After arriving in DFW, I was welcomed by a blast of heat as I exited the airplane. It was 97 F or 36.1 C on this summer day and I couldn't wait to get back inside the cool terminal. I took the Skylink mover to my connecting terminal and waited at the gate. There were 3 FA's on this flight that eventually occupied the first row of the F cabin - probably deadheading to SFO.
My plane at the gate seen through the dirty windows.
Boarding was called at about 30 min. before dept. and I was greeted by the FA at the door upon entering. This time I sat on an aisle seat and unfortunately was unable to take any aerial views.
I noticed that pre-dept. drinks were not offered and upon reaching cruising altitude after take off, our FA started the service without any assistance from his colleagues. Usually another FA working in Y would come up to the F cabin to assist during the meal service. Perhaps our flight was short staffed.
Followed by warm nuts.
Luis - our purser, was fantastic and addressed everyone by their last name when he took the meal orders. He even knelt down and looked me up when he was talking to me. Dinner consisted of a chicken Marsala with mushrooms accompanied by Parmesan risotto and broccolini or some kind of stuffed pasta dish.
When my tray arrived, it was presented with a shrimp appetizer, salad and main dish. Warm bread and drinks were offered. I had the wheat roll and a glass of water and white wine (perhaps Chardonnay).
The shrimps were plump and nice
Decent salad with some vinaigrette dressing poured on it already.
Chicken Marsala. It tasted fine but presentation could be better.
After the meal service, another FA helped clear the trays and she asked me if I wanted the ice cream for dessert. I was surprised that I was not given the choice of either cheese plate or ice cream. On previous flights, a FA would pass with a tray with both selections. Strangely enough, I saw the FA serve a cheese plate to a passenger sitting in the second row.
Strawberry ice cream with shaved chocolate.
I was asked if I wanted coffee or tea after the meal service but I declined. Afterwards, Luis came around with a tray of tomato juice, sparkling water Bailey's on the rock which was a nice touch.
There was a comedy show playing on the screens which did not interest me. At the end of the flight, a tray with mints was offered as a thank you gesture for flying AA.
Once we landed, our FA made the announcement by saying well, we made it… which gave some people a good laugh. I was thinking that in a way this was a nice way to bid adieu to AA's Advantage program after so many years. Hopefully the grass would prove to be greener on the other side.
Dallas/Fort Worth - DFW
San Francisco - SFO
A nice crew makes a difference and although we did not receive any pre-departure drinks at the beginning of the flight, our purser made up for it by his charming, attentive and funny attitude throughout the flight. The thoughtful gesture to offer a tray of drinks after dinner was certainly appreciated and unexpected.
We departed 12 min. late at 1752 and arrived 3 min. later at 1910. Not too bad.
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