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Topic: LAX-EWR-LAX On Continental
Username: B747forever
Posted 2009-05-02 16:46:47 and read 23770 times.

Hello and welcome to my 3rd trip report. This TR will cover my journey from LAX to EWR.

Originally it was never intended that I would go to New York. I had planned to head for SFO for the day on the 7th of April just for the sake of flying. I booked those tickets in January. But then in early March my dad and I decided that I actually could go to New York for a few days and stay at my aunts home. I of course said yes so I cancelled my SFO trip (didn’t get any refunds back) and booked my ticket on Continental.com. I chose Continental because it was more convenient for my aunt to pick me up from EWR. I chose flight CO1703 on the 2nd of April from LAX to EWR because it would be operated by a 757-200W and CO1502 on the return on the 8th. That flight was to be operated by the 737-800W.

I was happy with my itinerary because it meant that I would add 2 new types of aircrafts. It would be the first 752 fitted with winglets and the first time for me onboard the 738.

The date of my departure came closer and closer and I got more excited. It was 3 months ago I last flew (ARN-LHR-LAX with BA on the 2nd of January 2009) so I was happy to fly again.

When I came home from school on the 1st of April I packed my bag. I wouldn’t check in a bag because I wouldn’t need a lot of things with me and also because of the bag fee Continental has, which is at $15 for the first checked in bag. I checked in online and chose seat 23A but didn’t print out my boarding card. Continental has a great tool where they publish a lot of info about ones flight. According to Continental.com I would fly on N21108. The flight would also operate at a 100% load.


I set the alarm at 4:45am even though the flight was scheduled to depart at 8:30am. We left home at about 5:10am and my grandparents dropped me off at 5:50 outside of Terminal 6 at LAX.


I went inside the terminal and the first feeling was, wow it is really small and cramped. The terminal was rather empty and I went directly to a check in kiosk and printed out my boarding card.

There were only about 6 other people ahead of my in line for security so it went by quickly.

I first went to gate 60, which is amongst the first gates after security to see my aircraft, but unfortunately gate 60 doesn’t offer any good views of the a/c.


These were the best pictures I could get of the aircraft. Gate 60 doesn’t offer any good views:
http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0253.jpg

http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0256.jpg

http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0258.jpg



Later on I went around T6. I think that T6 at LAX is nothing spectacular, but it isn’t horrible either.

2 pictures of Terminal 6 close to Gate 60:
http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0265.jpg

http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0264.jpg

A Delta 757 also parked at Terminal 6:
http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0240.jpg

Some Continental action at LAX:
http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0252.jpg

http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0249.jpg

After I bought a coffee from Starbucks I went to the gate as it was almost time for boarding. I took a seat at the gate area and the time went by, but we didn’t start to board. Then suddenly the screens displayed a new departure time of 9:55am due to weather program at EWR. A lot of passengers had now to rebook their connections. I grabbed my book and read till it was finally time for boarding at 9:05.They boarded the a/c by rows, but even though people began to form a long line. When they called my row I gathered my belongings and boarded.



April 2 2009
CO 1703
LAX-EWR
Departure Scheduled/Actual: 08:30/09:53
Airborne: 10:46
Runway: 25R
Arrival Scheduled/Actual: 16:52/18:47
Touchdown: 18:35
Runway: 22L
Flight duration Scheduled/Actual: 5hrs 22min/5hrs 51min
Taxi time: 1hr 2min
Flight time in air: 4hrs 49min
Aircraft: Boeing 757-224W
Reg: N21108

My first flight on a 757-200 with Winglets

Route on flightaware:

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/C...3/history/20090402/1540Z/KLAX/KEWR

I was met by a friendly crew at the front door, and the crew apologized for the delay. I took my seat, 23A, and was happy with the view it offered.

View from seat 23A as I wait for boarding to complete:
http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0276.jpg

I always choose my seat 2-3rows behind the wing, because I want a great view of the wing, but also I want to be able to see the ground below. At about 09:55 the door was closed and we began our pushback shortly afterwards. The pilot apologized for the delay but hoped to make up some lost time in the air. As we taxied to runway 25L the safety video was played.

Some UA aircrafts parked at Terminal 7:
http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0278.jpg

As we are about to begin our flight, this company 738 is about to end its:
http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0281.jpg

CO 738s parked at T6:
http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0282.jpg

AA aircraft as it takes off into the skies:
http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0283.jpg

After a short taxi we suddenly stopped on the taxiway and one could here that the engines were turned off. My first thought was that we had hit some kind of mechanical problem. Then the pilot came on the PA and explained that EWR called him and ordered a ground stop for about an hour and said that he turned off the engines because he didn’t want to waste any fuel.

Where we stopped and waited, due to a ground stop ordered from EWR, for approximately an hour:
http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0291.jpg

Fortunately they ran the PTVs and the crew handed out the earphones for free. CO’s PTVs are actually really good. There are a lot of movies, music and games. CO’s PTVs are very well comparable to BA’s, as BA doesn’t have any games on their PTVs in Y. I played a few games while we waited for the ground stop to come to an end.
After a 45minutes stop on the taxi way we began to move again. We taxied the remaining way to 25L and had a powerful and shirt take off which is typical for the 757. The 757 is a great machine!

Anyone know the name of this airport/graveyard which I saw during the climb?
http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0297.jpg

http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0298.jpg

http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0299.jpg

We climbed to FL350 and leveled off there. I began to watch a movie. I chose Yes man, but I didn’t find that movie good at all.
Not too long after take off the crew began to serve us the free meal which consisted of a egg and cheese sandwich, fruits and a muffin.

The free meal Continental offered on this flight:
http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0300.jpg

http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0302.jpg

The meal tasted good, but one certainly can’t get full on it. They also came around with the drink cart shortly after the meal was handed out.
About halfway through the flight the crew came around with the drink cart again and did so once again before we landed. I didn’t expect that they would make 3 rounds with the drink cart.

Somewhere over the United States:
http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0307.jpg

Picture of the cabin (sorry for the bad quality):
http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0320.jpg

About 2/3rds into the flight I experienced yet the worst turbulence in my years of flying. The pilot suddenly turned on the seat belt sign and literally 15 seconds later the whole plane shook extremely violently. Everyone onboard became very quiet and a lot of passengers held on to their seats. The Russian guy next to me bent forward and grabbed the seat in front of him. We went several times up and down “uncontrollable” and tossed around from side to side. You could hear how some people began to scream of fear (not very loud, but still hearable). The whole thing lasted maybe 10-15minutes. As I said it was the worst turbulence I ever have experienced so far, and the wing flex of the 752 was amazing to see!

The huge 752 winglet:
http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0321.jpg

When we came closer to EWR we were apparently put in some kind of a hold. We made a lot of turns to delay our arrival to EWR.

We made several turns to delay our arrival into EWR:
http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0324.jpg

http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0325.jpg

Other traffic close to EWR:
http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0326.jpg

Now a lot of passengers had probably missed their connections at EWR as we were close to a 2 hours delay. After a long approach we finally touched down on runway 22L at 6:35pm (18:35).

Delta jet also on approach to EWR:
http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0327.jpg

As we exited the runway we had to wait for a few minutes before crossing runway 22R. 12 minutes after touchdown we docked to the gate.

9M-MRD (Boeing 772ER) of MH departing for ARN and KUL:
http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0331.jpg

A330 of TAP Portugal to LIS:
http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0333.jpg

G-VFOX (A346) of VS to LHR:
http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0334.jpg

D-AIKI (A333) of Lufthansa to MUC:
http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0336.jpg

http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0342.jpg

Tails of VS, SQ and LH:
http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0339.jpg

SE-REF (A330) of SAS to ARN:
http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0340.jpg

G-ZZZA (772) of British Airways getting pushed in to the gate:
http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0344.jpg

The cabin crew asked for those not with connection to remain seated so those with connections could have a chance to make them. They also mentioned something about that the flight to ZRH would wait for passengers onboard this flight.
I was amongst the last ones of the a/c. Well out of the a/c I made my way out calmly. Outside, in the cold NYC weather, I barely waited before my aunt came and picked me up and we drove home.



I had a great time in NYC. New York City is so much more different from Los Angeles, but I still like the life in California/Los Angeles better.
I also went with my aunt 2 days to the hospital and one day with my uncle. They are both doctors and as I am interested in medicine I really didn’t want to miss this opportunity, besides that I didn’t want to stay at their home with their 5 kids ranging from 2 to 9 years old  Wink.



The night before I checked in online and I chose seat 14F which is an exit seat on CO’s 738s. It would be the first time for me onboard a 738 so I was kinda excited to add a new a/c to my log.

We left home at about 4:15pm and arrived at the airport about 50minutes later. As I didn’t have any bags to check in I went directly to the security line. It took about 20minutes before it was my turn to pass security. When I was just to pick my carry on bag and leave, TSA took me aside andw anted to scrutinize my bag further. Apparently they saw my gel on the x-ray and looked for it. When the TSA guy found it he threw it away Sad.

Before I began to discover the terminal I ate a hamburger as I knew that CO’s meal onboard wouldn’t be enough.

When I checked the departure screens my flight showed a half an hour delay. Anyway I went around terminal C before I went to gate C131 where my a/c just had arrived from PHX.

Continental tails/aircrafts at EWR’s Terminal C:
http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0467.jpg

http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0469.jpg

Continental aircraft parked at gate:
http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0475.jpg

G-RAES (Boeing 772ER) of British Airways would later on depart as BA184 to LHR:
http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0476.jpg

N29142 (Boeing 757-200) of Continental Airlines:
http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0477.jpg

D-AIKJ (A333) just arrived from MUC as LH412
http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0478.jpg

Continental Airlines aircraft parked at gate awaiting its next load of passengers:
http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0479.jpg

N37277 (B738) of Continental awaiting its next flight to SJU as CO473
http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0480.jpg

Continental 737s parked at Terminal C gates:
http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0481.jpg

http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0485.jpg

Nice line up of different Continental aircrafts. The closest one N195WQ (Q400) was headed for DCA and the 735 (N11641)was headed for ATL as CO1151:
http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0488.jpg

http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0489.jpg

The flight was 100% in both classes so I knew that the boarding process would take time. N37252 was the a/c operating this flight.

Only view of the aircraft I had from gate C131:
http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0493.jpg



April 8 2009
CO 1502
EWR-LAX
Departure Scheduled/Actual: 18:50/19:44
Airborne: 20:28
Runway: 22R
Arrival Scheduled/Actual: 22:23/23:16
Touchdown: 23:10
Runway: 25L
Flight duration Scheduled/Actual: 6hrs 33min/6hrs 32min
Taxi time: 50min
Flight time in air: 5hrs 42min
Aircraft: Boeing 737-824W
Reg: N37252

My first flight on a 737-800.

Route on flightaware:
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/C...2/history/20090408/2308Z/KEWR/KLAX

I boarded the a/c when they called my row and I proceeded and took my seat, 14F which is a exit window seat. It was the first time I sat in an exit row seat, so I was amazed of the legroom. I can understand now why some carriers charge extra for the exit rows.

Picture taken from seat 14F:
http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0495.jpg

Pushback occurred at 7:44pm and we taxied to the end of the queue of aircrafts for departure. The pilot said that we were a/c 23 for take off and that we would taxi for another 40-45 minutes. The time went rather fast for me because I had a great view of a/c departing. We took off from runway 22R at 8:28pm. As the skies were clear I got beautiful views of the city and the surroundings. Our cruise altitude was 34,000feet.

The food was handed out to us shortly after take off. It consisted of small salad/carrots, a tiny brownie and a sandwich.

The meal that we got. Sorry for the bad quality:
http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk159/B747forever/Continental%201703%201502/IMG_0506.jpg


During this flight they made only 2 rounds of soft drinks compared to 3 on the LAX-EWR sector. They played Bolt on the drop down TVs.
After the meal I read for a while before I tried to sleep. I actually fell asleep for maybe two hours. The huge legroom certainly helped. When I woke up it was maybe another 2.5 hours left. I read and looked out of the window for the rest of the flight. There wasn’t a lot to see down there, because it was dark outside, but when we flew right over Las Vegas the pilot told us that one could see the strip from the right side of the plane. I was certainly delighted with my choice of seat as I got great view of Vegas. All the lights looked nice in the sea of darkness surrounding the city.

Shortly after we began our descent into LAX. We made a parallel landing with a WN 737. We landed at 11:10pm on runway 25R. As we landed some pax began to applause. Years ago I head applauding as the a/c lands!
We parked at gate 60, where my journey began, at 11:16pm and shortly afterwards I was inside the empty terminal. I was on my way home in a matter of minutes after arrival!

All in all I had a good experience with CO. The downside was the delays I had, 2hours on my outbound flight and almost an hour on my inbound flight. One great thing is CO’s mileage program, Onepass. One gets 100% of the miles flown even though you fly on the most restricted Y ticket. I got about 4900miles on my trip. Compared to BA where you only get 25% of the flown miles if travelling in Y, Onepass is great. This has made me actually to now consider CO on my next flight to/from ARN. As I fly quite a lot between LAX and ARN the miles will rack up really quickly with Continental.

Hope you enjoyed my trip report. Please feel free to comment my trip report.

Topic: RE: LAX-EWR-LAX On Continental
Username: Atrude777
Posted 2009-05-02 17:37:36 and read 23621 times.

Excellent Report Man!

I always enjoy reading CO reports since it seems I am never able to fly them due to being the most expensive or I didn't favor the aircraft choice.

Excellent pictures too, and always pleasing to see meals of any type still being offered on board!

Alex

Topic: RE: LAX-EWR-LAX On Continental
Username: JFKMan
Posted 2009-05-02 17:54:21 and read 23579 times.

Hey,

Great TR!

CO 'meals' are just 'big' snacks. Id rather pay for something nice.

EWR is famous for its delays...I try to avoid it at all times. (I live in NYC) JFK, although it gets backed up itself, always seems like a better option...delay wise.

Again...great TR.

Tommy

Topic: RE: LAX-EWR-LAX On Continental
Username: STT757
Posted 2009-05-02 18:07:21 and read 23545 times.



Quoting JFKMan (Reply 2):
CO 'meals' are just 'big' snacks. Id rather pay for something nice.

But carriers like AA, DL etc are offering the same (cold not hot) for $7.00+, I would agree if you were getting more or better but you are getting at the best the same only cold and for $7- $10.

Topic: RE: LAX-EWR-LAX On Continental
Username: B747forever
Posted 2009-05-02 18:26:23 and read 23490 times.



Quoting Atrude777 (Reply 1):
Excellent Report Man!

Thanks. Glad you enjoyed it.

Quoting Atrude777 (Reply 1):
pleasing to see meals of any type still being offered on board!

Yes it is nice that they actually offer something free even though it is small.

Quoting JFKMan (Reply 2):
EWR is famous for its delays...I try to avoid it at all times.

True. EWR is an airport with a lot of delays. Quite easy to understand when they only have one runway for take offs and one for landings.

Topic: RE: LAX-EWR-LAX On Continental
Username: Semsem
Posted 2009-05-02 18:32:49 and read 23480 times.

At least they serve a decent breakfast to LA. On the flight to Cancun which is the same time 4 1/2 hours all we got is that baby muffin and small portion of flakes.

Topic: RE: LAX-EWR-LAX On Continental
Username: JFKMan
Posted 2009-05-02 18:44:32 and read 23443 times.



Quoting STT757 (Reply 3):
But carriers like AA, DL etc are offering the same (cold not hot) for $7.00+, I would agree if you were getting more or better but you are getting at the best the same only cold and for $7- $10.

Hmm...I can't say for sure on AA or DL. But I know US gives a much better lunch with the BOB meals. The US BOB snack boxes look bigger than the CO meal...never mind the US BOB meal.

Topic: RE: LAX-EWR-LAX On Continental
Username: Phatfarmlines
Posted 2009-05-02 23:16:06 and read 22944 times.

Good TR. Ugly delays though on both flights. What was the flight time gate-to-gate for both flights after completion?

Topic: RE: LAX-EWR-LAX On Continental
Username: DALCE
Posted 2009-05-03 01:52:16 and read 22754 times.

Great report of these transcon flights on CO.
Didn't know CO still serves meals in Y.


Thanks for sharing!
Cheers,
Joost (D-ALCE)

Topic: RE: LAX-EWR-LAX On Continental
Username: NQYGuy
Posted 2009-05-03 02:05:06 and read 22735 times.



Quoting B747forever (Thread starter):
CO’s PTVs are very well comparable to BA’s

I'm sure CO's blows BA's out the water.. AFAIK, and I'm sure you know.. BA IFE is not AVOD.. whereas CO's is?

Great report anyway.  Smile

Topic: RE: LAX-EWR-LAX On Continental
Username: LHR777
Posted 2009-05-03 03:54:48 and read 22610 times.



Quoting JFKMan (Reply 6):
Hmm...I can't say for sure on AA or DL. But I know US gives a much better lunch with the BOB meals. The US BOB snack boxes look bigger than the CO meal...never mind the US BOB meal.

Isn't that the point? CO aren't asking you to pay on board, they're including it in the cost of your ticket, so everyone gets something. A BOB meal should be bigger!

Topic: RE: LAX-EWR-LAX On Continental
Username: AA737-823
Posted 2009-05-03 04:26:14 and read 22566 times.

I enjoyed reading your report!
I highly recommend Continental across the Atlantic- in either BusinessFirst or Coach class. KLM was slightly better, but their seat was HORRIBLE, and their IFE was subpar. So I'll stick with CO trans-A.
So yeah, take 'em to Arlanda next time you go!

As far as meals go, yeah, those were kind of a disappointment, but I've paid $5 on American for a slice of turkey lunchmeat in a single flour tortilla. With one cranberry inside. I'm about to try out Alaska's buy-on-board product, we'll see about that.

The last thing I wanted to mention is that the PLURAL form of the word 'aircraft' is............aircraft. There is NO "S" at the end!

Topic: RE: LAX-EWR-LAX On Continental
Username: AmricanShamrok
Posted 2009-05-03 04:36:29 and read 22549 times.

Great TR! You took good pics too.

I'm glad you gave a good review of CO (well maybe except for the delay on the outbound) as I intend to fly them for the first time in July (SNN-EWR-ORD). It will also be my first time on a 757 so thanks for posting.

Topic: RE: LAX-EWR-LAX On Continental
Username: JFKMan
Posted 2009-05-03 08:23:24 and read 22252 times.



Quoting LHR777 (Reply 10):
Isn't that the point? CO aren't asking you to pay on board, they're including it in the cost of your ticket, so everyone gets something. A BOB meal should be bigger!

Yes Im not arguing that point. All Im saying is Id rather get something nicer and bigger and pay on board for it. That CO 'meal' is not up to par for a flight of that length. With high winds...that flight can be as long as JFK-DUB. (for example)

Topic: RE: LAX-EWR-LAX On Continental
Username: B747forever
Posted 2009-05-03 09:31:59 and read 22149 times.



Quoting Phatfarmlines (Reply 7):
What was the flight time gate-to-gate for both flights after completion?

For CO1703:

Quoting B747forever (Thread starter):
Flight duration Scheduled/Actual: 5hrs 22min/5hrs 51min

For CO1502:

Quoting B747forever (Thread starter):
Flight duration Scheduled/Actual: 6hrs 33min/6hrs 32min



Quoting DALCE (Reply 8):
Didn't know CO still serves meals in Y.

They are the only American carrier to offer free meal in Y on domestic flights.

Quoting NQYGuy (Reply 9):
BA IFE is not AVOD.. whereas CO's is?

Wait a sec, isnt BA's IFE AVOD? All my recent flights on BA's 744s to/from LAX have had AVOD.

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 11):
I highly recommend Continental across the Atlantic- in either BusinessFirst or Coach class. KLM was slightly better, but their seat was HORRIBLE, and their IFE was subpar. So I'll stick with CO trans-A.
So yeah, take 'em to Arlanda next time you go!

Yes, I may actually take CO next time. Had a good experience on them, plus their FF program is great!

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 11):
The last thing I wanted to mention is that the PLURAL form of the word 'aircraft' is............aircraft. There is NO "S" at the end!

Thanks for pointing it out for me!

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 12):
I'm glad you gave a good review of CO (well maybe except for the delay on the outbound) as I intend to fly them for the first time in July (SNN-EWR-ORD). It will also be my first time on a 757 so thanks for posting.

I hope you will have a great experience on CO. But there are a lot of delays involved when flying through EWR, if it is during peak hours. As I mentioned we were a/c 23 for take off on my return, even though the weather was good. And I dont need to comment on my outbound delay  Wink

Quoting JFKMan (Reply 13):
That CO 'meal' is not up to par for a flight of that length

I agree. Especially on the EWR-LAX flight which can be really long with head winds. They should offer some kind of a BOB besides the meal. But still, I would rather take any kind of meal instead for paying for anything overpriced.

Topic: RE: LAX-EWR-LAX On Continental
Username: STT757
Posted 2009-05-03 09:42:34 and read 22132 times.



Quoting JFKMan (Reply 13):
That CO 'meal' is not up to par for a flight of that length. With high winds...that flight can be as long as JFK-DUB. (for example)

How many experiences have you had with CO to hold such an opinion?..

Topic: RE: LAX-EWR-LAX On Continental
Username: JFKMan
Posted 2009-05-03 10:15:52 and read 22064 times.



Quoting B747forever (Reply 14):
I agree. Especially on the EWR-LAX flight which can be really long with head winds.

This is my point exactly.

Quoting STT757 (Reply 15):
How many experiences have you had with CO to hold such an opinion?..

How many experiences do I need to tell that the two meals in this TR are below par for a flight of this length? I've flown Eastcoast to Westcoast many times. I know how long that flight can be with headwinds. I don't need any experiences with CO to be able to tell that the two meals in this TR are below par for a trip of this length.

Topic: RE: LAX-EWR-LAX On Continental
Username: BA319-131
Posted 2009-05-03 10:29:09 and read 22036 times.

Nice report & pictures, seems these CO flights were pretty decent.

Quoting B747forever (Thread starter):
Continental has a great tool where they publish a lot of info about ones flight. According to Continental.com I would fly on N21108

- Nice, never knew this, an interesting feature.

Regards

Mark

Topic: RE: LAX-EWR-LAX On Continental
Username: TK787
Posted 2009-05-03 11:11:51 and read 21965 times.

I have done the exact same route couple of weeks back. EWR-LAX on 757, 738 on the way back. Over 1.5 hour delays both flights. Meal on the outbound was too little for a 6 hour flight, so on the way back ended up buying $10 sandwiches at LAX. Still both flights full.

Topic: RE: LAX-EWR-LAX On Continental
Username: STT757
Posted 2009-05-03 11:17:00 and read 21951 times.



Quoting JFKMan (Reply 16):
How many experiences do I need to tell that the two meals in this TR are below par for a flight of this length? I've flown Eastcoast to Westcoast many times. I know how long that flight can be with headwinds. I don't need any experiences with CO to be able to tell that the two meals in this TR are below par for a trip of this length.

Who is on par with their meal offerings domestically in the US with regards to economy meals, doesn't matter if they are BOB or CO's meals. Who is the standard your holding CO up to in comparison?..

Topic: RE: LAX-EWR-LAX On Continental
Username: JFKMan
Posted 2009-05-03 11:30:22 and read 21932 times.



Quoting STT757 (Reply 19):
Who is the standard your holding CO up to in comparison?..

US BOB meals are much better.

I'm not sure if you get what Im saying...Its great and all CO is giving free meals. I wish they all did. BUT on a long flight I want quality and size over it just being free. I think on US you get a much bigger and more filling meal. You have to pay for it...but what Im saying is I think its worth it.

Topic: RE: LAX-EWR-LAX On Continental
Username: B747forever
Posted 2009-05-03 11:40:18 and read 21909 times.



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 17):
- Nice, never knew this, an interesting feature.

It is a fantastic feature!

Quoting TK787 (Reply 18):
I have done the exact same route couple of weeks back. EWR-LAX on 757, 738 on the way back. Over 1.5 hour delays both flights. Meal on the outbound was too little for a 6 hour flight, so on the way back ended up buying $10 sandwiches at LAX. Still both flights full.

Seems LAX performs great for CO! The delays are horrible, I know.

Topic: RE: LAX-EWR-LAX On Continental
Username: STT757
Posted 2009-05-03 11:44:56 and read 21902 times.

EWR-SEA (economy)

Cheesesteak (hot), Milano Cookies, cole slaw, potato chips (free)



I looked at US Aiways offerings on their website and their most substantial food offering is a Rueben sandwich (cold) with potato chips and a cookie for $7.00.

Topic: RE: LAX-EWR-LAX On Continental
Username: JFKMan
Posted 2009-05-03 11:52:17 and read 21887 times.

Again...Im not impressed by that meal. Look at the size of the ''cheezesteak''.

I've had a few BOB US meals and they are better than that.

Topic: RE: LAX-EWR-LAX On Continental
Username: STT757
Posted 2009-05-03 12:01:03 and read 21876 times.



Quoting JFKMan (Reply 23):
I've had a few BOB US meals and they are better than that.

Here's a US Air meal for PHL-FLL:



BTW.. that's US Air's First Class offering, not economy.

Here's a CO meal for EWR-TPA:



This meal is CO's complimentary economy meal, I don't know but CO's economy meal looks the same as US Air's First class meal on a similar route.

Topic: RE: LAX-EWR-LAX On Continental
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2009-05-03 12:52:02 and read 21796 times.

Hey, Gabriel,

nice story and pix, well done.

Congrats to your two new plane types.

Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)

Topic: RE: LAX-EWR-LAX On Continental
Username: Airbuseric
Posted 2009-05-03 13:23:58 and read 21814 times.

Hi!

Great report and an amazing amount of good quality pictures!
I like the B752 a lot, had a few flights with it in the past, but not anymore recently. Hoping to catch up with one more in the future, maybe in July or August (with a little bit of luck).
I like the interior on the 757, nice colours and good screen too. Interesting to see the free meal, not bad at all! Remembering that other airlines are charging for food on US domestics, CO is above average for sure.

Regards,
Eric

Topic: RE: LAX-EWR-LAX On Continental
Username: JFKMan
Posted 2009-05-03 13:25:50 and read 21828 times.

Quoting STT757 (Reply 24):
This meal is CO's complimentary economy meal, I don't know but CO's economy meal looks the same as US Air's First class meal on a similar route.

Thats because for PHL-FLL (and all routes under 3.5hrs) US Airways does not serve meals. Only snacks. Even in F. Thats the equivalence of a snack for US. On that flight, economy passengers would be able to purchase "snack boxes". Which includes an assortment of snacks including salami, crackers, cheese, cookies, mixed nuts and fruit sauce. That...from USAIRWAYS.com

Now that snack box sounds much better to mean than a rubbish sandwich with chips on CO.

[Edited 2009-05-03 13:27:51]

[Edited 2009-05-03 13:28:29]

Topic: RE: LAX-EWR-LAX On Continental
Username: SOUTHAMERICA
Posted 2009-05-03 16:37:10 and read 21647 times.

Quoting JFKMan (Reply 20):
I'm not sure if you get what Im saying...Its great and all SA)">CO is giving free meals. I wish they all did. BUT on a long flight I want quality and size over it just being free.

I agree that it's a nice gesture from Continental to give out free meals in domestic Y, but in some cases (and I never thought I'd be saying this) I've seen myself wishing they had BOB service.

I recently flew BOG-IAH-LAX with them. BOG-IAH in the morning, they gave us a hot egg and ham sandwich shortly after take-off. Connection in IAH was so tight and immigration so crowded that I almost missed my flight to LA, and naturally I didn't have time to grab anything to eat. On IAH-LAX they only gave out those disgusting pretzels and drinks, even though flight was 3h40m long, because it fell out of traditional meal times. By the time we arrived in LAX (around 6pm) I was starving. BOB would have been perfect for me.


SA.

[Edited 2009-05-03 16:39:43]

Topic: RE: LAX-EWR-LAX On Continental
Username: B747forever
Posted 2009-05-03 17:21:18 and read 21595 times.



Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 25):
Congrats to your two new plane types.

Thanks. I am always happy to add new aircraft to my log.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 26):
Great report and an amazing amount of good quality pictures!

Thanks!

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 26):
I like the B752 a lot, had a few flights with it in the past, but not anymore recently. Hoping to catch up with one more in the future, maybe in July or August (with a little bit of luck).

The 752 is a great machine. Hope you will catch it soon again.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 26):
I like the interior on the 757, nice colours and good screen too

The interior of the CO 752 was really good actually. Wouldnt have much of a problem to fly on one of them over the pond.

Topic: RE: LAX-EWR-LAX On Continental
Username: JFKMan
Posted 2009-05-03 18:31:44 and read 21540 times.



Quoting SOUTHAMERICA (Reply 28):
On IAH-LAX they only gave out those disgusting pretzels and drinks, even though flight was 3h40m long,

Thats not good. Is this United?

Topic: RE: LAX-EWR-LAX On Continental
Username: B747forever
Posted 2009-05-03 18:47:50 and read 21512 times.



Quoting JFKMan (Reply 27):
Now that snack box sounds much better to mean than a rubbish sandwich with chips on CO

The point is that CO offers the meal for FREE! You dont have to pay for any overpriced snack box as on US Airways, and remember CO made 3 soft drink rounds, also for FREE while US not too long ago charged even for water.

And BTW do you think that the snack box US offers their F pax on a 3.5hour flight is someting to brag about? Compare that to intra European flights that is about 3.5 hours and you get someting similar, if not better as a Y pax.

Topic: RE: LAX-EWR-LAX On Continental
Username: Tommy767
Posted 2009-05-03 18:50:24 and read 21505 times.

Great report! flying nonstop LAX-EWR can get annoying with all the delays. I did it for a while on AA and CO and prefer to connect because of all the time that you spend sitting on the ground plus all the inevitable EWR holding patterns.

I read the portion of your report about the turbulence. I'd had several people tell me about turbulence over the rocky mountains on CO. Obviously a pilot can't help if there is turbulence or bad weather but can this be avoided with some notice? When I read about turbulence I always wonder if it could be avoided...

Topic: RE: LAX-EWR-LAX On Continental
Username: Atrude777
Posted 2009-05-03 18:54:53 and read 21499 times.



Quoting JFKMan (Reply 27):
Thats because for PHL-FLL (and all routes under 3.5hrs) US Airways does not serve meals.

Well, that's still horrible, because AA offers free meals in F at 2 hr mark segments.

Quoting JFKMan (Reply 16):
I don't need any experiences with CO to be able to tell that the two meals in this TR are below par for a trip of this length.

The fact US Airways does not offer free meals is a disgrace, as well as any airline, for this reason CO is FAR beyond and above any airline, even my beloved AA and WN, whom I fly consistently to offer their food at a price of-FREE.

Quoting JFKMan (Reply 20):

US BOB meals are much better.

Because it is on US Airways? I would be tempted to say most BOB on any airline are the same size, and price, in fact my AA Sandwich I bought (didn't get for free) looked bigger than the US Airways sandwich that was pictured above.

Alex

Topic: RE: LAX-EWR-LAX On Continental
Username: Oa260
Posted 2009-05-04 03:15:05 and read 21214 times.

Very nice report and pics. Looking forward to CO coming into Star .

Philip

Topic: RE: LAX-EWR-LAX On Continental
Username: Nethkt
Posted 2009-05-04 10:36:05 and read 20891 times.

Nice report. Good to see free food on US carrier. It's alway the pain in the arse to fly US domestic flights.

Way to go CO. Congrats on being a new STAR member. I will avoid UA and US when traveling US domestic!!

CO rocks, hands down.

Topic: RE: LAX-EWR-LAX On Continental
Username: MSPNWA
Posted 2009-05-04 22:50:48 and read 20490 times.

Nice report! I've never flown on CO, but the product looks enticing. Someday I guess.

Quoting B747forever (Thread starter):
Anyone know the name of this airport/graveyard which I saw during the climb?

That would be VCV. I would guess the three red planes are the former Oasis Hong Kong 747s.

Topic: RE: LAX-EWR-LAX On Continental
Username: Phatfarmlines
Posted 2009-05-04 22:52:15 and read 20496 times.



Quoting STT757 (Reply 24):
Here's a US Air meal for PHL-FLL:



Quoting STT757 (Reply 24):
BTW.. that's US Air's First Class offering, not economy.

STT, you do realize that picture is from 2003? US stopped serving food in F over 3 years now PHL and Florida due to the America-Westization of the product.

Quoting JFKMan (Reply 20):
US BOB meals are much better.

I've had one of US's BOB's $7 sandwich basket, and suffice to say, it was comparable to a mid-to-late 1990's "snack" service on a domestic 2-3 hour flight.

I'm going to have to go with CO's free product, although that "pizza" Gordon Bethune quoted is starting to get smaller. From B747forever's photo, I'm noticing no more tray service on the transcontinental flights, and the yogurt is gone.

Topic: RE: LAX-EWR-LAX On Continental
Username: DL752
Posted 2009-05-06 19:45:41 and read 19717 times.

An amazing trip report!
I'm glad to see this report because I am flying CO soon to SEA!
I am excited and can't wait to try their product!
Thanks for the interesting read,
DL752  Big grin

Topic: RE: LAX-EWR-LAX On Continental
Username: B747forever
Posted 2009-05-06 20:06:25 and read 19705 times.



Quoting Oa260 (Reply 34):
Very nice report and pics

Thank you for reading it!

Quoting Nethkt (Reply 35):
Good to see free food on US carrier. It's alway the pain in the arse to fly US domestic flights.

Yes, it is really nice that CO offers free food.

Quoting MSPNWA (Reply 36):
That would be VCV.

Thanks

Quoting MSPNWA (Reply 36):
I would guess the three red planes are the former Oasis Hong Kong 747s.

That is what I also thinks.

Quoting DL752 (Reply 38):

Glad you enjoyed the trip report. I am sure you will have a enjoyable flight on CO, at least a better experience than the other American carriers. And if you fly on the 757 you will have a PTV with AVOD.

Topic: RE: LAX-EWR-LAX On Continental
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2009-05-08 00:47:53 and read 19360 times.

Hi Gabriel,

very nice report, good too see CO still offers a decent Y class product on longer domestic flights.

Quoting B747forever (Thread starter):
Then the pilot came on the PA and explained that EWR called him and ordered a ground stop for about an hour and said that he turned off the engines because he didn’t want to waste any fuel.

Any reason given for that?

Quoting B747forever (Thread starter):
The 757 is a great machine!

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Quoting B747forever (Thread starter):
The meal tasted good, but one certainly can’t get full on it. They also came around with the drink cart shortly after the meal was handed out.

The sandwich looks really good.

Quoting B747forever (Thread starter):
About halfway through the flight the crew came around with the drink cart again and did so once again before we landed. I didn’t expect that they would make 3 rounds with the drink cart.

Not bad.



PH

Topic: RE: LAX-EWR-LAX On Continental
Username: TristanHNL
Posted 2009-05-08 02:00:46 and read 19349 times.



Quoting JFKMan (Reply 30):
Thats not good. Is this United?

Wow, someone's bias (and jealousy) are really showing. You most certainly can't claim that US's small expensive snack boxes of JUNK food is more substantial than a small turkey sandwich. Look, we all know your infatuation with US, but to belittle CO with your sarcasm is just downright desperate.

Topic: RE: LAX-EWR-LAX On Continental
Username: B747forever
Posted 2009-05-08 06:23:02 and read 19309 times.



Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 40):
very nice report,

Thank you.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 40):
Any reason given for that?

No, actually not. He just said that they ordered a ground stop. But I guess it had something to do with the weather, because that delayed us for an hour and half before we boarded before we ended up waiting another 45minutes on the tarmac.

Topic: RE: LAX-EWR-LAX On Continental
Username: Tommy767
Posted 2009-05-09 14:03:25 and read 18984 times.

I just found out about an interesting experience on CO #17 EWR-LAX.

My mom recently flew CO EWR-LAX for my college graduation and had a bizarre story about an onboard experience. She said that there was a CO f/a non-reving next to her and got up to go to the bathroom and fainted literally on top of my mom and spilled his drink all over her.

The onboard f/a's did not give her anything but a napkin or two. She apparently was soaked by this guy fainting on top of her and requested a wet rag or towel. The f/a said they don't carry them (this is BS because this is standard up in first class.) After a fellow passenger gave her a packaged towelette, another CO f/a lectured her about how she shouldn't complain about being spilled on when someone fainting is more important. It wasn't that he was passed out on the floor, he regained consciousness almost immediately.

She's writing a letter to CO about this and frankly I don't blame her. The final verdict about her flight was that it was nice to have the in seat IFE on the 757, but the service was terrible.

Topic: RE: LAX-EWR-LAX On Continental
Username: Evan767
Posted 2009-05-10 08:24:45 and read 18746 times.



Quoting STT757 (Reply 22):
EWR-SEA (economy)

Cheesesteak (hot), Milano Cookies, cole slaw, potato chips (free)

Wow, way to take that out of date photo from airlinemeals.net. It was taken in 2005. Here is what the phototaker had to say about the meal:

"Comments: Words fail. When someone mentioned to a flight attendant that the food was bad, the response was, "We're the only ones serving meals." If I fly Continental again (and I hope I won't), I'll know to bring my own food anyway. By the way, a Philly cheesesteak is actually made from thin slices of steak. This was more like a McDonald's Sausage McMuffin. Note the processing marks on both the meat and the roll. Untouched by human hands is the best thing you can say about this. Even better was the flight to Seattle, when they served a stromboli (melted cheese wrapped in soft bread - see CO photo 202 on this site) with both potato salad and potato chips. The healthiest thing in both meals was the cookies. Or not eating.
Rating: 1"

Topic: RE: LAX-EWR-LAX On Continental
Username: TristanHNL
Posted 2009-05-10 23:36:37 and read 18561 times.



Quoting Evan767 (Reply 44):
Wow, way to take that out of date photo from airlinemeals.net. It was taken in 2005. Here is what the phototaker had to say about the meal:

"Comments: Words fail. When someone mentioned to a flight attendant that the food was bad, the response was, "We're the only ones serving meals." If I fly Continental again (and I hope I won't), I'll know to bring my own food anyway. By the way, a Philly cheesesteak is actually made from thin slices of steak. This was more like a McDonald's Sausage McMuffin. Note the processing marks on both the meat and the roll. Untouched by human hands is the best thing you can say about this. Even better was the flight to Seattle, when they served a stromboli (melted cheese wrapped in soft bread - see CO photo 202 on this site) with both potato salad and potato chips. The healthiest thing in both meals was the cookies. Or not eating.
Rating: 1"

While that picture is out of date, what you get today is quite comparable. You may not necessarily get a cheesesteak sandwich; it might be a personal pizza, chicken sandwich, hamburger, cheeseburger, etc. While the hot entree gets rotated from time to time the potato salad/cole slaw, chips, and cookies remain relatively constant.

And as for that airlinemeals.net comment, I don't understand how disliking your complimentary meal makes flying on Continental a bad experience. Bringing your own food onboard another airline wouldn't be any different than doing the same thing aboard a Continental flight. I think there may have been another aspect of his flight or ground experience that was upsetting. In that case, I hope the person contacted customer service to resolve the issue.


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