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User currently offlineSA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3431 posts, RR: 26
Posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1452 times:
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I'm due to arrive on Dec, 2 at Terminal 3 on SA203. How busy is T3 US Customs usually at 07h00? I have to catch a connecting UA flight to SFO.

Is there a cellular phone rental facility in T3? If so, does anybody have more info on this (website, contact details, etc.)?

Much appreciated.

Rgds
SA7700


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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21555 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1448 times:

I hate to say it, but Terminal 3 is possibly the worst at JFK. I don't know about the customs lines, but leave at least two and a half hours to change terminals, check your bags, etc.

To get from Terminal 3 to Terminal 7, take the Airtrain.

If you want to rent a phone, you're probably better off doing it in SFO unless you need it while you're in New York. To my knowledge, Terminal 3 does not have a cellphone rental place. Terminal 7 might.



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User currently offlineRjpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1446 times:

It should be pretty quiet at 7AM. I wouldn't count on finding a god cell phone place at T3 or T7. I'd wait for SFO as well.

Once you are out of customs, it's just a quick ride on the AirTrain to T7. Make sure to get on a train going in the right direction though.


User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 5986 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1440 times:

Wouldn't this thread stand a better chance in the Gen Av forum?

User currently offlineYu138086 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1432 times:

Unlike in South Africa, I didnt spot Cellular rental booths at T3 in JFK. That doesnt mean they dont exitst though. About immigration, you'll get caught with all the overnight flights arriving from South America but its fairly smooth through the lines. Hope this helps.

Cheers


User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21555 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1431 times:

Make sure to get on a train going in the right direction though.

Actually, from Terminal 3 to 7, I don't think it matters which direction you take. Either the terminal loop or the Jamaica/Howard Beach take the same number of stops.



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User currently offlineSA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3431 posts, RR: 26
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1413 times:
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Thanks for all the feedback!

I was not overly impressed when I saw T3 the first time; ATL being my point of entry and JFK T3 my point of exit. Besides CAI (in 1996), T3 was a close contender for my list of worst terminals. Big grin
Anyway, I'm booked on UA7 leaving @ 11h30, so there should be ample time getting through customs, etc. then.

I thought about renting a phone at JFK, mostly because I will be leaving the States from JFK on the 14th of Dec. It's not a major problem to pick up a rental phone in SFO, but will I be able to drop it off at JFK?

Rgds

SA7700



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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1412 times:

JFK T3 is a hole in the ground, but the SAA gate is fairly close in to where the Immigration hall is, so at least you won't have too far to walk. UA goes from T7 which is way across the other side of the airport, so catch the Airtrain.

User currently offlineSA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3431 posts, RR: 26
Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1410 times:
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JGPH1A

LOL. That was more or less my thoughts as well. Not even BFN is as bad as T3. For users not familiar with my home airport, that's pretty low on the "airports aesthetics ladder".  Smile


UA changed the 762 I was supposed to go on, to a 752. Bummer. I like 767's.

Rgds

SA7700



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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1407 times:

BFN airport is cute ! The little flower bed next to the path where you walk into the terminal, it's so SAR. It's been a while (maybe 15 years) since I went through BFN, but I remember it fondly.

User currently offlineSA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3431 posts, RR: 26
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1405 times:
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Sorry that I'm a bit off-topic now but yes, it will always be home and the flower beds are nice...

But for instance, I don't appreciate the fact that we have no aircon in temps up to 37 degrees celcius (98.7 degrees fahr).

Also that we had no working baggage belt for about 1 month, a while back.

That the airport virtually shuts down at 19h45 when the last DH8 comes in from JNB for it's overnight stay.

It seems like the boondocks, but I like living here. Just not so fond of our joint SA Airforce base-cum commercial airport combination. Mind you, that's quite rare if I'm not mistaken. Big grin

Rgds
SA7700



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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1402 times:

Doesn't matter if it's off topic, you started the thread after all !

BFN is quite an old building, isn't it - pre aircon, anyway. Standard SAR 1930's/40's style IIRC, with thick walls and metal windows/doors. Looks like a station, anyway. And it's never been a 24 hour operation, even when they had 737's as their staple diet.

BFN is definitely gatkant van die aarde, it always was - but its a nice town. Is the SAAF base at BFN AFB Tempe ? They used to do jet training there, with Impalas IIRC (it was a long time ago that I was in the SAAF - I could very well be wrong).


User currently offlineSA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3431 posts, RR: 26
Reply 12, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1399 times:
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LOL

Try 1960's. The metal window and door frames are spot-on! Some poepol (that's the most descriptive one) tried his/her hand at interior decorating a few years ago - major flop. Hopefully the 2010 World Cup will bring some improvements!

The AFB is named Bloemspruit and is located on the other side of the main runway at BFN International. The Rooivalk Squadron is now based there.

Tempe airport is located on the western side of the city and is mostly used by private planes. The Tempe military base houses 1 Infantry Batallion, School of Armour (where I spent some of my time) and the Parabats.  Smile

Rgds
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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1396 times:

Bloemspruit - of course ! I knew that (I sent them flight plans often enough !). Do they call BFN 'Bloemfontein International' now ? Used to be JBM Herzog, didn't it - and it was never international before - do they have Customs/Immigration now ?

P.S. I love the Rooivalk - it's very cool. I remember when it's precursor came out, the XH-1 I think it was - I was in the SAAF at the time, we had a good laugh about the XH-1 ! A Puma trying to look like a Hind, with a damn great cannon bolted on underneath HAHAH !


User currently offlineSA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3431 posts, RR: 26
Reply 14, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1394 times:
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BFN has international status (for what it's worth) and is logged like that in some databases (Galileo for instance). There are no actual commercial international flights. However the airport is capable to handle international flights should the need arise during special events, like the Rugby World Cup in 1995. As far as I know private international flights can also be processed here.

We just call it Bloem Airport, Bloemfontein International if you want to be condescending. JBM Hertzog is supposed to be gone, but once in a while pops up like Jan Smuts does.

I agree, the Rooivalk is fabulous!

Rgds
SA7700

PS: I will face the hole AKA JFK T3 when I get there. What's T7 like? Big grin





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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1394 times:

JFK T7 is OK - its one of the nicer terminals there, or it was. It's the BA terminal, but they share it with UA (dates back to when BA and UA codeshared ever so briefly, in the 1980's). International arrivals is a bit of a cellar, but the terminal is pretty pleasant, nice views out over the runway (I don't know which one).

User currently offlineRjpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks ago) and read 1387 times:

JFK T3 is a hole in the ground,

Very true. Nonetheless, as a person interested in aviation, I LOVE walking around T3. You get such a great sense of Pan Am's history. There is even still a bathroom with Pan Am Tiles and colors.

You aren't flying into the state of the art T4, but you should at least try to enjoy T3! Take a walk around and imagine Pan Am 747s out those windows!  Smile

Btw, since you do have a fairly large amount of connecting time, I suggest getting off the AirTrain in T4 and taking a walk around. The T4 stop is the only stop at JFK that is inside the terminal, so all you have to do is go up an escalator and you are in the main area. It is quiet at that time of day but still a gorgeous terminal to see if you haven't been there.


User currently offlineSA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3431 posts, RR: 26
Reply 17, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1384 times:
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Rjpieces

Thanks for the info, I appreciate it! By the time I reach JFK, I'm definitely NOT going to be in the mood to sit down after flying SYD-JNB-DKR-JFK.

Some sightseeing then on the menu.  Smile

Rgds

SA7700



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