American Airlines First Class Chicago O’Hare-New York LaGuardia – Review

Chicago O'Hare as seen by the author

Chicago O'Hare as seen by the author

By Paul Riegler on 13 May 2015
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American Airlines has been making substantial investments in the interiors of its aircraft, from the first- and business-class seats in the new Boeing 777-300s used on many international routes to new first-class seats on its Boeing 737-800s.

Our first opportunity to test out the new seats came on a sunny Saturday afternoon, on a flight from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to LaGuardia Airport in New York City.

O’Hare was surprisingly quiet and security lines both for TSA PreCheck and premium lines were almost deserted. My travel companion and I (I was on the PreCheck line) cleared security within minutes and walked over the Admiral’s Club, near our gate, located in the crosswalk between gates H6 and K6.


The author’s seat

The lounge, which had been recently renovated, seats over 500 people and provides a business center with 39 workstations as well as a cyber café with four PCs. Other amenities include remote printing, a children’s room, and Wi-Fi.

In addition to soup (clam chowder this time) that changes regularly, the club serves a variety of light snacks including a variety of raw vegetables, cheese, as well as complimentary beverages including wine, beer, and soft drinks.


American invites its first class passengers to board first, followed by elite members of its AAdvantage frequent flyer program. I was among the first to board and flight attendants were preparing the cabin for takeoff and hanging up coats.

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