 minutes (I checked the photo's timestamps)
 


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Talk about efficiency! The effect is compounded by the fact this is a intl to domestic connection in the USA, in JFK!
The rush may have taken a couple of years off my life expectancy, but it was amazing! 

When I picked my flights I did expect that the connection would be tight, and that I would missconect. I didn't mind much, as I wanted to try the newly opened (back then) Admirals Lounge. But now I had a fair chance to make it to my scheduled flight to DCA…so I guess I'd try the lounge in the return leg.

But now I had 1 hour to make it trough the TSA and walk to my gate, which expectedly was at the furthest point from the TSA. The queue took ages, a lot of obnoxious people were complaining about how late they were for their flights (suck it up mate, we're all on the same boat!). 

I made it out of the TSA another 20 minutes later. This is 40 minutes since I stepped off the 772 from Madrid (again…awesome). It was almost boarding time…
 


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I made it to my gate


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With 9 minutes to spare!!!!


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boarding


Boarding was called and I was one of the first to board because of my OW status. Oh yes…this is what I needed.


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Into my first E175


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My seat was more than good for the short hop to Washington



Another Embraer was on our side


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While boarding was completed, I distracted myself wondering who the hell drew the awful faces in the security guide



enroute to DCA!


Boarding didn't took long (small plane) and we were enroute to DC. We would make a short taxi to RWY 13 R.
 
 A view to my former ride


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A view into the 1980s


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A couple of LH Group A330s visiting 


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The AM 738 was ready to head back to Mexico


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Before us, a DL CRJ


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Then it was our turn, with a scenic takeoff in view of the terminals complex



The cabin lights were dimmed and remained so for basically the rest of the flight


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AA offers IFE to my device…but I went for my book, and some shuteye.


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Back to the mainland


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We were to take the approach over the Potomac, affording me great views of DC during landing, which brought back so many memories of my time there…sorry that my camera didn't catch up to the task


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DCA in view!


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The Mall is easily discernible


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Zoom into my former neighbourhood, Columbia Heights


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One of the things I love about flying is when you're granted these moments with great views, doing a thing you enjoy, listening to a good song…nirvana.


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Short final…



And our flight was over…
Our gate was in the new concourse, which was a great addition to an already great terminal! 


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Verdict

American Eagle

5.4/10
Cabin8.5
Cabin crew5.0
Entertainment/wifi8.0
Meal/catering0.0

New York - JFK

8.8/10
Efficiency10.0
Access7.0
Services8.0
Cleanliness10.0

Washington - DCA

9.4/10
Efficiency10.0
Access10.0
Services7.5
Cleanliness10.0

Conclusion

AA and JFK made a great job with my connection. I was surprised beyond belief. I don't know if they can still pull up this performance with the current traffic numbers (back then it was still catching up to the pre pandemic numbers). The flight itself was uneventful, if it weren't for the great approach to DCA.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for the flights back to Madrid, saludos!

Information on the route New York (JFK) Washington (DCA)

Les contributeurs de Flight-Report ont posté 12 avis concernant 3 compagnies sur la ligne New York (JFK) → Washington (DCA).


Useful

La compagnie qui obtient la meilleure moyenne est Delta Air Lines avec 7.4/10.

La durée moyenne des vols est de 1 heures et 27 minutes.

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6 Comments

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  • Comment 649086 by
    KévinDC TEAM SILVER 6859 Comments
    Good to see that you made the tight connection smoothly.

    I showed my orange paper to one of the persons organising the queues and I was rushed to the front of one of the queues.

    That's great organisation---I've not experienced this in the US, but several times in LHR.

    The rush may have taken a couple of years off my life expectancy, but it was amazing!

    I totally feel you here...connecting from INTL to DOM in the US is such a pain, so it's always a win when it goes well. Having to pick up your bags, go through customs, and then put them on a belt again for the connection before even heading through security or changing terminals is such a pain!

    Wait so you came in on IB, which at the time were still operating from T7 with BA (they both moved in Dec 2022 if I remember correctly)....so you managed to make it through immigration and customs and change terminals from T7 to T8 in 20 minutes??? That's like a record haha

    Though you are right that it's not as smooth anymore since international traffic has picked up a lot since 2022, in my experience, transiting or going through immigration at T8 isn't nearly as painful as T1 or especially T4. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that T8 has less traffic overall, though it's definitely gone up with BA having and other oneworld airlines having moved to T8.

    Always love flying on E-jets because there are no bad seats (i.e. no middle seats). Ah, the rive approach into DCA, always beautiful!

    Thanks for sharing!
    • Comment 649090 by
      Chibcha SILVER AUTHOR 581 Comments
      Thanks for your comment Kévin,

      Wait so you came in on IB, which at the time were still operating from T7 with BA (they both moved in Dec 2022 if I remember correctly)....so you managed to make it through immigration and customs and change terminals from T7 to T8 in 20 minutes??? That's like a record haha


      It was all in T8, the previous flight was on AA. But on the return I did fly IB from T7; stay tuned to check how well that went, LOL !

      Cheers!
  • Comment 649251 by
    jettoajet GOLD 116 Comments
    Hi Chibcha, good to see the second leg of this trip!

    it took me 20 minutes

    Yay you made it! And with amazing time! Have never seen these orange cards, very interesting concept.

    Into my first E175

    So exciting! There is something special about stepping on to a plane for the first time.

    Interesting to see they have wifi on these planes, I haven’t flown the 175 in a while but last time I don’t remember wifi

    The cabin looks dated but nice. I find when flying I prefer the very very marrowbody or widebodies. The 2-2 confi is a treat or 1-2 in F.

    One of the things I love about flying is when you're granted these moments with great views, doing a thing you enjoy, listening to a good song…nirvana.

    Cannot agree more, the best.

    Perhaps I missed it, but there was no snack service on this flight?

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