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American Airlines 737-800 First Class Review

This review has been a long time coming. I have taken several flights the last few months in First Class on AA’s 737-800’s . So this review will encompass many of those flights. All but one of the flights are under 2000 miles and most between the 1000 mile to 1750 mile range.  Some of the routes I flew were ORD to MCO & TPA. DFW to San Juan (2200 miles), JFK, LGA & MCO. SJU to MIA, and several flights between SAN and ORD & DFW. So any flight that falls within that range will have the same service (this also applies to other aircraft on AA) and product.

AA 737-800

The service was for the most part the same on all of the flights. Like any US carrier the flight attendant service can be a bit inconsistent, but more times than not the service in First was positive and professional. The one area American lags behind Delta and United is pre-departure drinks. I would say less than half of the time one was offered, and if it was, it was either just a cup of water on a tray or occasionally orange juice and water. Only once or twice did the flight attendant offer anything beyond that. American does a very good job of boarding First Class passengers first (after passengers in need of assistance and uniformed military personnel), so boarding was always a breeze with plenty of overhead space.  A packaged blanket (no pillow) was always on the seat or in the seat-back pocket on your arrival. The 737-800 has good overhead space and on a few flights the newer 737-800’s with Boeing Sky Interior even provide a little more space. Despite looking smaller the new bins not only have more space, but are also easier to place your bag inside the overhead as the bin pivots down.

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The cabin and seats are the same with four rows in a 2×2 layout. The bulkhead starts at row 3 and the last row is 6. The only difference was on a couple of the flights between SAN & ORD  I was lucky enough to be on an aircraft with Boeing’s new Sky Interior which featured American’s new In-flight Entertainment (IFE) system and seats (not all planes with Sky Interior have the new seats & IFE). These seats are leather as opposed to the cloth seats with leather headrests on the more common and older layout. The new seats also have a headrest and outside the color (the leather seats are gray, while cloth are blue with grey headrest) they are essentially the same. I had seats in every row and both aisle and window.  My favorite is the bulkhead. There is enough leg room that the window seat AA737-800passenger can easily leave their seat without disturbing their seat mate. In fact, the very first thing I noticed on the first flight I took on one of American’s 737-800 was the increased leg room. American has a very generous 40″ pitch compared to 36″-38″ on Delta and United. The bulkhead may even have a few more inches of knee room (maybe not leg room, as you can put your AA 737-800feet under the seat in front in non-bulkhead seats) compared to Rows 4-6. All seats have power port outlets (plug doesn’t always work) on the front of the center armrest, while the new seats have both a power outlet  and a USB port in the same spot. The seat recline on AA 737-800American is a little different with the seat back only reclining a little, however, the bottom of the seat glides forward a little. This is good because it lessens (along with the 40″ pitch) the forward seat intruding into your space and it still provides basically the same recline as standard US airline first class seats. Some other unique features on American’s First Class seats is the aisle and widow armrest raises. This not only allows for a little more room (seat width is already a comfortable 21″) but there is also a storage space in this armrest. It may say “no storage”, but it is a great place to store AA 737-800newspapers 🙂  The seat-back pockets are smaller than the plusher first class seats of old, but there are two pockets that make up for that. One downside of the bulkhead is the seat-back pockets are much smaller (but bigger than other airlines First Class bulkhead seats).  All seats have a small drink tray that comes out from the center armrest, but rows 4-6 have an additional drink tray that comes down from the back of the center armrest on the seat in front, providing more space if needed (actually a little far away to keep a drink there).

AA 737-800

All the flights I flew offered WiFi and some form of in-flight entertainment (IFE). Most had overhead video screens (over seats) and audio. A single prong plug is located in front of the center armrest for headphones. Basic ear-buds where either at your seat as you boarded or a flight attendant would pass them out. The number of audio channels fluctuated from 10 to 12 channels and had a nice selection of music (boarding music is nice as well), with surprisingly clear sound. I used my headphones to access the IFE on every flight and only had an issue with the sound once. What was shown overhead depended on the length of the flight. On flights less than 2.5 hrs (actual flight time) NBC Universal programming was aired and on longer flights a movie was shown along with the NBC shows if time permitted. The one downside to this is there seemed to be no variety in the NBC programming package. The same programs are on regardless of which direction you are flying, whereas the movies do change with the direction and in some cases destination. Hawaii has separate titles as does MCO (Orlando).  I must have seen the same episode of “Mysteries of Laura” and a Jimmy Fallon skit 7 times last month (I only watched once).

AA 737-800Now, the new seats have individual in-seat entertainment which is on-demand (AVOD) and located on the seat back. The screen is touchscreen and a decent 12.1 inches. There is a generous selection of movies, TV shows, and audio (both radio and CD selection), plus a few games and a nice 3D moving map. The hand-set is in the outer armrest (one that raises) and is relatively easy to use (none of these are ever easy for me), however, I found it easier using the touchscreen to maneuver thru AA 737-800the library.  Two other features with the in-seat entertainment that I really enjoy is that the programming can be accessed before take-off and thru landing, plus most movies were un-cut.

As I said, on all flights WiFi was available thru gogo inflight. The prices for internet access varies greatly. Usually depending on flight time. This doesn’t make much sense as you are paying for a set time. 30 minutes was as little as $2.50 for a mobile device and as much as $5 (usually $4), and for a laptop/tablet it varied from $3.50 to $7.50. For 90 minutes the prices doubled (so AA 737-800you get 30 minutes free – sort of). There are also yearly, monthly and daily plans available. The internet speed is ok, but certainly not great (or even good). The one nice feature is you can access AA.com for free (I booked an award ticket on my last flight :)). In addition to the internet access, entertainment was also available through gogo on most flights (the exception being on shorter routes and planes with the in-seat entertainment). There is a fee for all passengers (yes, First Class too) to watch both television programs and movies through their computer. TV programs are either $.99 or $1.99 per episode and movies ranged from $3.99 to $5.99. Unfortunately, none of the devises I have  are compatible with gogo, so I never was able to watch a single program or movie (and I paid for 2 sitcoms). I tried four devices; my laptop, phone and 2 tablets. None worked. I tried several times as I was able to download the gogo player, but each time I was unable to view the program I purchased. I was able to speak (write) to the help line and was told my devices were not compatible yet, but will be soon (last week my Samsung Galaxy Tab did work on a Delta flight thru gogo. ** It has been 2 weeks since I wrote this and I flew a few flights on American this week. My Samsung tablet did work and American now has a couple movies and television programs for free thru gogo. Just click the complimentary icon on right of the home entertainment page). I do think all Apple products are compatible. *** Further update – American has finally fallen in line with United and Delta and now all entertainment is free thru gogo. The rates for the Wi-Fi still fluctuates. It is now based on entire flight or just 30 min (which can vary from $3 to $8). Additionally, I have flown on dozens of flights on American’s 737’s since this review and the vast majority were with the old seat and overhead IFE (in addition to gogo). It is my guess as AA slowly updates their 737’s they will have the same leather seats as I mentioned above, however they will be without the seatback personal screens. I have flown on a few of the USAir A319’s and A321’s recently that had the new seats and they were without any entertainment other than gogo through your own personal device -.

The service is very consistent in First on American (outside how meal was served). On most occasions, shortly after take-off, the flight attendant would take drink orders and return with your drink and a AA 737-800small, but nice size bowl of warm cashews and almonds. This was almost always done from the galley. Directly before or after the beverage service a scented hot towel was passed-out (not the greatest quality). Two flight attendants worked First Class on the 737-800 for the meal service (afterwards one or both would help in Economy). American has two very unique programs regarding meals in First Class. You can reserve your entree at least 24 hrs before your flight. This is great because if you purchase AA 737-800a First Class ticket you should always get your meal choice. If you do not reserve the entree, then American takes meal orders by a method called “FEBO” (front even/back odd). On even numbered flights, meal orders are taken from the front, and on odd, from the rear. On the occasions when I reserved my meal, with one or two AA 737-800exceptions, the flight attendant confirmed my choice. There was always two choices for the meal. On dinner and lunch flights one was a meat, while the other was a pasta (vegetarian option). I would guess on all the flights I have flown in First (including aircraft other than the 737-800) there was about eight different lunch/dinner entree choices and maybe six breakfast choices. I could not tell AA 737-800much difference between the lunch service and dinner service other than what the dessert option was and if an appetizer was included, and this was based on flight time, not time of day. On flights between 2.5 hrs. and 3.5 hrs (900-1298 miles) a three course meal was served with a chocolate chip cookie for dessert and on flights over 3.5 hrs. (1299 miles) an appetizer was included on the tray and the dessert was either cake (lunch time) or AA 737-800ice cream (dinner time). I read on flights over 4.5 hrs you have a choice for dessert of either a sundae or cheese & fruit plate . The only other difference was how the meals were served (including breakfast). On half AA 737-800the flights, the flight attendant took the meal order in advance and brought the meal from the galley. The other half it was served directly from the cart and that is when you selected your meal choice.  Only one or two meals stood out as being memorable. In fact, I can not say that American has the best tasting domestic first class meals. But, what I am always very pleased with, is the temperature of the meals. Always served hot. This is a pet peeve of mine and it increases my enjoyment of the meal. Of the breakfast AA 737-800entree’s I had, the french toast was quite good. Other breakfast meals I ate were; egg strata, cheese omelette with peppers, cold cereal (only AA 737-800time I saw cold meal choice), and steel-cut oatmeal. Breakfast is always served with a small bowl of fruit, and on some dishes a meat and a potato. Either croissants or biscuits AA 737-800accompanied breakfast. For lunch/dinner the teriyaki beef with rice or beef with macaroni & cheese were my favorite meals. Other meals I ate were; tortellini pomodoro, beef in a mustard sauce, and a couple of different chicken dishes just to name a few (some of these meals may have been other aircraft, but the meal service is the same). Two choices of bread was always offered with the meal. Sourdough, cheese-bread, whole grain, and my favorite, the pretzel roll were some of the choices. Because AA 737-800most of these flights were between 2.5 to 3.5 hrs the main meal was the only service. I do not remember any other additional snack/basket service after the meal on the longer flights, including the DFW to San Juan flight (although, I may have slept through it). I did fly on a few short-haul routes (DFW to AA 737-800IAH and OKC) and a nice snack basket was distributed with Snyder pretzels, small package of premium nuts, banana’s, Kettle brand potato chips, Pepperidge Farm cookies, plus a few others (as an update, while American still has this basket service these products are no longer offered. There have been three variations since I wrote this). One nice touch was, before touch-down, mints were offered to the passengers in First Class. and the flight attendant usually thanked them for flying American.

I must say, for the most part I am very pleased with American Airlines 737-800’s First Class. The leg room is the most generous of any of the legacy carriers and because of the recline it also feels the roomiest. Most of the flights were on-time and storing my luggage was never an issue. While the food didn’t wow me with it’s taste, it was always served hot, and I like that there is a variety of entrees offered between flights. With the addition of the new 737-800’s with Boeing’s Sky Interior (American has a very large order with Boeing to replace their aging MD-80’s) and the updating of seats on older 737-800’s, the First Class (as well as Economy) experience will only improve. It will be interesting to see what happens to the service once American and US Air are completely integrated, but since US Air does not have any 737’s it certainly will not effect this aircraft.

 

38 thoughts on “American Airlines 737-800 First Class Review

  1. Ray

    Thanks, useful. I just booked tickets for Xmas holiday and it’s 737-800 on all flights (A or I). Glad to see personal IFE, not shared. I was worried…

  2. Linda Alvarez-Thull

    I am always apprehensive of the service I will receive when I fly first class (which I only fly). First class costs a hefty amount compared to economy. I pay it for the service, and for the wash room. Over 50% of the time I am disappointed with the service, and some of the time I have to wait in line behind the economy passengers to use the wash room.
    I expect to have a beverage served upon boarding (an alcoholic beverage). And then promptly after flight be offered another beverage prior to the meal. This rarely occurs.
    I am very disappointed that management does not ensure quality control. It appears the attendants can perform at any level they desire. And most of the desire is sub par service.
    I have received certificates I may submit for excellent employee service. I am readily awaiting any service that is even close to demonstrating some pride in their service to submit this complimentary certificate. These certificates may be a fantastic incentive, and I laud management for providing them.

    1. Patrick Post author

      Hello Linda,

      Yes, service in First Class within the USA is spotty at best. I recently flew from St. Petersburg to Moscow (a one hour flight) in Business Class (same as First in US) and I was offered a full hot meal and was waited on by three friendly flight attendants (cabin also only 1/3 full with 8 passengers). My first thought is if Aeroflot can do this why can’t American or United. The truth is because you are dealing with apples and oranges. Different costs for labor as well as different cultures (although in Aeroflot’s case they overcame a culture of horrible service). Also in US more than half the people sitting in First Class have been upgraded. This in some way cheapens the product because they can not sell all of the seats. But to your point, if I pay for a first class seat my expectations are higher than if I was upgraded. I expect a hot meal if flight is over 1hr 45 min. and I will confirm this before I buy my ticket. But truthfully service has been consistent the last 25 years (not a good thing), but in some cases the seats themselves have improved tremendously with AVOD entertainment at your seat back.
      In my review of American Airlines 737 First Class I mention how few times I was offered a pre-departure drink. But ever since the merge with USAir I have noticed a pre-departure drink is always offered, and other airlines (Delta & United) always offer a choice of a drink prior to take off. But after take-off all airlines offer a beverage service before the meal (Delta’s comes with the meal usually). You are right about these certificates. I have only given two away all year, but at least it tells the flight attendant you appreciate good service when it is received. I think if one has realistic expectations when flying in First Class they will have a better experience. When I fly American, Delta, Alaska, or United I know what to expect and know that I will not receive the service I would if I was flying Singapore, Cathay, Qatar, etc. That said, there are still many places where the airlines can easily improve the Domestic First Class experience. Like both pillows and blankets at your seat, free IFE, even through gogo on your own device, more privacy so people aren’t coming up using the lavatory, better meal service (I will say the baskets in First are a huge improvement over the one small bag of pretzels), etc.
      One can dream ;):)

      Happy Travels

      Patrick

  3. Lisa

    Hi. Thanks for this info. I’m confirmed on a flight with this plane but have a return flight held for an Airbus 21 I think or 20. Should I not confirm it and try for a 737? Which has better first class seats?

    1. Patrick Post author

      Hi Lisa, Depends what version of the A321 is on that route. If it is one of American’s new A321’s than that seat will be the same as their new 737 seats (with AVOD IFE). So that would be a better option than 737 because with A321 you will definitely get their new seat (they are still updating their 737 fleet). However, if it is a USAir A321 than the 737 seats (and plane) are a much better option. The USAir A321’s have no entertainment and much less leg room. There are two ways to know difference in A321’s. If it was an old American route, most likely new A321 (but that will change as time goes on and they shuffle equipment), if USAir route than USAir’s version. So if from Dallas to LAX it would be new A321. If from Charlotte to LAX, USAir version. But the best way to tell is on AA’s site when searching for flights under “aircraft” the 321 is USAir model and 32B is new American A321 with new seat and AVOD. So if symbol is 321 try to take 737, if symbol is 32B than that is better option. Hope that makes sense and it helps!

      Happy travels!!

      Patrick

  4. John

    Has American finished the upgrades on the 737-800? Booking a trip DFW-EWR for mid July and choice is either United 737-700 which I’ve heard are old and nasty from a United employee, United Express on an E170 (sorry not flying in a plane piloted by the JV) or American 737-800. If the upgrades are not complete, anyway to know which version when booking?

    1. Patrick Post author

      Hi John,
      No they haven’t. In fact, I flew on the older interior 737-800 twice this past week from San Diego to Miami. They only have the overhead entertainment. They are still ok and outside the IFE are still better than United. AA has more leg room in first and their recline tends to be less intrusive. That said, United has a much better entertainment option if you are using your own device to watch a movie. It is free in First Class (it is not free on AA) and has a lot of choices. AA uses gogo and while it has a nice selection of programs they only have two complimentary NBC programs. Meal wise they are about the same. Other than if flying first on AA you can pre-order your choice (so you don’t have to worry about not getting meal you like). The other advantage to AA is you will accrue more miles. Unfortunately there is no way to tell if the aircraft has the old interior or new (unlike the A320 and A319’s – where you can tell when booking) so you have a 50/50 chance. I have flown on United’s 737-700 in First and didn’t think their was much difference to their other 737’s (other than less seats in First).
      Hope that helps!!
      Happy travels!!

      Patrick

  5. Sean

    Hey, great review – thanks! Coming from UK to US on hols in Oct/Nov. Flying AA first JFK-SAN, is this likely to be the old style? And, you have to pay for IFE?? Really?? lol.

    Thanks

    Sean

    1. Patrick Post author

      Hi Sean,
      Thank you!! I would say by that time it is 50/50. I flew from JFK to SAN in December in First and it was the old style seat. I also flew the SAN – MIA route 2 weeks ago on the 737-800 and it was also the older seats in both directions (also yesterday from IAH – DFW). I am not sure when they expect to be finished retrofitting their fleet, but they have a lot of 737’s. Some good news for you. On my flight from JFK we were given a pre-loaded tablet that had almost the same programming as their seat-back IFE on the newer seats. They also use these tablets on their retrofitted 767’s (for some reason the new seats did not come with individual monitors). In addition, there is a movie and programming on the overhead monitors. The IFE only costs if you are accessing their entertainment thru gogo in-flight WiFi. On the new seats it is free in First, which makes it surprising they charge thru gogo since they fly many aircraft (old USAir jets) that have no entertainment at all other than thru WiFi (United, Alaska, and Delta personal devise entertainment is free for First Class).
      Hope that helps!

      Happy Travels!!!

      Patrick

      1. Sean

        Thanks a lot for getting back to me!

        In relation to lounge access, do you think it is worth it to get the 30 day Admirals Lounge pass? It would seem that this would give myself and a guest access to lounges at JFK, SAN and PHX for only $99. Is there some catch? Advice is much appreciated – first time visiting the states 🙂

        1. Patrick Post author

          Hi Sean,
          Depends on how long you plan on staying in the lounge and if you can bring a guest (I assume so based on re-reading your comment :)) If you are flying Internationally from any of those airports and flying First/Business or One World Elite you will get free entry. But if just within US then no, and since it costs $50 for a one time visit for one person, then I would say it is well worth it for $99 for two, for several visits. AA has improved their food offerings in the last year. They have soup as well as some other free snacks plus they serve meals in their lounges for a fee. Some alcohol is free, most isn’t. They have computer/business centers which I like. The Phoenix Airport has several lounges and JFK has two big ones. As a word of warning, the lounge in San Diego is new, however there is very little free snack options. It is a combined lounge and not run by AA, so they do not have the soups and other items that are standard at Admiral Clubs. I talk a little about this lounge on my review of JAL As far as a catch, I just read that it has all the same benefits as regular membership, however, it also says $99 per visitor. I would just want to clarify that you can bring a guest. Other than that, I think it is worth while investment (you may even be able to use at BA lounges within that time period).
          Hope you have a nice time in the US!!!!

          Patrick

          1. Sean

            Thanks Patrick! Think i’ll go for it I reckon. Bit of a culture shock having to pay for lounge access when travelling first lol.

  6. Mark

    Flying EWR-Phoenix this Thursday. Thinking of upgrading myself and my wife to First Class for $75 and 15,000 miles (one way). Almost all of our miles are on United, so not too concerned with burning 30,000 miles to upgrade as we rarely fly AA as United gives us the most flight options out of Newark. Called AA and they stated our flight WILL have the AVOD in First Class and Economy, but we all know the actual plane we will be on may change between now and Thursday. Currently we are in the back of economy, with a middle seat open between us. In your opinion, is it worth doing the upgrade? Like I said I don’t fly AA often so I am unsure what to do..thoughts?

    1. Patrick Post author

      Hi Mark,

      Sorry so long to reply. This is probably of no use as it looks like you left today, but yes it is worth it. On most of the old USAir routes they still fly the USAir planes, but I see that this flight is with a 737-800. I feel that American’s First Class is more comfortable than United’s. So even without the AVOD it is still worth it for a 4 + hour flight. Hope you reached this decision from my review.

      Happy travels

      Patrick

      1. Mark

        Thanks Patrick, we ended up doing the upgrade and we’re actually in the air right now. The plane ended up not being an updated one with the AVOD (even though 2 different AA Customer Service Reps told me yesterday it was). Still very comfortable, food (lunch) was very good.. Another hour until we land, certainly glad I found your review which convinced me to upgrade. Also better than United’s first class cabin, the bulkhead is very comfortable with plenty of leg room..

        1. Patrick Post author

          You’re welcome Mark, Happy to hear. They have so many 737-800’s that it is hard for them to tell, so I am not surprised. I don’t know how far along they are with updating all of them, but my guess is they are less than half way. Yes, the bulkhead is great and in general I would say American has 3 or 4 more inches of leg room than both United and Delta.
          Hope your flight home is as nice!!

          Patrick

  7. Ron Allen

    Hi Patrick,

    Mid-May I’ll be flying from Seattle to Dallas then on to Cancun with AA on a 737-800 and Airbus. Any ideas on what I might expect as far as if they’re the upgraded planes? From the posts above, it sounds like the airline may be working their way from the West Coast to the East Coast on the upgrades.

    Appreciate the information you’ve provided,

    Ron

    1. Patrick Post author

      Hi Ron,

      Not sure if there is any rhyme of reason to how they are upgrading their 737-800’s. But I am not even sure they are 50% finished. I have flown on several 737-800’s this year and most have been older version. The one exception is between SAN & ORD and as I just wrote another person earlier I am not sure if that is a coincidence or not. On the Airbus 321 there is a way to see if it will have the newer seats with the seatback IFE. If the aircraft indicator is 32B that is American’s new A321’s. They all have the new seats (Except those that fly to JFK from SFO or LAX) If the indicator is 321 then it is USAir’s A321’s and they will have no IFE at all. On the 319’s the only way to tell is by looking at the number of seats. If 8 in first should be the new planes American ordered with the new seats. If 12 seats then it is the USAir version and again, no entertainment.

      Hope that helps a little!!

      Happy travels

      Patrick

    1. Patrick Post author

      Hi,

      I have flown this route several times and for whatever reason it typically has the upgraded seats with the seatback IFE. I am not sure there is a reason to this or if it is just a coincidence. I have flown many other routes with AA on their 737-800’s and most times it has the older seats. From my experience I would say I have only about a 30% success rate of flying on planes with the upgraded seats, but between SAN & ORD it increases to double that. Hope you get it, it provides for a much more pleasant experience!

      Happy travels

      Patrick

  8. TR

    Hi, we will fly 1st class from MIA to SFO in Jan 2017. Will have half day in the airport. From your comment,we cannot use Amerial Club? Do I misunderstand? It will be very bad to stay in airport for half day without good plce to rest.

    1. Patrick Post author

      Hello, Maybe you misunderstand. Of course you can use Admiral’s Club in Miami if you have a membership to the club. You can also have access if you are connecting in MIA from an international location (but not Caribbean or Mexico) in Business or First Class. Also you can purchase a day pass for $50 (I think). But if you are just flying First Class within US (or from Mexico, Canada, Caribbean) then that will not give lounge access. If you will be at the airport for half a day I would agree that access to the Club would be important.
      Hope that answers your question!
      Happy travels!!

      Patrick

      1. TR

        Thanks for clearing the situation. We will not do any conecton from oversea. Just fly domestic from MIA to SFO. Looks like we need to buy the day pass to use the club.

        BTW, does United have the same policy. Flying domestic in business class also cannot use their lounge?

        1. Patrick Post author

          You’re welcome!
          Yes, Unfortunately United and Delta also have the same policy when flying first or business within the US. The one exception can be if flying between NYC & LAX or SFO on their premium products. I know United used to let you use the lounge on those tickets. The one airline that does allow lounge access on a First Class ticket is Alaska Airlines.

          Patrick

  9. CH

    Thanks for your reviews. I’ll be flying from MIA to BOS in Feb and plan to pay for First on American as they have the only premium cabin nonstop for that route. It looks like the fares are the same between the 737-800 and 757 flights – it would appear that the 738 are the flights to get in terms of comfort (pitch and recline). AVOD is nice but not critical. Am I right in thinking this?

    1. Patrick Post author

      Hello,
      You’re welcome! I would say you are correct in your thinking. I don’t see many 757’s as options any more, so other than nostalgic reasons the 737 has a better first class. The seats have greater pitch and you have a 50/50 chance getting the upgraded version with the AVOD. The only thing to look for on the 757 is if it is an International version that might be continuing on to Dublin or some other smaller European or South American market. If there are only 4 rows in First than it will be much better than the 737. It will have their International Business Class seats in it. My guess is that this in fact may be the case, because they do fly 757’s from Boston to Europe. So actually I would take the 757 (but only if it has 4 rows). The only risk in there is a change in equipment (every time I fly because of a specific type of aircraft they change it ;))
      I just looked and it does look like the 757’s only have 4 rows on each side and coach starts at row 9 (There are domestic versions with 3 rows on one side and 4 on the other and coach starts at row 6, These are old USAir 757’s and are awful. There is also a version with 6 rows in First and Coach starts at 9 AA’s version. It looks like USAir also had a Business Class on their 757’s but it has 3 rows on each side). So the 757 should have the International Business Class seats. They will be better than standard First Class seats, but not as nice as American’s new Business Class seats on their 777’s, 787’s and 767’s (not lie-flat and maybe no AVOD)
      Sorry for the confusion, should be a simple answer, but in this case, not so simple.
      Happy Travels!!
      Patrick

  10. Eric Jo

    Hi Patrick,
    I am flying SAN to CHI on the older version. Does 3B or 3E have the aisle favored to one side or is it an even split. Based on pics it looks like 3B may have more of the walkway.
    Also I see you like the bulkhead, given your height can you fully extend your legs in eith B or E?
    Also which food option would you pick?:

    Lentil Chili
    With polenta cake and tomato chutney
    Or
    Barbecue Chicken
    Served chilled with mixed greens and black beans

    Thanks,
    EJ

    1. Patrick Post author

      Hello EJ
      I am almost positive they are split even as I have never had a preference from one side or the other (and I have flown on AA’s 737 many times, but I usually sit in the window seat) but I guess it is possible one has more of the aisle than the other. I am 5’10” and while American has the most leg room of any of the Big 3 (some UAL have cut outs which may be the same) I can not completely stretch my legs(but it’s close). You can in rows 4-6 and the way their seats recline, are not as intrusive but I still prefer the bulkhead. You can easily get out from the window seat without making your seatmate get up, so there is lots of space (maybe 42″ pitch).
      Wow, I have never had any of those options before and they would be a welcome change. The last 5 times I’ve had a lunch or dinner on American it has been the same pasta or blackened shrimp as options. But I have had some of their other chicken dishes before and liked all but one (hopefully they have done away with that (some olive topping)).
      Hope that helps!!
      Happy Travels!!
      Patrick

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