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Patty Jan 19th, 2004 10:03 AM

How to tell if a particular AA flight has MRTC?
When booking a flight on, is it basically only if the "more room" icon is there? I'm looking at a LAX-MIA-UIO itinerary. I can get a 763 from LAX to MIA, but it looks like only 757 service to UIO. Coming back it's 757's all the way. I thought the idea was to re-introduce LRTC in certain leisure markets only.

AAFrequentFlyer Jan 19th, 2004 01:14 PM

If I were you I would make sure that you get on the 767 both ways to and from LAX-MIA. You don't have a choice on the MIA-UIO route. Personally I HATE the 757 and I sit up front. Actually IMHO the best seats on the 757 on AA are coach seats in row 9 or A or F in row 10. Row 18 is good as well because it's an exit row, but row 9 is my favorite if I have to fly on the dreaded 757. If you're able to upgrade on the 767, you will have a nice experience.

Remember, after JAN24, it's all the 757s and A300s that will have LRTC. All the other planes will still have MRTC. F-100s, MD-80s, 737s, 767s and 777s.

Patty Jan 19th, 2004 01:43 PM

Unfortunately, coming back from UIO the flights get into MIA at either 11:48am or 1:44pm. The next 2-3 MIA-LAX flights are all 757's. Only the last flight at 7:15pm is a 767 :(

What's the procedure for obtaining exit row seats on AA? Is pre-assignment for elites only? Is there some chance of getting one at check-in? I don't fly AA much, but they're one of the few carriers that flies into Quito. Thanks.

sandi Jan 19th, 2004 02:02 PM

AAFrequentFlyer -

OK - either it's real easy or I'm missing something, explanation, si vou plais:


Patty Jan 19th, 2004 02:11 PM

MRTC = More Room Throughout Coach
LRTC = Less Room Throughout Coach

I think AA came up with the term MRTC when they took a few rows of seats out of their aircraft to increase seat pitch. Later they started adding rows back to some of their aircraft, hence the unofficial term LRTC.

AAFrequentFlyer Jan 19th, 2004 02:27 PM


I don't know when you're flying so things could be different but there is a 1:15pm 767 flight from MIA-LAX in the schedule now.

As far as rows 9, 10 or 18, only elites or full fare paxs could get them assigned during reservation, but it's a good chance you may get it on the day of the trip, because many elites/full fares sitting in these seats put in for upgrades and if they clear, these seats become available. Just get to the airport early if you want to snatch of of these great seats. Row 9 - ALL, row 10 - A or F, row 18 - three seats on each side, so A and C or D and F, unless you don't have a choice then B or E(middle seats) still more room thean any other rows.

Have a great trip!

BeachBoi Jan 19th, 2004 02:27 PM

Patty....Exit row seating can be prereserved by elites or if you have a full fare ticket.Domestically that would be a "Y" or "B" fare in most markets.Internationally dont know but am guessing it wold be similar.However,favored TA's(big producers for AA) can queue the reservation off to a sales support desk and usually will be granted the exit seat request.My TA does it all the time for his non elites and is rarely if ever denied the request...........S

AAFrequentFlyer Jan 19th, 2004 02:34 PM

From: Miami FL US To: Los Angeles CA US
AA 297
1:15 PM 4:00 PM
763 Trm:4
Meal: L

Patty Jan 19th, 2004 03:20 PM

My trip isn't until September so what I see is a 757 for flight 297. It's still early so who knows, but as of right now it looks like I'm stuck on the 757 all the way home. I'll plan on checking in early. Thanks again.

sandi Jan 20th, 2004 03:36 AM

Patty -

Thanks for the explanation of MRTC and LRTC - that was what I was thinking, but had never seen the codes.

sister2 Feb 2nd, 2004 04:59 PM

The website is very helpful for viewing seat maps on different types of aircraft. The site also points out favorable and unfavorable seating on each.

AA---you posts are always informative!

AAFrequentFlyer Feb 2nd, 2004 08:14 PM

Thanks sister2,


Patty Feb 3rd, 2004 10:14 AM

Just checked the schedule again and the departure for the later UIO-MIA flight has been changed to 10:25am getting into MIA at 3:34pm. I can connect with 823 to LAX at 5:55pm which now shows a 767. It's looking better :)

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