We had the pleasure to fly with a brand new Boeing 737-800 MAX. This aircraft doesn't have screens installed on the seats and this is the new trend to make the airplanes lighter, aka more cost-effective. There is a device holder (phone, tablet, Ipad) instead of a screen. In order to access the entertainment via free Wifi, you need to previously download the AA app on the device that is going to be used during the flight. The AA app itself is not needed to access the entertainment but must be installed.
I thought this info could come handy. Have a nice flight ☺
Our evening flight was delayed an hour because of bad weather in D.C. However, we were given alternative route and we arrived in D.C. on time. I was expecting turbulence or other weather conditions but the flight was smooth and pleasant. The aircraft was new A321. I like the fact that AA offer menu to choose food, drinks or appetizers. A nice touch in comparison with airlines that offer you a bag of junk food with no option to buy something better.
This is a two-hour long flight from take-off to touch down from San Francisco to Phoenix, AZ. I am not an American frequent flyer. It is because of my work place that I get booked with American. The flight was scheduled for 3.45 pm but as early as 1 pm I got a message from American that it was already delayed with new departure time at 5:30 pm. Oh, not yet again. Counted to be in Phoenix during daylight but that prediction went out of the window. Curiously enough, checked the flight on flightview.com to find out where the aircraft was coming from prior to San Francisco and perhaps the reason for the delay. It turned out the aircraft originated in Philadelphia on that same date and it was delayed due to mechanical problem. Sweeeet. So, all consequent flights become delayed as a result. It seems not being on time becomes a norm for the industry as more often then not I find my flights delayed.
During the boarding process neither the ground staff nor the onboard crew made any attempts to apologize for the delay with one exception. The captain made an announcement he would try to compensate for the delay which at the end it did not happen as we arrived at around 7.30 pm.
As I entered the aircraft no one was there to welcome the passengers. There was a flight attendant in the galley busing himself with something apparently more important then being welcoming. Further down the isle another female flight attendant was putting on her lipstick as I passed by.
The cabin announcements were extremely, uncomfortably laud throughout the flight. However, one thing is noticed; how comfortable the economy seats were. They did not have a headrest, though, but so be it.
Service during the flight was nothing to wow about. The usual standard, expected. With complementary drinks they offered cookies. I like to order tea. On the flight to Phoenix they served it in a double cup as it was really hot, but on the returned flight the same tea came in a single cup and the water was warm.
On the following day I took the flight back to San Francisco. I was scheduled to depart at 8 pm but so it happened that I ended up at 9.30 am at the airport and wanted to change my flight. To change flights, however, I was asked to pay a fee of $74. Did not pay the fee and had my company take care of that. Eventually I was able to fly at around 2 pm and able to get a confirmed seat with boarding group 7. At the time of boarding just when they scan your boarding pass to get onboard, my pass buzzed red. They had to reissue my boarding pass right then and there moving me to group 8. Very well American for being on time and so welcoming.
American does the job! Cheap flight, on time departure and arrival and reliable service. Once you get used to the limited amenities (i.e. no USB port to charge your phone) it takes you from point A to point B :)
It was supposed to be a 2-hour flight from San Francisco Intl Airport (SFO) to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX). However, Flight AA486 departing SFO on May 22nd at 3:45 pm never took off. For this flight we purchased preferred seats in Economy class.
As soon as everyone was on board and settled the captain announced that Air Traffic Control (ATC) at SFO is delaying the flight for about 20 min. When the 20 min were up the captain told that he exceeded the allowable work time per FAA of 8 hours for the day because of the ATC delay and that he cannot fly the aircraft, and that another crew has to be found in order for this flight to leave; however, when that other crew will be found and will it be found at all, no one had any information.
As time progressed the cabin crew announced that if passengers wanted to leave the aircraft they are free to do so, but once you leave you cannot board again. After more time passed people started to leave realizing that they can no longer make their connections or simply because they did not want to stay in the aircraft. At about 4:30 pm lots of passengers received a text message or notification on their cell phones, including us that the flight is rescheduled for 11 pm. Soon after that the cabin crew asked everyone to leave as we were not able to stay any longer on-board having another 7 hours to departure. People raised concern about their luggage that was still in the belly of the plane and how in this situation would be able to rebook.
As we deplaned we tried to find American Airlines customer service desk within the terminal but not until we walked back to the main terminal departure area, and passed security where we were able to find customer service. The representative took swift action to rebook us on another airline flight later that afternoon, after he first said there were no more AA flights to Phoenix, and after our reply that the situation was created by American Airlines and they airline had an obligation to take us to the final destination within reasonable time since the 11 pm was very, very late departure for us.
While at the customer service desk another employee showed up and informed the guy who was helping us that flight 486 was delayed to much later departure time so “no hotels and no transportation” to be given as the delay was “caused by ACT and not American Airlines.” We couldn’t believe that they would say something like that not realizing that we were form the troubled flight. Even the fact that ATC delayed the flight with 20 min, why was that pilots didn’t have ample time to buffer the short delay and complete this flight? So whose fault really was?
We’d like to commend the customer service agent who help us rebook on United Airlines flight just 3 hours later. We’ve also checked historical flight data and found that flight AA486 did not leave until 11:37 pm that day. We are still waiting for refund of the preferred seats we purchased.