Proof that Aeromexico 787-8 business class is worth it

Proof that Aeromexico 787-8 business class is worth it

I recently flew Aeromexico 787-8 business class for the second time in six years. Now more than ever, I’m convinced that it’s one of the best premium airline cabin experiences in North America.

Officially referred to as Premier Class, it lives up to its name with stylish and comfortable seats, decent food, and fantastic service from an attentive cabin crew.

Speaking of the cabin crew, I loved how brutally honest they were. The confused look on their faces when I tried to pronounce such things as “agua” and “cobija” told me everything I need to know about how gringo my accent really is.

AM647
Los Angeles, CA (LAX) – Mexico City, Mexico (MEX)
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Aircraft: 787-8
Registration: N964AM
Duration: 3 hours 32 minutes
Seat: 3J (Premier Class / Business Class)

AeroMexico 787-8 side view
Aeromexico 787-8 side view illustration by NorebboStock.com
am647 flight track
Our route from Los Angeles to Mexico City this afternoon as AM647.

The video

Being a relatively short 3 hour and 32 minute flight meant that if it was going to be a challenge to get all the video footage I needed. I tried my best to show you how good Aeromexico Premier class can be:

As you can see, I put a lot more effort into this video than I did with my first video 6 years ago. Whether or not that effort was worth it is up to you…

For those of you who are curious about what music I used for this video, here you go: The title of the first track was “Smile for You” by Vicki Vox, and the title of the second track was “Inure” by Heyson. I got both from Epidemic Sound (as always).

My full review of Aeromexico 787-8 business class from Los Angeles to Mexico City

For the record, I first flew on the Aeromexico 787-8 from Tijuana to Mexico City back in 2016. That experience was very similar to this one, and that’s a good thing. I thought it was a phenomenal business class product back then, so it’s good to know that Aeromexico hasn’t been slacking.

The main difference between that review and this one is the amount of detail I will show. I’ve learned a lot since then (mostly that my old airline reviews suck pretty bad).

What terminal does Aeromexico use at LAX?

If you’re flying Aeromexico out of LAX, and you have bags to check, check in at Terminal 3. If you don’t have bags to check, I’d recommend checking in online and heading straight to the Tom Bradley International Terminal. That’s where the plane will be departing from.

Curbside terminal 3 LAX
Curbside, Terminal 3 at LAX. Those of you old enough to remember what this used to look like are no doubt mumbling “hallelujah” to yourself as you gaze upon this pic.
Aeromexico and delta check in terminal 3 LAX
404 Aeromexico not found. Actually, you can check in for your Aeromexico flight here at the Delta ticket counter. Because making it obvious would have been too easy I guess. 
Aeromexico and SkyTeam check in kiosks terminal 3 LAX
If you squint your eyes real tight (and cock your head to the side 30 degrees), you can see the little Aeromexico logo on the wall (which is nearly obstructed by the pole). Somebody didn’t think this through…

FYI, the reason why Aeromexico check-in is located Terminal 3 is because they are buddy-buddy with SkyTeam partner Delta Air Lines. Terminal 3 is the home for Delta at LAX. I get why they did it this way, but I have to imagine that with the lack of proper signage, it has to be extremely confusing for most people.

Terminal 3 interior LAX airport
The all new Terminal 3 here at LAX is amazing! It was almost nice enough for me to forget about the fact that my boarding pass said “gate 133” but the highest gate number in this terminal is 50-something. SMH
Delta Terminal 3 interior LAX airport
Before I have a panic attack brought on by being in the completely wrong terminal, here’s another nice shot of the all new Delta gates here at LAX. I really like this!
Shuttle to terminal B LAX
Disaster averted. There’s actually a shuttle bus that goes between Terminal 3 and the Tom Bradley International Terminal. But…since when did they start calling the International Terminal “Terminal B”? My head is starting to hurt…
SANspotter in terminal 3 LAX
I don’t drink, but I think I could use an ice-cold Corona right about now.
Shuttle between terminal 3 and the Tom Bradley international terminal at LAX
Would it be surprising to find out that the shuttle bus driver didn’t seem to care about all the bull**** I’ve had to put up with so far today? I think he took a shortcut when I got to the part about the gate numbers in T3 only going up to 50-ish.
Aeromexico 787 parked at gate 133 LAX
Sweet baby Jesus. I think I’m in the right place!
Aeromexico 787-8 N964AM gate 133 LAX airport
Talk about a sight for sore eyes. This beautiful Aeromexico 787-8 (N964AM) is my ride to Mexico City today.
Terminal B LAX
It also felt really good to be back inside the Tom Bradley International Terminal again. Or, as I learned today: “Terminal B.”

What lounge can Aeromexico business class passengers use at LAX?

If you have a ticket for Aeromexico Premier Class out of LAX, you will have access to the Korean Air Lounge (which is essentially the LAX SkyTeam lounge). It’s located on level 6 of the Tom Bradley International Terminal.

KAL lounge at LAX
Aeromexico Premier Class passengers can use the KAL lounge at LAX. My full review has all the deets!

The KAL Lounge is one of my favorites at the Los Angeles Airport. It can get busy during certain times of the day, but it’s totally worth it if you can time your visit during off-peak hours.

The boarding process for Aeromexico flight number 647 to Mexico City

In the moments leading up to the boarding of this flight, it was hard to tell how full it was going to be. Gate 133 at LAX is deceiving since it’s located at the north end of the terminal (in a very open space).

Unlike how US airlines do it, Aeromexico kicked off the boarding process with business class passengers first. Everyone else (even those traveling with small children) had to wait.

gate 133 LAX
Gate 133 is where we will be departing from today. And is it just me, or does the guy in the red coat look like he’s just dying to hear a riveting story about what it took for me to get here this morning?
Aeromexico business class mobile boarding pass
I think he could sense what was coming. Oh well. We’ll be boarding momentarily.
LAX international terminal jet bridge
What’s it going to take to get glass jet bridges at this airport?
Aeromexico 787-8 boarding door
Actually, with the amount of interesting airlines that serve LAX, I don’t even care about the jet bridges. It felt pretty good to be boarding an Aeromexico 787-8 again!

My first impressions of Aeromexico 787-8 Premier Class

The last time I flew on an Aeromexico 787, they boarded us through the forward cabin door. This time, it was the number 2 door (located just ahead of the wing). This meant having to turn left upon boarding the aircraft instead of turning right. I love it when that happens.

Overall, I was very glad to see that the Premier Class cabin was exactly how I remembered it from last time. It was still as purple as ever, and I was happy to see that for being a nine-year-old aircraft, it still looks brand new.

Aeromexico 787 business class cabin
Aeromexico 787 business class looks just as great as the last time I saw it.
Aeromexico 787-8 business class seats
Seats 3G (aisle) and 3J (window). Shoutout to the kind lady with the colorful bag for being patient with my awkward AvGeekery.
Aeromexico 787-8 business class seat details
I can’t really decide if my favorite part of these seats is the purple gradient dot pattern, or the Aeromexico logo chiseled into the headrest.
Aeromexico 787-8 business class seat controls
Actually, it’s neither. The angled seat control panel is by far the best thing about these seats. And not only because it’s easy to mess with your neighbors seat without them even knowing it!
Aeromexico 787-8 business class power outlets
The worst part (by far) is the location of the power outlets and headphone jack. As you can see by my inability to frame this pic properly, I’m too old to be reaching around backwards like this.
Aeromexico 787-8 business class leg room
A leg room pic, or a #crotchshot?
Aeromexico premier class privacy
Whether or not anyone can see you taking a pic of your crotch is the ultimate test of business class seat privacy. Aeromexico Premier Class seat privacy is a solid 5 out of 10.
SANspotter selfie Aeromexico 787-8 business class
You just know he’s sending a text to his buddy that says “dude just took a pic of his junk.”
Aeromexico 787-8 business class amenities
Amenities on today’s flight to Mexico City consisted of a blanket, pillow, and noise canceling headphones. Nice.
Aeromexico business class pre departure drink
There were pre-departure drinks too (water or orange juice). Since I didn’t know how to say “orange juice” in Spanish, water it was.
Aeromexico 787-8 business class crossed legs
So far so good!

The departure out of LAX

After seeing firsthand how busy Terminal 3 was, I’m really glad that this flight to Mexico City was departing out of the International Terminal today. It was a very quick pushback out to the main taxiway.

View from row 3 Aeromexico 787-8
FYI, row 3 of the Aeromexico 787-8 has the best view of the engines.

Interestingly enough, we didn’t depart from the northern runways (24R and 24L). Instead, we had to taxi around the entire airport to the southside for a 25R departure. My only guess is because that we were going to be turning south directly after takeoff.

Aeromexico 787-8 taxi and takeoff from LAX
Because pictures can’t do a 787 takeoff justice, be sure to watch my full departure video embedded below:

Overflying San Diego view from above
Any guesses as to what city this is (as seen from the window 15 minutes after departure)? Hint: it rhymes with “San Diego.”

What is in-flight entertainment like in business class on the Aeromexico 787-8?

Right off the bat, I discovered that there was good news and bad news with in-flight entertainment in Aeromexico business class:

  • The good news is that the video screens were extremely large and bright. It wasn’t difficult to see anything (even in direct sunlight).
  • The bad news is that I found all the options for the movies and TV shows to be somewhat lacking. There were a few good choices, but not many.
Aeromexico in flight map
Y’all should know by now that the in-flight entertainment reviews here on SANspotter.com always start with the map. Because #AvGeek.
Aeromexico 787-8 video entertainment
It’s not a bad in-flight entertainment system actually. It’s just a little sparse on the content, that’s all.
Aeromexico business class noise canceling headphones
Good news: noise canceling headphones!
Plugging in headphones Aeromexico 787-8 business class
Bad news: it’s impossible to plug them in without snapping something really important in your spine.
Aeromexico 787-8 business class entertainment
I may be paralyzed from the waist down, but at least the headphones sound good.

Aeromexico business class food is a lot better than I thought

I normally like to be surprised before a new business class experience, but I actually got a preview of the meal options for this flight a few days prior. Aeromexico sent me an email asking me if I’d like to pre-select my meal option for this flight to Mexico City, and I just couldn’t refuse.

Aeromexico business class wine list
I like how the menu (and wine list) is integrated into the video entertainment system. I don’t like how ignorant I am about wine, so you’ll have to judge this list for yourself.
Aeromexico business class food
Since when did Aeromexico business class food get so good? OMG that brownie!
Aeromexico business class salmon plate
If you know “Airplane!” movie quotes as well as I do, you would be just as nervous as I was about choosing the fish. Not only fish, but raw fish for crying out loud. 
Aeromexico business class lunch
This was supposed to be a closeup of the salad, but…that ******* brownie.
Aeromexico business class dessert
Closeup of said ******* brownie.
SANspotter eating lunch Aeromexico business class
“…until finally the poor bastard is reduced to a quivering wasted piece of jelly.”
Empty business class meal tray
What possessed me to choose the raw fish option I will never know. However, I have to say that it was a fine choice indeed. No regrets.

How comfortable are the lie-flat seats for relaxing and sleeping?

The seats used in Premier Class on the Aeromexico 787-8 are the exact same seats you’ll find in American Airlines A321T flagship business class. Therefore, I already knew that the seats are really great for relaxing and sleeping.

My only complaint about the comfort of the seats is related to privacy. The window seat is situated a few inches forward of the aisle seat, meaning the person in the aisle seat can look over your shoulder without any effort at all. It’s a bit awkward.

SANspotter selfie Aeromexico 787-8 business class
That moment when you realize that your seatmate has been silently judging your in-flight entertainment choices for the entire flight.
Relaxing in Aeromexico 787-8 business class seat
At least I was thoughtful enough to give my seatmate something interesting to watch.
Aeromexico 787-8 business class cabin in flight
The cabin crew had the window dimmer settings on “medium” today. I’m glad they didn’t go full-dark.
Watching TV while flying
TV for the left eye, clouds for the right. This is nice!

The approach and landing into Mexico City

Arriving in Mexico City from the air is always an eye-opining experience. It’s one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, and it’s surrounded by some of the most stunning landscape you’ll ever see. There’s a reason why this is such a popular tourist destination.

Although our approach into MEX today just beautiful as ever, we came in on runway 23R. This meant that we didn’t get to fly over the core downtown area (which is always an incredible sight to see). Oh well. Maybe next time.

Aeromexico 787-8 engine and wing view from row 3
Beginning the descent into MEX with more proof that row 3 offers the best engine views. I dare you to prove me wrong!
Holding pattern on approach to MEX
Because it wouldn’t be a flight into Mexico City without some holding pattern action.
On approach into Mexico City
The views were spectacular once the spinning stopped!
Landing at Mexico City airport
Although I didn’t get to see as much of the city as I did while getting footage for my VivaAerobus A320 review, it was a stunning approach and landing nonetheless.
Arrival at Mexico City airport
I believe it was right about this point when I started to regret not practicing my Spanish a bit more than I did prior to this trip. Oh well. Clumsy hand gestures will have to do.
Aeromexico 787 Mexico City airport
Hey there, good lookin’!
End of flight, Aeromexico 787-8 premier class cabin
It’s a good thing this review is about over, because that last caption was borderline creepy (and I fear I may be losing some of you).
Aeromexico 787-8 parked at gate Mexico City airport
I wonder if anyone on that plane is looking at our plane wondering if there is anyone on this plane looking at their plane?
Premier class seats Aeromexico 787 Dreamliner
So long, Premier class. It’s been fun!
Stepping off Boeing 787
In all seriousness, I can’t say enough good things about this experience. Thanks to the cabin crew for such a great flight!
SANspotter Mexico City airport jet bridge
Assuming I survive the 8,000ft altitude of Mexico City, I’ll be back soon enough with a review of Aeromexico 737 MAX 9 premier class from Mexico City to Tijuana. Do stay tuned…

Pros and cons of Aeromexico 787-8 business class

As I mentioned in the beginning of this review, I don’t think people give Aeromexico enough credit. This is a fantastic airline, and they do a really good job with long-haul business class. It’s not perfect though, so here is a detailed list of pros and cons which explains everything that I like and don’t like about premier class on the 787-8:

Pros

  • Even though these seats are the same that you will find on many other airlines, there’s a reason for it: They’re extremely comfortable.
  • Aeromexico seems to be doing a great job keeping the interiors of these 787‘s in perfect condition.
  • The cabin crew on this particular slight (as well as my flight from Tijuana to Mexico City 6 years ago) was phenomenal. They were extremely attentive and happy to help in any way possible.
  • I wouldn’t go as far as to say that the food was as good as what I was served in Starlux A321neo business class, but it was darn good.
  • There’s enough room for window seat passengers to get out to the aisle even if the aisle seat passenger is sleeping. You’ll have to step over their feet, but it’s certainly possible without too much high-stepping.
  • It’s clean! I’m only mentioning this since I was borderline appalled by how the seats were in my Aeromexico 737-700 business class review were 6 years ago.

Cons

  • As comfortable as I thought the seats are, I really hate the fact that the power outlets and headphone jacks are located in such an awkward place.
  • I found the selections of movies and TV shows in the video entertainment system to be lacking. There wasn’t much variety.
  • The seats aren’t very private, and I always felt like the person in the aisle seat was looking over my shoulder.
  • On the 787, you won’t have control over the window dimming after takeoff. It’ll be the cabin crew who determines how bright or dark the cabin should be.

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