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Topic: A Trip On A Classic Silverjet And Some Trains!
Username: MSS658
Posted 2012-01-04 13:42:56 and read 13597 times.

A trip on a classic silverjet and some trains!









Past reports in this trip report series:
1. Au-revoir Continental! (by MSS658 Dec 5 2011 in Trip Reports)
2. Losing My Southwest Virginity! (by MSS658 Dec 18 2011 in Trip Reports)

Background:
May 2011, bad need to get plans and bookings started for the upcoming summer season. As it is not the most well kept secret to most of you anymore. Continental has been and still will be my favourite airline for many reasons. As the merger with United is already in progress, and rumours where going around that Continental’s Newark-Brussels flight would be going over to United metal. This summer would be one of the last chances to fly Continental, so I started looking to all kind of fares and combinations. After a while I found myself booked on Continental’s daily direct flight from Brussels to Newark and connecting trough to Greenville/Spartanburg International Airport. The aircraft combination would be a Boeing 777-200 for the long sector and the Embrear 145 from Expressjet on the short haul service to Greenville (See Part I)

After the long haul sector was booked it was time to look at some domestic sectors! Southwest airlines, a famous US-low cost carrier started flying into my regional airport of Greenville/Spartanburg international airport in March 2011 with quite a bit of advertising in the area. This is quite good news for the area since Greenville/Spartanburg is one of the most expensive airports in the US resulting in people rather driving +2hours to Atlanta or Charlotte. Well, since we are here. Time to book, I booked a flight from Greenville/Spartanburg to Fort Lauderdale stopping in Orlando Muncipal International Airport on their 737-700’s. (See Part II)

Still having about 10 days extra until my next flight it was time to make a small sidetrip. Looking into options some interesting choices popped out. Originally I wanted to catch a Star alliance comination with US Airways and Continental Airlines from West Palm Beach to Dallas FW via Charlotte, Philadelphia, Newark and Houston adding me 2 767-200’s on both routes. However, pricing changed and I had to look for something. Then I found something to Las Vegas on US Airways and Virgin America consisting a flight on the Boeing 757-300. I almost settled in for that one. However, after a lot of attempts to convince me by Planehunter, airbuseric (Eric), Flieger67 (Markus) and others.. They finally convinced me to try another combo consisting 2 767-200’s. The first flight would be with American airlines from Miami to New York JFK. I was not excited at all about this leg as I would not get any miles and I flew with them back in 2008 from New York JFK to Miami on the A300 leaving me rather mixed impressions.. Oh well, they deserved a second chance and try to clear my toughts. At least the flight would be operated by a 767-200. I would travel on to Philadelpia by train.

Pre-departure:
Another fact that I was not to exciting about the flight was that their where no window seats available. I first settled myself in for seat 26G in the forward cabin. I soon discovered a nice detail. American Airlines operated these birds in a 3-class configuration. On the usual run between New York and the westcoast these planes are used in 3-class configuration. However, on shorter runs the Business-class cabin is sold as Economy. And as soon as a seat came available, I selected 11J. oh, well stil an aisle but at least it is in Business class. Fastforward to August 8th on a rainy day when a tropical storm hitted Palm Beach Gardens





At 11.30 the online check in opened, when I wanted to select my seat a few windows opened up. I selected seat 36A, back in the economy class section but at least a window. That’s the most important for me. I was glad and relieved that I was able to make some pics during the flight.
Later on I found out that I had no transportation to bring me to Miami, so I was to take the tri-rail the next morning to Miami. Soon the next morning arrived soon and I woke up at 6 for a 7.00 departure. I arrived at the station at 7.20 for a 7.30 departure.
Some Tri-rail pics can be seen in some past reports of mine
Sun, Snow, Rain And ... Lufthansa! (by MSS658 Sep 4 2011 in Trip Reports)
Losing My Southwest Virginity! (by MSS658 Dec 18 2011 in Trip Reports)
As mentioned in one of the above reports, the system was old and outdated.
Which it was, a ride to the Miami airport takes about an hour and a half while it only takes an hour by car. Comfort was very basic as well…



At least I had a good neighbour that made the ride go by quicker. At 8.50 I arrived at the Miami airport station, then taking a bus to the airport itself… clearly way behind comparing to Europe. I arrived in the North terminal not far from the international arrivals.


Leaving Miami International airport
After a few minutes of searching I finally found the American Airlines check in kiosk. This side of the airport still looked dull and miserable like when I passed here in 2008 on my trip from New York to Jacksonville via Miami. Seat 36A was selected and was ready to go. I did not need to go to the desk because I had no bags to check in and no 25 dollar bribe to pay that American charges for bags on domestic flights. A quick check to the arrivals screen to check the inbound flight, which would be AA 1165 from New York JFK to Miami due in at 10.15. This flight would be running about a half an hour early. When noticing the departures board I noticed a delay for a New York JFK flight, thankfully not mine. AA 518 due to depart at 7.00 had an almost 3 hour delay. This flight would be operated by a 767-300 aircraft.



By now it was 9.40 and it was time to pass security. After passing I noticed something different comparing to my 2008 visit. Recent renovation work gave the D-concourse a nice new look to it, no more old and worn out concourse. But a nice, new and shiny concourse. Must say I really liked it and was taken by surprise. It looked like the South terminal I was in December 2010 (you can find the full report here: Sun, Snow, Rain And ... Lufthansa! (by MSS658 Sep 4 2011 in Trip Reports) ) First lets do some spotting, across from security there was a 777 parked registered N791AN pushing back as AA 1577 to Chicago ORD.



Next to it there was N368AN, the 767-300 assigned on the earlier delayed AA 518 to New York JFK. It seems like American Airlines likes to use it’s 757’s (with International Business class), 767’s and 777’s between it’s hubs. Maybe a nice idea for some people of us doing domestic flights in the US.



Walking back to the E-concourse you could still find the remaints of the old concourse, not much to see over here so It was quickly back to the D-concourse. It’s very clear who dominates this part of Miami



Traffic this morning was going to various places in the US and the Caribbean. Like this 757 that is bound for Barbados I believe.



And here a 757 painted with the special pink ribbon dedicated to the brest cancer awerness program



At the end of the concourse their was a smaller corridor built for the American Eagle flights out of MIA, nice to see that those regionals have a jetway position as well (except for us A.netters of course). By now it was 10.30 and would take me another half an hour to get to my gate which was assigned at the other end of the concourse. Or you could take the rooftop train towards the other end of the concourse. It’s a great opportunity for spotting as well. Tough, not much variety in traffic (like every hub city in the USA). As you can see
American airlines



American airlines (and eagle)



.. and more American



I got off the train near the security checkpoint where I entered about an hour prior. There was not much more to spot. Except American airlines in all shapes and sizes.
Not much to see of the old dull terminal here



Or here, reminds me of Houston IAH airport



It was 10.50 when I arrived at the far end of the concourse. Boarding was just announced for our flight to New York JFK. Soon another call came, being in zone 2 I assumed it was my turn already. When almost reaching the podium I noticed it was zone 1 so being nice I turned away. The gate agent called me immediately and invited me to board, ending her phrase with “Have a nice flight Mr MSS658”. Now that was a surprising start of a journey. With a bit more greater minded about American airlines I proceeded on board the aircraft. A quick snap of the plane in Miami


American Airlines flight AA 1510 from Miami to New York JFK
Tuesday, August 9 2011
Miami (MIA/KMIA)- New York JFK (JFK/KJFK)
American Airlines 1510 (Malev 4141,El Al 8200, LAN Airlines 6850, British Airways 4375, Finnair 5712, Air Berlin 5730, LAN Argentina 6300)
Boeing 767-223ER N336AA Economy 36A.
Built and delivered to American Airlines on 24 November 1987
11.30-11.30 (Gate D02; wheels up on runway 26L at 11.57)
14.33-14.28 (Gate 43 Terminal 8; wheels down on runway 22L at 14.14)
Est flying time: 2 hours 22 minutes
Cruising Altitude: FL 390
Load factor: 100% in Y
Routing: MIA-ILM-CEBEE-SWEL-J121-SIE-JFK

Personal statistics
148th registred flight
9th flight in 2011
2nd flight on American Airlines
42nd flight on the Boeing 767
2nd flight on the Boeing 767-200
1st flight on N336AA

Before making a turn into the plane I could hear some loud talking, would this mean something good or bad? Thankfully it was something good. The purser was greeting each and every passenger with a well ment “good morning, welcome on board”. A warm start to this flight. The advantage of being one of the first ones in the cabin is that I can make some pictures as well. Here is the cabin



And another one, must say those headrests looked good



Soon, I noted a flight attendant who looked and said ‘hey, how are you doing’ after some talking and expressing how wonderful it is to fly a wide-body aircraft on such a short route, I got the response “We got this plane flying just because we knew you where coming to fly with us today”. That was nice, if she only new at that time why I was on that plane. Most of our crew appeared to be in their 40s this morning. They where working a JFK- Miami roundtrip today.
Wing view



Legroom was sufficient as well



In the meanwhile boarding was in full swing and the plane was filling quite a bit. We where expected to have a full flight today. The usual announcements where made before boarding, adding some words that made the announcement sound a bit more pleasant to hear such as “We do know you value an on time departure as much as we do, so we please ask…”. There where also short film played on board showing the 5% of passengers that never flew before how In the meanwhile luggage loading was in progress



Soon my neighbours arrived, a young woman in her late 20s from Hispanic origin. Shortly after that the boarding door closed and the safety video started playing, beginning with a nice welcome on board announcement. Our pushback was on time
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwydTuIPMlE
On the way to the runway traffic was not that different than in the terminal
Another American Airlines 757 awaiting takeoff


At 11.50, it was our turn to roll down runway 26L towards the everglades
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7_9jKfetAc


Over the Ft Lauderdale area





And over the clouds



As soon as we reached 10 000feet, there was a video shown replacing the usual announcement. Personally I found this to be a little less personal but nothing to deal about
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrqyrSPddNU
Soon the clouds cleared somewhere above the atlantic, not so far from the Bahamas note the light blue sea.



Soon the service started, let’s see what we have. On flights longer than 3 hours various different sandwiches and snackboxes are offered. Since our flight was scheduled to be over 3 hours adding this is a mealtime flight I was wondering If we could get this service.



This aircraft had wifi as well; Interesting for the transcontinental flights these birds are used for, however I did not have any desire on this shorter flight to JFK. In the meanwhile sitcoms where to be shown as well on the overhead monitors. By this time the Flight Attendant that I had talked with earlier was in my aisle asking what she could get me. They did not have the meals for over 3 hours, so I settled with a large cookie. A nice gesture was that I got this for free.



Hey, wait a minute. These tray tables can be folded in half, that’s quite handy when only having a small meal



Soon I realised that it was 12.50, an hour after takeoff. I noticed another little detail in the cabin, the cabin walls have been recently redone and look very similar to the newer 767’s and the 777’s. Note it on the following inflight video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-XYptoAFEw
Still high above the ocean



Highly time to explore the cabin. Interesting to know there are 2 galleys on the 767. One in the rear and one near the exit row. Here is a peak in the Business class cabin



The remainder of the flight I started a conversation with the F/A’s and gave them the routine chocolates. After a while we reached some turbulence and I had to return to my seat.

Soon one of the flight attendants gave me a little gift in return, homemade and tasted excellent



By now it was 13.40, we where over Pennsylvania and we where starting our decent into the New York area, seemed to be a bit cloudy outside.



Some other nice features about the seat like the old school IFE controller



And the seating



Fasten seat belt while seated



In the meanwhile the speed brakes where deployed
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5iIOEi7Q3E


Breaking trough the clouds



Over long island, seems like a rainy day down here



Flaps where deployed over Queens



At 14.14 we touched down on New York JFK’s runway 22L. It was raining just a little, but too much to make most of my pictures come out good. Most of the traffic was seen on the other side of the aircraft
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvTRWuhKHxs


At 14.28 we came to a complete stop at terminal 8 besides VT-JWF. A Jet Airways A330 being prepared for it’s flight to Chennai via Brussels as 9W 225 tonight. While deboarding I snapped a quick picture of Business class



And First class, which looked very attractive.



Unfortunate all the pilots where gone, no cockpit pic this time .

Arriving in New York JFK International airport
When disembarking the plane I wanted to take at least one decent picture of our plane. Here she is, N336AA being already prepared for her next journey as AA133 to Los Angeles due to depart at 15.45



Terminal 8 in New York JFK also looked quite spacious and roomy out, seems like American is really spending their time in



It seems like we will be the only flight from Miami that arrived early



Then it was down the tunnel towards the main concourse, Here I was able to make some more pics.
Wingletted 767s



A better view of N336AN, the plane that just brought me in from Miami



N773AN, a 777 waiting it’s late night departure to London Heathrow as AA 106 at 11.05pm.



Then it was time to go trough the baggage claim, it seems like there where still a lot of people waiting for their luggage, even 30 minutes after landing. Here you can see the carrousel with one of our many codeshares.



After leaving the terminal It was time to do some spotting or at least try to do some spotting, not many great pics because of the heavy downpour.
US Airways at terminal 7



Air India, Emirates, Singapore Airlines and Korean Air at terminal 4.



Delta, KLM and Virgin Atlantic


Getting from New York JFK to Philadelphia by train

By now it was reaching 15.30, time to find a way to get to Philadelphia. First it was a pretty long ride on the air train to the Jamaica train station. By 15.50 I was able to buy a train ticket with LIRR (Long Island Rail Road) to New York Penn station, the main station for most onward connections. After purchasing this ticket I went on to the security barrier to insert my ticket. I got an invalid response.. Huh.. I did puirchase a ticket for today to Penn, must be machine failure. Let’s go ask someone. Apparently the machine is working, We just need to pay an extra 5 dollars to get an exit pass (which allows you to exit the JFK area). What the…. I could not believe it. Oh well, I guess there is no fuss about it… After this ordeal it was 16.05. Let’s see where the train is to New York Penn Station



Dislays on each platform



At 16.14 the train arrived at the platform, seating was in a 3-2 configuration. Leather seating was comfortable but no where to put your luggage, can’t imagine what it would be with larger luggage than mine (and I had just a carry-on). At 16.40 the train stopped in Penn station. Here is a quick interior picture of my LIRR train from Jamaica station to New York Penn Station.



By now the evening rush hour was in full swing here in New York, and that was noticeable when you entered the station hall of the LIRR terminal, large swarms of crowds everywhere! After a few walks trough small overcrowded corridors I made it to the Amtrak and NJtransit hall. A breaf look at the departure board showed quite a bit of cancellations, this was due to a derailment accident in New Jersey. Due to another large rainstorm passing it was a zoo inside. I eventually made my way to a self service kiosk Trains between New York and Philadelhpia leave almost every 20-30 minutes. The only available was the Acela high speed train at 17.00 or 18.00 that costed 150 dollars unless I waited to 18.40 that costed 39 dollars. Since the price difference was so high I opted on waiting for the latter option. Earlier trains at 17.10, 17.40 and 18.10 where sold out. The crowd was enormous and going outside was just no option. Thank goodness I finally found a waiting area reserved for ticketed Amtrak passengers that I could at least sit in. After hanging out there and checking my emails boredom hit me. So I was back out in the terminal. At least it stopped raining, quickly stepped outside. Haha… I can say I was in Manhattan now.







By now it was 17.30, A quick glance on the board showed the 17.10 and 18.10 service cancelled, just to be sure I went to the service desk to check If my train was still running. Without any explanation I was rebooked on the 17.40 train service, I was told to hurry up. Here a quick pic of the departure board.



With reduced frequency from 4 sold out trains to 1 I was expecting a cramped ride down to Philadelphia. Well surprise, surprise… This train was half empty. Every passenger had 2 seats for themselves, what happened with all the other passengers. Oh well, better for me. Shortly after the 18.00 Acela express we pulled out of the station. Since my last decent meal was at 6.30 that morning I was hungry. So I went to the bar coach to get me some food and drink. This consisted over some teriyaki rice and some red wine, both presented in a cardboard box



And a chesses Danish as dessert:



Seating was pretty comfortable, decent pitch



Just the lack of garbage bins disturbed me, felt bad not having any other choice than to leave it like this…



Seating was a 2-2 arrangment troughhout the whole coach



At 19.30 the train pulled in the station of Philadelphia 30th street an hour earlier than my original train, however this train was running about 50minutes late.



Train 193 continued on to Washington, DC



Seems like everything is running on time again, note that my train 655 is not announced anymore



The next and final step Is getting to the airport where my hotel is located, another train company will take care of me on this sector SEPTA, Southern Pennsylvania Trains will take me to the airport. First we have to purchase another ticket. Thank goodness things to the airport are running better then Amrak



30th street station, quite a nice place



Trains are from the late 1960’s.



At 20.05 my next train left to the airport, trains where old and dirty. No Intercom used, just the conductor yelling the next stops in the train, one was not allowed to change coaches for security reasons. Here is an interior pic



20.30 arrived and I finally arrived in the Philadelphia airport, seems like flying was as fun today as many flights where delayed and cancelled, after a long wait the shuttle finally came by. I arrived in my hotel at 21.15 Here are some accomedation pics of the Waterfront Inn.
Room:



Bathroom:



Breakfast (just a vending machine):



View:





Exterior hallway, glad the next day was a sunny day.



The trip took me about 14,5 hours from Palm Beach Gardens, FL to Essington, PA. About the equivalent time as to get from my house to Manhattan.

Overall verdict

After a rather negative experience on American Airlines back in 2008 I started this trip off with rather mixed feelings. Thankfully these feelings dissolved as soon as I passed security. Bright and new hallways in both gateways (areas that are exclusively used by American). The crew on AA1510 was nice and caring as well, offering me a free snack and giving a nice little extra . Seating was to be decent as well, added features such as headrests and foldable traytables. The only thing that could be improved is the BOB-selection, It would have nice to have a sandwich (or a bit more than just a cookie) on this ‘lunchtime’ flight. Will I give American another chance? Yes, they have made up for their lousy performance back in 2008 and they deserve another chance. To have a real ordeal of an airline you always have to fly it at least twice. I hope for the best outcome for the airline and the employees that work there.

Travelling by train in the USA was an adventure as well. However still running lightyears behind on any European company. Off course, the day I travelled there where some irregular operations. Each single action has had to be made a la improvist. Thumbs down here, common even the Belgian railways do better in those operations. Buying 3 different tickets to get from New York JFK airport to Philadelphia rail station was a downside as well. The most ridiculous action was the 5 dollar fee to get from the JFK airtrain to the platforms at the Jamaica station, just crazy…
While comfortwise Amtrak was pretty decent (except for the fact there where no garbage bins found anywhere), Tritrail and SEPTA failed with old and dated trains. LIRR was pretty much ok!


Overall Remarks.

American Airlines 1510 from Miami to New York JFK (Total score is 76%):

Departure: 90% (Nice, new and clean. Spacious, however it would look pretty cramped in peak hours)
Aircraft cleanliness : 70% (kept clean and maintained)
Seat Comfort: 80% (Good legroom, headrests, foldable traytables)
Crew: 90% (Friendly, welcoming, smiling. Plus free additions of BOB and extra goodie!)
IFE: 70% (sitcoms where ok)
Catering: 60% (just snacks, a decent BOB would have been more welcome)
Arrival: 70% (Nice and maintained terminal in JFK, just the ridiculous 5 dollar fee to board the LIRR was inacceptable)


As a bonus I would like to give a list of regs I spotted in Miami and New York JFK.

Miami
N791AN
N368AN
N679AN
N838AN
N958AN
N659AN
N695AN
N664AA
N609AA
N336AA
N698AA
N195AA
N627AA

New York JFK
N336AA
N801SK
N547AS
N843MH
N854NW
N604RW
N374LA
B-2443
F-GSPF
N751AN
N277AE
N173AN
N375AN
VT-JWF

Total facts in this trip report
1 New registration (N336AA)

Facts in the trip report series:
1 New Airline (Southwest Airlines)
1 New airport (Orlando MCO)
1 New type (B737-700)
4 New registrations (N78017, N11181, N424WN and N336AA)


Thanks for reading and viewing this trip report, I hope you enjoyed reading it. As usual, comments and feedback are always welcome

Stay tuned for my next trip report:
Chasing the storm on US Airways!

Past trip reports:
Losing My Southwest Virginity! (by MSS658 Dec 18 2011 in Trip Reports)
Au-revoir Continental! (by MSS658 Dec 5 2011 in Trip Reports)
SATA, The Azores And The A310 Part II (by MSS658 Nov 13 2011 in Trip Reports)
SATA, The Azores And The A310! Part I (by MSS658 Oct 16 2011 in Trip Reports)
Sun, Snow, Rain And ... Lufthansa! (by MSS658 Sep 4 2011 in Trip Reports)
Propping Around The Upstate! (by MSS658 Aug 7 2011 in Trip Reports)
US Airways And Irregular Operations! (by MSS658 Jul 17 2011 in Trip Reports)
Lufthansa, There Is No Better Way To Fly! (by MSS658 Jul 5 2011 in Trip Reports)
A Short Hop On A Big Bird! (by MSS658 Feb 27 2011 in Trip Reports)
A West Side Flight On The East Side! (by MSS658 Jan 9 2011 in Trip Reports)
Wifi And Condensation On US Airways! (by MSS658 Dec 10 2010 in Trip Reports)
Air Canada, North America's Hidden Jewel? (by MSS658 Nov 6 2010 in Trip Reports)
A Ride With A Rare Blue Bird! (by MSS658 Oct 31 2010 in Trip Reports)
US Airways A333's.Are They Really That Bad? Part 2 (by MSS658 Oct 23 2010 in Trip Reports)
US Airways A330-300's. Are They Really That Bad? (by MSS658 Oct 16 2010 in Trip Reports)

Topic: RE: A Trip On A Classic Silverjet And Some Trains!
Username: SloAir
Posted 2012-01-04 14:28:46 and read 13457 times.

Hi Marc,

a very enjoyable report. I like when TRs from the US have some train rides included and you provided some nice details about rail travel in the US. I was supposed to go from Penn station to Philadelphia with a train, but my whole trip was cancelled because of the snow storm last December. They used trains as accommodation for stranded passengers at that time, it was even a bigger chaos than on the day you travelled  

I really hope to get the chance to fly AA on a similar route, would love to try them ever since I saw their planes in Home Alone 1&2 when I was a little kid  

Regards,
Blaž

Topic: RE: A Trip On A Classic Silverjet And Some Trains!
Username: signol
Posted 2012-01-04 15:16:01 and read 13348 times.

Hi Marc,

thanks for taking the time to write up this report!

It must say I've only ever once flown on an American carrier, that was Northwest AMS-LAX many moons ago, so I can't say I remember it. Therefore I'm not qualified to comment on the perceived poorness of flying with them. However, your report shows AA to be very good on service and attitude of the F/As, so that the negative image in my mind is reduced somewhat. True, it looks like a tired old plane, and the lack of options to even buy a more substantial meal is disappointing, but these must be decisions made in head office. The staff on the ground seem to make up for this.

About the trains, I'm interested in that side as well. Despite the problems, you had an ok trip. The Airport supplement is normal - the Airtrain is only free inter-terminal, you must pay for the airport - Jamaica leg (much like the Orlyrail VAL train in Paris, or even the rail supplement for BRU access). Still, don't let it detract   $5 is a very good price for an airport connection!

Thanks again,

signol

Topic: RE: A Trip On A Classic Silverjet And Some Trains!
Username: lukeyboy95
Posted 2012-01-04 16:21:34 and read 13188 times.

Hi Marc,

Cool report and good to see the widebody. American aviation is something I am not so keen on, but the photos were really interesting, and I will be visiting USA in a couple of weeks.

Sad that the US has let their trains get to the way they are. It can be such an asset to a country. I guess the car rules!

Cheers

Luke

Topic: RE: A Trip On A Classic Silverjet And Some Trains!
Username: flightsimboy
Posted 2012-01-04 16:47:28 and read 13141 times.

The train details in this report caught my attention  
Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
As mentioned in one of the above reports, the system was old and outdated.
Which it was, a ride to the Miami airport takes about an hour and a half while it only takes an hour by car. Comfort was very basic as well…

These very same trains or at least the one with the seating arrangements like the one in the photo, are operated by GO Transit out of Union Station in downtown Toronto to the suburbs

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Hey, wait a minute. These tray tables can be folded in half, that’s quite handy when only having a small meal

The same tray tables are on Etihad's 77Ws

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Here is a quick interior picture of my LIRR train from Jamaica station to New York Penn Station.

Not so sure if i would like the 3 seating....

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Seating was a 2-2 arrangment troughhout the whole coach

Travelled on this very same train from Toronto to New York a total of 14 hours with delays...even the legroom was generous i couldn't wait to get off after 7 hours.....the 14 hours from Abu Dhabi to Toronto in a smaller seat was just as torturous!!!

Topic: RE: A Trip On A Classic Silverjet And Some Trains!
Username: burj
Posted 2012-01-04 20:07:33 and read 12872 times.

Great trip report and the photos!

You are very forgiving of AA not having AVOD... Granted for a relatively short flight, MIA to JFK, that is no big deal...but for a 777 that does long haul international flights this is a glaring omission.

The fact that you were even able to travel via rail in the U.S. is a small miracle... As bad as it might seem, JFK/NYC is one of the few places in the U.S. where you can go from the airport to a train station and then take a train a significant distance.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
...to New York Penn station, the main station for most onward connections.

Actually NYC has two large train stations, Penn station and the much more famous Grand Central Station. Grand Central is where you go for trains heading northward and Penn station is for southern bound trains.

I'm surprised there was no garbage receptacle. Normally they are at the end of each car, near the toilets.

Topic: RE: A Trip On A Classic Silverjet And Some Trains!
Username: The777Man
Posted 2012-01-04 23:13:30 and read 12737 times.

Hi Marc !

Nice report with nice pictures ! Good to see that you had a nice flight with AA. I flew on an AA 763 about 18 months ago DFW-SCL and was shocked at the abysmal IFE (only one movie on a main screen on a 9h flight and the same old channel chnage button. I haven't seen those since I flew L-1011s with TW. Even the old UA 762s were more modern than that.

Great that you got some new registrations at MIA and JFK.

The $5.00 exit fee to go from AirTrain to the LIRR trains is clearly posted as I recall.

The777Man

Topic: RE: A Trip On A Classic Silverjet And Some Trains!
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2012-01-04 23:22:11 and read 12725 times.

Hi Marc,

very nice report about your AA experience! Good to hear you enjoyed the flight. I cannot say anything negative about AA, I still gladly remember a very smooth 2002 trip (LHR-ORD-LAX-DFW-LGW) with nice crews, comfortable seating and good catering.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
I almost settled in for that one. However, after a lot of attempts to convince me by Planehunter, airbuseric (Eric), Flieger67 (Markus) and others.. They finally convinced me to try another combo consisting 2 767-200’s.

Good decision, you can trust us!  

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Soon, I noted a flight attendant who looked and said ‘hey, how are you doing’ after some talking and expressing how wonderful it is to fly a wide-body aircraft on such a short route, I got the response “We got this plane flying just because we knew you where coming to fly with us today”.

Excellent start!

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
The remainder of the flight I started a conversation with the F/A’s and gave them the routine chocolates. After a while we reached some turbulence and I had to return to my seat.

Soon one of the flight attendants gave me a little gift in return, homemade and tasted excellent

Very impressive! I know it can help a lot to give some little gifts to the crew.


PH

Topic: RE: A Trip On A Classic Silverjet And Some Trains!
Username: Sultanils
Posted 2012-01-05 00:04:05 and read 12684 times.

Hello Marc,

That’s a pretty nice report! Good choice of aircraft, the B762 is practically extinct in Europe. Any idea how long they will keep these birds flying around? They could really do with a cabin update! Anyway I’m glad you regained your trust in AA!
And was it your 1st time in NYC? And you didn’t visit the city, come on  Wow! that’s a must! Maybe next time then?

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
However, on shorter runs the Business-class cabin is sold as Economy. And as soon as a seat came available, I selected 11J. oh, well stil an aisle but at least it is in Business class.

I think I still would rather have an eco seat with window than a biz seat without window. But at that stage, there was probably no better option.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
I selected seat 36A, back in the economy class section but at least a window.

   Glad you got to change it anyway. Nothing worse than being windowless on a daytime flight…

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Comfort was very basic as well…

Those seats look (just) a bit like the NEK seating on LH/SN/…

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Here is the cabin

Pretty oldfashioned, with – so it looks like – comfy seats and old school overhead monitors. Were they on duing the flight?

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
This aircraft had wifi as well; Interesting for the transcontinental flights these birds are used for, however I did not have any desire on this shorter flight to JFK

Was the wifi for free?

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
A Jet Airways A330 being prepared for it’s flight to Chennai via Brussels as 9W 225 tonight.

That sounds familiar. Something to try for you maybe on your next Atlantic crossing?

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
the train arrived at the platform, seating was in a 3-2 configuration.

Just like in some Avro’s, you took the 2-seater ,no?

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Will I give American another chance?

Well, will you next time? That’ll be a B752 ride then and make up for an interesting trip report!

Sultanils

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Thumbs down here, common even the Belgian railways do better in those operations.

Topic: RE: A Trip On A Classic Silverjet And Some Trains!
Username: aidoair
Posted 2012-01-05 00:26:07 and read 12644 times.

Hey,

Great trip report and a nice read!

Something I have noticed on this 762 is that it seems it has the Boeing Signature Interior side walls instead of the standard 767 panelling!? You just gotta love the 767-200 though!  

Topic: RE: A Trip On A Classic Silverjet And Some Trains!
Username: OA260
Posted 2012-01-05 05:50:55 and read 12353 times.

Hey Marc ,
Great report well done. A really enjoyable read and lovely photos. Great to see AA and their F/As impressed. You do read some horror stories which kind of put you off but AA seem to still be a decent carrier. I always loved AA when I used to fly their MD-11s LHR-JFK and LGW-DFW years ago  


Thanks for the report.

Regards

Philip  

Topic: RE: A Trip On A Classic Silverjet And Some Trains!
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2012-01-05 12:38:15 and read 12015 times.

Hi, Marc,

really good to follow you´re US domestic run on AA and also the trains, pretty interesting to follow.
That´s indeed something different than here in Europe, also in Italy!.
AA looks good, never been on that company myself.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
by Planehunter, airbuseric (Eric), Flieger67 (Markus) and others..

Always these guys!.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)

Topic: RE: A Trip On A Classic Silverjet And Some Trains!
Username: MSS658
Posted 2012-01-05 14:53:09 and read 11835 times.

Quoting SloAir (Reply 1):
Hi Marc,

a very enjoyable report. I like when TRs from the US have some train rides included and you provided some nice details about rail travel in the US. I was supposed to go from Penn station to Philadelphia with a train, but my whole trip was cancelled because of the snow storm last December. They used trains as accommodation for stranded passengers at that time, it was even a bigger chaos than on the day you travelled

I really hope to get the chance to fly AA on a similar route, would love to try them ever since I saw their planes in Home Alone 1&2 when I was a little kid

Regards,
Blaž

Hi Blaz

Thanks for commenting. Glad you liked it. Sorry to hear you missed out on your rail expercience with Amtrak. Maybe one day you can combine AA and Amtrak

Quoting signol (Reply 2):
Hi Marc,

thanks for taking the time to write up this report!

It must say I've only ever once flown on an American carrier, that was Northwest AMS-LAX many moons ago, so I can't say I remember it. Therefore I'm not qualified to comment on the perceived poorness of flying with them. However, your report shows AA to be very good on service and attitude of the F/As, so that the negative image in my mind is reduced somewhat. True, it looks like a tired old plane, and the lack of options to even buy a more substantial meal is disappointing, but these must be decisions made in head office. The staff on the ground seem to make up for this.

About the trains, I'm interested in that side as well. Despite the problems, you had an ok trip. The Airport supplement is normal - the Airtrain is only free inter-terminal, you must pay for the airport - Jamaica leg (much like the Orlyrail VAL train in Paris, or even the rail supplement for BRU access). Still, don't let it detract $5 is a very good price for an airport connection!

Thanks again,

signol

Hi signol

Thanks for commenting, glad you enjoyed it. Did not have anything negative to say, just the BOB. They say a crew makes or brakes the overall expercience. In this case they made, unafortunate my 2008 flights where different...

Thanks for the insight about my JFK airtrain dilemma, brings things in a different daylight now  
Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 3):
Hi Marc,

Cool report and good to see the widebody. American aviation is something I am not so keen on, but the photos were really interesting, and I will be visiting USA in a couple of weeks.

Sad that the US has let their trains get to the way they are. It can be such an asset to a country. I guess the car rules!

Cheers

Luke

Hi Luke

American aviation is indeed a bit different then all other parts of the world (and not to say the most glamourus neither). But sometimes it can be alright! It is indeed sad to see the railway industry never leave the 60s

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 4):
These very same trains or at least the one with the seating arrangements like the one in the photo, are operated by GO Transit out of Union Station in downtown Toronto to the suburbs

Hi flightsimboy, thanks for replying. Glad you liked it.

Thanks for the info

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 4):
The same tray tables are on Etihad's 77Ws

Haha... AA got some 5-star service  
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 4):
Travelled on this very same train from Toronto to New York a total of 14 hours with delays...even the legroom was generous i couldn't wait to get off after 7 hours.....the 14 hours from Abu Dhabi to Toronto in a smaller seat was just as torturous!!!

Travelling can be painful sometimes  
Quoting burj (Reply 5):
You are very forgiving of AA not having AVOD... Granted for a relatively short flight, MIA to JFK, that is no big deal...but for a 777 that does long haul international flights this is a glaring omission.

Hi Burj

thanks for replying. Glad you liked it. I have no big deal dealing with any kind of IFE for flights like MIA-JFK. However longer 777 flights are a different story of course

Thanks for the other info as well  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
Hi Marc,

very nice report about your AA experience! Good to hear you enjoyed the flight. I cannot say anything negative about AA, I still gladly remember a very smooth 2002 trip (LHR-ORD-LAX-DFW-LGW) with nice crews, comfortable seating and good catering.

Hi PH
Thanks for commenting, glad you liked it. Have yet to be on them long haul, the only thing holding me is the 757 they use from BRU

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 7):
Good decision, you can trust us!

 
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 8):
Hello Marc,

That’s a pretty nice report! Good choice of aircraft, the B762 is practically extinct in Europe. Any idea how long they will keep these birds flying around? They could really do with a cabin update! Anyway I’m glad you regained your trust in AA!
And was it your 1st time in NYC? And you didn’t visit the city, come on Wow! that’s a must! Maybe next time then?

Hi Nils
Thanks, glad you liked it. The 762 is indeed a rare catch (however, US and UA still operate them out of different European airports to PHL/EWR).
No worries, have been in NYC quite a few times before  
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 8):

I think I still would rather have an eco seat with window than a biz seat without window. But at that stage, there was probably no better option.

middle seats and aisles in the center section where the other options

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 8):
Those seats look (just) a bit like the NEK seating on LH/SN/…

The advantage of NEK is that you at least have traytables.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 8):
Pretty oldfashioned, with – so it looks like – comfy seats and old school overhead monitors. Were they on duing the flight?

Jup, some sitcoms where played enroute  
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 8):
Was the wifi for free?

No, costed 5 dollars I believe.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 8):
That sounds familiar. Something to try for you maybe on your next Atlantic crossing?

Have flewn them already on BRU-EWR-BRU on the 77W and was impressed ! 9W was an option of my next TATL, but opted for another airline instead (more to follow)

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 8):
Well, will you next time? That’ll be a B752 ride then and make up for an interesting trip report!

or a 763 from CDG  
Quoting aidoair (Reply 9):
Hey,

Great trip report and a nice read!

Something I have noticed on this 762 is that it seems it has the Boeing Signature Interior side walls instead of the standard 767 panelling!? You just gotta love the 767-200 though!

Hey aidoair,
Thanks for replying. Glad you liked the read. They did have the new signature, made it a bit more quiet inside. You could hear this comparing to another 762 I flew a few days later

Quoting OA260 (Reply 10):
Hey Marc ,
Great report well done. A really enjoyable read and lovely photos. Great to see AA and their F/As impressed. You do read some horror stories which kind of put you off but AA seem to still be a decent carrier. I always loved AA when I used to fly their MD-11s LHR-JFK and LGW-DFW years ago


Thanks for the report.

Regards

Philip

Hi Philip
Thanks for the comment. Glad we had the same impression about AA! Let's hope they have the best outcome

Greetings
Marc

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 11):
That´s indeed something different than here in Europe, also in Italy!.
AA looks good, never been on that company myself.

Hi Markus

Thanks for commenting, glad you liked it.
It's never too late to try out a new airline/aircraft



Greetings
Marc

Topic: RE: A Trip On A Classic Silverjet And Some Trains!
Username: LGWflyer
Posted 2012-01-05 15:00:11 and read 11824 times.

Hey Marc! Another fantastic trip report, I really enjoyed it. All those AA birds just look brilliant rain or shine. I also very much enjoyed your ride on the trains, I took the NJ Transit from Penn Station last year. I very much am looking forward to your next US Airways TR, the question is are you going to get on that CRJ-900 (N919FJ) haha.

Anyway thanks and cheers,  

Thomas

Topic: RE: A Trip On A Classic Silverjet And Some Trains!
Username: N62NA
Posted 2012-01-05 15:15:16 and read 11794 times.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
The purser was greeting each and every passenger with a well ment “good morning, welcome on board”. A warm start to this flight.

I've been on AA flight 1510 many, many times and the crew that works that flight have been working that particular flight for many, many years for the most part. It's kind of like they're own private little airline - same group of flight attendants, they all know each other, work well together and really enjoy working that particular flight (which I can understand - better to work on a nice roomy 767 on MIA-JFK than one of those cramped 757s).

Topic: RE: A Trip On A Classic Silverjet And Some Trains!
Username: MSS658
Posted 2012-01-06 00:22:33 and read 11591 times.

Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 13):
Hey Marc! Another fantastic trip report, I really enjoyed it. All those AA birds just look brilliant rain or shine. I also very much enjoyed your ride on the trains, I took the NJ Transit from Penn Station last year. I very much am looking forward to your next US Airways TR, the question is are you going to get on that CRJ-900 (N919FJ) haha.

Anyway thanks and cheers,

Thomas

Hi Thomas
Thanks for the nice words, glad you liked it. That livery does have something special!
Unafortunaly my Mesa flight was to be operated by N934FJ (report to follow in a few months).

Quoting N62NA (Reply 14):
I've been on AA flight 1510 many, many times and the crew that works that flight have been working that particular flight for many, many years for the most part. It's kind of like they're own private little airline - same group of flight attendants, they all know each other, work well together and really enjoy working that particular flight (which I can understand - better to work on a nice roomy 767 on MIA-JFK than one of those cramped 757s).

Hi N62A

Thanks for replying , glad you liked it.
Interesting to know about the crew, they where a very enjoyable bunch who changed my way of viewing AA (in a good way). I do remember one of the F/A's being not so happy about that flight going to a 757 in september 2011).


Greetings
Marc

Topic: RE: A Trip On A Classic Silverjet And Some Trains!
Username: deltamartin
Posted 2012-01-06 03:49:26 and read 11533 times.

Hi Marc!

Nice to read this great continuation of your trip report series!
Looks like AA treated you rather well. I'd like to try one of their domestic 762's.
Right now it seems I won't fly AA for a long time though. Hopefully some day I'll get a chance to try them.  

Martin

Topic: RE: A Trip On A Classic Silverjet And Some Trains!
Username: JL418
Posted 2012-01-06 11:04:27 and read 11347 times.

Hi Marc!

Thanks for sharing your TR with us. I was particularly interested to see how the American train system could be compared with Europe's... is the Acela some sort of high speed link? In that case it looks rather below standard, I must say.

American looks like offering a rather decent product, even if the lack of any substantial in-flight food for free is quite astonishing for such a long flight. However you met a very courteous bunch of FAs, that was a big plus! I must say, anyway, that I wouldn't do a long-haul flight on that 767, especially if during night time or far from a window.

You know, today I drove past T1 here at LHR and saw a 767 with Continental livery and United name written on the fuselage and I imaged you boarding it, not knowing whether you'd find your beloved CO interiors or not!

Keep them coming!

Fabrizio

Topic: RE: A Trip On A Classic Silverjet And Some Trains!
Username: FlyingFinn76
Posted 2012-01-06 11:56:37 and read 11309 times.

Hi Marc,

A nice read, although I was kinda confused since your latest travels were quite a bit different, until I realized that you have a significant lag in tour TR turnarounds as well...  

Anyway good to read on an AA domestic flight with the 762 - I flew LAX-JFK with the them (and the same type) back in March 2009 but as that was a red eye flight I was asleep most of the flight, so good to see what the experience looks like at day time. I've also flown AA 763s DFW-CDG, MAN-ORD and JFK-MXP and found all three flights to be very nice (then again on all three occasions I had an empty seat next to me on the 2-seater next to the window, so maybe that helped). I've also flown a few domestic segments with the Super 80 and have to admit I like AA quite a bit.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
N773AN, a 777 waiting it’s late night departure to London Heathrow as AA 106 at 11.05pm.

Well, what do you know - I flew this bird LHR-LAX back in September 2008! That was my first flight with AA and was a very nice flight apart from the fact that I was unable to get a window seat (but had two empty seats next to me sitting on an aisle seat in the middle block).

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
The next and final step Is getting to the airport where my hotel is located, another train company will take care of me on this sector SEPTA, Southern Pennsylvania Trains will take me to the airport.

Ahh, SEPTA always gives me the creeps - it doesn't sound like a public transport authority, instead it conjures up images of septic tanks etc. in my mind - not exactly a welcome image!  

Topic: RE: A Trip On A Classic Silverjet And Some Trains!
Username: MSS658
Posted 2012-01-06 13:43:30 and read 11233 times.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 16):
Hi Marc!

Nice to read this great continuation of your trip report series!
Looks like AA treated you rather well. I'd like to try one of their domestic 762's.
Right now it seems I won't fly AA for a long time though. Hopefully some day I'll get a chance to try them.

Martin

Hi Martin
Thanks for commenting, glad you enjoyed it.
Must say I did not have to complain about their service!
Never to late to try them once before the 762 goes away.

Quoting JL418 (Reply 17):
Hi Marc!

Thanks for sharing your TR with us. I was particularly interested to see how the American train system could be compared with Europe's... is the Acela some sort of high speed link? In that case it looks rather below standard, I must say.

Hi Fabrizio
Acela is known as the US 'high speed' link between Boston and Washington DC (max speed is 160km/hr). As you noted it is indeed below the standard of ANY European rail.

Quoting JL418 (Reply 17):
American looks like offering a rather decent product, even if the lack of any substantial in-flight food for free is quite astonishing for such a long flight. However you met a very courteous bunch of FAs, that was a big plus! I must say, anyway, that I wouldn't do a long-haul flight on that 767, especially if during night time or far from a window.

Must say, except for the catering that I was not complaining at all. As said a crew can make or break the flight, while the (much on bashed carrier) AA made the flight. Another (very popular and beloved airline in the US, more to follow) broke it.

Quoting JL418 (Reply 17):
You know, today I drove past T1 here at LHR and saw a 767 with Continental livery and United name written on the fuselage and I imaged you boarding it, not knowing whether you'd find your beloved CO interiors or not!

Haha.. thanks, assuming it's T1 probaly it was UA. Still weird to see 319s, 763s and 744s with the globe on however.

Quoting JL418 (Reply 17):
Keep them coming!

Yes, sirr  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 18):
Hi Marc,

A nice read, although I was kinda confused since your latest travels were quite a bit different, until I realized that you have a significant lag in tour TR turnarounds as well...

Hi Petteri,
Thanks, glad you liked it. Yea, I'm running a bit behind as well. One day however, I will post them faster than you.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 18):
Anyway good to read on an AA domestic flight with the 762 - I flew LAX-JFK with the them (and the same type) back in March 2009 but as that was a red eye flight I was asleep most of the flight, so good to see what the experience looks like at day time.

I remember you saying something about that trip once. Usually on red-eyes I always try to get an already flewn on type (unless the offer is just to much worth it). Glad to able to show you a daytime expercience

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 18):
Well, what do you know - I flew this bird LHR-LAX back in September 2008!

It's like seeing old friends again, right?  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 18):
Ahh, SEPTA always gives me the creeps - it doesn't sound like a public transport authority, instead it conjures up images of septic tanks etc. in my mind - not exactly a welcome image!

right on it.. Any experciencees with them?


Greetings
Marc

Topic: RE: A Trip On A Classic Silverjet And Some Trains!
Username: TWA757
Posted 2012-01-11 07:21:37 and read 10587 times.

Nice report!

(There are always trash receptacles at the end of each Amtrak car, unless something was amiss in yours.)

Topic: RE: A Trip On A Classic Silverjet And Some Trains!
Username: akhmad
Posted 2012-01-11 10:02:20 and read 10481 times.

Hi Marc,

Nice report. I really enjoyed it.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
I almost settled in for that one. However, after a lot of attempts to convince me by Planehunter, airbuseric (Eric), Flieger67 (Markus) and others..

I assume you did not regret following our fellows’ advice.   


Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
The purser was greeting each and every passenger with a well ment “good morning, welcome on board”.
Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Soon, I noted a flight attendant who looked and said ‘hey, how are you doing’ after some talking and expressing how wonderful it is to fly a wide-body aircraft on such a short route, I got the response “We got this plane flying just because we knew you where coming to fly with us today

Oh wow, they really made everyone feel welcome on board. Kudos to them!

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
The remainder of the flight I started a conversation with the F/A’s and gave them the routine chocolates. After a while we reached some turbulence and I had to return to my seat.

Soon one of the flight attendants gave me a little gift in return, homemade and tasted excellent

Along with Burj, you have definitely set an example. Treat the flight attendants the way you wish to be treated and look what you get in return.  


Thank you for sharing. I am sorry for the late reply.

Best wishes,
Suryo

Topic: RE: A Trip On A Classic Silverjet And Some Trains!
Username: MSS658
Posted 2012-01-19 02:36:46 and read 9891 times.

Quoting TWA757 (Reply 20):
Nice report!

(There are always trash receptacles at the end of each Amtrak car, unless something was amiss in yours.)

Hi TWA757
Thanks for commenting, glad you liked it. It seemed like I really missed them....

Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
Hi Marc,

Nice report. I really enjoyed it.

Hi Suryo

Thanks for commenting. Glad you liked it!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
I assume you did not regret following our fellows’ advice.

Not at all...

Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
Oh wow, they really made everyone feel welcome on board. Kudos to them!

I was surprised as well

Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
Along with Burj, you have definitely set an example. Treat the flight attendants the way you wish to be treated and look what you get in return.

Unbelievablen isn't it..

Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
Thank you for sharing. I am sorry for the late reply.

No worries! Now I'm the late one replying!

Topic: RE: A Trip On A Classic Silverjet And Some Trains!
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-01-20 11:29:00 and read 9656 times.

Nice report Marc - seems like a lot of hassle in NY to get aroudn by train!

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
The purser was greeting each and every passenger with a well ment “good morning, welcome on board”.

That's a change from my 3 experiences last year where the greeting was either non existant or very lacklustre

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Unfortunate all the pilots where gone, no cockpit pic this time .

I still think it's strange that the flight crew have already goe home when there are still pax on the plane!

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
And here a 757 painted with the special pink ribbon dedicated to the brest cancer awerness program

I think I saw this place 3 times in 2 days in different airports last summer!

Topic: RE: A Trip On A Classic Silverjet And Some Trains!
Username: MSS658
Posted 2012-01-22 12:34:27 and read 9442 times.

Hi Gabriel

Thanks for commenting, glad you liked it.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 23):
Nice report Marc - seems like a lot of hassle in NY to get aroudn by train!

American train travel is quite a different story...

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 23):
That's a change from my 3 experiences last year where the greeting was either non existant or very lacklustre

Same goes for a JFK-MIA-JAX trip in 2008

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 23):
I still think it's strange that the flight crew have already goe home when there are still pax on the plane!

Seems like US does the same.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 23):
I think I saw this place 3 times in 2 days in different airports last summer!

Quite a bit of aircraft have it I believe.


Greetings
Marc

Topic: RE: A Trip On A Classic Silverjet And Some Trains!
Username: eastafspot
Posted 2012-01-30 09:00:01 and read 8987 times.

Hi Marc,
Your report was pleasant read indeed thank you for posting it here.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
The gate agent called me immediately and invited me to board, ending her phrase with “Have a nice flight Mr MSS658”
Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
I got the response “We got this plane flying just because we knew you where coming to fly with us today”
Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
the flight attendants gave me a little gift in return,

= the cabin crew seems to be an asset for the airline, that's nice you got so much attention... apart from the pilots, of this flight, who did not wait for you for your customary cockpit visit...  
Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
A nice gesture was that I got this for free.

Usually what is on offer? or how much do you have to pay?

Looking forward for the next installment

Topic: RE: A Trip On A Classic Silverjet And Some Trains!
Username: MSS658
Posted 2012-02-01 05:06:08 and read 8774 times.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 25):
Hi Marc,
Your report was pleasant read indeed thank you for posting it here.

Hi eastafspot
Thanks for commenting, glad you liked it!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 25):
= the cabin crew seems to be an asset for the airline, that's nice you got so much attention... apart from the pilots, of this flight, who did not wait for you for your customary cockpit visit...

Must be honest, was surprised as well

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 25):
Usually what is on offer? or how much do you have to pay?

Similar snacks for 3 Dollars!

Greetings
Marc

Topic: RE: A Trip On A Classic Silverjet And Some Trains!
Username: airbuseric
Posted 2012-02-01 10:23:24 and read 8662 times.

Hoi Marc,

good report you made here, love the fly/rail combination you have, and the AA experience of course. Good to see the 767-200, definitely something I want to fly myself, but when... that's the question till now.
AA looks like a good experience, I didn't expect anything else since I loved the 2 flights I had on them. Crew makes a flight to a delighted experience in this way, the American cookie is a nice extra as well.

The train from JFK to Penn Stn. is not the best ride it seems. For me personally I enjoy one of the coaches overground into Manhattan. April it is again... can't wait!

Eric

Topic: RE: A Trip On A Classic Silverjet And Some Trains!
Username: MSS658
Posted 2012-02-04 05:13:59 and read 8327 times.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 27):
Hoi Marc,

good report you made here, love the fly/rail combination you have, and the AA experience of course. Good to see the 767-200, definitely something I want to fly myself, but when... that's the question till now.
AA looks like a good experience, I didn't expect anything else since I loved the 2 flights I had on them. Crew makes a flight to a delighted experience in this way, the American cookie is a nice extra as well.

The train from JFK to Penn Stn. is not the best ride it seems. For me personally I enjoy one of the coaches overground into Manhattan. April it is again... can't wait!

Eric

Hi Eric
Thanks, glad you liked it. I must say I was really impressed by AA as well, especially the in-flight crew.
Trains are indeed way behind the european ones, even the Belgian railways g

Greetings
Marc

Topic: RE: A Trip On A Classic Silverjet And Some Trains!
Username: QFKangaroo747
Posted 2012-02-04 12:23:24 and read 8174 times.

Hi Marc,

Thanks for sharing this excellent trip report! Seems like you had a real adventure going through so many different transit ports along the Eastern Seaboard in the space of 14.5 hours. I always enjoy TR's involving multiple intermodal connections.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Leather seating was comfortable but no where to put your luggage, can’t imagine what it would be with larger luggage than mine (and I had just a carry-on).

And you were on one of their newer electric sets which at least has reasonably spacious overhead racks...their bi-level diesel sets have much less space in the overhead racks. I believe they only run these diesel locs between Jamaica and points east on Long Island though, not into the tunnels of Manhattan to Penn Station. I live in Queens and ride the LIRR occasionally. I find it very comfortable and would ride it more regularly if it weren't so expensive. Glad you had a good enough experience on it.

Topic: RE: A Trip On A Classic Silverjet And Some Trains!
Username: abrelosojos
Posted 2012-02-10 14:39:40 and read 7691 times.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Soon one of the flight attendants gave me a little gift in return, homemade and tasted excellent

= The highlight of the report! In general, I find crews in the U.S. to be pretty good, and this seems like one of those crews.

Thanks again for writing this up. I rarely get to fly intra-U.S. these days, so these are nice.

Saludos,
A.

Topic: RE: A Trip On A Classic Silverjet And Some Trains!
Username: MSS658
Posted 2012-02-12 13:47:29 and read 7479 times.

Quoting QFKangaroo747 (Reply 29):
And you were on one of their newer electric sets which at least has reasonably spacious overhead racks...their bi-level diesel sets have much less space in the overhead racks. I believe they only run these diesel locs between Jamaica and points east on Long Island though, not into the tunnels of Manhattan to Penn Station. I live in Queens and ride the LIRR occasionally. I find it very comfortable and would ride it more regularly if it weren't so expensive. Glad you had a good enough experience on it.

Hi.
Thanks for commenting, I'm glad you liked it.
After hearing your story I'm glad I had the newer sets  
Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 30):
The highlight of the report! In general, I find crews in the U.S. to be pretty good, and this seems like one of those crews.

Thanks again for writing this up. I rarely get to fly intra-U.S. these days, so these are nice.

Saludos,
A.

Hi Alex

Thanks for commenting. I find most US crews (except from here and there) to be good to excellent. A nice different from the usual formal-business friendly Eurocrews.


Greetings
Marc

Topic: RE: A Trip On A Classic Silverjet And Some Trains!
Username: Parton87
Posted 2012-02-19 14:07:44 and read 7035 times.

Hello Again Marc!

Thanks for the nice continuation on your American trip! You really want me to go to the US after reading these stories!

AA seem to be a good carrier. I know they having a though time right now but hopefully it will turn out good for them!

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
And here a 757 painted with the special pink ribbon dedicated to the brest cancer awerness program

Nice! I didn´t know that AA had this livery too!?

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
not so far from the Bahamas note the light blue sea

Beautiful!

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Soon one of the flight attendants gave me a little gift in return, homemade and tasted excellent

What a nice gesture!

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
some accomedation pics of the Waterfront Inn

I was really amazed by the size of the hotel rooms in the US. The cheap ones have much bigger then the really expensive ones in Europe!


Greetings
Robert

Topic: RE: A Trip On A Classic Silverjet And Some Trains!
Username: MSS658
Posted 2012-02-19 16:28:42 and read 6993 times.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 32):
Hello Again Marc!

Hello again Robert!

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 32):
AA seem to be a good carrier. I know they having a though time right now but hopefully it will turn out good for them!

Was actually very surprised about them, much better than my jetBlue expercience a week after

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 32):
Beautiful

In december 2010 I flew straight over the Bahamas on Lufthansa to Munich
Sun, Snow, Rain And ... Lufthansa! (by MSS658 Sep 4 2011 in Trip Reports)

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 32):
What a nice gesture!

Great, Isn't it..

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 32):
I was really amazed by the size of the hotel rooms in the US. The cheap ones have much bigger then the really expensive ones in Europe!

I know, It was a real ballroom in there  . Maybe an Idea for a future A.net meeting

Greetings
Marc


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