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AA194 San Francisco International (SFO) - Boston Logan International (BOS)

Date: 23 June 2007
Departure (scheduled): 14:10
Arrival (scheduled): 22:45
Aircraft: Boeing 757-200
Cabin: First
Seat: 1B

As I arrived at the gate, boarding had just commenced and I pretty much walked straight on what would be another full flight (all four mainline AA flights I had taken had been full). I had chosen an aisle seat for this flight as I knew it would be on the 757, where you have to ask your seatmate to move to get out if you're next to the window.

Boarding was completed on time and champagne was served, although I was missed out as I had gone to the bathroom and had to ask for a glass. We were soon pushed back and taxiing to the runway, where we powered into the Californian sky for our long trip back to Boston (I noted with interest that San Francisco is about 100 miles further from Boston than Los Angeles which I had not realised before and went something against my intuition).

Menus were handed out and warmed nuts and further champagne was offered.

DINNER

Appetizer
Mojito shrimp served with Somen noodles garnished with parsley

Salad

Bread Basket

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Entrées

Beef Torta Roma
Tenderloin of Beef served with spinach gnocchi
and enhanced by a mushroom beef sauce

Four Cheese Ravioli with tomato cream sauce
Ravioli pasta filled with four cheeses, complemented by a
tomato cream sauce, sautéed onions and fresh chopped garlic

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Dessert

Ice cream sundae
Vanilla ice cream with a choice of hot fudge, butterscotch or seasonal
fruit toppings, whipped cream and pecans

Fruit and cheese

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WINES

Sparkling Wine
Domaine Ste.-Michel Columbia Valley Brut

White Wines
Wente VS Sauvignon Blanc, Livermore Valley
Buena Vista Carneros Reserve Chardonnay

Red Wines
Treana, Paso Robles
St. Francis Sonoma County Merlot

I decided to take the beef which sounded like a dish I should have heard of, but alas I really didn't know what was in store for me. Luckily it was delicious and the quality of the beef was superb. The starter of prawns was nice too. And finally, on my fourth flight on American, I got to sample the proper ice cream sundae. A trolley was brought out with the ice cream on it and I then had a choice of toppings, as described above, prepared in front of me by the cabin crew. It was delicious.

Unfortunately the in-flight entertainment was Wild Hogs, which I had seen on my Boston to LA flight. However I watched parts of it, along with the now familiar CBS programming before it. Along with this I read some magazines I had brought along, but even so, for the first time I found the flight dragging on slightly.

Nevertheless, with about an hour to go, I had my first taste of the cookies and milk that AA are also famous for, and it was delicious! It's been a long time since I drank a glass of milk straight!

Landing into Boston was a painless affair at this time of night and we were soon on stand. This brought to an end my first experiences of American Airlines and I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed my flights, much more so than I had expected. A big to AA for a great service.


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