Trip Report: American Airlines First Class | B737 | New York – Miami


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At around 08:00, I made my way down to the lobby of the hotel. I had prebooked a transfer for 08:15, and read online that they nearly always run early. Sure enough, the shuttle did arrive a few minutes early. And sure enough, it turned up early on this occasion too.

Shuttle
New York

As such, I arrived at LaGuardia a lot earlier than I anticipated

LaGuardia drop off

I made a brief pass of the American Airlines check in area before heading through security.

American Airlines check in

This took a few minutes and then I was off to sample the delights of the C gates. There was a sign for an Admirals Club, but it looked a little disappointing to say the least!

Admirals club
Admirals club
American Airlines lounge
American Airlines Lounge

I went to see what else the terminal had to offer, but was a little underwhelmed.

LGA Terminal

So I decided to take a look at the main lounge, and was informed that I was able to head over to the real lounge at the D gates via a shuttle bus.

Signs
Shuttle

The lounge

The lounge was accessed by heading up one level via an elevator, which opened straight on to the reception area.

American Airlines Lounge

Once there, the lounge definitely had an interesting décor.

American Airlines Lounge
American Airlines lounge
American Airlines lounge

Luckily it wasn’t too busy, meaning I could find a quiet corner to catch up with a few bits. One major positive with this lounge was the WiFi. Very fast!

American Airlines lounge
WiFi Speedtest

The food options were typical American Airlines Admirals Club

Lounge food

The views were good!

Lounge views

With around 30 minutes until boarding, I made my way back over to my gate. One thing you can rely on with American Airlines is that they start boarding when they say they will.

On board

When I booked this flight, I was the only person in First. As is always the case with flying in the US, the airlines don’t like having empty First cabins. Therefore, come the flight itself, the first cabin was completely full, mainly due to upgrading their top status holders. This is a common practice across most, if not all US airlines.

Don’t quote me on this, but I think this aircraft was fitted with the project Oasis seats. It certainly seemed a lot tighter than previous American Airlines 737’s I’ve flown on.

American Airlines Seat
Oasis first class

Pre flight beverages were offered although I was the only taker.

PDB
American Airlines A321

Departure

We pushed back around ten minutes ahead of schedule. Although despite this, as we had to avoid hurricane Dorian, we were scheduled to land around 45 minutes behind schedule.

Our routing. A nice little detour.

To further add to the hold up, once we made it to the runway, we sat and waited for around 10 minutes. After which, the flight deck came over the PA and said that the portion of airspace we were due to depart into had been closed due to heavy traffic. This meant a further 15 minute wait.

Waiting

We finally got going 55 minutes after leaving the gate. Makes Heathrow seem easy…

Departure

Service

The onboard service got started with drinks and warmed nuts being offered.

Bar service
Nuts

Not too long after, the main meal service started. This consisted of either a cheeseburger or a salad. I’d pre-ordered the cheeseburger.

Meal
Burger
Salad

Lets just say this was far from the greatest burger I’ve ever eaten. The whole thing was dripping in fat – bun included. The meat wasn’t exactly top quality either. Still, it filled a hole.

The service was finished with warm cookies.

Cookie

IFE

The in flight entertainment on this particular aircraft was provided by streaming to your own device. Whilst a lot of US based travellers don’t seem to like this concept, being used to getting absolutely nothing in Europe, I found it just fine.

IFE

WiFi was also provided. But much like the IFE, I didn’t use it. Whilst it is becoming more common in European skies, it’s still a relatively new concept. Therefore I can’t really miss what I never had in the first place! Prices seemed reasonable however, at $8 for an hour or $14 for the whole flight.

I couldn’t tell you too much more about the flight as not long after I’d finished eating, the previous few days worth of travel caught up with me!

Arrival

I woke up with around fifteen minutes to go. As we approached, there were some great views of the Miami area to be had through the clouds.

Approach
Approach

After a few turns, we were on to finals and landing on the cross runway. We made a short journey over to stand and pulled in 53 minutes behind schedule.

Finals

Following this, it was through the terminal on to three trains to head to the hotel.

American Airlines 737
Miami Terminal
Miami Station
MIA Mover
MIA Metro
Momorail

My thoughts

I’ve flown American Airlines many times domestically over the years. Mostly all have been consistent, and this flight was no different. The delay was a little bit of an annoyance but these things happen I suppose. I didn’t have any urgent plans on arrival. The meal service was very weak. I’ve had burgers on planes before and whilst they weren’t the greatest, they were still better than what I had here. Having said that, I don’t recall having any meal on American Airlines domestic first that has completely blown me away. The crew were fine however. There was clearly plenty of experience there!

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