Flight Review: American Airlines Business Class Miami (MIA)-Dallas (DFW) B767-300

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Flight Review: American Airlines Business Class Miami (MIA)-Dallas (DFW) B767-300

Flight Review: American Airlines Business Class Miami (MIA)-Dallas (DFW) B767-300

We typically don’t write about domestic flights here on Points, M.D. But, when we get the chance to fly first class (business internationally) on an internationally configured aircraft domestically, it’s a great opportunity to review a cabin for a quick 3-hour flight!

Last month I flew from Miami to Dallas on an internationally configured B767-300 in First class (business internationally).   American now has several different business class seats depending on the type of aircraft you are on so this gave me a great chance to see what the seat on the B767 was all about.  This route often has international aircrafts in order to position for follow-on flights to Asia. Most days you’ll either see a B767 or B777 on one flight a morning.

The flight was part of an error fare I found while flying to Mississippi. While it was still quite expensive, it was about $250 less than the exact same flight in economy.

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There she is!

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Gate area at D50 before the madness.

As most of us have come to expect, the gate area was a complete madhouse. There were probably over 100 people crammed up near the desk, making it almost impossible to board when your group was called. During FC boarding, actually asked the people in front of me, “Are you guys boarding?” Their snarky response was, “No, they’re still boarding first class”. To which I said, “I know”, and scooted by them.

It’s so infuriating when people do that. I ended up realizing they were in group 3, standing in the boarding line, blocking people from boarding. I just don’t get it – very strange.

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The madness from across the hall. And that was about 5 minutes before they even announced boarding. It got even worse!

I only had a few seat choices to choose from by the time I booked this flight about two weeks beforehand. Those options were: 4G, 7A, 7J, 8J. I obviously wanted a window, and row 7 is up against the aisle in the staggered formation, instead of against the window. That made the choice easy – 8J it is!

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8J was a smooth ride.

Airline: American Airlines
Route: AA61 MIA-DFW
Cabin: F
Plane: 767-300
Seat: 8J
Flight time: 3 hours

Anyway, after pushing through the crowd and boarding a little late, I took a right from the forward door to the far hallway and found my throne for the next couple hours!

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That’ll do.

Since this is a quick, domestic flight, I’ll try to make this a quick review and hit the highlights!

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View to the front of the cabin

The first class cabin was 100% full today, with still about 20 people on the upgrade list who didn’t make the cut.

The seat was fantastic for a 3-hour flight, but I wouldn’t be overly happy with it for an international flight. Obviously it’s a 180 degree, lay-flat seat, although I’m about 6 foot tall and I felt like I barely fit in it.

What’s missing in the picture below?

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If you guessed a TV, you win! There’s no TV in front of the seat. Now, I know if you’re on an international flight they often times give you iPads or something, but to me it just seems kind of strange not to have them at all. There were two TVs in each aisle that played shows. I felt like it was 2009 on US Airways!

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This is where the TV should go…

I will say that the seat had two separate power outlets both to the left of where you sit and in front of you in the small storage compartment.

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Side seat – small storage unit, flat area and power outlet.

After taking a seat, the FA came around and offered some morning drinks. I thought about the screwdriver, but instead settled on just orange juice….or did I??

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“Orange Juice”

Shortly after takeoff the FA came around again and confirmed our breakfast orders. I had pre-ordered my meal, so she just came around and made sure I hadn’t changed my mind. I went with the omelette with sausage and potatoes, along with a biscuit and fresh fruit. I must say I was impressed by the meal for a domestic flight.

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Breakfast – actually pretty good!

With breakfast over and my food coma setting in rapidly, I was able to grab a few photos before I turned down for about an hour nap.

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Decent legroom!

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Seat controls

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Controls for the aisle TVs and radio….honestly does anyone listen to in-flight radio??

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Headphones – decent actually.

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Tray tables on tray tables on tray tables.

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First Class blanket

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Miami right after takeoff! I don’t hate the view.

Conclusion:

That’s it! The flight was perfectly comfortable for a 3-hour domestic flight. Breakfast was better than I expected and having a lay-flat seat for a quick nap was great to have.

How often do you take internationally configured flights domestically?

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