Published on May 7th, 2017 | by Mark Chesnut
AIRLINE REVIEW: American Eagle Embraer 140, Chihuahua to DFW
Following a recent visit to the fascinating city of Chihuahua, Mexico, I flew American Eagle to Dallas/Fort Worth. This is a review of what you can expect if you travel on this route.
THE ROUTE: Chihuahua (General Roberto Fierro Villalobos International Airport; CUU) to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW); Embraer 140; economy class; 1 hour, 23 minutes.
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THE DEPARTURE: The one-story Chihuahua airport is relatively small but attractive enough. There was no line for check-in at the American Airlines ticket counter, and check-in took about seven minutes. American Airlines does, however, charge for checking luggage (except in a few instances) for its Mexico flights, so it cost me $26 to check one bag.
Since the Chihuahua airport is rather small, they don’t always have the customs and immigration staff on hand to process passengers. When I tried to pass through security to wait for my flight, the security officer told me that immigration officials usually don’t show up until 40 minutes before each flight. Since I had some time to kill and couldn’t go through security, I had lunch at Wings restaurant, seated beneath a lovely array of vintage Mexicana Airlines photos.
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When I finally did get back to the security area, processing was super fast, with no line. The departure area consists of one large waiting room with five gates, as well as a small number of businesses — including a souvenir shop, a Johnny Rocket’s restaurant and El Borrequito Cimarrón which sells regional sweets. There is also an Aeromexico Salon Premier, which of course I couldn’t use.
Boarding is an open-air affair; I walked from the terminal to the air stair, in Group 6. One thing I really liked: The ground crew actually stands in a line and waves goodbye to each plane, it seems, as the aircraft taxis away. Nice personal touch!
THE AIRCRAFT: The American Eagle Embraer 140 airliner had 2-1 seating. Seats had headrests with wings.
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INFLIGHT SERVICE: The flight attendant served free non-alcoholic beverages and Biscoff cookies. Larger snacks were offered for purchase.
THE ARRIVAL: We landed on schedule at Dallas/Fort Worth airport. Depending on where you land, international arrivals at DFW can involve a decent amount of walking; I walked about 15 minutes to get to Global Entry, which was speedy as usual. There was, however, a 10-minute wait for Global Entry members at the customs processing point.