Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Flying Domestic

Other than American Eagle between Detroit and Chicago, I have not done any domestic flying in the continental USA. Last week I flew to San Antonio (SAT) via Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) from Detroit (DTW) with the "New American" (AA).

Detroit is definitely under-served, the airport is rebranding with a new logo and improved  multilingual signage but still using Boingo for its Wi-Fi services. Both DFW and SAT offer free open Wi-Fi which is very convenient when one has to spend a couple of hours. DFW's Sky Link is so convenient and so efficient it took less than five (5) minutes to transfer from Terminals C to A compared to twenty (20) minutes in Paris CDG using an archaic bus system.

Having traveled extensively with AA on International routes, flying domestic was not something I was looking forward to, having heard all the horror stories of flying domestic in general. Well, it has been a long time since I was on a Super 80 (MD-80), I mean decades. AA needs to replace them and soon. Having said that, the aircraft were clean, all departed on time and all had Wi-Fi (gogoinflight)
it was not expensive but for short flights it was not worth it.

Travelling in what AA calls First on the MD-80 was a pleasant surprise at least on the longer sectors (almost three (3) hours) DTW-DFW-DTW, the service was great and the food was good very similar to Business on International flights (OK it is not Emirates or Etihad, but nevertheless good). On the shorter sectors it was a beverage in a real glass and a bag of pretzels, of which they offered seconds. On the whole I was impressed all things considered.

Kudos AA

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