Jetliner145 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2825 times:
On March 5, 2005 I am flying from MSY-IAH-HNL on CO. I know what Continental's domestic first class is like, but can anyone tell me what my flight is going to be like from IAH-HNL on a 764? Thanks in advance for the replies.
Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 56
Reply 3, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2612 times:
CO's domestic first is a good product, with 2 by 2 leather seating with adequate pitch.....on the short MSY-IAH run, you will have a drink service and thats about it - not enough time to do much else.
First Class on CO from IAH to HNL is very nice indeed - since CO considers the IAH-HNL longhaul segment equivelant to an international service, you will have an excellent meal service, very comfortable BusinessFirst type seating, etc. - all the extras including PTVs and good inflight entertainment (movies, the CSI channel and HBO offerings are my favorites). The 764s are a comfortable aircraft, especially upfront, but do note that the configuration of the 764 used on the Hawaiian runs is a bit different that the 764s used for other long-haul services (see seatguru.com); basically, the forward cabin is smaller (20 instead of 35 seats) which, in your case, is a good thing, as the service will be more personal.
My opinion is that for US mainland-Hawaii services, CO is better than the other carriers since they operate the flights to international standards (as far as seating and inflight service) while other carriers simply consider the flight a regular domestic segment. Enjoy!
MHTMDW From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 139 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2363 times:
I've done CO to HNL twice, BusinessFirst both times. Once was IAH and the other EWR. IAH was on a DC-10, EWR on 767-400 I preferred the DC-10. The 2-1-2 seating has its good and bad points. Good because if you are able to get up at any time without disturbing fellow pax , bad because you will notice that there is aisle traffic on both sides of you. The service was fanastic on both trips, great meal, and use of the Presidents Club at HNL. I can't imagine any carrier has better front cabin service to HNL. I know NW doesn't because I have flown them F/C to HNL many times, and although it sure beats coach, it aint first class. Then again I was paying 1400 r/t BOS-HNL on discounted f/c ticket so it was worth it. Between the paid f/c mileage bonus, the WordPerks Gold bonus and the actual miles, it nearly came with a free ticket at the time as well.
Ramerinianair From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1486 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2295 times:
Dutchjet said most of it. I flew LGA-IAH-OGG and the return in First and Biz/First last year. They were still using the plastic knives. I remember seeing a metal knife on a continental 777 pic from airlinemeals.net. Their Meals are excellent. You start with a starter drink and shortly after takeoff, there is a warm towel and water for each passenger. The 5 courses are served and the enteree choices were, striped bass, lamb shank, a chicken dish and a pasta dish. There was a cavier appetizer plate and a salad like normal. The glasses are the nice ones with the CO globe. The Ice cream is brought out and you are left to enjoy the seat for about 2 hours. I watched a movie fromt the PTV and enjoyed a bottle of water. The seat is the best Biz seat next to BA IMO. There is a 170 degree recline. The seat also has music and arcade games. There are so many comforts in the cabin. There is absolutely no noise on the 764, especially in the front cabin. The seats are electronic. If there is one bad thing, it is that the window seat is hard to get out of if the seats in front are fully reclined. Perfectly comfortable when sitting but when getting up, it is a little hard especially if the person in the isle seat is not with you. You will enjoy the food, service and the seat. The domestic first seat is nothing special. The pitch is good but standard. The recline is stingy and the cabin is small. There is no curtain. The 764 configured in the 35 seat F/C cabin takes up the whole front section of the A/C so there is no curtain needed, the Galley and Lavatories provide with ample protection from the noise and light that may come from behind. The 764 with only 20 F/C seats shares the front compartment with a small Coach section. The passengers are all noise and take long walks up to the F/C cabin to admire the people. They also may try to use the first class lavatories. The F/A are good about stopping them. This may sound a little stuck up with the pickyness but when you pay that kind of money, it matters.