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Long Way Home – AA99 London Heathrow to Chicago O’Hare – MAIN CABIN EXTRA

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AA99 London Heathrow to Chicago O’Hare – MAIN CABIN EXTRA – Long Way Home

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On this journey:

AA99 London Heathrow Terminal three to Chicago O’Hare Worldwide Airport
American Airways, Boeing 787-Eight Dreamliner, Seat 9L
3953 miles flown, 20 Tier Factors Earned, 998 Base Avios + 1,976 Tier Bonus

I boarded the aircraft and was welcomed aboard the 787 Dreamliner. I took my place previous financial system class and into Man Cabin Additional – and Row 9 – one row behind the Bulkhead street (which was consumed by a household)

And I’ve no drawback sitting in a single row behind. While the legroom is barely compromised, the seat is wider than the usual 787 seat – which suggests you’re not confined to your area


Taken publish flight


Legroom – Fairly good for Essential Cabin Additional.

 


However. IT HAS AIR VENTS!!!

As well as, the center seat was free – successfully making this the equal of a Eurobusiness flight for Eight hours plus. This I might deal with

However earlier than we go on… everyone knows that the American Airways IFE system has faces of its many employees on its planes.

So what’s the prospect I run into the identical digital flight attendant once more? Amazingly excessive it appears!


Ahh. It’s you who stored me firm between JFK and SFO…


Not at this time – you’re in enterprise class. I’m in Primary Cabin Additional


My welcome woman.

With me settling in, the aircraft loaded up for the deliberate flight to Chicago. And as predicted – the aircraft wouldn’t be going out full to Chicago that day.


In the meantime outdoors.

Which might imply a simple run for the crew in addition to for me and the center seat.


Please fasten your seat belt

As for the seat – it’s one which American Airways have been utilizing for its Dreamliner fleet (I’m nonetheless engaged on figuring out the producer). It’s not a nasty seat per se – it’s slimline, and a bit of tight thanks to the 17” width.


Welcome to Dreamliner “comfort”

Fortunately there in adjustable headrest which makes life lots higher.

With boarding full, there was a brief delay to permit floor employees to depart… and with out a lot fanfare, we have been on our approach out of Terminal three.

In fact, everyone knows what occurs subsequent – the “Going for Great” security video.

Now, I don’t even have a lot of an issue with this video (primarily because it does give the security info over – even whether it is’ in a stylised style. It was all the time the ending that irritated me with the cheering.

That bit has been muted off for a while now, so the video feels… slightly incomplete on the finish. Nevertheless, as a security briefing – it will get the knowledge over concisely.

Which is greater than the British Airways one ever might.


And it’s good to verify the security card too (taken in-flight – notice the Dreamliner Cyan

AA99 taxied out from T3, heading straight down the taxiway to 27R.


Off we go!


British Airways A319


Positive. Taxi forward of us. Please. It makes me bleed.


American Airways Boeing 777-200ER


Air Canada Boeing 777-300ER and United Airways Boeing 767-300ER


Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787-9. With working engines it appears.


And one other being tugged out.


United Airways Boeing 777-200ER


A Star Alliance line-up.

There wasn’t a lot a delay getting out of Heathrow – as I stated – the airport appeared… quiet, each on the bottom and within the terminals.

With a roar, the dual engines of the Boeing 787 powered up and took AA99 into the sky.

Throughout climb, Mom nature gave one in every of her fantastic morning-time shows.


Oh… these are good colors…


Very good colors on the win of AA99.


Consuming within the the morning solar…


Blinking within the morning solar…


Shaking off the heavy one (Elbow – At some point like this)

With the aircraft within the sky, there are issues to be executed – the very first thing, in fact, being connectivity.

Properly, how else might I annoy individuals at 30,000ft or above?


Connectivity now out there…

Connectivity on this aircraft is by way of the Panasonic Ku based mostly satellite tv for pc web system with $19.95 for a full flight.


All of the buttons for the Wi-Fi aboard AA99

I paid up – hoping the connectivity would had improved since I final used the American Airways System throughout the pond

Readers won’t be stunned to study… it hadn’t.

  
Wi-Fi velocity aboard AA99 with the Panasonic Ku system. Give. Me. Power.

This can be a disgrace – I’ going to be blunt. The Panasonic Ku system can simply hit four-8mb within the air with out even making an attempt. The throttle of .6mb (be it system or gadget based mostly) is terrible and doesn’t promote using the product within the air.

Nonetheless, .6mb is sufficient for sure issues – even when they’re treacly sluggish.

And for the large occasion later … It will have to do.

What massive occasion? Hold on individuals. I’m getting to it.

Shifting onto the IFE system, it’s once more, the Panasonic IFE eX3 collection system. As such, it circulate and it fairly usable.


Included headphones.


Though the content material hasn’t moved round since late August.

In addition to a selection of movies and TV exhibits, there’s a Stay TV feed – which covers sports activities and information programmes. So, I went for BBC World Information – which just about stored me firm over the pond


IMPACT!

Drinks and breakfast adopted with the selection of pancakes or an omelette. I went for the omelette and was not disillusioned.


Welcome again to Financial system and welcome again to the drinks of default. And sure, I really like half tables like this when drinks are served.


The tray as-per delivered.


Tray


The omelet


Water and orange juice too.

This isn’t a nasty tray within the least. The omelet was very edible (if a bit small), while the Danish was an fascinating addition. The fruit was recent,, and the liquids have been all affordable. Not an thrilling tray by any stretch of the creativeness, however a strong tray.

Which for an financial system class breakfast is all you’ll be able to ask for.

With the breakfast service cleared down, I settled down on the necessary topic I had been lacking out on for the previous hours.

Sleep.

And I wanted it thanks to a mix of exhaustion. Not solely that, once I would arrive at Chicago – I would wish to hit the bottom operating as soon as I landed.

I managed round three hours in the long run – not good, however higher than I’ve executed on a Boeing Dreamliner up to now

I awakened in time for the ice cream service. Contemplating I used to be half asleep when it arrived, I propped it on the center desk while I attempted to drag myself to some type of consciousness.

10 minutes later I used to be digging right into a melted ice cream. I can deal with this

With me waking up, and everybody else quick asleep – it was time for the large occasion. Sure, women and gents – it’s time for the AVGeek Fairy Mild Problem.

What’s is the AVGeek Fairy Mild Problem? It began with a Hong Kong-based mostly Instagrammer doing this.

I’m positive we will ridicule this, primarily due to the very fact the promoter is sitting backwards of their enterprise class seat. While it didn’t have the area to sit backwards in an financial system class seat, I might utilise the fairy lights and placed on a face that alerts that I’m not impressed within the least.

And that leads us to this:

If there’s a development for this 1) it wants to die a demise FAST. and a couple of) if we’re going to persist on this, then I’ve no points in killing this development in any respect.

I contemplate it a life calling.

While the development of the Dreamliner is a combined factor (in an financial system class passengers viewpoints), I’m nonetheless not a fan of the dimmable home windows on a aircraft. While they will supply darkness, the planes can look. Turquoise.

 

I suppose the factor that will get to me probably the most is how unnatural the sunshine seems to be.

While there seem to be developments within the subject of true darkness, personally, I can’t see something improper with becoming a window blind to a aircraft (aside from including additional weight to carry these blinds round).

The digital blinds brightened – indicating it was time for the arrivals service. A selection of two folded pizzas was provided – Pepperoni or Cheese.

That’s a time period you by no means need to hear a flight – “Folded Pizza”. Keep in mind when American Airways used to serve a mini pizza and pasta on arrival. Heavy days.


… the colors aren’t calming as they’re right here with this cyan/turquoise.


The package deal. Hmm. A bit much less substantive than the previous Montys Scorching Field


The folded Pizza


Truthfully, not as dangerous because it appears. I blame the blue mild of the cabin

That being stated, the folded pizza wasn’t that dangerous within the least – it has flavour and had some bits of pepperoni in it – a welcome sight. A disgrace they dropped the Monty scorching bins – however this appears simpler to clear up afterwards and recycle.

Further drinks have been provided by the crew.

Now at this level – you’d anticipate the digital blinds set to full open to permit passengers to get up earlier than arrival. Nope. The crew dimmed them to midway once more.


Closing in on ORD.

This one thing else I don’t like about these blinds, that crew can override settings on a aircraft.

With 40 minutes on the clock left, ultimately, the crew launched management of the blinds, giving individuals much less time to get up.

It’s additionally at this level that Dan, the pleasant US Customs and Border Patrol video performed, displaying the choices you might have when getting into the USA.


Hello Dan.

The crew adopted round with Blue customs types for many who wanted them. I cross as I used to be planning to run the danger with the machines later once I landed.

With time on the flight coming to an finish, the cabin was cleared down and ready for touchdown. .

With ease, the aircraft crossed Lake Michigan, and tracked into Wisconsin, and eventually making a loop for O’Hare – touchdown in the direction of the town.

 
Right here we go.


Cloudy over Lake Michigan

And a little bit of cloudbusting aboard AA99.


Cabin set for touchdown.


Wisconsin coming into sight.


Last turns and line up.

With ease, AA99 landed at Chicago O’Hare Worldwide.

Regardless that the aircraft had landed in the direction of the worldwide terminal, O’Hare visitors management had different concepts, and made the aircraft taxi all the best way again to the west aspect of the sector, earlier than permitting us to flip and taxi all the best way down the fitting aspect of the sector

You’ve acquired to love the controllers at O’Hare some days.

Central Terminal Space


Delta Mad Canine.


Cargo Ramp.


United Categorical Embraer E-Jet

As such, taxing was a very good 20 minutes after we landed until the aircraft approached Gate M11. Ultimately, the 787 discovered the gate, and the engines powered down


Owie.

With the gate on the stand, and the seat belt indicators extinguished, it was time to make my means into the USA of America


Run this manner!

General: While the 787 in three-three-three isn’t going to be a consolation winner, at the least American Airways have made the expertise satisfactory with the opposite touches – resembling a usable IFE system with content material and a strong catering choice.

If solely one of many majors might break the three-three-three sample on the Dreamliner.

Till then – for an A to B over the pond the American Airways 787 – with AA99 makes for a satisfactory expertise.

Subsequent: US Immigration and The Crowne Plaza O’Hare.


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