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Review: Aeromexico 787 Business Class Mexico City To Los Angeles
Mexico City (MEX) – Los Angeles (LAX)
Thursday, May 12
Aircraft: Boeing 787-8
Seat: 4J (Business Class)
I wasn’t able to get good pictures of the business class cabin on the last flight, partly because it was a nighttime flight, and partly because all business class passengers seemed to board at once, due to delayed boarding.
So on this sector I was the first to board the plane (by at least a minute), and as I entered I smiled at the flight attendant at the door and said “hi, is there any chance I could just grab a few pictures of the business class cabin?”
She responded “how about you just take pictures of your seat?”
So I didn’t actually get to take a picture of the mini cabin, unfortunately. Speaking of which, I was supposed to sit in the mini cabin, but I screwed up my seat assignment on this flight. I had originally selected seat 6J, the window seat in the mini cabin. When I checked in online I saw that the seat next to me was taken, while the forward cabin was almost completely empty. So I switched to 4J. As it turned out, by the time they accommodated non-rev passengers, the business class cabin was full, and I also realized that 4J is missing a window. So I ended up still having a seatmate, except I moved myself into a worse seat. My mistake…
Anyway, I turned left towards the forward business class cabin, consisting of 24 B/E Aerospace Diamond seats, in a 2-2-2 configuration.
My seat was 4J, the window seat in the last row of the forward cabin.
While I loved the plush pillow and blanket on my last flight, this flight didn’t have the same, presumably because it wasn’t a longhaul. Instead I was given a pillow which was the size of my hand, and a blanket similar to what you’d get on a domestic flight in the US.
Business class boarding progressed pretty slowly, though over the next 20 minutes or so, every single seat ended up being occupied.
During boarding the flight attendants came through the cabin with pre-departure beverages. The flight attendant working my aisle had zero personality. She didn’t even fake a smile, but rather just had a pissed off look on her face the whole flight.
For pre-departure beverages I had the choice between a water and an orange juice, and I selected the former.
Headphones for the flight were also distributed.
I also noted the wifi symbol between the seats. I didn’t realize any Aeromexico planes had wifi, which I was delighted by. More on that in a bit.
At around 9:35AM Captain Mario came on the PA to welcome everyone aboard, and inform us of our flight time of 3hr10min, and our cruising altitude of 40,000 feet.
By the time boarding was complete, there were several pilots seated in business class, who apparently lived in Los Angeles but were based in Mexico City. Sitting next to me was a friendly Mexican lady, who was traveling with her two young children, seated across the aisle. Just about everyone in business class was snapping pictures, which is unusual.
At 9:50AM we began our pushback, at which point the safety video began to play.
Our engines started in no time, and then we began a very quick taxi to our departure runway.
By 10AM we reached runway 5R, where we were immediately cleared for takeoff. Our takeoff roll was long, as you’d expect, given Mexico City’s high altitude.
I didn’t have a chance to look out the window on the flight from Madrid to Mexico City, so I was excited to have that opportunity on this flight, even though I had to lean way forward to look out the window.
The views on the climb out were pretty neat.
About 10 minutes after takeoff I browsed the entertainment system, starting with the airshow.
I also decided to check out the wifi offering. As stated above, this caught me off guard, since I didn’t realize that Aeromexico offered wifi on any of their planes. The system seemed to be proprietary, because the interface was different than any system I’ve seen before (it wasn’t T-Mobile, OnAir, Gogo, etc.).
There were two wifi plans available:
- $11.95 per hour or for 50MB of data (whichever is reached first)
- $21.95 per flight or for 110MB of data (whichever is reached first)
I chose the latter. While I thought the price was reasonable in theory, I don’t think the system works correctly. While I’m not all that tech savvy, I do have a good understanding of data usage with airplane wifi, given how much I use it.
I was texting on and off for about 30 minutes, at which point my plan apparently ran out. That definitely wasn’t 110MB. I assumed it was a glitch, so figured I’d keep testing it. This time I bought the smaller pass, and that one ran out after about 10 minutes of texting. That just ain’t right.
After growing flustered with the wifi, I decided to watch an episode of “Brain Games,” which was interesting to watch.
About 45 minutes after takeoff the crew came around with hot towels.
Shortly thereafter they rolled a cart through the aisle with the breakfast offerings. Logically I understand why breakfast was being served, but I had been awake for so long that I was expecting lunch. I guess I didn’t realize how early it still was.
The choice for breakfast was between “eggs” or “fruit,” as the flight attendant described it. I selected the eggs.
The omelet was bland, though the salsa helped with that. While I love Mexican food in general, personally refried beans wouldn’t be my first choice on a plane.
The side of fruit was quite small.
I was offered a croissant with breakfast, which was warm and flaky.
I wish I could say the service was indifferent, but frankly the flight attendants were actively unpleasant. They didn’t smile once, and just sort of went through the motions without communicating with passengers.
Breakfast was done about 75 minutes after takeoff, at which point I looked out the window for a bit.
I watched an episode of “Mom,” a sitcom I hadn’t previously heard of (which is a rarity).
I ended up napping for a bit, as my exhaustion was finally catching up with me. When I woke up I saw everyone else had nuts and drinks. I figured I’d have some water before landing, though I was in the window seat, and didn’t want to disturb the lady next to me. So I pushed the flight attendant call button (not that I think there’s anything wrong with that in a premium cabin in general).
I was ignored at first, so after five more minutes I pushed the call button again, at which point one of the flight attendants showed up. I said “could I have some water and nuts, please.”
He didn’t say a word, but rolled his eyes. He returned moments later with my water and nuts, and didn’t say a word.
Soon enough we were crossing the border into the US, and shortly thereafter began our descent, just as we passed San Diego.
About 15 minutes before landing the seatbelt sign was turned on.
It has been a gloomy month in Los Angeles, and there was fairly low cloud coverage as we approached.
We had a beautiful touchdown on runway 25L at 11:15AM.
Unfortunately that runway is on the “wrong” side of the airport if you’re parking at Terminal 2, which is over by runway 24L & 24R.
First we had to hold short for a couple of minutes before we could cross runway 25R.
Then we taxied past Tom Bradley International Terminal, where I saw some interesting traffic, including an Air Tahiti Nui A340, China Eastern 777, Japan Airlines 777, etc.
As we turned around the corner I saw a China Southern 777, Virgin America A320, and then finally Terminal 2.
Parked at the far end of Terminal 2 were 737s from Aeromexico and WestJet.
Meanwhile we parked between an Air Canada 787-9, and an Air Canada A320.
We got to the gate at around 11:30AM, and within a few minutes the boarding door was opened.
Aeromexico Business Class bottom line
Aeromexico’s 787 is an unbeatable hard product for travel between the US and Mexico. However, everything else about the experience was underwhelming, including the food, and in particular the service. It’s a damn shame when an airline has potential but does nothing to deliver a good experience.
If they spruced up their food service to embrace one of the best food countries in the world, and had flight attendants who actually seemed like they wanted to be there, they could be a great airline.
Then again, I can’t complain too much, since I did get a flat bed between Mexico City and Los Angeles, while the competition has a “domestic” product at best.
While I’m happy Aeromexico is slowly rolling out wifi, something isn’t right with how they charge, so I wouldn’t find much value in that feature in the future.
If you’ve flown Aeromexico’s business class, what was your experience with the service?