American Airlines Business Class Boeing 787 Miami to Quito
American Airlines flagship lounge in Miami
Due to my previous flight from Los Angeles to Miami, I had the option of using the American Airlines flagship lounge in Miami, including the First Class section. The lounge attendants struggled to validate it and it took a small team to go through all the rules.
As with other things in the pandemic response, Miami is several months (or years) ahead, and the living room seemed fully open.
After a wonderful cool shower, I explored the rather massive living room.
I wasn’t hungry as it was too early for the body, but found a rather appealing breakfast with lots of high quality items. I stuck with an espresso and a juice.
American Airlines 787 Business Class Amenity
There were very few passengers waiting at the gate and I was the first to board this beautiful and fantastic Boeing 787.
The Business Class section was less than 20% full this morning. American flies a mix of planes to Quito, Ecuador, and about half are long-haul planes like this one. It seems that Quito receives more long-haul planes due to its extremely high altitude. High altitude often means takeoff weight restrictions for small planes, but not for a Boeing 787.
American Airlines uses a modified version of “Cathay Pacific Suites” for its long-haul Business Class product. Although they are now over a decade old, they are still the “Gold standard” of business class flying (except perhaps for Qatar’s QSuites).
The “mini suites” looked brand new despite a few scuffs here and there. This plane couldn’t be more than two years old. It was extremely clean too.
Each seat was equipped with Bang & Olufsen noise canceling headphones. It’s a nice touch and a great idea, but most passengers have now upgraded to their own personal headphones, so these felt a little outdated compared to being able to pair your own headphones.
Each suite feels a bit smaller than it should be. Indeed, I felt more cramped than in the comparable version in the American Airlines 777 Business Class layout. There is almost no personal storage (but of course there are luggage bins).
I felt extremely comfortable, protected and “at home” in this “mini suite”. I love it, despite the many small flaws – for me it’s the best business class seat that isn’t a QSuite. I like privacy. I like the ability to lay flat with a good amount of room at all times (no flight attendant assistance needed) and the way everything stays close at hand.
I like that despite the odd angle, you can watch the IFE while the screen is stowed away.
Flight experience and amenities
Shortly after our scheduled departure time, we departed from the gate and took off with no wait time. As this was ‘International Business Class’, I kind of expected a comfort kit – maybe pajamas, but of course a blanket!
However, the stern flight attendants reminded me that this was “regional business class” and therefore such amenities would not exist on this flight. They made it seem like I should be more grateful that they serve anything (i.e. food) at some point. Wasn’t what I expected – surely there must be ONE cover in business class (it was cold in the cabin due to low body count). No, there wasn’t, and now stop ringing the call button!
I’m sure the flight attendants are 100% right, but I was surprised at how much they wanted to please.
I put on as many clothes as I could and fell asleep soon after. There was quite a bit of turbulence but nothing that really woke me up before we started our descent into the high mountain valley of Quito.
My rule of thumb is not to expect edible catering on American Airlines – but it could have been excellent even on this “business class regional flight”. Unfortunately, I slept through the food service.
American Airlines 787 Miami Business Class Review to Quito, Ecuador – The Verdict
The American Airlines 787 “hard product” is wonderful despite being narrower (in width) than on the widebody 777 brethren. I knew I was going to love it and I really liked the great shape of the seats. I slept 95% of the flight like a baby.
I didn’t have high expectations for the amenities on this flight. This turned out to be a good thing since those low expectations had been easily undermined by the harsh (rude) flight attendants. There’s really no cover on that huge rocket?
However, I am grateful that American Airlines gives us the opportunity to arrive rested even in Colombia or Ecuador on these routes. I would fly it again anytime!
This flight review was sponsored by Mighty Travels.
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