American Airlines 772

  

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A recent holiday in the US ended with 5 fantastic nights in Miami. I checked the Qantas website each day for about 4 weeks to keep an eye on award flights, and finally decided to connect through Dallas on to Sydney. Business class on American Airlines 772 to Dallas, then first class on the Qantas A380. It did seem a bit luxurious using so many points on first class, but you need to fly first class at some stage, and I’m not a fan of the Qantas A380 business seats. Especially if I’m flying solo, and having to climb over my neighbour to get out of my seat.

I arrived at the boarding gate a few minutes after scheduled boarding time to find the flight had well and truly started boarding. Someone was politely blocking the priority lane and not moving – and when I politely asked if they were priority, they ignored me. So I just went around them. People are strange.

Upon finding my seat I was offered either water or orange juice. Since I had had a few glasses of wine in the lounge I happily accepted a plastic cup of water.

After take off the cabin crew came around with hot towels – which I like seeing for 2 reasons:

  1. I get to wipe my hands and the tray table and armrest.
  2. That there is going to be a meal service.

Cabin & Seats

American Airlines have 2 versions of their 772 aircraft. One with the B/E Aerospace Super Diamond seats (which are very much international long haul quality herringbone business class seats). And another with the seemingly renowned awful rocking Zodiac seat, with some facing rearwards. Luckily enough I had the former and better. Seatguru said to avoid row 1 due to the galley, but since the main galley appeared to be between the 2 business class cabins, I took a gamble to take the prestigious 1A.

During the first drinks service the friendly cabin crew told me that I had the pilots seat. Apparently they don’t sell 1A on this aircraft for international flights, and it’s used for pilots rest. So 1A really must be the best seat on the plane.

Stretching out into relax mode, was really comfortable. The only irritant was the chunky seatbelt… Compared to a normal slim lap belt, it just makes it a bit less comfortable.

Lounge

I was able to access the American Airline Flagship First lounge in Miami, because I was connecting to a first class international flight in Dallas. The Flagship first lounge is much more premium than the normal Admirals Club. I treated myself to a high bench table, with tarmac views. See my separate review of the lounge.

Food and Drink

Shortly after takeoff, the trolleys came around offering drinks and warm nuts. I decided it was time for a glass of white wine, and they had either a Chenin Blanc (which I find fr too dry), or a Chardonnay from Napa. The chardonnay was delicious – and the nuts were nicely warmed, crunchy, and a tad salty.

About an hour into the flight the meal service came around. Strangely enough, it started at the back and came to the front. There was 2 choice, between a beef or a pasta (the pasta was explained it’s like an enchilada). I chose the beef, and although it was tough to cut with an airplane knife, it was so tender to eat. It was with a side salad made up of asparagus, chopped iceberg and a few sliced egg tomatoes. The asparagus was so fresh and crunchy, and so was the lettuce and tomato. The meal was offered a normal bread roll or a pretzel roll – the pretzel roll was delicious. There was a vinegar dressing, but after 2 weeks in American i was happy to have some plain green, crunchy greens.

After the mains trays were cleared the cabin crew came around with a tray of freshly baked cookies. There was eith an oat option or a chocolate chip option. I am an absolute sucker for a freshly baked cookie, which is chewy but crunchy on the outside. And this cookie was bang on that brief.

My only critique was that I wasn’ offered any water before or during the meal service. It wasn’t until the dessert ‘cookie’ service that I asked for a glass of water. Which was fine.

What else?

WiFi was available on this flight – which is fantastic. Although it’s frustrating that you can only use your pass for 1 device. When I signed up and paid I created an account, and if I try to log in to the account on both laptop and iPhone, the other cuts out. Stops a family of 5 from using 1 pass though!

There’s 3 bathrooms for business class – pretty good ratio. I only went to the bathroom once during the flight, at the start of the trip. And it was clean, tidy, and what you’d expect from an international business/first class bathroom.

American Airlines operates three versions of Boeing 777-200 airplanes. Boeing 777-200 airplanes are mainly used by American Airlines for international flights and during several internal flights.

First cabin version of the Boeing 777-200 (777) V1

The cabin of this version of Boeing 777-200 is divided into three classes: First class, Business Class and Economy Class.

In the First Class the seats are located in 1-2-1 configuration. This aircraft has 4 rows in the First Class per 4 seats in each.

The seats 1D and 1G are bad seats as they are located close to the lavatories and the galley and plus there is no curtain on the left side what may increase the noise from the lavatories and the galley.

The seats 4A and 4J are located close to the galleys, this may cause inconvenience to passengers of these seats.

American Airlines 772 Aircraft Seating

Business class may accommodate 37 passengers. First row of the Business class has 2 seats. The seats 8H and 8J are very private and have only one window as compared to the other seats in Business class that have two windows.

The seats of the 6th row, from A to G are standard but they are located close to lavatories. This may cause inconvenience to passengers of these seats.

The seats 11A and 11J have only one window and it is quite difficult to get up from these seats if the neighboring seat is fully reclined.

The seats of the last, 13th row of the Business class are located in front of Economy class and the close location to the first row of Economy class were often passengers with babies are seated may be bothersome. Also the view from these seats is not so good as this row is located over the wing.

The seats 20A and 20J have restricted legroom. The floor storage may be limited with entertainment equipment located under these seats. These seats as well as other seats of the 20th row are often reserved by passengers with infants. Also these seats have no floor storage during takeoff and landing. The tray tables are built in the armrests what reduces the width of these seats. The seats of the 20th row from B to H have extra space for passengers legs.

The seat 21A has misaligned window and as well as the seat 21J have limited underseat storage space as entertainment equipment is located here.

The seats of the middle section of 26th row (from 26C to 26G) as well as 4 seats of the 27th row are located close to lavatories and this may cause inconvenience to passengers of these seats. Also the seat 26E does not recline, but the seats of the 27th row may have limited recline.

The seats of the 30th row have extra legroom but other passengers use this room to visit lavatories. This may cause inconvenience to passengers of these seats. The armrests of these seats are immovable and this reduces their width. There is no floor storage during takeoff and landing. These seats are also often reserved for passengers with infants.

The seats 31A and 31J are bad seats as they are located close to lavatories, have no windows , the floor storage is reduced because of entertainment equipment stored under these seats, the overhead bin as also smaller than other in this airplane the tray tables are in the armrests what reduces the width of these seats and also it may get very cold during the flight by the exits.

The seats 31B and 31H have extra room for passengers’ legs thanks to the emergency exit located in front. However, there is no floor storage for these seats during takeoff and landing. These seats are often reserved by frequent customers of American Airlines.

The seats 41C, 41D, 41F and 41G are considered good seats as they may have extra legroom.

The seats of the 42nd row may have limited recline and their close location to lavatories may be bothersome. The seats of the 44th and 45th row have the same disadvantage as proximity to the lavatories and the galley. Also the seats of the last, 45th row may have limited recline.

Second cabin version of the Boeing 777-200 (777) V2

This version of Boeing 777-200 airplane has seats of three classes: Business class, seats in Main Cabin Extra and Economy class seats.

Business class may accommodate 45 passengers in 45 flat bed seats. All the seats are standard here. Just close location of the only seat in the 6th row 6J to lavatories and galley may cause inconvenience to passenger of this seat. Also noise from economy class section may be bothersome for passengers of the seats from 12th row – the last row in Business class.

Main Cabin Extra has also 45 seats. The seats are situated in 5 rows per 9 seats in each. All these seats are standard.

In Economy Class there are 20 rows with total of 170 seats. The seats of the 21st row from 21C to 21L as well as the two seats of the 22nd row – 22A and 22B are less recline and proximity to the lavatories may be bothersome.

The seats of the 23rd row are considered good seats as they have a lot of extra space in front of them due to the Emergency Exit located here. However, the close location to the lavatories may also cause inconvenience to passengers of these seats.

The seats 32C and 32J are standard, but as they don’t have a seat behind them, other passengers tend to bump into these seats.

The seats 33A and 33C together with the seats 33J and 33L may have less space for passengers’ legs as these seats are misaligned with the row in front.

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The seats 35A and 35B as well as the seats 35J and 35L and the seats of the last 37th row may have limited recline and their close location to the lavatories may be bothersome. The proximity of lavatories may also cause inconvenience to passengers of 36th row.

Third cabin version of the Boeing 777-200 (777) V3

The third version of Boeing 777-200 operated by American Airlines offers 289 seats of three classes: business, main cabin extra and economy.

Business class seats are located in 2 sections. There are 37 flat bed seats here. First section contains 6 rows of seats: 5 of them have 1-2-1 configuration and the 6th row contains just 1 seat. All the seats of the first section are standard, only proximity of the galleys and lavatories to the seats 5A and 6L may cause discomfort.

Behind the galleys and lavatories the second section of business class seats is located. This section offers 16 seats. All of them are standard.

Behind business class seats 48 seats of main cabin extra type are located. Lack of floor storage during take-off and landing and reduced width of the seats are the main disadvantages of the seats of the 13th row. The best seats of this type are considered the seats 14C and 14J because these seats offer extra legroom due to missing seats in front. However, as the tray tables and video monitors are in the armrests the width of these seats is reduced a little. Also there is no floor storage for these seats during take-off and landing.

American Airlines 772 Business Class

Economy class offers 194 standard seats that are located in two sections. First section offers 72 seats. Missing window makes the seat 18A bad seat.

Passengers tend to congregate in the area of the seats 24C, 24DEGH, 24JKL and 25AC while waiting to use lavatories and thus causing discomfort to passengers of these seats. Limited recline is another disadvantage of the seats 24DEGH, 24JKL and 25AC.

Behind the exit row 1 row with 10 seats of main cabin extra type is located. Passengers of these seats will take advantage of extra legroom. Among disadvantages: slightly reduced width due to presence of video screens and tray tables in the armrests and lack of floor storage during take-off and landing. Due to missing windows the seats 26A and 26L are considered bad seats.

The second section of economy class seats consists of 10 rows of seats here have 3-4-3 configuration, 3 rows that have 2-4-2 configuration and 2 rows with 4 seats located in the middle of the cabin.

American Airlines 772-boeing 777 Seating Chart

As there are no seats behind the seats 35C and 35J are often bumped by other passengers passing by.

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The noise from the lavatories and galley may cause inconvenience to passengers of the seats 38AC, 38JL, 39DEGH and 40DEGH. Limited recline makes the 38AC, 38JL and 40DEGH seats bad seats.