It’s time for another Snapshot – this time looking at AA87 London Heathrow to Chicago O’Hare in Main Cabin Extra.
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So onwards. AA87 is the morning flight from Heathrow, that gets to to the Midwest in time for Lunch.
Check-in was at Zone B at Terminal 3 for Premium Passengers. Not a good move, considering Fast Track is nearer to Zone E. For those getting to Heathrow early, don’t bother getting there before 5:45 in the morning – the Business class teams were considering setting up at that point, with Flagship First not wanting to lift a finger.
Boarding was from the Gate 28 area in Terminal 3. Security checks were in force.
It’s a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner
Seat 8L is a bulkhead seat on the 787-8 in Main Cabin Extra. The seat measured 17.2″ across, and when three passengers with broad shoulders are sitting together – not a comfortable space, with my shoulders making good friends with the window, and trying to arch so the other person had space too.
In-Flight Entertainment was powered by a Panasonic ex3 system. In the case of the bulkhead row, this a monitor stowed on the left hand side. It uses a touch screen and control-pad interface.
Headphones were provided (sponsoring in part by Avis)
In-flight internet aboard AA87 was provisioned with a Panasonic Ku platform system – giving middling speeds across the Atlantic and Europe, with speeds only improving when entering US Airspace. A flight pass costs $19.
Four passes were made through the cabin, with a drinks and biscotti service, the main meal, mid-flight ice cream and arrivals snack box.
This being a Dreamliner, it has the electronic window dimming functions, which makes the world lovely shade of blue.
The full trip report including AA87 coming soon!
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