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Dallas Ft. Worth – Minneapolis
Boeing 737-800, N938AN
Upon arrival from London, it was the standard US international arrivals procedure. Basically clearing immigration and starting again.
As I had arrived on a long haul flight, this also meant a terminal change from D to A. Luckily I’ve become somewhat familiar with terminal A at DFW over the years, so I had a good idea of where I was going. Although as I ended up clearing security in terminal D, I made a stop in the Flagship Lounge.
American Flagship Lounge, Dallas
One of the first areas as you enter was the buffet. Unlike the Admirals Club, the Flagship Lounge offers enhanced catering options of hot food and free pour drinks.
The lounge offers some great views across the tarmac.
There was a small business area available.
Flagship First dining is also available, but this is only open to those holding an international First Class ticket.
Showers are also provided.
After around 45 minutes or so in the lounge, I made my way over to terminal A.
Boarding started a little late due to the inbound aircraft arriving behind schedule.
Once it did begin, group 1 was announced, but I spotted a couple of group 4, group 8 boarding passes making their way forward… so figured I’d try my luck as a group 2. Sure enough, I wasn’t sent back…
This was the first time I’d flown American in their regular economy on a narrow body – before now I’ve either been in first or at least been able to select main cabin extra for free. As I was on a basic economy ticket this time round however, it was down the back for me.
Pushback came around 15 minutes behind schedule. There were a few spare seats dotted around, but the flight was still reasonably full. After a slowish taxi over to the runway, we departed into the sunset for our two hour flight to the North.
Not too much in the way of service on these flights! Although if you’ve read my report from Delta Airlines First Class from a few weeks back, then the service that was offered will look very familiar.
Once the first service was done, the crew passed through the cabin once more offering drinks.
IFE on this flight came courtesy of bring your own device and inflight WiFi.
From browsing online, I know a lot of American based travellers really don’t think much of the whole bring your own concept. However, for this European, you can’t really miss what you’ve never had. So for me personally it’s not really a big deal. Besides, the outside world was proving to be far more entertaining.
Descent started into the darkness and we arrived on to stand around 15 minutes behind schedule. So no time made up en-route.
With this being a domestic a domestic arrival, there were no formalities to complete. Simply a case of following the signs for the exit.
As Minneapolis airport is linked to the local light rail network, this was the way I made my way to the city. For $2, this was far cheaper than a taxi and only took around 20 minutes.
Another pretty standard flight with American Airlines really. Including the minor delay. This was something of a recurring theme on my flights with them over the summer.
The US big three tend to have a bit of a bad reputation for penny pinching, however these days you tend to get a little more there than you do in Europe. Despite being on a basic economy fare, two drinks runs were made and snacks were offered. This is something that is becoming increasingly rare in Europe, even on full service carriers.