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Guilfoyle
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I took a trip to Texas the beginning of the month and since I only have a weeks vacation, decided to fly down there. Got round trip tickets with AA (obviously, or else I wouldn't be posting in this specific board, right? heh [Smile] ). Came to the airport (KCI) early and was a little uneasy about the security (new things make me nervous), until I saw a pilot going through it (they even made him take off his shoes).

Went to board the plane later on and the pilot was standing in the cockpit door greeting everyone (pilot was the same one I saw at the security deal). The person who was with me on the flight (the individual known as Mom) was more then happy to point out to the Captain that this was my first flight. He jokingly told me it was his first flight, too, lol, and invited me back up to the cockpit. Never went (besides being a little timid about it, I was afraid of making the airplane late taking off...and about the time I got my bags stowed away and traffic in the aisles died down, we were leaving the gate anyway). Would like to do that someday, though.

I really liked the flight itself and after landing, the pilot was out in the walkway that connects the plane to the airport (I don't know what exactly it's called) and he claps me on the shoulder and asks how the flight was for me. I told him it was cool and good flying. Flew on three other planes on the trip and enjoyed each flight, finding the AA people in general to be real cool (one of the agents in Dallas was hilarious when people were in the boarding phase for my second flight...he would say the funniest things while calling up groups to board...made the process much more enjoyable, hehe). I also thought it was really neat how the Flight Attendents in two of the flights pointed out some soliders who had just come back from Iraq. People clapped both times and it was a really cool thing [Smile]

All four flights I flew on an MD-80, which is a neat little jet. Someday I'd like to fly in a Boeing 777 or 747, so I can see the differences in the two (if that's possible to tell being a passenger).

So to the AA people here, I really enjoyed flying your airline and have decided that any future flights I'd like to make with AA as well. The only regret out of my flights was that I didn't catch the name of the Captain from my first flight. He was a really cool dude.

And yes, there are questions here, as stated in the subject line. This is for flight crews:

1)For flights, does AA pair up the same Captain/First Officer with the same Flight Attendents?

2)If the answer to #1 is yes, then do these same crews always fly the same exact airplane or do they fly different ones (same exact as in same registration number...I do know a Captain and First Officer can only fly one type of airplane at at time, like they can only fly MD-80's)?

Thanks for answering my newbie questions [Smile]

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IA Farm Boy
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It's good to hear that at least a few people around here have a sense of humor! It sure makes the day go better...

At AA, I believe the cockpit crews are not paired with the Cabin Crews for any length of time.

I fly for AE, and the whole crew is generally paired for a month at a time. If its a good crew, it makes for a fun month.

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Guilfoyle
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quote:
Originally posted by IA Farm Boy:
It's good to hear that at least a few people around here have a sense of humor! It sure makes the day go better...

At AA, I believe the cockpit crews are not paired with the Cabin Crews for any length of time.

I fly for AE, and the whole crew is generally paired for a month at a time. If its a good crew, it makes for a fun month.

Thanks for the reply [Smile] And I have to agree on the humor. Makes my own job (I make safety equipment at a factory) go by better, especially on those days when I want to throw a brick through a window.

Do you know if at AA they pair the same cockpit crew together (same Captain/First Officer)?

And that's neat that you fly for AE. Eventually are you hoping to get in AA too? [Smile]

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IA Farm Boy
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I believe that at AA they don't generally fly the whole month together. It may be because of their bidding system, or because they can change their schedules easier than AE can.

As for flying for AA, it will probably not happen as by the time they start hiring again, I'll be considered too old. There are many guys in their early thirties or younger who will be as/more qualified.

Just like the many great TWAers that you've read here- you just make the best with the cards you're dealt.

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