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Tried & Tested

American Airlines

Josephine Price takes to the skies with American Airlines


Seats: Smart leather seats are set out in a 3-3 configuration. A clever cradling motion offers more space when reclining so that the passengers sitting behind aren’t inconvenienced when the seat is put back.

Food and drink: Complimentary drinks, including alcoholic beverages, are available. Biscuits are offered with drinks but there are no food options on the shorter domestic flights. A la carte snacks are available for flights over two hours or 700 miles. The marketplace menu looks enticing for longer flights (over three hours or 1,100 miles) with options such as ginger Thai chicken. 

Entertainment: There are no seat-back screens, but two international plug sockets and USB ports in the back of the seats mean personal devices can be charged and used easily.

Service: Friendly and efficient but
not intrusive.

What else: The 24 Economy Extra seats offer an additional six inches of leg room, which looks inviting.

Overall: Highly recommended as a domestic option to link travellers throughout the US to more international flights that are available from Charlotte.


Route: Louis Armstrong New Orleans International to Charlotte Douglas
Class: Economy Class
Journey time: 1h 50m
Aircraft: Boeing A319
Contact: aa.com
Verdict: 8/10

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