American Airlines Domestic First, Charlotte – Boston Logan, Airbus A321: messy boarding but solid flight

After a short stay in the lounge, I boarded my last flight of the day to Boston Logan.

As a reminder, here is the itinerary followed:

#TypeReview
1DiaryBusiness trip to Orlando
2LoungeAmerican Airlines Admirals Club, Boston Logan
3FlightAmerican Airlines Domestic First, Boston Logan – Miami International, Boeing 737-800
4LoungeAmerican Airlines Flagship First Lounge, Miami International
5FlightAmerican Airlines Domestic First, Miami International – Orlando International, Boeing 737-800
6HotelJW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek
7FlightAmerican Airlines Domestic First, Orlando International – Charlotte, Boeing 737 MAX 8
8LoungeAmerican Airlines Admirals Club, Charlotte Gates C
9FlightAmerican Airlines Domestic First, Charlotte – Boston Logan, Airbus A321
Today’s itinerary

Boarding

During my visit to the lounge, the flight’s departure time was pushed back several times, from 10 minutes to 10 minutes, until it reached a departure delay of almost 40 minutes.

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I was waiting for the boarding start notification to arrive on my phone before I start heading out.

Nevertheless, it’s a true zoo when I arrived at the gate and all the boarding groups rushed to board at the beginning… In short, it was more like European boarding than American boarding.

Cabin and welcome

The welcome was rather cold when I entered this Domestic First cabin with its 20 recliner seats arranged in a 2-2 configuration.

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I was in the 4th row for this flight. There was no welcome drink before takeoff. Boarding ook a long time, and the taxi was long.

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Service and catering

The service started about 20 minutes after take-off.

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I had a double Jack Daniels on the rocks and a few snacks to pass the time between until the end of the flight.

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Arrival and disembarkation

We arrived at the gate some 50 minutes late, but I was home in no time thanks to the Silver Line.

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Bottom line

An uneventful flight, but the accumulation of delays and cancellations is making life with American a real pain this summer.

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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