I booked this flight only hours prior to departure, and was pleased to find First Class space still available. Check-in was easy via the American Airlines app. There was a lengthy wait at security, including the Pre-Check line, which was disappointing. The boarding area was chaotic and it was tough to find a seat. The gate agent announced boarding would be a bit delayed as the flight had arrived late. Eventually, boarding was called, and once on-board things instantly improved.
I had an empty seat next to me in First Class for the entire flight, which was very nice. The lead flight attendant, Mark, was awesome. He offered a pre-departure beverage of choice and kept up informed throughout the flight, including that we'd likely arrive early. His service throughout the flight continued to be awesome. Drink re-fills and passing of the snack basket occurred frequently throughout the flight. He read connections over the PA. While I wish there was more substantive of a meal offered than a passing of the snack basket, overall the flight was great.