After doing a transit through Chicago O’Hare in 40 minutes (which lets be honest, I should had brought a lotto ticket when I got off the plane), I was in Row 8 of an American Airlines Boeing 737-800.
American Airlines 55 is one of those classic US style flights, which operates from an international point to a US point, then has a domestic hop on a totally different aircraft.
First thing I noticed was the swivel bins and the mood lighting – so yes, I struck out on a very new bird (in the old paintwork).
Taxing out of O’Hare was a challenge in itself with most of the plane thinking ground traffic control were drunk. In fact, a change of winds had forced a runway change…. messing up traffic at Chicago.
Well – lets all be honest, that’s not hard to do anyway.
A bit late into the day, we were up in the air, with the pilot keeping the seatbelt sign until 35,000ft.
Although to be honest – I do like the new version of the announcements on this plane – a very constant feel (even if there was heavy hawking of headphones for $5).
There was also hawking of food and drinks, with a seemingly good uptake.
Although I found it amusing that American Airlines were menu was sponsored by PepsiCo – even as they give away Coca Cola products. Or that could be my sense of humour at work.
Sadly, the bulkhead row of a plane is not compatible with a GhettoIFE system (unless I got some bluetac or double sided sticky tape – Well the phone will be moot when I get home so I can get an iPhone 6. But that’s besides the point..
Otherwise, apart from sinking a fair amount of cola (in-flight dehydration isn’t fun), the best thing of this flight was the external in-flight entertainment.
The Hoover Dam
The flight was a bit bumpy in Vegas, but again – pretty smooth during the main cruise of the flight.
I’ll be doing a deeper dive into this flight in the main trip report, but that’s the outbound flights done. I’ll be covering some hotels in the next batch of Road to BAcon posts…