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Review of American AA4195 – Montreal-New York JFK – Eco Class

YUL JFK
Arrival Airport John F. Kennedy International Airport
Flight Carrier American Airlines
Flight Number AA4195
Duration 1:30
Aircraft ERJ 145
Cabin Class Economy
Cost 7,500 air miles
To the point Check out our photo report from American Airlines flight AA4195, on the Montreal-New York portion in economy class with Avios miles!

First step of my transatlantic round trip in first class, here is a presentation of the flight taking me from Montreal to New-York on American Airlines.

American Flight AA4195 – Montreal-New-York JFK – Eco Class

This flight cost 7,500 avios miles and $59. Thanks to him, I was able to access the First Class flight offered by British Airways to New-York JFK. Indeed, in Montreal, British Airways offers “only” economy or business class (which is already very good!).

In the middle of a sunny day in Montreal, I join the 747 bus that will quickly take me to the Montreal-Trudeau Airport.

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Departure with a 747… the first of the day!

Once you arrive at the airport, head to the transborder terminal where flights to the United States depart.

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Terminal for flights to the United States

We go along the corridors, rather empty at this hour (14h30).

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Shift to check-in counters

All American companies have their own check-in counters.

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Registration terminals

Since I had already checked in for my flight and had the ticket in electronic format in my iPhone, I went directly to the security lines. These are not very busy. I quickly realized that I had better get in the general line because the one reserved for holders of certain credit cards or status in the airline programs was full and didn’t seem to be moving!

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More people in the fast lane…!

The passage through security will take less than 5 minutes, towards the customs! Again, this will be a very fast passage (less than 10 minutes).

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US Customs

Once through customs, it is the traditional passage – obligatory – in the corridor of Duty Free. Remember: it is not necessarily interesting to buy products there!

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Duty Free stores

A quick look at the flight screen… my flight is well displayed on time, so I just have to find a seat to work on milesopedia.

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The flight screen

But before, we go along the various restaurants proposed in the terminal.

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The Bagel Bar
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The Houston
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Various choices at door 79
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…and the traditional Starbucks

Let’s move on to the rest areas. In this regard, I would like to congratulate the Montreal Airport for having well thought out rest areas: electrical outlets, play areas for young children, deck chairs. It’s nice!

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Loungers facing the tarmac
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I promise Alexandra… it will still be there when we come back!

I settle down to observe the passage of some planes while enjoying the sun. However, there are no electrical outlets here: it is intended for relaxation!

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Relaxing in the sun at Montreal-Trudeau Airport

A plane… special that is not really to my taste.

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Air Canada

During my moment of relaxation, the YULi application made by the Montreal Airport, which I just downloaded, keeps sending me gate changes and promotions. I decide to disable all notifications because it’s really annoying. I hope the Airport will correct this!

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Too many notifications… kills an application.

Let’s get down to business: boarding. Having a single seat with no one beside me, I don’t rush to get on board. Anyway, my carry-on bag will go in the hold, as the luggage compartments are not big enough. Tonight’s aircraft is an ERJ 145.

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Boarding

I took a seat on board. The single-aisle aircraft is configured as a 2-seater – 1-seater.

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An almost complete aircraft

The seat is old, but still comfortable with decent legroom for a plane of this size.

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Leather seat
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Place for the legs

We get ready to take off, we have a beautiful sight of the Control Tower and the Marriott Hotel.

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Control Tower and Marriott Hotel

Let’s go!

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We are helped out of the door

We cross the path of some very different aircraft before going to the runway.

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Qatar Airways – Special Barcelona livery
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Air Canada Red
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WestJet
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Air Canada Jazz – Green
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Air Canada Hangar
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Air Canada takes off just before us
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Positioning on track 06 Right

A fast takeoff, we fly over the Island of Montreal before quickly crossing the border. In a few minutes we pass by the Burlington Airport, which competes with Montreal with its low cost flights!

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General view shortly after takeoff
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St. Lawrence River
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Olympic Stadium
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Burlington Airport

A quick trip to the bathroom to see what it looks like on a small plane like this. Really amazed at the space given! As big as a Boeing 747!

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The toilets
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Spacious toilets
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General view of the cabin

The service begins. It will be limited to non-alcoholic drinks and the traditional bag of peanuts. This is normal for a flight of this duration.

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In-flight service

We arrive rather quickly on New York with a sight of Central Park. Unfortunately, sitting on the left side, I can only see Manhattan for a few seconds before landing, the plane having made a big loop to wait because of the traffic.

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Central Park

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Manhattan

The landing is smooth and we pass in front of the Terminal 7 or “British Airways Terminal”. A flight leaves every hour to London, and each one is operated by a Boeing 747. The one I’m about to take is among them.

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Boeing 747 – British Airways
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Boeing 747 – British Airways
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Boeing 747 – British Airways

We also see other aircraft, unknown in Montreal.

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Iberia A340
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Qatar airways
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TAM (Brazil)
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American Airlines Terminal

Here we are at the door. Let’s go to the second step of my trip, the flight in First Class on a British Airways Boeing 747!

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Arrival gate at New-York JFK

The maps used for this trip

To complete this portion of the transatlantic trip, I needed British Airways Executive Club air miles (obtained with American Express Membership Rewards cards) and Scotia bonus points (this allowed me to pay the taxes!)

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