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To make indexing my reviews easier and organize them by topic, I decided to categorize my reviews. Every list will have links to each review and a short blurb describing each post. That way, you can find what you need faster and compare the reviews between each other more easily. Hope you enjoy!
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The only chance I got to fly American Airlines’ old 777Flagship suite. Although some aspects of the suite were similar to the newer version on the 777-300ER, I found the older version to feel more luxurious. Being able to have a meal and while looking straight into the sky will never lose its appeal. Center seats can face each other, offering couples the chance to dine together at 37000 feet in their own respective seats!
American offered the best seat to San Juan on their A330s from Charlotte. Lie-flat seats with all aisle access made the journey great. Even in economy, the seats were better than those found in A321s that flew the route otherwise. Sad to say, these aircraft are no longer in service, and all routes to San Juan (except some Miami frequencies) are flown in narrow-body aircraft.
The only chance I had to try the LUS 757 business class seat. It was fine for a short hop to the Caribbean, but I can’t imagine it being comfortable for a long-haul flight to Europe. It’s not even an angle flat seat, I would call it a deep recliner seat. These seats no longer fly and the most similar aircraft seat is found in business class seats on Qatar Airways and Etihad.
The good old Mad Dog. It used to be the mainstay of the American Airlines fleet in Texas. The 2×3 economy class seating was the most comfortable in any mainline American aircraft. Business class recliners were better than the ones offered today, plus reclined substantially more than the new Oasis seats. If they added better wifi and IFE, I would prefer the MD80s over any new 737 Oasis.
The 777’s business class is pretty comfortable. Service was okay, but the food was better than what you would usually expect from American Airlines. Short flights to Europe make it hard to get long enough sleep, but it is still a sold product. All aisle access and fully flat seats make them better than Air Europa’s older 787 business class and British Airways business class.
This is from the first time I flew from LAX to HKG on American. It was a good flight, but it does not compare to the refinement found in their Oneworld partners Cathay Pacific. Would I fly them again? Yes, a $550 one-way fare plus a SWU upgrade make this the most affordable business class seat across the Pacific.
I was really surprised by American’s Premium economy product. The seats were alright, but the meal was substantially better than the economy counterpart. Effectively the same as what you’d find in domestic business class, the only downside was the cold-only breakfast. Legroom was better than I expected and an amenity kit (since been changed to a new provider) was a nice touch.
American Airlines flies to Tokyo from Dallas and Los Angeles. Their joint venture partner (JAL) flies from these cities too. The difference between each carrier is noticeable, everything at JAL was better; maybe the AA Seat was wider but that’s about it. Again, a good chance to use a SWU, but I would not pay the premium for AA when I can pick JAL for a similar price.
American’s A321T is their most exclusive aircraft. It has 102 seats (10F/20J/36Y+/36Y). Flagship First offers a better breakfast service than in business, but overall the difference is minimal. I would be fine flying business class, but this was my first time flying out of LAX in First class.
American’s old 767 business class was comfortable even though it was angled flat. The lack of wifi made the flight feel very long, but the two meal options make the flight feel better than on a 757 from Phoenix. IFE equipment was lacking, but it always has on all 767s.
Again, their business class seat was comfortable for an overnight flight even though it’s angled. The food was good, and the purple bread is always a cool novelty. My only complaint, much like with their Premium economy to Europe, is the cold-only breakfast.
Although the 767 has since been retired, service remains about the same. The meal quality is good, but not great. Service is average, but you can occasionally get a great crew. Panasonic wifi will always be slow and IFE is subpar. Still, a good use of SWU if you need to rest on a West-bound flight.
American’s economy class is pretty basic. I was surprised by how bad the food was, making Premium economy seem all the better. Bulkhead seats are more comfortable than other seats, thanks to the legroom, but I would still prefer the economy class bulkheads on their 777s or 787s. Not having movable headrests makes a difference.
Again, American complements their flights to Tokyo with their JAL venture partner. The difference between American and JAL is even more striking in First. I would call American’s First class from Japan about as good as JAL’s business class. The attention to service you’d find on JAL does not exist on American. The variety and quality of food at JAL is meets and bounds better than anything you’d find on AA. Would I fly them again? Probably not. I would rather save a SWU to upgrade from economy to business. Unless American starts offering a better soft product, their First class cabin is not worth the premium.
Hope this helps y’all find the reviews you want and need. These lists will be expanded as more reviews are added. This will simplify finding all my reviews. If you still want to find more reviews that aren’t specific, you can find a link below!
Here is my most recent list of reviews of American Airlines Lounges throughout the world.