I rather enjoy an afternoon flight with the ever changing sky providing a visual feast for the eyes. When you’re flying over another country, it’s even better as you get to see things you might not usually see.

Since there is no lounge in Cleveland for American Airlines passengers, I waited at the gate and documented my aircraft coming in. After amusing myself with that, it was time for boarding and since I was in Group 1 I was on board swiftly.

AA4703 – Cleveland to New York (CLE-JFK)
11 February 2023
Embraer 175 – N448YX
Seat: First Class 1A
Departure: 15:47 Arrival: 17:29

First class comprises of four rows of seats, laid out with one on the left and two on the right, as you can see in the seat map here. I stowed my messenger bag overhead and relaxed while other passengers boarded, dodging the occasional piece of luggage that seemed hellbent on slamming into my legs or shoulders.

Time To Go

People were on board pretty swiftly and with practiced efficiency we were soon ready to go. After the safety demonstration, we headed out to the runway and were on our way.

Happily the pilot announced it would be smooth sailing all the way to New York. That made a nice change from a couple of flights on a previous trip where the seatbelt sign stayed on all the time, with exactly none of the expected hardcore turbulence.

A Lovely Afternoon Flight

What does one do when sitting around on an afternoon flight? Well, you have a cheeky drink and watch the world go by. Since I was flying on a short flight in the USA, there is no proper meal service, which is a shame. Airlines in Europe and Australia give you a meal no matter how short the flight, but hey, it is what it is.

There’s a lot of pleasure to be had when you’re not contactable and can just relax and truly enjoy the moment. Of course, it all came to an end when we landed in New York and I headed off to get my connecting flight to London.

Overall Thoughts

The short flights on American Airlines do the job of getting you from A to B without too much fuss. In Cleveland I found all the AA employees to be very nice and on board it was the same. No complaints at all.

What do you think of the AA service on short flights? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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