American Airlines Domestic First, Phoenix Sky Harbor – Las Vegas Harry Reid, Airbus A321: Minimal service but short flight

I arrived at the gate a few minutes before boarding my flight to Las Vegas.

As a reminder, here is the itinerary followed:

#TypeReview
1DiaryBusiness Trip in Las Vegas
2LoungeAmerican Airlines Admirals Club, Boston Logan
3FlightAmerican Airlines Domestic First, Boston Logan – Phoenix Sky Harbor, Airbus A321neo
4LoungeAmerican Airlines Admirals Club, Phoenix Sky Harbor
5FlightAmerican Airlines Domestic First, Phoenix Sky Harbor – Las Vegas Harry Reid, Boeing 737 MAX 8
6HotelThe ENGLiSH Hotel, Las Vegas, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel
7RestaurantThe Pepper Club by Todd English, Las Vegas
8RestaurantRamsay Kitchen at the Harrah’s, Las Vegas
9RestaurantRestaurant Guy Savoy at The Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
10LoungeAmerican Express Centurion Lounge, Las Vegas Harry Reid
11FlightAmerican Airlines Domestic First, Las Vegas Harry Reid – Los Angeles International, Airbus A321
12HotelThe Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey
13LoungeAmerican Airlines Flagship Lounge, Los Angeles International
14FlightAmerican Airlines Flagship First, Los Angeles International – Boston Logan, Airbus A321T
Today’s itinerary

Boarding

Boarding started exactly on time with passengers from zone 1, and I was one of the first passengers to enter the jetbridge. We waited a few minutes before entering the aircraft after the boarding of some handicapped passengers.

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Cabin and welcome

The welcome at the door is very cold.

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I reached my seat for this flight, 2F, in this brand new cabin. And I must admit that the non-bulkhead seat is more pleasant, and better equipped, especially with a USB plug.

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The boarding continued and no welcome drink was served.

We pushed back a few minutes early and were in the air after a short taxi.

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Service and catering

Due to turbulences, the service started about 15 minutes after takeoff with ordering of drinks.

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I ordered a Jack Daniels on the Rocks and some nuts will be handed.

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I spent the rest of the flight looking at the beautiful mountainous landscapes of Arizona and Nevada.

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Arrival and disembarkation

We arrived at the gate 20 minutes ahead of schedule. Disembarkation was very quick, but I waited for my luggage for almost 45 minutes at the carousel. Horrible!

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Bottom line

A rather average flight with an unmotivated crew. To be forgotten quickly.

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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