Flying on a new Boeing plane


Recently I flew to Albuquerque to see family and to attend the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta for the first time. Posts about the trip are coming up, but the actual flight part of the trip was eventful for one reason: I had the opportunity to fly on one of American Airline’s newer Boeing planes for the first time.

Boeing’s lineup has undergone a bit of an overhaul. Led by their new marquee plane, the 787 Dreamliner, their classic planes, like the 737, have been going through a series of updates.  The two 737s we were on this go-around had Boeing’s new Sky interior, seen in the picture above, which had newer luggage compartments, colorful lighting and a much roomier ceiling height (I will not miss the TVs that used to hang from the ceiling of some of the Boeing planes; I’ve smacked my head enough times to say good riddance).

Headphone jacks are now standard in size and function; smaller screens fold down and are positioned every few rows like charter buses.  I can’t blame Boeing for the seats – the airlines are cramming in every last seat they can nowadays – but overall it was a much more comfortable experience than I remember in years.  Kudos to American and Boeing for stepping up the game.  Now if

Most amusing was that pumped into the cabin during boarding and disembarking were pop songs on piano. And because the Internet is an amazing place, and iTunes actually had them for purchase, here’s my favorite: Blurred Lines. Enjoy. (If you want it, look up the Piano Tribute Players.)

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