American Airlines Business Class Flight 20 San Francisco to New York JFK Review

By Eva Leonard on 1 November 2011
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San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is the tenth busiest airport in the U.S. and the 12th largest in the world.   Among its many unusual amenities are the Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum and  the San Francisco Airport Commission Aviation Library.  I arrived a couple of hours early at SFO’s Terminal 2 for my 3 p.m. flight.  Short queues at both business-class check-in and the Priority Access security lane took about five minutes each to clear, as they moved smoothly, aided by pleasant, efficient personnel.

To pass the time until boarding, I headed to enjoy a glass of wine at Vino Volo  (see separate review ). the wine lounge, restaurant and boutique wine shop, located opposite the American Airlines Admirals Club lounge, just after security.

Near the gate, about a five-minute walk from security, a number of waiting passengers were happily ensconced in the very comfortable Arne Jacobsen “Egg” chairs with which American has stylishly furnished the terminal.  Ample quality dining options near the gate included celebrity chef Cat Cora’s restaurant and a sushi bar.


First class boarded first, then business class and Priority Access passengers.  Aboard this B767, business class was in a 2-2-2 configuration, and pillows and duvets had been placed on the seats.  After we were seated, we were offered water, Champagne, or orange juice.


Seats in business class on American’s 767-200s have a pitch of 49 to 50 inches, a 50-degree recline and an 18.5-inch width.   I found that the seat was comfortable for working, dining, and relaxing, and the recline would have been sufficient for light dozing.


Once aloft, I was able to access the Internet via Gogo Wi-Fi, but the new Entertainment On Demand streaming video system was not available on this flight, as it had been on my JFK-SFO leg.  To charge my Lenovo ThinkPad, I used the Innergie mCube Mini 90W auto/air laptop adapter, which fit easily into the seat’s cigarette lighter style socket and worked without a hitch.  The MCube Mini comes with 10 tips to accommodate a range of laptops (excluding Mac), a travel pouch, and a car/air charger.

Click here to continue to Page 2 – The Flight, Arrival, and Virtual Tour of SFO Terminal 2

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