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

Airline American Airlines
Flight AA 2329
Seat 5F
Aircraft Boeing 737-800
Flight time 02:20
Take-off 31 Aug 14, 14:30
Arrival at 31 Aug 14, 16:50
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jetsetpanda
By 3818
Published on 9th September 2014
Hi and welcome to the return portion of my ORD weekend trip.

AA SFO-ORD in F - http://flight-report.com/en/report-7948.html
AA ORD-DFW in F - you are here
AA DFW-SFO in F - http://flight-report.com/en/share-8118.html


After my hearty dinner the previous night, I decided to wake up early to do some exercise at the hotel's fitness center. You know what they say a moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips. Once I finished my routine and took a shower, I grabbed a quick bite from the uninspiring breakfast buffet and then headed to the airport.


I was dropped off at T3 and the domestic side was getting busy.

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On the other hand, the counter for intl flights, especially JL was blissfully empty.

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I made the Priority line to clear security and it moved slowly. As I approached the conveyor, a TSA agent was reminding people to empty the pockets and place everything on the trays. This particular agent was having a bad day judging by the way that she interacted with other passengers by being snappy and lacking patience.

Once I made it to the other side I collected my items quickly and by now it was about 3 hrs before my flight, so I went to UA's terminal and spent some time visiting a few of its clubs to kill time. I sometimes do not use the corresponding lounge for the flight that I take, so I'm a little bit unusual in that sense.

Going over to UA and passing by the AA Eagle terminal.

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UA CLUB T1 by gate B6

I was welcomed by a very friendly agent with a big smile and was invited to proceed upstairs to reach the lounge. There is a small sitting area in front of the Customer Service counter where I settled for most of my stay. A bar is located in the back.





UA CLUB T1 by gate B18

You go down through the stairs in order to reach the lounge. In addition this lounge has a strange setting with a ramp connecting to a lower level.





UA CLUB T1 by gate C16

No stairs going up or down. Everything is in one level. This is the biggest one with a shower and views to the ramp. In addition the Business Center is quite large with individual cubicles for privacy.





After my UA lounge hopping, I returned to the AA T3 and upon entering I am reminded of the movie Home Alone.




My plane at gate K12


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Boarding was quick and once I settled in my seat the FA offered PBD consisting of water or orange juice.

My seat

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Cabin

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Taxiing to the runway




Bye ORD




Service started with a hot towel, followed by warm nuts.

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Today's flight was a snack and there was a choice between a cold grilled beef salad or chicken wrap. I had the beef salad and it was served with the slices of beef on a separate plate. Overall I enjoyed this dish. The strong flavors of the blue cheese and slices of purple onion complemented the robustness of the beef nicely. Too bad that there was no warm bread to accompany this dish.




To end the meal, warm macadamia and white chocolate cookies were distributed. The FA also offered chocolate chip cookies in case you did not want the first choice.

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Finally we were ready for landing at DFW. It was a hot day so there were a lot of boats on the water.

The houses look the same.




Caught this S80 taking off.

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A 757 parked on the way to the gate.

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Verdict

American Airlines

8.0/10
Cabin8.0
Cabin crew8.5
Entertainment/wifi7.0
Meal/catering8.5

Chicago - ORD

7.6/10
Efficiency4.0
Access9.0
Services8.5
Cleanliness9.0

Dallas/Fort Worth - DFW

7.5/10
Efficiency9.0
Access7.0
Services7.0
Cleanliness7.0

Conclusion

Comfort was decent as expected.

Service was polite and carried out efficiently.

The salad was fine and I enjoyed it but it could be improved with a selection of warm breads.

We left a few minutes late and arrived early.

Information on the route Chicago (ORD) Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)

8 Comments

  • Comment 117850 by
    Aubin 173 Comments

    Thank you! Nice catering.

  • Comment 117851 by
    Esteban TEAM GOLD 11749 Comments

    Thank you for this report, the cabin looks very outdated. Catering is ok though.

    • Comment 301604 by
      jetsetpanda AUTHOR 2294 Comments

      It's time to refresh the cabin seats. I'm surprised AA did not use the merger as an excuse to introduce an updated cabin with the new logo.

      From some reports that I have read, it seems that catering has gone downhill since the new integration.

      Thanks.

  • Comment 117894 by
    lagentsecret GOLD 11976 Comments

    Thanks for sharing this FR

    Beautiful pictures as usual even if recently a lot of FRs in french are raising the bar very high

    Comprehensive visits of ORD UA Clubs.

    UA clubs are beyond the space-time ;)

    I remember this UA Club and its carrots : it was few years ago, no few centuries ago, no I can't remember exactly

    The wine selection is not really attractive

    Old cabin and old seat : at least it seems that you didn't have a neighbour

    I would prefer a burger any day instead of this salad (where is the olive oil ?) and this cold beef

    Great pictures of DFW before landing and the S80's take-off

    • Comment 301605 by
      jetsetpanda AUTHOR 2294 Comments

      Beautiful pictures as usual even if recently a lot of FRs in french are raising the bar very high
      - Your compliments are always appreciated. It's great that we have so many talented reporters here at FR and to be with such illustrious company encourages me to try harder. ;)

      UA clubs are beyond the space-time ;)
      - Some things are classy and stand the test of time. :P

      I remember this UA Club and its carrots : it was few years ago, no few centuries ago, no I can't remember exactly
      - At least you have good vision from eating all those carrots.

      The wine selection is not really attractive
      - well, it's free.

      Old cabin and old seat : at least it seems that you didn't have a neighbour
      I had a chatty college student as a neighbor who kept asking me about mergers when I started reading the Financial Times.

      I would prefer a burger any day instead of this salad (where is the olive oil ?) and this cold beef
      - I agree with you, but a burger would have been lunch, this was a snack flight and they were supposed to serve something light. Perhaps olive oil would have been more expensive than the industrial salad dressing.

      Great pictures of DFW before landing and the S80's take-off
      - Capturing a plane taking off so close while you are on the runway is a rare treat.

      Thank you.

  • Comment 117895 by
    marathon GOLD 9563 Comments

    Nice pictures indeed ! They help me getting used to the new AA livery.
    I wonder if the lounge by gate B18 has any interesting view ? It seems to have a lot of natural lighting.
    The yellow parts of the German and Belgian flags look curiously faded, unlike that of the Spanish flag. (We'll know next week if the Union Jack is to become a thing of the past).
    I imagine you could get lost in these neighborhoods of endlessly identical houses.
    Thanks for sharing !

    • Comment 301606 by
      jetsetpanda AUTHOR 2294 Comments

      I did not try to take a look outside from that lounge, but it seems that the view might not be that great if UA installed blinders. Remember that this lounge is located downstairs, so perhaps the view is of the ramp and plane spotting is not optimal.

      Hopefully the Union Jack will be on BA's tails regardless of the outcome. It's a distinctive trademark of their brand.

      I personally don't like cookie cutter houses and prefer neighborhoods with more individuality.

      Thanks for stopping.

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