So, I wasn’t aware of this, but apparently, there are “retro” planes, perfectly preserved from the 1980’s, still flying for American - for example the MD-80 that recently took me from DFW to MCI. The staff was outstanding. The plane itself was a hot mess. No outlets (cigarette lighter sockets only) - in 1st class. Aging seats with upholstery from another era. Adequa-te leg room, but narrow seat (my butt wasn’t wide the day before in coach...)
I don’t know what to say. It’s usually worth a little more to me to fly first class, but in this case, it’s probably worth a little more to fly a different airline altogether. Delta, and United have always had a good first class experience. This is my third and last time doing it with American. They’re more interested in signing you up for their credit card, than providing a good travel experience.