American Airlines flights

Based in Fort Worth, American Airlines is the world's largest airline (they do say everything's bigger in Texas). They're one of the founding members of the Oneworld alliance, which allows them to partner with British Airways, Finnair and Iberia for scheduled flights across the Atlantic, and Japan Airways and Cathay Pacific for flights across the Pacific. Their frequent-flyer programme is AAdvantage, and they fly to 350 destinations with their massive fleet of 939 aeroplanes.

American Airlines offers year-round flights from London-Heathrow and Manchester airports. They also offer seasonal flights from Edinburgh to New York and Glasgow to Philadelphia.

Information correct as of March 2017

Why fly American Airlines

How to check In

Online check in opens 24 hours before departure and closes 45 minutes before on domestic routes, and 90 minutes before on international flights. It's also possible to check in at the airport, either by going to the AA desk or by using a self-service kiosk. Special Flagship First check in is available for passengers flying first class on a three class transcontinental flight, flying first class on a qualifying intercontinental flight, and for people who are ConciergeKeySM members or Five Star ServiceSM customers. London-Heathrow is the only UK airport with this option.

Seating

Seat pitch (the distance between your seat and the one in front) on American Airlines flights varies depending on which aircraft is being used, but for the most part you can expect about 31 to 32 inches in economy. This increases to about 50 inches in business, and rises to over 60 inches in first class. You can choose a standard seat free of charge when you check in, or pay £10 to choose it when you book.

Booking fees

American Airlines doesn't currently charge a fee for online bookings, although you will need to pay if you book at their desk in the airport or over the telephone.

Service on board

American Airlines offer six travel classes. Basic Economy are the cheapest American Airlines tickets: you can't choose your seat, you won't be eligible for an upgrade, and you can't put anything in the overhead bins, but you still get free food, entertainment and drinks throughout the flight. The next level up is Main Cabin, followed by Main Cabin Extra which includes seats with extra legroom and early boarding. Premium Economy is available on the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, and passengers get a free amenity kit as well as other little extras like free beer or wine with dinner and a USB port at every seat. Business class is the highest level on flights of 3,000 miles, and First Class is the highest level on domestic flights. Two additional (and extra luxurious) classes are available on longer haul flights: Flagship First and Flagship Business.

Punctuality

American Airlines flights from the UK are fairly punctual, with an average delay of 22 minutes during 2016. On average, just over seven out of ten flights arrived within fifteen minutes of their scheduled arrival time.

Baggage Allowances and Fees

If you're flying from the UK, your first hold bag is free. Bag two costs £65, or is free if you're heading to or from Brazil or South America. Bags three and four cost £140 each, or £65 each on flights to and from Brazil. You can bring two pieces of carry-on baggage on board: one personal item measuring 18 x 14 x 8 inches, and a small suitcase or rucksack measuring 22 x 14 x 9 inches. Note that basic economy passengers can only bring a personal item on board. Other luggage has to be checked into the hold.

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