With the recent retirement of American’s E-190s, I decided to make a (long overdue) trip report for the flight I took on one back in February (and yes I’m using Sanspotter’s trip reports as a base)
Flight Number: AA1718
Route: Washington, D.C. (DCA) - Atlanta, GA (ATL)
Date: Friday, February 14, 2020
Aircraft Embraer ERJ-190
Duration: 2 hours 4 minutes
DCA is close to DC, but it’s not that close. Although I technically wasn’t late, it sure felt like it as I arrived at the airport only about an hour before the flight.
Maryland One? Guess I wasn’t late for everything!
My flight departed at 2:15PM, so there wasn’t much parking available. I found a space though, and to check-in I went.
You know you’re at a airport when you see an Air Traffic Control tower. DCA’s is my personal favorite #nobias
American Check-In at Terminal C
The security check was uneventful other than a short hold up in the line because someone forgot to bring identification
Before I get into the meat of this trip report, just know that my
cameracamera battery was malfunctioning the entire trip, and I had to take it out and re-insert it 20-30 times before the camera would turn on. This meant I couldn’t take some pictures of the aircraft, etc.
View of the C concourse post-security
My flight departed from Gate 33 which was the first gate to the left in the concourse. I realized how lucky this was when I got there only a few minutes before boarding was called.
Here we go!
My particular aircraft, N959UW, was 12 years old at the time and had been operated by both US Airways and Midwest previously. Despite its age, the cabin was (for the most part) clean and well-maintained (from a glance)