American Airlines, Business Class Flight Philadelphia to Munich, December 2018
- Flight Duration: 9 hours
- Seat: 4H - Business Class Pod
- Number of seats on plane: 28
- Type of plane: Airbus A330
- Cost: $462.43 plus AA Systemwide Upgrade
The SeatThe seat is a business class pod with shared walls in the middle, singles against the window. 6 1/2 feet long, wide enough for one wider person to sit in it. It encompasses 2 windows and a partial on the side of the plane, and converts into a full length, lie flat bed.
Internet service lasts the flight at a reasonable cost of $19.
The CabinThe business class cabin is at the front of the aircraft, completely separated from the economy cabin. The traffic continues past you as the entire plane boards. While still situating your bag overhead and such, it can be a little crowded, but once you're in your pod, you don't get bumped and have a private space.
Bathrooms are normal sized, but separated from economy.
AmenitiesThe amenity kit comes in a very functional bag from Cole Haan that you will really like to keep. It is filled with Bigelow brand lotion, mouthwash and lip cream, a sleep mask, ear plugs, toothbrush and toothpaste, facial tissues, a pen (very nice to have for customs forms!), coupons for Bigelow products and Casper Mattress ($100 off) and wild socks (that my daughter stole right after this shoot. I really have to do these pictures when she is not around). The bag is pretty big, waterproof, and I really like them. I have like 4 or 5 now.
PreflightThey offer juice, water, or champagne during the preflight service. I did not ask for anything but water, as I'd had more than enough to drink in the Admirals club.
DiningThe food was amazing, American does a great job on this food on these flights.
ArrivalWe prepared for landing 30 minutes before touchdown. We collected our things and disembarked. In Munich, there are only 4 stations for the entire terminal. I can pack up fast. Business class exit gets you there first.
SummaryWhile it is not first class, it is pretty high level of service. American has kept this consistently good for the 11 years I have been flying business to Europe.
For the price I paid, this was a complete steal. Most of you will pay more because I can use status awarded upgrades, but you can also save your airline miles and use them. It's a great way to wake up refreshed and ready to hit whatever European city you are landing in.
Tip: If you can, and you're alone (like this guy), get the single seats against the windows. PHL doesn't have an international lounge yet. The BA lounge is very stingy on access. It is what it is. Drink coupons can make life a lot more comfortable during your wait.