American Airlines Flight 137 – Dallas to Hong Kong
Dallas-Fort Worth International (DFW): Terminal D, Gate D27A; Runway 18L; Scheduled: 12:25p; Pushback: 12:59p; Takeoff: 1:14p
Hong Kong International (HKG): Terminal 1, Gate 49; Runway 25R; Scheduled: 6:00p; Landing: 6:31p; Gate Arrival: 6:41p
Flight Time: 16h 17m; Actual miles: 9,170
N717AN; Boeing 777-323ER; First Flight: Oct 17, 2012; 310 seats (8 F / 52 B / 30 E+ / 220 E)
Seat: JT: 18J (aisle), Katie: 18L (window), Main Cabin Extra
|Our plane (N717AN) puling up to the gate (D27)|
|Everyone crowding around the gate before boarding began|
|Our row for the 16+ hour flight|
As always, the small MCE section feels isolated from the remainder of economy – although the only thing that truly separates the cabin is a small wall. We especially like the last row of this section since there is a bulkhead behind these seats. This means you can recline without worrying about having anyone behind you – and you can store some items under your seat, leaving the seat in front of you free to stretch your legs.
We ended up departing 10 minutes ahead of our delayed time, reducing our delay to 40 minutes.
|IFE screens were bright, but looked faded from the side, providing a bit of privacy|
|Cheese ravioli lunch|
The IFE and charging were excellent, as expected. Window seat view sucked (blurry, no details or city names) though on my Maps feature (although it looked normal on others). In general, no city names (except Hong Kong and Dallas) were ever shown in any of the map views.
This was an excellent choice! We were surprised how good this meal ended up being. The salad – crisp lettuce with fresh sweet peppers – was tasty. The appetizer was edamame. Although not salty, it was a fun Asian-inspired dish. The cheese ravioli was pretty good – American should strive for all of their ‘cheese pasta’ dishes to resemble this one. It was well cooked albeit bland. The bread was nothing special, but we were happy that the butter was soft and spreadable. The meal ended with a pre-packaged Double Crunch Brownie that was surprisingly soft and savory. Overall, this is certainly one of the better AA economy meals we’ve experienced.
The crew serving the MCE cabin were generally easy to deal with. A flight attendant passed through every 30 minutes or so, although never with drinks.
The mid-flight meal was a box with a small ham roll and a rice crackers trail mix as well as salted caramel gelato. The ham roll was better than on previous flights, the rice crackers mix was interesting (but decent) and the gelato was good. The biggest annoyance of this meal was attempting to eat the gelato using the mini flat spoon from the cup’s lid.
We both went back to sleep after the mid-flight snack. Katie managed to sleep until the arrival meal.
|Transfer security right around the corner|
Overall, we were impressed with the experience on this flight. In particular, the food quality and flight attendant friendliness/attitude exceeded our expectations (which, admittedly, were very low). The hard product was exactly what we expected, outside of Katie’s lacking Map program.
When landing, our plane was requested to circle for 20-30 minutes before final approach due to ‘weather’. When we finally did land, it was indeed bumpy as we landed rather far down the runway in a strong crosswind.
Katie enjoyed seeing the mountains and city during landing – this Hong Kong approach was the same as her first last summer and brings back good memories from our trip last November.
Deplanning was quick as we utilized two exits. Transfer was extremely quick as we only needed to pass through a security screening checkpoint before being deposited into the departures area.