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American Airlines – New York La Guardia (LGA) – Dallas/Fort Worth, TX (DFW) - Flight AA0721
First Class Service All the Way
American Airlines – New York La Guardia (LGA) – Dallas/Fort Worth, TX (DFW) - Flight AA0721: This was the first time we had flown American Airlines First Class and we had full expectations that this first class flight from New York to Dallas/Fort Worth would be like every other first class flight on a domestic US carrier that I have taken in the past. Surprisingly, and gladly, I was proven completely wrong. (Click here to read our New York hotel and restaurant reviews and click here to read our travel reviews for various cities throughout the US.)
Check-In: We checked in on-line, which was quick and easy. The curb-side bag drop off at LaGuardia was convenient and well staffed. I was disappointed to hear that the luggage allowance was only 50 pounds unlike many airlines that allow 70 pounds for first class customers. Plus we could only check in two bags per person even though we were flying First Class.
The Lounge: The Admirals Club Lounge is open to members but not to first class domestic travelers, that is, unless you have a British Airways silver or higher card which we had. Click here to read our full review of The Admirals Club Lounge - coming soon.
First Impressions: We boarded, on time for our 10:40 AM flight from New York (LGA) to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) using the AAPriority line which got us through the throngs of people and on the airplane much faster. My first impression was that the plane was as ordinary as any other plane and that the first class cabin was nothing special.
The Cabin: The Boeing (Douglas) MD-80 airplane’s configuration was four rows of 2x2. The cabin looked new and fresh and was decked out in navy and charcoal with varying shades of blue and gray accents. The seats were ample in size and the leg room was enough to be comfortable but nothing more, this was a domestic airline flight so the frills were quite limited.
The Flight (Service/Food/Drink): We took our seats and after everyone boarded, Pam our bombastic American Airlines flight attendant took our coats and then came back later to get our pre-flight drinks. (Click here to read more about Pam.)
After take-off, Pam took our dinner and drink orders. A short time later she was by with a hot wet cloth to freshen up with and then quickly delivered our drinks. We started with a Californian Sparkling wine Domain Laurier, a rather cheap tasting sparkling wine, but I was impressed that American Airlines even served a sparkling wine. With it, she served us a small bowl of warm mixed nuts. Once again we were impressed.
For lunch we had the option of a BBQ Chicken Salad or a Spicy Beef Calzone with a side salad. We both went with the calzone and side salad. The side salad was small, but fresh; the calzone, with its soft crust was filled with spicy beef and peppers, it was simply delicious; a perfect lunch, not too heavy, but very fulfilling. The lunch also came with some chips and cheese, but one bite of them we both decided they just weren’t worth eating. We took the opportunity at lunch to sample both the white wine, a 2009 Torrontes, Elsa Bianchi from Argentina and the red wine, Amula 2008 Shiraz from California. The white wine lacked much flavor but the Shiraz while not being a whole lot better, was a nice compliment to the spicy calzone.
With dessert Pam brought out big mugs of fresh coffee, very impressive. Freshly baked oatmeal cookies were dessert and they definitely hit the spot.
Service throughout the flight was overly impressive. Pam did an amazing job of tending to our needs and always was cheerful and professional and her charm and love of her job shone through.
The plane does not offer any movies, however many of the Boeing (Douglas) MD-80 have been converted and now offer WIFI service, but unfortunately this plane was still the old style.
Arrival: We arrived at Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) on-time and completely happy with our First Class flight on American Airlines.
Overall Impression: We were overly impressed with our American Airlines flight from New York La Guardia to Dallas/Fort Worth. Service was impeccable and the food well prepared and nicely presented. While the wines were not over the top great, asi I had said earlier, I was impressed that American Airlines offered sparkling wine. The lack of entertainment and low luggage allowance and no access to a first class lounge for first class travelers are all drawbacks but unfortunately, they are comperable with the other US carriers.
The biggest advantage that American Airlines had on this flight was our flight attendant Pam. She helped take what easily could have been a between bombastic and not flight and helped give it a solid airline flight review rating of bombastic.
Flight Time from LaGuardia New York to Dallas/Fort Worth (LGA – DFW) : 3 Hours, 15 Minutes
Airline Partners:: American Airlines and is member of One World Airlines. Their One World airline partners include British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN Airlines, Malev Hungarian Airlines, Mexicana, Qantas Airways and Royal Jordanian Airlines. Other airline partners include Air Pacific, Air Tahiti Nui, Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air, Brussels Airlines, EL AL, GOL, Gulf Air, Hawaiian Airlines and Jet Airways
New York La Guardia – (LGA)
Dallas/Fort Worth, TX (DFW)
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