AA 787-8 Dreamliner 788 Inaugural Flight - DFW-ORD 7 May 2015

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http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/24780657-post577.html

AA 787 Inaugural Day Flights
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AA2320 DFW-ORD 07:10 - 09:36 Inaugural
F cabin:
marnold3 *# - Seat 1A
AerophilePS - Seat 1D
Gino (EY Residence Guy) - Seat 1H
Sykes *# - Seat 1L
John Cobb *# - Seat 3A
FriendlySkies *# - Seat 3D
ORD2Anywhere - Seat 3H
DylanOakes *# - Seat 3L
ChopChop767 *# - Seat 4A
John Cobb's guest - Seat 4H
SFO777 *# - Seat 5A
beerup * - Seat 6L
---
AA-Flyer-SAN *#
WaterDogg22 #
TexasTL
CalanMan (+1) *#

Y cabin:
daiseee *# - Seat 8B
HansGolden *# - Seat 8H
DWFI @* - Seat 9A
777DFW *# - Seat 9B
GSSmith * - Seat 9C
Pizzaman (MP) - Seat 9D
mommypoints (MP) - Seat 9E
lz80521 - Seat 9K
ffflllyyyeeerrr *# - Seat 10A
airwaysjack - Seat 10B
ParanoiaTX *# - Seat 10C
gleff (MP) - Seat 10J
chrisremo * - Seat 10L
mainerailbaron (MP) - Seat 11L
james1102 *# - Seat 12D
legalalien *# - Seat 13A
firstglobal *# - Seat 13C
CoyoteExecPlatinum (+friend) - Seats 13J & 11H
Greg76248 * - Seat 14A
HGF - Seat 14B
joeypore *# - Seat 14C
rubiety (+1) * - Seats 15A & 15B
N777UA - Seat 16C
steve64 - Seat 17D
CO777 - Seat 18A
Robt760 - Seat 18B
bthotugigem05 *# - Seat 19A
Jacobin777 - Seat 19C
vik4sh (+1) - Seats 19J & 20J
tycoon1980* - Seat 19L
farrish11 * - Seat 20A
marcwint55 - Seat 20C
3million *# - Seat 20H
itchief * - Seat 20J
Chicago Sailor # - 20L
a330300 *# - Seat 21A
JamilD (+1) - Seats 22A & 22B
FlyingSky * - Seat 23A
ORDnHKG - Seat 23C
MSPGabe - Seat 23J
ralf83 - Seat 24A
christopherdc - Seat 24B
Dazed767 - Seat 25A
jgriffin7 * (+1) - Seats 25B & C
bchips *# - Seat 26C
Governor Patten - Seat 26C
sbm12 - 28A
P50andPilot * - Seat 29A
---
MatthewLAX *#


Total: 17F/55Y = 72 (32% of 226 seats)

Code:

---|- A -------------|---------------|-----------------||- D -----------|------------------|- H ----------||--------------------|---------|- L -----------------|--- 
01 | marnold3        | ------------- | --------------- || AerophilePS   | ---------------- | Gino         || ------------------ | ------- | Sykes               | 01 
02 |                 | ------------- | --------------- ||               | ---------------- |              || ------------------ | ------- |                     | 02 
03 | John Cobb       | ------------- | --------------- || FriendlySkies | ---------------- | ORD2Anywhere || ------------------ | ------- | DylanOakes          | 03 
04 | ChopChop767     | ------------- | --------------- ||               | ---------------- | John Cobb+1  || ------------------ | ------- |                     | 04 
05 | SFO777          | ------------- | --------------- ||               | ---------------- |              || ------------------ | ------- |                     | 05 
06 |                 | ------------- | --------------- ||               | ---------------- |              || ------------------ | ------- | beerup              | 06 
07 |                 | ------------- | --------------- ||               | ---------------- |              || ------------------ | ------- |                     | 07 
---|- A -------------|- B -----------|- C -------------||- D -----------|- E --------------|- H ----------||- J ----------------|- K -----|- L -----------------|--- 
08 |                 | daiseee       |                 ||               |                  | HansGolden   ||                    |         |                     | 08 
09 | DWFI            | 777DFW        | GSSmith         || Pizzaman (MP) | mommypoints (MP) |              ||                    | lz80521 |                     | 09 
10 | ffflllyyyeeerrr | airwaysjack   | ParanoiaTX      ||               |                  |              || gleff (MP)         |         | chrisremo           | 10 
11 |                 |               |                 ||               |                  |              ||                    | Mach92  | mainerailbaron (MP) | 11 
12 |                 |               |                 || james1102     |                  |              ||                    |         |                     | 12 
13 | legalalien      |               | firstglobal     ||               |                  |              || CoyoteExecPlatinum |         |                     | 13 
14 | Greg76248       | HGF           | joeypore        ||               |                  |              ||                    |         |                     | 14 
15 | rubiety         | rubiety+1     |                 ||               |                  |              ||                    |         |                     | 15 
16 |                 |               | N777UA          ||               |                  |              ||                    |         |                     | 16 
17 |                 |               |                 || steve64       |                  |              ||                    |         |                     | 17 
18 | CO777           | ------------- | Robt760         ||               |                  |              ||                    | ------- |                     | 18 
---|- A -------------|- B -----------|- C -------------||- D -----------|- E --------------|- H ----------||- J ----------------|- K -----|- L -----------------|--- 
19 | bthotugigem05   |               | Jacobin777      || ------------- | ---------------- | ------------ || vik4sh             |         | tycoon1980          | 19 
20 | farrish11       |               | marcwint55      ||               |                  | 3million     || itchief            |         | Chicago Sailor      | 20 
21 | a330300         |               |                 ||               |                  |              ||                    |         |                     | 21 
22 | JamilD          |  JamilD+1     |                 ||               |                  |              ||                    |         |                     | 22 
23 | FlyingSky       |               | ORDnHKG         ||               |                  |              || MSPGabe            |         |                     | 23 
24 | Ralf83          | ChristopherDC |                 ||               |                  |              ||                    |         |                     | 24 
25 | Dazed767        | jgriffin7     | jgriffin7+1     ||               |                  |              ||                    |         |                     | 25 
26 |                 |               | bchips          ||               |                  |              ||                    |         |                     | 26 
27 |                 |               |                 ||               |                  |              ||                    |         |                     | 27 
28 | sbm12           |               |                 ||               |                  |              ||                    |         |                     | 28 
29 | P50andPilot     | ------------- |                 ||               |                  |              ||                    | ------- |                     | 29 
30 |                 | ------------- |                 ||               |                  |              ||                    | ------- |                     | 30 
---|- A -------------|- B -----------|- C -------------||- D -----------|- E --------------|- H ----------||- J ----------------|- K -----|- L -----------------|--- 
Updated to: Post 534 and 05/06/15 5:20 CST
AA2334 ORD-DFW 12:10 - 14:57
F cabin:
steve64 - Seat 1H
DylanOakes *# - Seat 1L
Sykes*# - Seat 2A
SFO777 *# - Seat 2L
bthotugigem05 - Seat 3A *
CO777 - Seat 5A
Kiwi Flyer *@ - Seat 6D
gleff (MP) - Seat 7A
Zrs70 - seat 6L
Y cabin:
fAAn * - Seat 9A
violist - seat 12A
Stumblefoot *# - Seat 13J
itchief* - Seat 19C
bchips *# - Seat 4H

AA2373 DFW-ORD 17:25 - 19:56
F cabin:
DylanOakes *# - Seat 2A
uncguy85 *

Y cabin:
fAAn * - Seat 8A
dfwmusicman * Seat 19K
GSSmith * - Seat 9J


AA2373 ORD-DFW 22:25 - 01:00
F cabin:
dfwmusicman * Seat 1L
JamilD (+1) - Seats 1A & 2A
jgriffin7 * (+1) - Seats 2D & 2H
GSSmith * - Seat 5A
Y cabin:


Pre-inaugural DFW Hotels

Grand Hyatt
SFO777
CO777
Sykes
daiseee
FriendlySkies
HGF
ChopChop767
Tycoon1980
firstglobal


Hyatt Regency
legalalien
ParanoiaTX
Chicago Sailor
FlyingSky
DylanOakes
bchips

Westin DFW
farrish11
AA-Flyer-SAN
Waterdogg22


Grand Hyatt DFW for Drinks (@ Grand Met Lounge in hotel) - 8:30pm on 5/6

FlyingSky
legalalien
ChopChop767
HGF
ssafro1
farrish11
Sykes (I'll be there around 9 PM if people are still around.)





Arrivals:

bthotugigem05 (lives in Dallas, can meet when/wherever)
ChopChop767 *# (VX 733 arriving DAL 2:00PM)
farrish11 * (around all day)
CO777
daiseee *#
Chicago Sailor #
itchief * (lives in Ft Worth)
ORDnHKG (UA4997 arriving DFW 12:16pm)
FlyingSky * (UA3744 arriving DFW 11am)
legalalien *# (UA5578 arriving DFW 3:39pm)
FriendlySkies *# (AA1480 arriving DFW at 5:34pm)
firstglobal *# (AA2473 arriving DFW 7:41pm)
DylanOakes *# (AA2337 arriving DFW at 11:00am)
ParanoiaTX *# (AA1563 arriving DFW 8:29P)
AA-Flyer-SAN *# (AA2485 arriving DFW 8:32P)
WaterDog22 # (AA2485 arriving DFW 8:32P)
HGF (UA6437 arriving DFW 8:39P)
Sykes *# (AA193 arriving DFW 8:43P)
SFO777 *# (AA1491 arriving DFW 8:43P)
Tycoon1980 * (AA3239 arriving DFW 8:51pm)
bchips *# (AA1242 arriving DFW 7:14pm)
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Old May 14, 15, 6:29 pm
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Does anyone know who was filming or taking pictures in those two helicopters above the 2320 takeoff on May 7th? I bet they got some good views.
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Old May 15, 15, 2:54 pm
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Has anyone else noticed a lack of decent cell service while on this plane on the ground, or is it just me? On my iPad and iPhone (both Verizon), I can barely get 3G while on the ground (taxiing and sitting at gate). I noticed this at DFW and at ORD. As soon as I stepped onto the jetway, my phone flipped to LTE, so I don't think it's just a bad service zone.
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Old May 15, 15, 3:05 pm
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Originally Posted by jaimelannister View Post
Has anyone else noticed a lack of decent cell service while on this plane on the ground, or is it just me? On my iPad and iPhone (both Verizon), I can barely get 3G while on the ground (taxiing and sitting at gate). I noticed this at DFW and at ORD. As soon as I stepped onto the jetway, my phone flipped to LTE, so I don't think it's just a bad service zone.
Excellent point. Indeed the plane seemed like a dead zone at both airports. Must be something about the plane because I had no reception problem on my DFW connecting Mad Dog.
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Old May 15, 15, 3:07 pm
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Originally Posted by jaimelannister View Post
Has anyone else noticed a lack of decent cell service while on this plane on the ground, or is it just me? On my iPad and iPhone (both Verizon), I can barely get 3G while on the ground (taxiing and sitting at gate). I noticed this at DFW and at ORD. As soon as I stepped onto the jetway, my phone flipped to LTE, so I don't think it's just a bad service zone.
Yes, there were posts about that the other day either in the AA forum or the UA forum. Apparently, the metal in the 787 carbon fibre fuselage acts as a Faraday Cage, effectively blocking cell signals. Someone said that the metal is the lightning protection system. On the mostly-aluminum planes (everything older than a 787), almost no signal blockage. Darned plastic jets.
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Old May 15, 15, 3:25 pm
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Originally Posted by FWAAA View Post
Yes, there were posts about that the other day either in the AA forum or the UA forum. Apparently, the metal in the 787 carbon fibre fuselage acts as a Faraday Cage, effectively blocking cell signals. Someone said that the metal is the lightning protection system. On the mostly-aluminum planes (everything older than a 787), almost no signal blockage. Darned plastic jets.
I'm sure this is something that the cellular operators are pretty happy about. Assuming that the majority of people never turn their phones off or put them in airplane mode, the large number of basestations that can be seen by all these phones at altitude can cause capacity problems for the network.
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Old May 15, 15, 4:52 pm
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Originally Posted by FWAAA View Post
Yes, there were posts about that the other day either in the AA forum or the UA forum. Apparently, the metal in the 787 carbon fibre fuselage acts as a Faraday Cage, effectively blocking cell signals. Someone said that the metal is the lightning protection system. On the mostly-aluminum planes (everything older than a 787), almost no signal blockage. Darned plastic jets.
I did alright with my phone when I was on the ground at AKL flying NZ's 787-9.
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Old May 15, 15, 5:06 pm
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Sounds like an extra benefit to me!
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Old May 15, 15, 10:30 pm
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Originally Posted by SFO777 View Post
Excellent point. Indeed the plane seemed like a dead zone at both airports. Must be something about the plane because I had no reception problem on my DFW connecting Mad Dog.
Hmmmmmm..I didn't have a problem using my phone on either one of my B787 flights.
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Old May 15, 15, 10:33 pm
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Originally Posted by bchandler02 View Post
Sounds like an extra benefit to me!
Why? If it actually blocked calls, then I might agree, but it doesn't. But it just stops me from browsing FlyerTalk before pushback...so sad.

So this is confirmed then, I guess. That's actually quite annoying, and will cause me to avoid this plane on domestics. It's bad enough during regular operations, but it sure would be frustrating to be stuck on the tarmac for an hour plus with no internet.

Edit: So for those whose phones are working, what's your phone/carrier?
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Old May 17, 15, 6:03 pm
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On United's 787-9, I did not have a problem. I have an iPhone 5 with T-Mobile.
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Old May 18, 15, 1:18 pm
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I don't know if this is of interest in this thread, but just in case, here's the trip report I wrote up for my personal noncommercial blog and also posted in full on the FT Trip Report subforum:

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trip-...s-not-why.html

http://flightshots.net/post/11924421...augural-boeing

(I know we aren't supposed to make empty posts pointing to external content but since it's posted in its entirety elsewhere on FT I figured it was okay to just link to that thread.)
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Old Jul 2, 15, 6:07 pm
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I noticed AA 2334 (ORD-DFW) cancelled today (not just delayed)....anyone know why? I'm taking this flight later this month and as a frequent flyer, I know cancellations happen but like many others, I specifically routed myself via ORD to fly the 787 so that would be majorly disappointing
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