The shortest flight of my 30,993 mile RTW trip was the first leg from Denver to Dallas. Originally scheduled as a flat bed 757-200, the aircraft type was changed to a 737-800 a few weeks before departure. This was a step down, but not as far as thought. I lucked out and got an almost brand new 737.
|New 737 < Old 757|
I couldn’t tell from the outside, but once I stepped in, I noticed the Boeing Sky Interior bins and impressive looking new style seats. These were the best part of the flight. The TV screen was large and sharp. The aircraft was loaded with movie selections and I was able to fit in The Godfather on my way to Dallas. The seats were a little closer together than I'd like, but the person in front didn't recline.
|Great TV and Video Options|
|Nice New Option|
The flight was blocked at 2:05 and flew during dinner hours, so I ate light in the Admirals Club (not difficult). I was anticipating a hot meal service with two entree options. I was wrong. Cheese plate or a fruit plate were the options. Not bad as a starter, but that was it. Dejected, I enjoyed an amazing film and beer. The flight landed soon after my movie and I was off to the QANTAS lounge for the most anticipated flight of the trip.
American’s new first class seats put United’s new offering to shame. United has better meal service and a less chaotic boarding experience. It’s hard to choose a better option, because no one is being upgraded anyway.