I got to the airport for my evening departure to New York and the plane went through a series of mechanical delays which eventually resulted in the flight being cancelled. I wrote about My First Cancelled Flight Experience and 24 Hour Nightmare in Rio de Janeiro. Subsequently, I wrote How to Handle a Flight Cancellation at a Brazilian Airport if you’re ever in this situation.
Introduction to Rio de Janeiro
American Airlines LAX-JFK A321T Business Class
American Airlines JFK Flagship Lounge
American Airlines JFK-GIG 767-300 Business Class
Sheraton Barra Rio de Janeiro Hotel Review Part 1
Sheraton Barra Rio de Janeiro Hotel Review Part 2
Windsor Atlantica Rio de Janeiro Hotel Review
The Sights and Sounds of Lapa in Rio de Janeiro
The Sights and Sounds of Centro Rio de Janeiro Part 2
The Sights and Sounds of Botafogo in Rio de Janeiro
The Sights and Sounds of Pao de Acucar in Rio de Janeiro
The Sights and Sounds of Niteroi in Rio de Janeiro
The Sights and Sounds of Barra da Tijuca in Rio de Janeiro
The Sights and Sounds of Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro
Scam City: Rio de Janeiro Brazil Edition Part 2
The Various Eats in Rio de Janeiro Brazil Part 2
Rio de Janeiro Airport American Airlines Admirals Club
American Airlines GIG-JFK 767-300 Business Class
American Airlines JFK-LAX A321T Business Class
I stayed overnight at the Windsor Atlantica Rio de Janeiro Hotel where I was re-booked on a flight to New York the following day. The flight duration from Rio de Janeiro to New York City is approximately 10 hours.
The Business Class cabin on the Boeing 767-300 (763) is in a 2-2-2 configuration with angled flat seats.
I always choose the middle section because I have direct aisle access to the bathroom.
I had a glass of champagne as a pre-departure beverage.
There was also a Business Class amenity kit (not pictured) that was already placed in a storage compartment in front of me.
The Business Class menu reads as follows:
Starter – Smoked Salmon Carpaccio with wasabi
Salad – Mixed greens with garnishes with premium extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar
Assorted gourmet breads will be served with your meal
Chateaubriand – Served in green peppercorn sauce, with oven-roasted new potatoes, turned zucchini and sautéed carrots
Coq au Vin – Accompanied by mandioquinha puree and haricots verts
Agnolotti Pasta – Stuffed with artichokes and Brie, complemented by saffron basil sauce and wild mushroom reduction
Cream of Chickpea Soup – With bacon
Traditional Ice Cream Sundae – Vanilla ice cream with your choice of hot fudge, coffee sauce or seasonal berry toppings, whipped cream and pecans
Gourmet Cheese Plate – An assortment of fine cheeses with garnishes
Breakfast – Offered prior to arrival
American Breakfast – Ham and cheese omelette with tomato sauce, sautéed mushrooms and parslied potatoes
Continental Breakfast – Granola with yogurt
Served with a selection of fruit and breakfast breads
Here’s the wine and beverage list:
After the flight reached cruising altitude, the flight attendant passed out hot mixed nuts with a beverage of my choice. I had cranberry vodka with lime which is my favorite in-flight cocktail.
The starter consisted of smoked salmon carpaccio, salad, and mini pao de queijo (Brazilian cheese bread) which was delicious. I love cheesy bread (who doesn’t?).
I had the Chateaubriand which was overcooked and a bit rough. Next time I’d choose the fish option.
You can’t go wrong with dessert with a signature American Airlines made to order ice cream sundae. I always have it with ‘a little bit’ of everything. Remember, calories don’t count in the air. 😉
After the meal, I went to sleep and I had the flight attendant wake me up for breakfast which was an hour before landing. I had the ham and cheese omelet which was absolutely disguising (apologize for the blurry picture). Omelets should be abolished from all American Airlines flights.
The service on this flight was excellent as always on American Airlines international flights, but the food left me in total disgust. I wish the Beef Filet would be replaced instead of the rough and dry Chateaubriand. I would almost rather have the pizza as a pre-arrival breakfast instead of the nasty omelet. After the flight was delayed for 24 hours, all I wanted to do was get home.