Flight Review: American Airlines Flagship First – International New York-London

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The table is set.

The table is set.

In addition to the large overhead bins (each passenger gets a minimum of one bin), the Flagship Suite has multiple compartments for storage, including a shoe compartment and a tray for a laptop or tablet under the desk. There is also room under the ottoman for a bag.


American’s Boeing 777-300ER aircraft are equipped with satellite-based Wi-Fi that operates over both land and water. Once we reached 10,000 feet, I was able to log into the service using my iPass client, which I received with my $10 a month subscription to US Mobile. Given that the service is sold for three times that on the plane, the monthly fee of $10 is a bargain and is usable on over two dozen airlines.

Although the flight departed shortly after 6 p.m., the crew clearly recognized that passengers would value maximum rest time so there was no delay in starting the dinner service. The cheery purser had taken most passengers’ orders prior to take-off and the five-course meal was soon being served.


The table was set with the airline’s attractive linens and new salt-and-pepper mills and the service began with a ramekin of warm nuts as well as a drink from a wine list that offered three white and three red wines, as well as a Champagne. I chose the Joseph Mellot Le Chant des Vignes, Pouilly-Fumé from France, which had a lively and long finish with fruity aromas and flavors. I enjoyed it so much I had another glass with the meal.

The five-course dinner started with a choice of small plates, shrimp cocktail, pineapple bites, and my choice, a delicious peppercorn-crusted Chateaubriand on pumpernickel toast, which turned out to be the highlight of the meal.

The second course was a satisfying wild mushroom velouté served with toast, followed by a rather blasé green salad. For the main course, the menu included coconut crab cakes, stuffed peppers, an intriguing-sounding lamb, scotch quail eggs, and my selection, filet mignon. The steak was tasty but, given the early hour and what had preceded it, I wasn’t that hungry so I just enjoyed a few bites before the dessert course was brought out.

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