The Seat: At first glance they may look a little thin, but not so. American Airlines first class aboard the 737-800 offers seats that are as wide (or wider) than what you might find aboard similar planes. With that tiny test passed, you’ll sit down to find that legroom is also very impressive with plenty of room between your face and the back of someone’s head. Add good recline and adjustable headrests, this is a nice seat.
- Tech/Connectivity: Go-go WiFi internet is installed (fee) on this aircraft with on-board, on-demand style features set for installation soon. Power outlets are found in the front of your center console. Under-seat options aren’t usually ideal, but these are easy to reach while remaining out of the way.
Food: I’ve been watching a lot of competition shows on The Food Network so I understood this to be “bad plating”. While a cable-tv food critic might be more objective about the meal, I thought it was fine except for the ocean of ultra-tart dressing on the salad.
Summary: With maybe one notable exception I can’t think of a better thought-out domestic first class seat. Many spots to put your stuff, good elbow and legroom plus wi-fi that will soon incorporate on-board movies, tv and special programming all combine to make a very pleasant experience up-front.
Rating: 4 hops (of 5)
Strategy: Look for upgrade opportunities online in advance of your flight or at an American Airlines kiosk when you get to the airport. We upgraded using “AAdvantage” miles via aa.com.