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User currently offlineN808NWatMSP From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 171 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 7582 times:

Hello all!

Later this month I will be flying MSP-CLE-IND and back, all on Continental Express: 3 E145s and 1 E135. This will be my first time flying with Continental, so can I expect the same service from ExpressJet as from mainline? Any food served? Are the ERJs comfortable? Any personal experiences would be greatly appreciated!

Daniel

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User currently offlineEjmmsu From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1692 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 7580 times:

OKC-IAH-BNA On Continental Express (by Ejmmsu Apr 16 2005 in Trip Reports)#ID56860

Enjoy  Smile

As far as a meal, go to your reservation on the CO website.. it will say if there is any food served on each leg, although I think all of your legs are too short (the CLE-IND leg certainly)

COex is a great regional.. probably the best in the US market. You should get good service.



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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 7575 times:

The last COEX flight I took was CLT-IAH several years ago. . .

I was surprised to see a cold "meal" aboard the all Y ERJ. Not a substantial meal, but it certainly was not just a muffin. That was a 3 hour flight however. I'll bet your MSP-CLE-IN itinerary won't have anything more than a muffin perhaps and beverage service.

As for comfort on a ERJ  rotfl  rotfl  If you're 6'1" tall and 235 poundslike me, forgetaboutit. Fortunately it's an ERJ, so ask for the single seat side . . .at least you'll have some breathing room.

Don't plan to carry on a carry on. Overhead space is minimal - especially if you're in the front of the cabin . . . and stuffing something under the seat in front of you is nearly a fruitless effort . . . plan to check or gate check whatever you take.

Still, it's COEX, so expect one of the better rides on a regional that you can get in the US.


User currently offlineN808NWatMSP From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7556 times:

Ejmmsu- thanks for the to the TR. It was useful!

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 2):
As for comfort on a ERJ...If you're 6'1" tall and 235 pounds like me, forgetaboutit.

Shave off about 100 pounds and your accuracy is dead-on. Wink But my height has always been an issue with flying, so it shouldn't been too much of a shock when I step into an ERJ.

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 2):
Don't plan to carry on a carry on. Overhead space is minimal - especially if you're in the front of the cabin . . . and stuffing something under the seat in front of you is nearly a fruitless effort . . . plan to check or gate check whatever you take.

Dang, I was hoping to travel with only a carry on and a backpack (I hate waiting to check baggage). I viewed CO's baggage policy online and they say that a combo of 51 inches or less should fit into the overhead bins. Should I expect a different measurement for regional jets? Could you explain the definition of "gate checking"? I don't think I've heard that term before.


User currently offlineEjmmsu From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1692 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7553 times:

Quoting N808NWatMSP (Reply 3):
Dang, I was hoping to travel with only a carry on and a backpack (I hate waiting to check baggage). I viewed CO's baggage policy online and they say that a combo of 51 inches or less should fit into the overhead bins. Should I expect a different measurement for regional jets? Could you explain the definition of "gate checking"? I don't think I've heard that term before.

Bringing a Carry-on and a backpack will be no problem at all. "Gate-checking" is really easy. You bring your large carry-on right up to the gate during boarding, they put a special tag on it, and you drop it off at the end of the jetbridge. When you arrive at your destination, it is wating for you to pick it up right there as you step off the plane. You will then have your carry-ons with you during your connection, and the same process happens on the second leg. Then when you get to your final destination, no need to go to baggage claim, and no need to worry about the airline losing your bag. Your backpack will most likely fit in the overhead inside the plane. One suggestion though.. if you have a laptop or other fragile electronics, you should pack it in the small carry on.



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User currently offlineN808NWatMSP From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 20 hours ago) and read 7538 times:

Quoting Ejmmsu (Reply 4):
Bringing a Carry-on and a backpack will be no problem at all. "Gate-checking" is really easy. You bring your large carry-on right up to the gate during boarding, they put a special tag on it, and you drop it off at the end of the jetbridge. When you arrive at your destination, it is wating for you to pick it up right there as you step off the plane. You will then have your carry-ons with you during your connection, and the same process happens on the second leg. Then when you get to your final destination, no need to go to baggage claim, and no need to worry about the airline losing your bag. Your backpack will most likely fit in the overhead inside the plane.

Thank you for the valuable info! This will definitely ease my travel! This is actually my first time flying solo, so I'm a bit anxious/nervous/pumped for this trip. Getting information as this will make it alot easier, and now I can also spend more time spotting inside the terminals! bigthumbsup 

Thanks again!


User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12113 posts, RR: 49
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 19 hours ago) and read 7534 times:
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Also keep in mind at 24 hours prior to your flight all the seats become available to reserve and you can snag a exit row and or bulkhead at that time, you can change your seats when you print your boarding pass 24 hours prior to your outbound flight.


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User currently offlineGarri767 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 18 hours ago) and read 7532 times:

Always great experiences, friendly crew, good snacks, smooth flights, and all around a great airline!

Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 6):
Also keep in mind at 24 hours prior to your flight all the seats become available to reserve and you can snag a exit row and or bulkhead at that time, you can change your seats when you print your boarding pass 24 hours prior to your outbound flight.

 yes  yes  yes 


User currently offlineKempa From Brazil, joined Aug 2003, 373 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 16 hours ago) and read 7519 times:

Book an A seat. Or book B-C and bring your sweetheart along. Besides the height issue, it's no big deal. I flew a few routes on the 145 and 145 ER and except for the boredom, I didn't have a problem.

User currently offlineN808NWatMSP From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 8 hours ago) and read 7507 times:

Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 6):
Also keep in mind at 24 hours prior to your flight all the seats become available to reserve and you can snag a exit row and or bulkhead at that time, you can change your seats when you print your boarding pass 24 hours prior to your outbound flight.

Wow, I did not know that. So all I have to do is be one of the first to confirm my flight online and get a good seat? Seems simple enough!

Quoting Kempa (Reply 8):
Book an A seat.

I'll do that! veryhappy 


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 2 hours ago) and read 7502 times:

Quoting N808NWatMSP (Reply 9):
Quoting Kempa (Reply 8):
Book an A seat.

I'll do that

Be advised 1A on the 145, single seat side, has obstructed leg room because of the 1L door . . . I still prefer that seat, but thought you should know about the leg room issue. You'll end up swinging your legs slightly to the right because of that door. Also, the F/A sits directly in front of you during take off/landing/turbulent flight, and you won't be able to stretch your legs without kicking him/her.

Still, 1A, best seat IMO.

http://www.seatguru.com/airlines/Con...ental_Airlines_Embraer_ERJ-145.php

And the 135. No leg room to stretch out in 1A as there is a bulkhead rather close to the seat. Still, no one will recline into you, and you won't have to stare at anyone's bald spot or dandruff during the flight.

http://www.seatguru.com/airlines/Con...ental_Airlines_Embraer_ERJ-135.php


User currently offlineMattRB From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1624 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 7500 times:

Quoting Ejmmsu (Reply 1):
COex is a great regional.. probably the best in the US market. You should get good service.

 bigthumbsup  Flew them back in 2004 - YYZ-EWR-IND-CLE-YYZ. Love the ERJs, nice, comfortable seats, big windows at the right height, great service. Would happily fly them again and have no hesitation recommending them.



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User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 7484 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 10):
Be advised 1A on the 145, single seat side, has obstructed leg room because of the 1L door . . . I still prefer that seat, but thought you should know about the leg room issue. You'll end up swinging your legs slightly to the right because of that door. Also, the F/A sits directly in front of you during take off/landing/turbulent flight, and you won't be able to stretch your legs without kicking him/her.

Not sure you and I have been on the same type of aircraft since my legs out is not an issue even with the worlds largest portable PC called my laptop backpack sitting in the corner of the bulkhead during flight. Kicking the flight attendant, not even close unless you mean you have layed out horizontally  Smile.

The exit row on the 145's, row 12 is for sure the best seats.....get 12A or 12B but even 12C is good, lots more leg room but as posted before, you can't get the exit row or row 1 until you are doing online check-in 24 hours before departure time, those are only available to OnePass Platinum members before that time.

Enjoy ExpressJet.....seamless transition to mainline, carry-ons no problem even it won't fit into the small overhead as you get the gate check and returned at the jetway upon arrival.



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User currently offlineN808NWatMSP From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 7461 times:

I really am thankful for a site like A.net where I can ask my questions and get straight answers. All you guys have been a great help to me. I can't wait for this trip!

User currently offlineMt99 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 6599 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 7434 times:
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Not to rain on anyones parade - but i too an ERJ-145 on a recent IAH-MCI trip. I like to call it the "Death Trap 145".  Smile

Forget carryons unless you are only bringing 2 or 3 sheets of paper. The poor little airplane creaked like an old cart while taxiing to the runway and sounded even worse when going thru turbulence. Wires were hanging out from the light fixtures above.

Im am sure that this was an isolated incident.



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User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 7432 times:

Quoting Mt99 (Reply 14):
but i too an ERJ-145 on a recent IAH-MCI trip. I like to call it the "Death Trap 145".

Forget carryons unless you are only bringing 2 or 3 sheets of paper.

Not sure what you were attempting to write, don't ya hate when it does that?  Smile

However, I have no problem with the rollerbag, draggin it down the jetway, putting the little blue gate check tag on it, leaving it on the jetway, going to my seat and if Row 12 putting my laptop backpack and all 25 lbs into that "2 or 3 sheets of paper" overhead. If seat 1A never had the flight attendant say NO to putting the portable pc into the closet etiher......I guess I am way too simple. After landing they even bring my rollerbag up to the jetway and I can wheel it up to the terminal myself.



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User currently offlineMt99 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 6599 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 7431 times:
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Quoting IAHFLYR (Reply 15):
I guess I am way too simple.

I think you are. I guess the fact that i had a short connecting (due to CO Express delays) time at MCI - did not make me appreciate the 20 min it took for them to bring my bag "with the little blue tag" (maybe a green one would be better).



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User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 7416 times:

Quoting Mt99 (Reply 16):
did not make me appreciate the 20 min it took for them to bring my bag "with the little blue tag" (maybe a green one would be better)

See that's it....learn to appreciate that 20 minutes of hot steamy jetway chat and the chance to get to know your fellow passengers even better, it is all in how you look at it. Oh yes, green tag would have meant you were in a hurry!  Smile Sorry your experience wasn't as pleasant as the many I have had with the pencil jets!



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User currently offlineN808NWatMSP From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 7394 times:

Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 6):
Also keep in mind at 24 hours prior to your flight all the seats become available to reserve...

Question.

Do "all the seats" include the premium seats that I am not able to select on my reservation? I just got my travel information from the organization I'm flying with (they did all the booking) and some seats are not available because they are "premium seats". When the 24 hour period begins, will I be able to reserve these seats?


User currently offlineJetBlueAUS From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1145 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 7385 times:

Quoting N808NWatMSP (Thread starter):
Later this month I will be flying MSP-CLE-IND and back, all on Continental Express: 3 E145s and 1 E135. This will be my first time flying with Continental, so can I expect the same service from ExpressJet as from mainline? Any food served? Are the ERJs comfortable? Any personal experiences would be greatly appreciated!

I just got off of a Continental Express XJET flight two days ago from Colorado Springs! (Trip Report Coming Soon) I had flown on one last year, but I had forgotten how comfortable it was for a small regional jet. (ERJ 145 XR) On the way up there we had a choice of either a small turkey or tunafish sandwich with Skittles, Doritos, and Crackers. After she gave us the meal, she started the beverage service.

On the way back the Flight Attendant gave us Salami/Beef, with M&Ms, Cheddar Snacks, and Crackers. Then she started the beverage service, just like the previous flight.

I was thoroughly impressed with Continental's Express service. It is definitely superb!!



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User currently offlineFlinhion757 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 7379 times:

Had 20 yr old Capt. and landed hard. Otherwise they are pretty good.


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User currently offlineTurnit56N From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 7373 times:

Quoting Flinhion757 (Reply 20):
Had 20 yr old Capt.

Sorry, that's impossible.


User currently offlineUnited319 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 523 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 7366 times:
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Continental Express offers a great product, theyre the only express carrier that ive flown other than united express in first class that ive gotten a meal on, the only thing they need to do now is purchase some E-170s and offer business first seating in the front then theyll be the top regional carrier in the united states.


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User currently offlineJetBlueAUS From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1145 posts, RR: 8
Reply 23, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 7358 times:

Quoting United319 (Reply 22):
Continental Express offers a great product, theyre the only express carrier that ive flown other than united express in first class that ive gotten a meal on, the only thing they need to do now is purchase some E-170s and offer business first seating in the front then theyll be the top regional carrier in the united states.

They already are.  Wink You said it yourself! You will not receive a meal on any other regional in the U.S.

I think that they E170 would be a great match! However, I don't think Continental has any plans for them.



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User currently offlineKjet12 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 975 posts, RR: 8
Reply 24, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 7352 times:

Quoting N808NWatMSP (Reply 18):
Do "all the seats" include the premium seats that I am not able to select on my reservation? I just got my travel information from the organization I'm flying with (they did all the booking) and some seats are not available because they are "premium seats". When the 24 hour period begins, will I be able to reserve these seats?

Im guessing you should be able to within the 24 hours of departure. If not then, then the seats may only be able to be assigned at the airport. Should be a good trip. Hope you enjoy the service at CO.

Kris



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25 NIKV69 : Flew them half a dozen times ISP-CLE. Everything was top notch. Great service, always on time etc.
26 MSNtriathlete : Excellent service on the MSN-EWR flight, which is 2 hours. I've taken it several times. They serve free snack-trays eastbound, which is at dinnertime,
27 Web : Without a doubt the most comfortable RJs around. Huge windows, leather seats, window/aisle seat all in one, (relatively) big lav, and flying on CO (or
28 Post contains images N808NWatMSP : Thank you all for your generous comments/suggestions to this thread. I am leaving for IND in 3 days and I am anxiously awaiting! To my understanding,
29 Post contains images JetBlueAUS : Yeah! I was just booked on a CO ExpressJet flight to MTJ! Leaving in two weeks.
30 Usair320 : The little expierience I have with Express Jet has been acceptable. EWR-PHL COex 3026 ERJ-135 Just orange juice or Water due to 10 Minuit legnth of th
31 Edelag : I have had very good experiences with Continental Express. Except the one time my flight was delayed and I lost my connection in IAH. But the delay wa
32 Alitalia744 : Average. Nothing more for sure. ZIH-IAH (2hrs 41mins) in an ERJ with an inop bathroom and a stomach virus....nuff said.
33 N808NWatMSP : I got back from my trip and the experience overall was very good. I was able to sit in an A seat 3 out of the 4 flights. The only downside was that I
34 Post contains images COEXpilot : Thanks. Our airline is the best! Hope you come back
35 KSUpilot : 6'1"...135...that's basically my size...I've only flown on the ERJ-145, how was the 135? I have to spend some time on one of those when I fly home th
36 Post contains images N808NWatMSP : Nothing different from the 145, just a little "stubbier." I just remembered another downside. While sitting in a window seat, the bottom side of the
37 COERJ : Express jet operates the exact same way as mainline, because it was founded by CO. I'm very upset that CO's letting them go as they did an outstanding
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