American Airlines Flight AA319 – New York (LGA) to Chicago (ORD)

Aircraft:  MD-83    Miles: 735    Scheduled Flight Time:  2 hrs 35 mins

Boarding from Gate D6 was swift and pleasant, thanks to the Priority AAccess lane. We were welcomed aboard for this short flight, and directed to our seats. Given that it was early on a Saturday morning, we were offered comfortable seats in American’s First Class for this flight. Cabin crew member Anita offered drinks before take-off, followed by another bar service after take-off, and a choice of breakfast entrees (quiche Lorraine or whole grain cereal with berries) along with bread and muffins, fresh fruit, coffee and juice. As always, the crew were welcoming and friendly, and were very keen to hear of our journey.

American Airlines flies a vast fleet of 604 aircraft that fly to an impressive 260 destinations on four continents. It has main hubs in Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York (JFK) and Miami, with New York LaGuardia serving as a focus city. We have certainly seen a great number of the fleet taking to the skies today, both upon departure from LaGuardia, and upon arrival at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport.

We landed in Chicago early and since we have two plus hours before our onward flight to Tokyo, and thanks to oneworld Emerald status, we’ve made our way to the Flagship Lounge, located in the K Concourse (American fill the G/H/K and L Concourses at O’Hare’s Terminal 3 – it is one busy hub for the carrier with 501 daily departures!).

The Flagship Lounge is an exclusive, private lounge, equipped with everything needed to relax or do business. On offer are complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, cocktails, wine and champagne as well as snacks from a self-service bar. There are also five daily food presentations ranging from The Fresh Start breakfast through to a Late Nite Bite, with Flagship Café, Afternoon Tea and Flagship Supper in-between. American have four Flagship Lounges around the world, here in Chicago, plus Los Angeles, New York (JFK) and London Heathrow. They compliment the comfortable Admiral’s Clubs, but are reserved for First Class customers on transcontinental and international flights, and are also open to oneworld Emerald travellers who are also travelling on international flights. It is a terrific place to relax and get ready for our long flight ahead.

There are two Admirals Clubs in Chicago, located in Terminal 3, Concourse G (across from Gate G8) and in the cross-walk between Gates H6 and K6. They offer a myriad of options from conference rooms to free wifi, complimentary and paid refreshment options, showers, computers with internet connection, and an executive centre. Non-members or international premium passengers can pay for day use of the Admirals Clubs, which is well worth the $50 per person entry fee if you have a long connection or will be in multiple cities in any one day.

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About rtow2012

Richard and Andrew, aka modern day Phileas Fogg and Passepartout, have accepted a charity challenge to raise at least £20,000 GBP for the Flying Start charity, a part of Comic Relief. Together, we will fly just over 30,000 miles on all of the oneworld airlines, circumnavigating the globe.

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