American Airlines Domestic First, Chicago O’Hare – Charlotte, Boeing 737-800 : Basic

As I leave the Flagship lounge about 10 minutes before boarding, I get a notification on my way that my flight to Charlotte has begun boarding. Perfect!

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As a reminder, here is the itinerary followed:

#TypeReview
1DiaryBack to school trips to Paris and the United States
2LoungeClub Aspire Lounge, London Heathrow T3
3FlightAir France Business, London Heathrow – Paris Charles-de-Gaulle
4HotelIntercontinental Paris Champs-Elysées
5LoungeAir France Business Lounge, Paris Charles-de-Gaulle 2E-K
6FlightAir France Business, Paris Charles-de-Gaulle – London Heathrow
7LoungeBritish Airways Concorde Room, London Heathrow T5
8FlightBritish Airways First, London Heathrow – Chicago O’Hare, Airbus A380-800
9HotelKimpton Grey Chicago
10HotelKimpton Monaco Chicago
11HotelIntercontinental Chicago
12LoungeAmerican Airlines Flagship Lounge, Chicago O’Hare T3
13FlightAmerican Airlines Domestic First, Chicago O’Hare – Charlotte, Boeing 737-800
14LoungeAmerican Airlines Admirals Club, Charlotte Concourse C
15FlightAmerican Airlines Domestic First, Charlotte – New-York La Guardia, Boeing 737-800
16HotelKimpton Muse, New-York
17HotelIntercontinental New-York Times Square
18LoungeBritish Airways Concorde Room, New-York JFK T7
19FlightBritish Airways First Suite, New-York JFK – London Heathrow, Boeing 777-300ER
Today’s itinerary

Boarding

Boarding begins 35 minutes before departure time, ahead of schedule. When I arrive, all the First class passengers have already boarded and group 1 begins its boarding.

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I go directly to the jetway.

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Cabin and welcome

The cabin is new on American Airlines’ 737-800s, which have all been renovated.

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In Domestic First, they are comfortable leather recliners, perfect for a 2h15 block flight.

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After settling in, the flight attendant takes the order for the welcome drinks. I’ll choose a coffee, but since it’s not ready, I’ll fall back on plain water.

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Service and catering

The service starts about 15 minutes after the light seatbelt sign is turned off.

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Drink orders are taken and I will have a coffee with Bailey’s which I particularly like.

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A basket of junk food (not so junk) is brought in and I’ll have a seedless granola…

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The flight attendant will offer me a refill of Bailey’s coffee which I will gladly take.

Arrival and disembarkation

The arrival is very very slow because of the bad weather at the airport. We will arrive at the gate on time and I will be quickly on my way to the lounge.

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Bottom line

A solid flight, but with a very basic service.

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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