American Airlines Domestic First, Washington Reagan – New-York JFK, Embraer 175 : Definitely inferior compared to the previous flight

I leave the lounge at the scheduled boarding time of my flight to New-York JFK. The route to the gate makes me backtrack to the D gates, while the lounge is located at the entrance of the E gates.

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As a reminder, here is the itinerary followed:

#TypeReview
1DiaryThe Norse Atlantic Experience
2LoungeAmerican Airlines Admiral’s Club, Boston Logan Terminal B
3FlightAmerican Airlines Domestic First, Boston Logan – Washington Reagan, Airbus A319
4LoungeAmerican Airlines Admiral’s Club, Washington Reagan, Concourse E
5FlightAmerican Airlines Domestic First, Washington Reagan – New-York JFK, Embraer E175
6FlightNorse Atlantic Airways Premium, New-York JFK – Paris Charles-de-Gaulle, Boeing 787-9
7HotelRenaissance Paris Vendôme
8FlightNorse Atlantic Airways Premium, Paris Charles-de-Gaulle – New-York JFK, Boeing 787-9
9HotelRenaissance New-York Flushing Hotel at Tangram
10LoungeBritish Airways & American Airlines Soho Lounge, New-York JFK T8
11LoungeAmerican Airlines Admirals Club, New-York JFK T8
12FlightAmerican Airlines Domestic First, New-York JFK – Boston Logan, Embraer E175
Today’s itinerary

Boarding

When I arrive at the gate, the boarding of groups 1 to 5 has already taken place and I can use the priority lane and enter the jetbridge without waiting.

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A jams forms in the jetbridge and I will enter the aircraft after a few minutes.

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Cabin and welcome

The Domestic First cabin of this Embraer 175 is quite large with 4 rows of 3 seats. Recliner seats are very comfortable.

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The welcome is however very cold: no proactive cloackroom service, and no welcome drink.

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The boarding is quickly finished and we will leave almost on time from our parking point

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Service and catering

The service starts about ten minutes after the aircraft takes off.

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The flight attendant in charge of the First cabin asks me what I would like to drink: I ask for a Jack Daniels on the rocks, which is promptly brought to me.

A distribution of nuts, different from the ones of the previous flight, will follow. They are good quality.

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Arrival and disembarkation

After a few laps in a holding pattern, we arrive at the gate with a little more than 20 minutes of delay.

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Bottom line

An ordinary flight, but a sub-par service. Shame.

Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier has been into airline blogging since 2010. First a major contributor to the FlyerTalk forum, he created the FlyerPlan website in July 2012, and writes articles with a major echo among airline specialists. He now co-runs the TravelGuys blog with Bertrand, focusing on travel experience and loyalty programs.
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