We'll get to the hiccups later, but first, what we liked:
· Big comfy seats. All leather in a relaxing grey.
· The layout; we got to sit in the front row and on the single seat side which was like a big, comfy recliner.
· The service; it was exactly what we would expect on the silver birds that fly for for AA. Knowing that these aircraft don't have a fully galley like the bigger ones do, we were a bit skeptic. Practically full bar service with mixed nuts at 35,000 feet is the way to travel.
· Legroom was plentiful. We had a bulkhead and after peeking around the cabin, each seat had a good amount of stretch space.
· Fun new seats with little cocktail trays that slide out, it kept us entertained through lift-off.
Here's what we didn't care for too much:
· Something went wrong with catering and they didn't have the full meals for this 3-hour flight. This means the drink and refreshment cart was on board, but no meal trays. That was a huge miss. However, the folks at the gate knew about this beforehand and passed out vouchers to first class passengers to grab something in the terminal prior to departure. They were hugely proactive and very apologetic. Additionally, the flight attendant working the cabin was very attentive in handing out the premium snacks that economy passengers had to fork over some cash for.
· Overhead bin space is awful! We get it, it's a small aircraft, but the bins on the A/B side of the plane were little itty bitty bins, the size of a car's glove compartment.
So, the final verdict: We are still intrigued and would fly it again. The aircraft is small and, since more legroom and shoulder space on Regional Jets is rare, First Class makes the trip a lot more tolerable. The price was right at just over $400, and since we know that the missing meals were unintentional, we give them a pass. We are firm believers that it is not what happens, it's how you fix it and American went above and beyond to fix the mistake.
[Photos: Rayme Gorniak for Jaunted]