Trip Report: American Airlines (A320) Main Cabin Extra SAN-PHX

The Details

  • Flight: AA2757
  • Aircraft: A320
  • Class: Main Cabin Extra
  • Seat: 4A
  • Route: San Diego International (SAN)-Pheonix Sky Harbor (PHX)
  • Flight Time: 49 min
  • Distance: 334 miles
  • Departure: 2:20PM
  • Arrival: 3:37PM

The Preflight

After spending a few days visiting family in San Diego, it was time to head back home to Indy. Thanks to TSA Precheck, I was air side within a few minutes of arriving at SAN. I made my way to the Airspace Lounge, which I could access thanks to my American Express Platinum Card.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all food was pre-packaged. Options included a variety of chips, fruit, and cookies.

There was a espresso machine which was roped off. Lounge staff operated the machine.

Entry with the AMEX Platinum Card also came with a $10 voucher for food from the menu.

For lunch, I had the Chicken Caesar wrap along with a house Bloody Mary. Tasty.

The lounge had a great apron view of the American Airlines gates including 23 where my flight to Phoenix would be departing.

Our A320, registration N680AW, was 16 years old. She was initially delivered to American West in 2005 prior to the merger with US Airways in 2006. She then was transferred to American Airlines in 2015 after their merger with US Airways.

Boarding began at 2:02PM exactly 30 minutes prior to departure.

The Flight

American Airlines operates a total of 48 A320s which were inherited from US Airways. These aircraft have a total of 12 First, 18 Main Cabin Extra, and 120 Main Cabin seats. The 18 Main Cabin Extra seats are found in the the bulkhead row (4) and two emergency exit rows (10 and 11) arranged in a 3-3 configuration. I was seated in 4A, the bulkhead Main Cabin Extra row. I found these legacy US Airways seat very comfortable with a generous amount of padding.

Pitch was generous although the foot room was restricted due to bulkhead in front. Each seat had a literature pocket in front.

There was a large bi-fold tray table located in the center armrest.

Each seat also had a USB port and 110V outlet.

Upon boarding, each passenger was given a small sanitizing wipe.

We pushed back two minutes early at 2:30PM and had a 14 minute taxi to runway 27.

We climbed westward circling back around to head east which gave us great views of San Diego.

Service was quick and efficient. Flight attendants came down the aisle with a drink service and offered packaged snacks 20 minutes after takeoff. Due to COVID-19, complimentary alcohol had been cut from the Main Cabin Extra service.

The rest of the 49 minute flight was uneventful as we cruised over the California-Arizona state line.

The descent into Phoenix was smooth and we landed at 3:37PM. The taxi to gate A5 was quick at just two minutes.

Thanks for the ride!


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