For our summer season trip journey to Europe, we booked financial system class tickets, and secured upgrades to enterprise class at reserving. American Airways in enterprise class to Europe isn’t precisely luxurious, particularly within the present surroundings. Fortunately, the American Airways 789 enterprise class has the Collins Aerospace Tremendous Diamond seat, so consolation and privateness made the journey very comfy. I’ve flown on this seat a number of instances on American flights across the US, so it was good to expertise it on lengthy haul flights.
On this evaluate, I’ll mix each trans-Atlantic flights we took, Chicago to London and Madrid to Dallas-Fort Price. Each have been on the Boeing 787-9, so we had privateness and area to unfold out. The eastbound flight was largely for sleeping, however westbound, the longer flight was in the course of the day, and whereas I did nap, it was largely spent studying and exploring the video alternatives on the in flight leisure.
Earlier than departure in Chicago to London Heathrow in American Airways Enterprise Class
I used to be very excited to lastly be occurring an extended haul flight and a large physique airplane. The final one was in October 2019, so it has been an extended whereas. My desire, particularly on eastbound redeyes is later departures, and longer flights, because it helps maximize sleep, and adapting to the vacation spot time zone. No such luck right here, because the flight schedules are nonetheless moderately restricted. Our flight is departing round 5pm from Chicago to London.
We arrived a number of hours upfront with a pile of paperwork, together with our Spain well being kind, UK Passenger locator kind and unfavorable COVID exams. We used VeriFly to handle all of those paperwork, however regardless of that, the method to test in may be very handbook. As an American Airways Government Platinum departing from Chicago O’Hare on a world flight, I used Flagship First Verify in. There was one agent working and in any other case had the place to ourselves. Service was very pleasant, however our first interplay included, “You possibly can’t journey to Spain”. I used to be assured that we might, as Spain opened as much as vaccinated Individuals as of June 7. This agent didn’t have any updates on this regardless of being greater than every week later. She referred to as a supervisor working the gate, whereas I pulled up Timatic on my telephone. I used to be assured that I used to be appropriate, however was prepared to indicate varied knowledge factors saying we might. The supervisor confirmed that we have been good to go, after which the agent checked us in. It nonetheless took a while to test us in, and test the documentation wanted for our journey. Lastly we had our boarding passes, and the great agent escorted us to the PreCheck lane the place we shortly made it airside.
Flagship lounges usually are not but open, so we waited for our boarding time within the Admirals Membership. Nothing particular, and fairly busy. Nevertheless it was good to calm down a bit, and get some guacamole…
American Airways Enterprise Class 789 in flight Chicago to London
My daughter loved the varied youngsters choices on the IFE monitor earlier than we even departed. The again a part of the cabin was full, however most of rows 1-3 seemingly have been blocked. Premium financial system was round 75% full, and financial system gave the impression to be possibly 25% capability. Serving my aisle was a Chicago based mostly, however Boston native, Andi. To say she was a personality can be a significant understatement. I normally like chatting up flight attendants, and loved speaking to her, although at instances it was a bit uncomfortable when she delved into politics. Often a taboo dialog in well mannered firm, however she clearly didn’t thoughts. Among the many extra memorable one liners she shared was the truth that she warned me to not be scared earlier than arrival as she would seem like twisted sister… Humorous, and positively a memorable expertise total.
The Tremendous Diamond seat is comfy, sitting, laying or lounging. My specific seat had a free aisle facet armrest, and didn’t appear to get completely flat, however the slight angle of the pinnacle made up for a considerably skinny pillow. The early departure time meant it was troublesome to sleep very early, and after meal service Andi (and others) largely vanished. I might have requested for extra, however I didn’t actually need something.
Meals from Chicago to London
First, the menus:
And the drinks listing:
Meal service in pandemic instances was served unexpectedly, with all gadgets wrapped. This was anticipated. In fact COVID is just not unfold on surfaces, so that is all pointless, however it’s the place we are actually. I ordered Salmon with Orzo. The appetizer is solar dried tomato tartar. The dessert menu stated Lemon tart, however what was served was possibly a caramel tart? Not a very memorable meal. Tasted high quality, however nothing particular. I didn’t have excessive expectations, so this was high quality. Earlier than the primary meal, I had a number of the Lanson Black label champagne. Andi warned me of plastic cups and no refills, solely a brand new cup. Not thoughts blowing, however round $50, an honest bottle for an American service.
Hoping to maximise sleep, I skipped breakfast, though I did finally get up to the noise within the cabin, and Andi did provide me a final likelihood for breakfast, however I handed, figuring out I’d have time and higher meals choices as soon as on the bottom at Heathrow. Was this flight luxurious? Was service flawless? No to each, however this was a largely handy, very comfy first begin to our journey.
We related in London to Madrid, spent a number of days there, then went to Croatia. Assessment to return. For now, I’ll discuss in regards to the westbound flight, which was from Madrid to Dallas, additionally on the 787-9 in enterprise class.
American Airways Enterprise Class 789 in flight Madrid to Dallas
After a really good trip, it was time to go again residence. For the westbound flights, we had many extra choices with area to improve, for much less uncertainty with COVID necessities, we determined to maintain issues so simple as doable, which for us meant returning to Madrid. Our return journey was from Dubrovnik to Chicago with stops in Madrid and Dallas. The latter 2 legs have been upgraded at reserving with systemwide upgrades.
The doc verification course of appears considerably easier in Madrid, than on the outbound, though we uploaded our unfavorable covid check outcomes, and CDC attestation varieties into Verifly, (each are required for inbound US flights), for some motive my spouse by no means received a inexperienced test within the Confirm app. As soon as on the test in desk, the agent shortly processed our test in, once I observed a well-known code on one of many boarding passes. I figured it was my spouse’s, explaining why she wasn’t authorised in Verifly.
Nope it was me…SSSS, that means additional safety screening. Argh. The one distinction I observed was that I needed to undergo additional screening earlier than boarding in Madrid. Largely swabs of my arms, footwear, and electronics. It delayed my boarding a couple of minutes, and I used to be on my manner. Unclear why all 3 of us didn’t get pre-approved within the Verifly app, though I’m unsure if it will have saved us that a lot time anyway.
We cleared safety in Madrid, then took the prepare to the satellite tv for pc concourse in Terminal 4 the place the non-Schengen flights depart from. We had a little bit time within the Iberia lounge there (hyperlink to Rocky’s evaluate), which was from a number of years again, and apart from social distancing markers, and never many passengers, the look is usually the identical. Ultimately we headed to the gate, the place my household boarded whereas I used to be getting my secondary screening.
For the flight residence, all of us took window seats, figuring to benefit from the view, and the flamboyant 787 digital window shades on the daytime flight.
Sat right down to a IFE system reboot, which was regarding, however fortunately there have been no points as soon as it began again up. Lengthy taxi on the large Barajas airport advanced, however lastly we have been off. Related flight construction to the outbound, mainly, welcome drinks and snack, foremost meal service, then a darkened cabin and minimal service. On this longer, and daytime flight, the pre-arrival meal is a bit more substantial.
Warmed nuts are now not served, which is tragic, however these smoked almonds served with the preliminary drink service have been fairly tasty. The drink service is the now normal AA cocktail service. This implies handed a cup of ice, a can of mixer, and a couple of minis of liquor. Boring vodka soda with lime, and I solely drank one of many minis, and added to my mini assortment at residence. Along with the menu, ready on the seat are Bang and Olafsen headphones and an amenity equipment. I deliberate to do a evaluate of the amenity equipment, however later found the equipment offered is the “new” That is Floor branded Enterprise Class amenity equipment launched in 2019. With minimal premium cabin lengthy haul flights in 2020, the warehouses are most likely nonetheless properly provisioned. A minimum of the gadgets usually are not but expired.
Meal service from Madrid to Dallas
Menu on the westbound flight:
Drink listing was the identical, and I believe is on all flights, however the wine listing is barely totally different, with a number of extra European wines. For my foremost meal, I went with the prawn machbous, as regular, choosing spicier flavors when at altitude. My spouse had the hen, and my daughter requested a toddler meal.
Previous to touchdown, I opted for the orzo salad. This was wonderful. Savory meals work for me onboard. Woodford too.
Whereas neither meal was something wonderful, it was first rate meals, and I loved each meals, even with the restricted service supplied.
Arrival in Dallas
We arrived early into Dallas, and shortly made our option to the World Entry kiosks. It has been some time since I’ve carried out the World Entry Selfie, and apparently I used to be imagined to take my masks off?
Unsure how the agent recognized me, however in Dallas, all 3 of us approached the agent, have been shortly cleared, then headed to baggage declare. Since I had SSSS on my boarding cross, I didn’t have pre-check, I needed to see if I might repair this.
First I tried to reprint my boarding cross for my flight residence at a kiosk, however was unable to. So I went to an agent. After some clicking I used to be handed a boarding cross, and I observed it stated Group 7. I used to be in top notch, so I knew this was incorrect. I used to be handed the boarding cross of somebody named much like me, Brenda. Whoops! Obtained this mounted, and no extra SSSS, however nonetheless no pre-check. Oh properly. Fortunately the checkpoint I used had minimal line, and I received via sooner than my household did. We visited the Admirals membership earlier than our flight, after which headed in the direction of our flight to Chicago. The “Kodiak” top notch seat is fairly unhappy in comparison with the superb Tremendous Diamond we spent many of the day in, but it surely was high quality for the quick flight to O’Hare.
By the point we arrived, it was very late on our inside clocks. And sadly baggage supply was gradual. My daughter didn’t actually make the most of the flat mattress on the lengthy flight, however did sleep on the DFW-ORD flight. Then she took a little bit catnap whereas ready for luggage.
Our journey was now over, but it surely was fairly gratifying, and I’ll focus on different components of it quickly. Thanks for following alongside!