American Airlines First Class Flight 181 New York JFK Los Angeles Review

By Paul Riegler on 25 September 2011
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American Airlines flies as many as ten flights each day from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to Los Angeles, with many passengers continuing on to far away destinations including Sydney, Australia and Hawaii.  Flights from JFK to Los Angeles and San Francisco offer American Flagship Service (AFS) and most utilize the Boeing 767-200 aircraft , which has a three-class configuration with ten first-class seats, 30 business-class seats, and 128 seats in the main cabin.

I arrived at JFK having printed my boarding pass at home and proceeded directly to the Admiral’s Club lounge to relax before the flight.


By the time I got to the gate, boarding was well underway. American Airlines offers first and business class passengers, as well as full-fare main cabin passengers and top-level AAdvantage program members, PriorityAAccess priority boarding. This includes a priority lane at the gate as well as at the security checkpoint. Priority AAccess passengers can board at any time.  First and business class passengers can also board the aircraft before passengers seated in the main cabin

Boarding was completed very quickly and we pushed back on schedule. As I settled in, a flight attendant was hanging up coats (I didn’t have one, thanks to the heat wave) and offering a choice of pre-departure drinks.


American’s 767-200s feature the Voyager first class seats up front. The seats are in a 2-1-2 configuration, have a 60” pitch, and recline to 150°.  There are direct selection buttons for Bed, Takeoff/Landing, and Dining via a convenient touchpad. The bed position is not quite flat but extremely comfortable. The pull-out tray table has an extension for personal video devices.

The seats feature a cloth seating area and leather trim and, thanks to three motors, have almost infinite adjustability.  There is also a built-in massage function accessible via the touchpad.

The duvet was far to warm to use during the heat wave and the pillows, as I have observed before, are not fluffy enough.  The pillow case’s fabric feels synthetic and was somewhat uncomfortable.

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