I’m not jumping ship from United, but I am starting off 2018 flying a whole lot of oneworld. That trip began with a redeye on American Airlines’ last night from LAX to JFK.
If you caught my AA medical emergency post yesterday, you’ll recall that my flight had to turn around just prior to takeoff due to a sick passenger. More details on that here.
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I chose AA because I get tired of the long Uber ride or NJ Transit / LIRR / AirTrain connection between Newark and Kennedy. Not only did I score a cheap ticket, but I did not even have to go through security for my onward connection to Doha last night.
So how was it?
To some extent, economy class is always economy class. But this was AA’s premium transcontinental product and I was interested to see how it compared to my redeye in United economy class last month. Specifically, when it came to meal service.
Legroom was tight…I was in a regular legroom seat on American with 31″ of seat pitch and when my neighbor in front reclined, it was quite cramped.
But AA offers better blankets than United and I brought a neck pillow along (how geeky does that make me?). With our delay, I had the chance to watch an odd movie called A Ghost Story and play some solitaire. I know airlines are opting for streaming video instead of seatback monitors, but I still appreciate them.
A Tremendous Snack
After takeoff, a light complimentary meal was offered. Passengers were given three choices: a chicken wrap, vegetarian warp, or fruit and cheese plate. Although I was inclined to choose the chicken wrap to compare it directly to United’s, it just sounded too heavy…especially when it came with potato chips and cookies on the side instead of fruit and brownie (on United).
I chose the fruit and cheese plate instead, which is identical to what AA sells for $8.99 on non- transcon prices.
It was excellent. Very refreshing and helped me to fall asleep after.
Thanks to the delay in Los Angeles, we landed in New York about an hour late.
My first flight in 2018: medical emergency + late arrival + economy. What kind of a year will this be? I don’t know, but I am looking forward to it!