American Airlines Domestic First, Las Vegas Harry Reid – Los Angeles International, Airbus A321: A very large delay

After almost 3 hours at the American Express Centurion lounge, I decided to head to the gate even if I kept seeing the delay of my flight growing.

As a reminder, here is the itinerary followed:

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


When I arrived at the gate, the feeder flight was still in the air, but the gate agent was doing everything possible to keep everyone informed of the situation. The flight experienced two additional delays of 20 minutes each and the final departure time was nearly two hours later than the original scheduled time.


Boarding began with handicapped guests and then with the families with babies, and I joined the group 1 line when called by the boarding agent.


Cabin and welcome

The welcome was correct and I reached my seat, the 01A. The cabin is recent and comfortable, the legroom wide.


The boarding continued and no welcome drink was offered. A very random service even if I understand that after this long day, the crew was super tired.


Service and catering

10 minutes after takeoff, the service started. I ordered a Jack Daniels on the rocks, which was brought to me promptly and with two bottles please!


I kept one for my evening at the hotel. A basket of snacks was handed out and I grabbed a bag of chips.


I sipped my Jack Daniels until my flight arrived in Los Angeles.

Arrival and disembarkation

We arrived at the gate 1 hour and 45 minutes behind schedule in a literally packed airport. I waited for my Uber for 20 minutes and had to go up to the departures level, the arrivals being totally saturated.


Bottom line

A very good flight, but the 1h45 delay with minimal excuses seemed to me very long.

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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