my parents were on this flight...flight was delayed one hour...said they were put on a bus to check in at the Int'l terminal...then bused back to terminal 4...then the equipment was changed from a 738 to 767. What was going on? Anyone know? Thanks.
The most relevant part is this: "NRML 738W OPTG IN 76ER N3DD OTS LAX" which basically means that the scheduled 738 aircraft [NRML 738W] will now be operating as a 763 [OPTG IN 76ER], because aircraft N3DD was found to be out of service [OTS] while in LAX
Despite the more common use of three character aircraft codes (763), most of AA's planning systems use four character codes (76ER) to account for the many unique configurations within an aircraft type
Can't remember what FTWDP means (think its the location and initials of the person making the entry) who in this case is named Petit...someone plz correct me if I am wrong about this part
Lastly, on top of the equipment change, your parents flight was 50 minutes late because they were awaiting crew [AWTG CREW]
Programs: AA GLD (1MM), DL PM, MR GLD, SPG GLD, RCL D+, X Elite, AX PLT
Originally Posted by justageek
This is what expertflyer.com said -- maybe someone (flyastrojets?) can translate.
6LAX-BOS NRML 738W OPTG IN 76ER N3DD OTS LAX FTWDP PETIT
Basically the LAX-BOS trip normally operates with a 737-800. Today it will operate with a 767300ER since aircraft 3DD (all 737-8's are 3 something starting with 3AA) is out of service per Ft Worth Dispatcher Petit. They are awaiting crew to operate the trip.
I wonder relative to the needs for information about AA and AAdvantage if a one hour delay is really worth posting a question about? It is not uncommon, really.
I normally would agree, but certainly the busing back and forth adds to the intrigue. Does AA operate any 763 flights that arrive at the international terminal at LAX? If it's anything like BOS, international flights arrive at terminal E, and then the planes are tugged over to terminal B for their next departure. So maybe AA was attempting to save time by moving the passengers instead of the plane.
Does AA operate any 763 flights that arrive at the international terminal at LAX?
All AA flights are either out of T4 or the satellite terminal inside the airport.
I have had 2 great equipment changes in the last year, both when flying F
SFO-HNL 763 turned back an hour into the flight and was replaced with a 762.
LAX-SFO MD80 was replaced by a 762.
HNL-LAX 757 was replaced by a 763 (777 style interiors)
These have been my only 2 experiences in the wooly mammoths so far!