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Topic: Au-revoir Continental!
Username: MSS658
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Au-revoir Continental!
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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.

Pre-departure:
After booking it is time to select my seat for the following flights. First of all I selected the last row on Continental’s 61 from Brussels to Newark, since these are the only twosomes on the plane, seat 44L was selected. I selected 17A on Continental 3001 from Newark to Greenville/Spartanburg. After selecting these and my seats returning back home It is time to fastforward to July 27. 9.45, exactly 24-hours prior to my departure I received an email inviting me to use the online check in. When completing this I received an attached document noting me this was not a boarding pass and I should use manual check in. Thumbs down on this one! Now let’s check the aircraft for the next days departure. The flight would operate the evening service from Newark to Brussels before operating CO61 back to Newark. I immediately was amused that I would be having a special aircraft. Later on I received a message from Planehunter wishing me a nice flight on this special 777.The next day I got up at 4.15 to catch a 5.30 ride to the airport, due to some construction works on the highway we drove mainly on the small roads till almost in Brussels, Thankfully traffic was a calm getting me there at 6.40.

Leaving Brussels
First stop is the arrivals hall to check the performance of our inbound flight as CO60 from Newark due to arrive at 7.45. This mornings flight was running a bit ahead of schedule and was due at the gate in Brussels at 7.15. Now up to the departure hall.. Lets see where we have to check in..

Row 6 will be used for our flight today (pic taken after check in)
I joined the line at 6.50. It seems like only 4 desks are in charge of handling a full 777 to Newark this morning,.. thumbs down for Continental here. I hope the new United does improve the departure procedure here in Brussels.
Finally at 7.20 It was my turn, after learning the Aviapartner agents about S4 airlines and Ponta Delgada. The agent learned a new airport, GSP or as we say Greenville/Spartanburg. I guess not many people from Brussels check in to there! After a small walk trough the check in area it was time to proceed to passport control!

Not so crowded today 
After proceeding passport control It was on to the duty-free shop selection. Not much to see here.
Seems like Ethiad is doing a lot advertising here in Brussels nowadays, maybe they are feeling the competition of Qatar who recently started flying from Doha to Brussels!

Seems like Etihad has already landed from Abu Dhabi,
Jet Airways and Royal Air Maroc are also present? But where is my plane??

Not much to see as well over there, nice to see the Icelandair 757 from Keflavik sitting in the A-concourse

Soon 8.00 approached, Time to go trough security which was not that crowded. When looking to my right side I could see some exotic airlines as the Ethiopian airlines 767 and the Hainan Airlines A330. In between I could see the famous Continental globe. Would she take me over the atlantic today? No, she came in from Washington Dulles as UA950 and will turn around to become UA951 around noon back..

First of all I could find N253AY, a US Airways 767-200 coming in as US750 from Philadelphia and returning back shortly as US751.

Shortly after I found another desk with the CO-globe! Not for Continental, but the transfer desks for people on to the two flights on United metal! Quite confusing for not seasoned travellers!

Let’s have a closer look at Etihad 058 to Abu Dhabi, it would be flown by an A330, A6-EYO

In the distant I could see OO-TCN, a Thomas cook A320 painted especially for the Musical of the Belgian children-song group ‘K3’ pushing back to warmer places

I found a place where I could sit at the end of the B concourse, Soon I found D-AEBB arriving from Munich as LH2282

The far end of the B-concourse is mainly used for Jet Airways that uses BRU as their scissor hub! With daily flights to Toronto, Newark, New York JFK, Mumbai, Dheli and Chennai al operated with A330’s. VT-JWE (DEL), VT-JWN (BOM) and VT-JWJ (MAA) would be flying back home after a few days abroad! VT-JWQ (JFK) and VT-JWG (YYZ) are continuing there journey from India to America. VT-JWH would be operating the flight from Mumbai to Newark via Brussels and would be leaving at a similar time as my continental flight? Let’s see who’s first!

In the meanwhile N172DZ, a Delta 767-300 had passed by. She just had landed as Delta 80 from Atlanta.

It seems like they have a new store area in the B-concourse which does look nice

B15 is the gate to be used for our Continental flight, at the gate our special 777 was waiting for us! N78017 is the bird, a plane in Star Alliance colors will take us up to Newark this morning

Later on the the heavies where accompanied by N713TW (Delta 757 as DL140 from JFK), N176AA (American 757 as AA172 from JFK), N378AA (American 763 as AA88 from ORD) and N656UA (United 763 as UA972 from ORD). The only plane that was not present was the Air Canada A330 from Toronto and Montreal which was due to arrive 30 minutes after we left!

Soon it was almost 9.00 and the screens showed ‘go to gate’. At 9.15 boarding started for Continentals 61 to Newark. After Businessfirst, Star Alliance gold and plat it was my turn to board this beautiful painted bird. But before that one more pic!



Continental Airlines flight CO 0061 From Brussels to Newark
Thursday, 28 July 2011
Brussels (BRU/EBBR) – Newark (EWR/KEWR)
Continental Airlines 61 (Air Canada 2467, Lufthansa 7951, Brussels Airlines 9451, United Airlines 1446
Boeing 777-224ER N78017 ‘Star Alliance’ Economy Class 44L
Built and delivered to Continental Airlines on 27 February, 2002
09.45-10.13 (Gate B15; wheels up on runway 25L at 10.26)
12.00-11.59 (Gate B53; wheels down on runway 22L at 11.57)
Est flying time: 7hrs42mns
Cruising Altitude: FL 350
Load factor: 100% in Y
Routing: EBBR-DENUT3C-DENUT-UL60-LPIM-UL179-CPT-STU-UN546-BAKUR-RESNO-NAT E-STEAM-N230E-COYNAN-HANAA-ALB-V213-SAX-KEWR
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Personal statistics
144th registered flight.
5th flight in 2011
10th flight on Continental Airlines
14th flight on the B777 series aircraft
12th flight on the Boeing 777-200
1st flight on N78017

Recommended song for this long haul flight: Aretha Franklin – Say a little prayer for you!

9.20 in Brussels, 3.20 in Newark! I found myself boarding this great 777 aircraft, the first thing I noticed was a change in the boarding music. The music went from eighties style music to older classic music which did not sound so great in my opinion. I was greeted by a flight attendant in the mid-40’s, lets call him CO1. 2 female flight attendants where busy in the galley preparing the Business first service. My seat would be found on the second aisle to the right and to the end of the cabin. Soon I noted a divider.. Would this be my seat

No, that’s seat 11K.. a bit more back , I must say the new Businessfirst seating did look inviting! Actually, fellow A.net member Blaz has a nice trip report covering this product. You can find it over here.
Houston, We Have A Problem! 12 Hour Delay On CO 5 (by SloAir Nov 14 2010 in Trip Reports)
When passing the mid-galley I was greeted by another flight attendant, telling me which letter every seat is. Not that I would not have found it without his help, but still found it to be a nice touch. Hey, lets call him CO2!! When finally reaching the back another flight attendant came to me (CO3). Telling me ‘haa.. you can’t go further back then here and laughed. He told be about the new seating on this 777. Last time I have flewn a Continental 777 was back in 2007. After having a 15 minute talk about Continental, United, the merger,… It was 9.40 at the time I finally took my seat. My neighbour, a French-belgian women took the seat besides me but had trouble storing her bag! Thankfully CO3 Was still there to help her out and to tell her why her bags would not stay in the overhead bin. When I peered out the window I could nee N713TW next door being prepared for it’s flight to New York JFK as Delta 141.

The seating on this 777 consists of blue/gray cloth seats, adjustable headrests and generous legroom without being blocked to much by the IFE box.

As the norm nowadays, this plane was equipped with PTV’s at every seat, showing welcome on board messages. If you wanted to, you could already turn on the inflight entertainment system, I switched on the moving map .

A short delay was to be announced due to some connecting passengers who where running a bit late. While waited I spotted VT-JWG push back for its journey to Toronto, soon after I could see the pilot of N713TW inspect his airplane before it’s journey to New York. It’s funny how Jet Airways, Continental, Delta and American all fly to New York and all leave within the hour.

A bit later the purse (For the first time on a long haul flight with Continental was female. Not that I care that much which gender my crew is, but worth mentioning.) made the announcement that we where ready to go. There was aswell a Flight attendant making Dutch announcements, which is unusual for Continental as well. About 30 minutes late we pushed back, the safety video started and mighty Star Alliance 777 started to taxi it’s way to the runway. Our first stop on the tour was B-6116 and N778UA bound for Beijing and.

Soon A Turkish Airlines A321, registred TC-JEJ arriving from Istanbul gave us clearance.

A few minutes later at 10.29, 4.29 in Newark. N78017’s engines throttled up and away we where into the hazy Belgian skies.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4NZmS05VXg

Routing started off direction the Belgian coast, just to bad we could not see anything down there on the ground. Thankfully we had the moving map 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e67mW0l9yko




1 hour later the clouds cleared up

According to the map we would be somewhere over the UK

I started noticing some changes already, not major… but just noticeable. At first there was no pre-beverage service as said, it’s not a big deal. The meal service came about 11.30 Brussels time or 5.30 Newark time. The choices where chicken or beef. I opted for the chicken and must say it did taste quite good. Another change was the portion of the salad

Cleary signs of change…

By the time I started eating we where already above Ireland


A while later there where water, coffee and thea refills. A short while after that the meal was cleared and I went for a stretch, here are some pics token from my seat

Note the big gap between the seats and the wall

After a quick stretch, I noticed the duty free cart had passed. Thanks to the Inflight service manager, I was still able to buy something and was allowed to follow her into the J-cabin. Businessfirst seemed to be quite full as well! Not so surprising since this was for a while the best performing route from Brussels causing for the third time an upgauge from the usual 767-400 service to the 777. Let alone all the rumours about a second Newark-Brussels flight.
Back to my seat now I noticed we still had 5 hours to go and it was 7.00 in Newark, 13.00 back in Brussels. We are now somewhere above the Atlantic
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axm61J7vT3o

It felt like a great time to explore the entertainment system. Continental has offerings for each type of aircraft. Given that this flight to Newark from Europe is one of it’s shorter hops for N78017. This plane was equipped with the most advanced system in the network. Let’s see!
First of all you could find an easy navigation bar on your screen.

The system had 123 movies that you could view per category or all at once

Same went for the 116 sitcoms

or the 26 games you could choose from!

You could choose from 150 music cd’s… or you could even make your own jukebox (pic taken later on)

Other varieties in the long haul fleet offer fewer choices (Boeing 757) and some are even still without Audio/Video on demand at the time this flight was taken (Boeing 767). Did I already mention it. A while ago fellow member Planehunter took a flight on the Continental 777-200 from London Heathrow to Houston. Actually the plane that brought him to Houston, was my plane on my first Continental flight from Brussels to Newark back in 2007. You can read his report here:
The Ultimate 737: LHR-IAH-PDX On CO 777 & 739ER (by PlaneHunter Jan 6 2010 in Trip Reports)
I opted to watch the movie ‘It’s all about Steve”. A movie I started to watch a while ago on an overnight trip from Charlotte to Frankfurt but fell asleep multiple times during the movie. This time however, I did not fall asleep.

During the movie I noticed there where no drink runs, not that this is a big deal. But usual this happens quite frequently. Another change towards United?? When the movie finished it was 14.30 in Brussels and 8.30 in Newark. Still about 3,5 hours to go and it seems like we are almost above Canada

I decided to explore the forward Y cabin! There is a little standing area after the last row, ideal for making a picture or two 

Soon I went back to the galley where there where some drinks stalled out and talked with CO1 and CO2 quite a bit, offering me drinks from time to time. As a thanks for this wonderfull flight I gave the flight attendants some nice chocolates as gift. Soon turbulence occurred and I had to go back to my seat. The seats where so wide that I never had to disturb my neighbour. In the meanwhile we had already reached Canada

While riding out the turbulence I received an amenity kit from CO1! I thanked him a lot for it, this is something I can use on my flight back home because Continental does not distribute any sort of kits.. When the turbulence calmed down I went back to the galley for a while. When I returned it was already 10.15 in Newark, 16.15 in Brussels and we where just about an hour and a half out of Newark somewhere near Quebec

My neighbour soon realised I had to jump over her, she apologized several times for being in my away. Even after I told her no worries she kept apologizing. Soon we talked about our upcoming trips, she would be flying on to Los Angeles after a painfull 7-hour layover in Newark! I whished her good luck!

About 16.45 in Brussels, 10.45 Eastern time.. the galley action started and the carts where back in the aisle starting the second meal service. By the time I received my meal we where already 15 minutes later, It seemed like this service was a bit later than it used to be.. The second offering consisted of a warm cheese sandwich and potato chips which tasted quite fine.

While eating I glanced at the flight map and noticed we are already above the United States, to be correct we would not be so far away from Albany.

Wait a minute? Albany? Doesn’t that mean the beginning of the decent? And indeed I was right. Our decent had already started and we where at 29.000 feet already
Coming closer to the clouds

The seat belt sign pinged back on and the Flight attendants started cleaning the cabin! The clouds disappeared at 20 000 feet and we where over New York State

When my meal tray was cleared we only had about 50 more km’s to go.

Soon the flight attendants where back in the cabin doing their final inspection since we where already below 10 000 feet. CO2 was using humor by yelling for the whole section ‘Final call for trash’ ‘that’s 5 dollars for trash’ you can hear him in the background on the next video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yZX1cOlKHo

Did I forget something? I don’t think so… Oh lord! I just found out I committed a lifetime sin as trip reporter! How could I dare leave this flight without taking a picture of this
As you can see generous

And don’t forget this nice gadget!!

Getting closer

11.50 Newark time, we could see some more populated area.. Almost there now

11.55 Newark time, 17.55 in Brussels. The Star Alliance logojet touched down on Newark’s runway 22L after a 7.28hr journey from Brussels. In the landing video you can hear CO2 thank me for the chocolates and using his best humour against my neighbour
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=426YUD-a530

Usually Continental uses terminal C for it’s mainline operations, but due to reducing the overflow in terminal C, Continental flight 61 from Brussels uses Terminal B for it’s arrival most of the times. Today was no exception, at 11.55 we docked at gate B53 in the B2 sattelite. This satellite usual handles al non Continental departures, when leaving my seat I noticed this message

When saying goodbye to CO3 we continued on our conversation, actually he was a flight attendant on a previous flight of mine back in December 2009 from Brussels to Newark. I wished him goodbye and maybe next time. Here is the forward cabin again

Before deboarding I asked if I was allowed in the cockpit which I sure was, so quickly snapped some pictures before leaving. When snapping some pictures I noticed a familiar neighbour. VT-JWG who just arrived from Mumbai with a stopover in Brussels docked in next to us! It seems like we beat the race

Before leaving I took some pictures of the new Businessfirst cabin, the Dutch and French speaking flight attendant gave me a weird look. Oh well,,,

After thanking the crew I was on my towards immigration..


Transfering in Newark
By the time I was off the aircraft it was 12.10 already I was the last one off my flight and the last passengers from Jet Airways 228 where making it’s way to the immigration booths. Despite several heavy jets coming in at the same time, the immigration hall was quite empty. After a few minutes I was cleared, overtaking the Jet Airways crew and some flight attendants from my flight. Next stop baggage claim where I had an ample waiting time as well. Then the usual custums routine and rechecking my bag and I was out in the terminal at 12.35. It’s so nice to go trough this without a glitch compared to airports like Atlanta for example which is a pain arriving in as an international passport. All departures and arrivals are listed by terminal. Here are the arrivals for terminal B where you can find my flight in between the first bank of European arrivals.

My next flight to Greenville/Spartanburg would go from terminal A since it is an Expressjet flight, looks like operation is going quite well this afternoon here


The terminals in Newark are connected by a monorail system, First I travelled to terminal C to see the mainline operation. Besides some Continental birds in different shapes and sizes there was not to much to see here

Back to terminal B I had a nice view of Egmund Viking, or LN-RKH a SAS A330 that just arrived in from Stockholm as SK 903 in the distant you can see a 767 parked whom just came in from Paris as CO 57.

In the B2 Satellite I could see N78017 being pushed back, she would be going over to terminal C to be prepared for her next task. She would be going to Hong Kong as CO 99 a few hours later, a trek of more than 15 hours. Besides that there was a small Dash-8 from Porter airlines to Toronto (and the DH8 looked small compared to the 777). On the other side the Jet Airways A3330 had already left and was replaced by a Delta 767-300 operating DL57 from Amsterdam.

The next satellite was pretty mush deserted with a few Delta-jets, off to terminal A where I could find some US Airways 737’s awaiting departure to different hubs! Maybe I will fly on you someday

When stopping at the A-terminal! I could see the A2-sattelite with the multiple ERJ-jets awaiting their next mission. Can you see the odd duck in between al these Continental express jets

After passing the rather narrow security lane, which I think that Newark’s A and B terminals have the worst lanes in the US. I passed trough at 13.30 and was ready to wait for my next departure.
The A-terminal was rather crowded, with a few shops in the middle and hardly anywhere to sit! This is on a normal afternoon, There is something that says I do not want to be here on a stormy or a snowy day at all!

When I went to my gate I noticed passengers boarding already? How could boarding begin almost an hour and a half in advance? Because it was not for our flight. CO 3118 to Charleston, SC was also using gate A28. When I looked over the A1-sattelite I could see not everything was under a roof yet when I could see this

United still clearly operates from terminal A (except for their Newark-Zurich flight that leaves out Terminal C) while United Express leaves from the same area as Continental Express, at the end of the satellite I noticed Jetblue was using this facility as well? Maybe she will enter my log in a few weeks (N605JB)

When al passengers where onboard the Charleston flight I was able to grab a seat, after sending a text message I noticed passengers disembarking again? Would there be problems with the CHS flight?? No? before realising it the CHS already was taxing down the runway and a new plane, N11181 whom had just arrived from Bentonville, Arkansas as CO 2449. She would be taking me down to South Carolina in just an hour

While making another walk, I could spot another nice lineup of Continental 737’s. Aren’t they just cute

The rest of the layover passed uneventful at 14.30 my bags got gate checked and I was ready to go on my final sector of the day.

Continental Express/Expressjet flight 3001 from Newark to Greenville/Spartanburg
Thursday 28 July, 2011
Newark (KEWR/EWR) – Greenville/Spartanburg (KGSP/GSP)
Continental Express/Expressjet 3001 (Codeshare: Air Canada 3167, Copa Airlines 8521, Lufthansa 7862)
Embrear 145XR, N11181 Economy Class 17A
Built and delivered to Expressjet on 13 April, 2005
14.55-14.58 (Gate A28; wheels up on runway 22R at 15.08)
16.51-16.36 (Gate A08; wheels down on runway 22 at 16.32)
Est flying time: 1hrs25mins
Cruising Altitude: FL 360
Load factor: 100% in Y
Routing: BIGGY-J75-GVE-J37-LYH-WKTL1

Personal statistics
145th registered flight.
6th flight in 2011
3rd flight on Continental Express by Expressjet
4th flight on the Embrear 135 series aircraft
4th flight on the Embrear 145
1st flight on N11181

When boarding the plane my first impression was pretty small. But hey, of course… after deboarding a 777 and embrear is pretty small! The sole flight attendant was a male flight attendant in his 20s who found straitening his hair in the galley more important then greeting his passengers. Being one of the first passengers onboard I decided to snap a quick interior picture

The Embrear 135 series aircraft are one of my favourite regional jets because of the 1-2 seating. My seat would be the second third row from the back, once installed it was time to peek out the window

Boarding was complete and the Flight attendant rushed through the automatic safety announcement. Just one minute after our scheduled departure time N11181 pushed back for her next regional destination. Since the takeoff runway had yet to change since my arrival 3 hours prior, we where able to see different aircraft from countries all over the world. The first interesting sighting would be an American Airlines MD-83 registred N965TW.

A bit further in a mobile parked position I could spot VT-JWG for the 3rd time today! She was being prepared for her flight back to Brussels and on to India ass 9W 227. Next to this A330 you could see it’s main competitior, an Air India 777 was being prepared for its journey home to Mumbai as well as AI 144.

When passing by I noticed the Delta 767 spotted earlier had moved to the B1-sattelite awaiting it’s next flight as DL56 back to Amsterdam.

In the B2/B3 satellites the European arrival bank was in its full swing as European carriers such as Openskies, British Airways, SAS, Alitalia, Lufthansa and TAP had arrived from their home bases. Among the registred ones where CS-TOM, CS-TNE and OY-KRN

When passing terminal C I could see N78017’s Star Alliance tail being pushed back for it’s 15 hour journey to Hong Kong. That Newark-Hong Kong flight sure makes hop from Brussels feel like just a short hop for the 777. A last sighting was a Kalitta 747 before being back in the air at 15.08, 3 hours and 10 minutes after touching down on Continental 61
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=281VoHyg4yQ
Soon I had a great view of Manhattan before banking to the right

Soon we where over the New Jersey countryside

Won’t forget it this time, legroom was pretty much ok for this short flight to Greenville/Spartanburg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BusgTsmOZtM


As he was during boarding, the main activity of the flight attendant was playing with his hair in the galley or in the lavatory. Outside there was not to much to see of the Virginan countryside.

Soon the service commenced. I noticed some more cuts. There was only a beverage service without any kind of nuts, cookies or pretzels. If course it was not a big deal, but it still would have been nice.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODThCH8jOCc

Soon I got up and gave a small gift as thanks to the flight attendant, who was… well doing the same activity in his galley as he was doing the majority of the flight. We talked a bit and I learned he was doing a Newark-Greenville-Newark-Minneapolis run this afternoon, quite an easy go for a regional carrier compared to stories I’ve heard.

When I returned back to my seat the cloud layer had broke and giving the time I assumed we where over North Carolina somewhere

My feeling got confirmed when the decent started to commence at 16.00

After some turns the flight attendant game out of his galley to clear everybody’s beverage and returned to his jumpseat for arrival.


Before realising it the houses on the ground became bigger and the flaps where extended!

A bit later the flaps where fully extended and the final decent had commenced as we flew over the town of Spartanburg, notice the typical American train trestle

At 16.32, our Embrear touched down on the hot soil of Greenville/Spartanburg’s runway 22. The current temperature was 39 degrees celcius. A bit of a difference since my departure in Brussels where it was only 12 degrees.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksopoXoGGoY
We taxied and came to a full stop at gate A8 at 16.38. A quick shot before I had to close my window to keep the plane nice and cool. There was not so much traffic, just a Delta CRJ registred N914EV that was being prepared for flight DL5404 to Detroit.

When passing the door, I asked if I could make another picture up front. Which was accepted.

After some talking, I deboarded and went to make one last picture of N11181. Now preparing for its next journey as CO2737 to Newark, due to depart at 17.30


Arrival in Greenville/Spartanburg airport
Once in the concourse I had to walk to the other end of the concourse passing the Southwest Airlines and US Airways Express gates! Manning the US Airways Express gate there was one familiar agent handeling a very familiar flight to me, You can find more in this trip report
Propping Around The Upstate! (by MSS658 Aug 7 2011 in Trip Reports)
Soon it was first to check the arrival display, all was running on time. Except a cancellation from Philadelpia

Soon it was of to baggage claim where my case was awaiting me. I met a friend of mine at by 17.00 I was on the road for an uneventful drive to Anderson, SC. I arrived there at 17.45, about 18 hours and 15 minutes after departing home!

Overall verdict:

I always found Continental Airlines to be a bit better than it’s North American counterparts and even beats some European airlines as well! This flight was no exception, even with the minor changes it has made in it’s service. Great and professional flight attendants (tough a bit strange that they started the second service quite late), decent food, comfortable seating and an entertainment system with a large selection. However the choice was a bit average (but everybody haves it’s own tastes). The only thing that needs to be improved is the departure procedure here in Brussels, 4 desks handeling a full 777 aircraft is not acceptable and hope this has changed since United took over this route. It would also be nice to be able to use internet check-in if it’s advertised. But besides that Continental is and still will be my favourite airline at all time, Lets only hope that United doesn’t flush Continental away. As I spoke about a rumour that United would takeover Newark-Brussels, they have indeed taken it over end September 2011. Continental will be a deeply missed carrier here in BRU

The Expressjet flight on the other side did not impress me. Sure, I was not expecting 35-inch seat pitch, 500 AVOD channels and 3-course dining. After several flight on different carriers I do know what to expect and know this flight could improve crew-wise and catering-wise. If other airlines can manage to feed a whole 737 for a 30 minute flight, why can’t you do that for an Embrear 145 on a flight that takes more than an hour! Newark’s terminal A looked dull and crowded as well, and would not want to be there at peak times or when weather hits the Newark area

Overall remarks:

Continental Airlines 0061 from Brussels to Newark : (Total score = 77%)

Departure: 60% (Malfunctioning online check in, and only 4 desks is a bit poor)
Aircraft cleanliness : 80% (Roomy impression, clean impression)
Seat Comfort: 90% (decent legroom, standard pillow and blanket, wide and soft, IFE box does not form a disturbance)
Crew: 90% (Friendly with an added service-oriented touch)
IFE: 70% (pletty of offers, choice is average)
Catering: 80% (Good quality and quantity wise! Enjoyed the pre-arrival hot-sandwich)
Arrival: 70% (CBP inspection procedure went hassle-free without any worries)


Continental Express/Expressjet 3001 from Newark to Greenville/Spartanburg : (Total score = 68%)

Departure: 60% (The Continental Express-sattelite is a very cramped and dull facility)
Aircraft cleanliness : 70% (Kept nice and clean)
Seat Comfort: 80% (Good, soft leather 1-2 seating)
Crew: 50% (not motivated, straightening your hair is more important then greeting your passengers
Catering: 60% (Average, an extra bag of cookies or pretzels would have been a nice extra)
Arrival: 80% (Calm and efficient, what can one want more for a small regional airport…)

As a bonus I would like to give a list of regs I spotted in Brussels, Newark and Greenville/Spartanburg

Brussels:
VT-JWH
VT-JWE
VT-JWG
VT-JWQ
OE-LDE
VT-JWJ
A6-EYO
N78017
OO-SFN
OO-SFM
OO-SFO
D-AEBB
N176AA
N656UA
N172DZ
OO-TCN
OO-VEG
OO-DWA
OO-DJP
N378AA
N253AY
HA-LON
N713TW
B-6116
N778UA
G-RJXP
TC-JEJ

Newark:
N78017
N14173
N13955
LH-KRH
N643RW
N14952
VT-JWG
N12275
N11181
N13538
N14570
N965TW
N27962
N15134
CS-TOM
CS-TNE
OY-KRN
N289WQ

Greenville/Spartanburg:
N11181
N914EV


Facts in this trip report:
2 new registrations (N78017 and N11181)

Facts in the trip report series:
2 new registrations (N78017 and N11181)


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:
Losing my Southwest virginity!


Past 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: Au-revoir Continental!
Username: EASTERN747
Posted 2011-12-05 15:34:51 and read 22036 times.

If you want to be an airline freek,,,,,,you don't "dock" an aircraft....you "park" it. The QM2 is docked....BA1 is parked...FYI

Topic: RE: Au-revoir Continental!
Username: The777Man
Posted 2011-12-05 16:05:11 and read 21961 times.

Hi Marc!

Nice report with nice pictures !

Great to see you fly CO a last time; as of 30Nov, it's all UA.

UA used to have a drink service before the meal so perhaps this is a cut on the CO side ? Most departments are actually run by former CO people.

Meal looks great and IFE options look very impressive as well.

Too bad terminal C is so crowded at EWR!

I also really like the EMB-145 and had a great flight with XE a few years ago IAD-IAH.

Looking forward to your return report!

The777Man

Topic: RE: Au-revoir Continental!
Username: lychemsa
Posted 2011-12-05 16:08:31 and read 21948 times.

For me CO Y transatlantic service is the "worst."

Generous legroom? On the 777 it's 31". On the 767 / 757 it's 32" so that is OK. Entertainment is good and a lot better than AA. Food? Most of the tray is lettuce. Deserts? None. Just a cookie.

However their frequent flyer program is excellent.

Topic: RE: Au-revoir Continental!
Username: LGWflyer
Posted 2011-12-05 16:49:34 and read 21810 times.

Hey MSS658, a very brilliant trip report! I loved it, the best one I have read in a while.   Great job getting on the Star Alliance 777. Haha that pic you get inflight over the once sunny UK was great, I am down there somewhere looking up at all the contrails. Loved the pics of EWR, one which caught my eye was the one with all the CO/UA express ERJ's, thats what I can remember seeing loads of when I was there. Lol and well done for beating the Jet Airways aircraft. I see you also got a pic of a US 734, flew N425US CLT-EWR last December which was my first time to EWR. Enjoyed the cockpit pics also.

Also cheers for the YT videos!

[Edited 2011-12-05 16:55:08]

Topic: RE: Au-revoir Continental!
Username: volvair
Posted 2011-12-05 17:12:01 and read 21738 times.

Hi MSS658,

thanks for sharing your CO farewell flights (or is there a return journey TR waiting for us?). I had my first and last CO flights in February and March this year, 6 legs in total including one long-haul and I was also pleasantly surprised by them. But my expectations have not been too high. Crews were particularly friendly, helpful and also threw in a joke or two. Meals on the TATL flight could have been better, though.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
When completing this I received an attached document noting me this was not a boarding pass and I should use manual check in. Thumbs down on this one!

I know this e-mail as well. I think this is due to the necessary document checks on international flights going to the US, but I might be wrong.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
N78017 is the bird, a plane in Star Alliance colors will take us up to Newark this morning

Great catch. I was lucky to fly on this frame in March on IAH-EWR. At this time, it still said Continental and not United below the Star Alliance writing. I found CO's 772 to have a really nice interior, very comfortable seats, appropriate IFE. I connected to a Lufthansa A346 and this was a real downgrade in seat comfort.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
. Despite several heavy jets coming in at the same time, the immigration hall was quite empty.

I arrived about 20 minutes after you did on a Tuesday in February and the hall was packed. Almost two hours waiting time.

Topic: RE: Au-revoir Continental!
Username: OA260
Posted 2011-12-05 17:31:05 and read 21666 times.

Hey Marc ,
Great report enjoyed all the pics. Lucky to get into the cockpit and take pics! Well done. Like the look of the Business First. Thanks for the photos of this new cabin.


Looking forward to the next one  

Regards

Philip  

Topic: RE: Au-revoir Continental!
Username: Tigerguy
Posted 2011-12-05 18:35:05 and read 21486 times.

Hello there; another good report as usual!

Good that you were able to add a few handfuls of planes to the log - you can never have too many of those. Those shots of the ERJ remind me of a few flights I've had with American Eagle - those A seats are really a blessing!

Thanks also for another look at Continental. A month or two ago I had my first (and only) CO operated flight from LAS to DEN. As you can imagine, it was about as routine as a flight can get, but it was good nevertheless. From what I've seen and read, it seems as if I'm going to be missing out on a decent longhaul product. It's easy to see why so many people have good things to say about CO after your trip.

I'll be waiting for the next presentation of your journeys...

Topic: RE: Au-revoir Continental!
Username: aflyingkiwi
Posted 2011-12-05 19:29:25 and read 21355 times.

Hi,

Great report & nice pics. It seemed like you had a couple of decent flights with Continental. It's quite sad that they've been swallowed up as they're probably one of better US carriers out there, Hopefully the new UA will be just as good as them.

Thanks for sharing.

Regards,
aflyingkiwi

Topic: RE: Au-revoir Continental!
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2011-12-05 23:09:22 and read 21025 times.

Hi Marc,

very nice report! I like your new layout, well done!

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
I immediately was amused that I would be having a special aircraft. Later on I received a message from Planehunter wishing me a nice flight on this special 777.

It's always a pleasure to get the Star Alliance livery - and the bigger the plane, the better!

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
I opted for the chicken and must say it did taste quite good. Another change was the portion of the salad

The main course looks okay, but they should downsize the salad and serve a proper dessert!

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
A while ago fellow member Planehunter took a flight on the Continental 777-200 from London Heathrow to Houston. Actually the plane that brought him to Houston, was my plane on my first Continental flight from Brussels to Newark back in 2007. You can read his report here:

Thanks for the link!

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
VT-JWG who just arrived from Mumbai with a stopover in Brussels docked in next to us! It seems like we beat the race

You cannot seriously expect that an A330 would beat a 777!  

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
But hey, of course… after deboarding a 777 and embrear is pretty small!

From heaven to hell...well, almost.  

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 3):
For me CO Y transatlantic service is the "worst."

Have you ever flown US?


PH

Topic: RE: Au-revoir Continental!
Username: MSS658
Posted 2011-12-06 02:55:29 and read 20662 times.

Hi

Quoting The777Man (Reply 2):
Hi Marc!
Nice report with nice pictures !
Great to see you fly CO a last time; as of 30Nov, it's all UA.
UA used to have a drink service before the meal so perhaps this is a cut on the CO side ? Most departments are actually run by former CO people.
Meal looks great and IFE options look very impressive as well.
Too bad terminal C is so crowded at EWR!
I also really like the EMB-145 and had a great flight with XE a few years ago IAD-IAH.
Looking forward to your return report!
The777Man

Hi Lars
Thanks for commenting, I hope you enjoyed the read! I was also glad to be able to fly Continental for one last time! Thanks for the insight information as well. I don't have to much complaints of terminal C in Newark! A and B however....

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 3):
For me CO Y transatlantic service is the "worst."

Hi lychemsa
As quoted by Planehunter, there are much worser out there if you think CO is the worst here's proof
US Airways A330-300's. Are They Really That Bad? (by MSS658 Oct 16 2010 in Trip Reports)
US Airways A333's.Are They Really That Bad? Part 2 (by MSS658 Oct 23 2010 in Trip Reports)

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 3):
Generous legroom? On the 777 it's 31". On the 767 / 757 it's 32" so that is OK. Entertainment is good and a lot better than AA. Food? Most of the tray is lettuce. Deserts? None. Just a cookie.

However their frequent flyer program is excellent.

Based on your criteria it seems like you don't find CO bad at all.. Can you please explain why CO is the worst for you? I know they are not SQ, EY, EK or anything like that but they still offer a decent product IMO!

Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 4):
Hey MSS658, a very brilliant trip report! I loved it, the best one I have read in a while. Great job getting on the Star Alliance 777. Haha that pic you get inflight over the once sunny UK was great, I am down there somewhere looking up at all the contrails. Loved the pics of EWR, one which caught my eye was the one with all the CO/UA express ERJ's, thats what I can remember seeing loads of when I was there. Lol and well done for beating the Jet Airways aircraft. I see you also got a pic of a US 734, flew N425US CLT-EWR last December which was my first time to EWR. Enjoyed the cockpit pics also.

Also cheers for the YT videos

Hi LGWflyer,
Thanks for your comment! It really makes my day  . Haha.. I waved when taking that picture  . Continental sure treated me well for sending the star alliance jet to Brussels that day! I actually flew N425US from PBI to EWR last december. you can see the full report on her here!
US Airways And Irregular Operations! (by MSS658 Jul 17 2011 in Trip Reports)
Glad you enjoyed the movies as well! Just sad I can't embedd om here on A.net

Quoting volvair (Reply 5):
Hi MSS658,

thanks for sharing your CO farewell flights (or is there a return journey TR waiting for us?). I had my first and last CO flights in February and March this year, 6 legs in total including one long-haul and I was also pleasantly surprised by them. But my expectations have not been too high. Crews were particularly friendly, helpful and also threw in a joke or two. Meals on the TATL flight could have been better, though

Hi volvair
Thanks for commenting, I'm glad you enjoyed your trip with them as well! Sure they are not SQ, EK,... but still have a decent product and beat their US counterparts

Quoting volvair (Reply 5):
I know this e-mail as well. I think this is due to the necessary document checks on international flights going to the US, but I might be wrong.

I only got this on Continental. Have not occured this on US Airways, Air France-KLM or Lufthansa TATL

Quoting volvair (Reply 5):
Great catch. I was lucky to fly on this frame in March on IAH-EWR. At this time, it still said Continental and not United below the Star Alliance writing. I found CO's 772 to have a really nice interior, very comfortable seats, appropriate IFE. I connected to a Lufthansa A346 and this was a real downgrade in seat comfort.

Nice to see we got the same registration! seating comfort-wise we have the same opinion! I found the seat to be more comfortable than Lufthansa's (A343, which of course is a different then the A346). If interested you can see those reports as well
Lufthansa, There Is No Better Way To Fly! (by MSS658 Jul 5 2011 in Trip Reports)
Sun, Snow, Rain And ... Lufthansa! (by MSS658 Sep 4 2011 in Trip Reports)

Quoting volvair (Reply 5):
I arrived about 20 minutes after you did on a Tuesday in February and the hall was packed. Almost two hours waiting time.

I did realise a huge amount of planes had docked in when I made it into the B-baggage claim. But 2 hours is very long for Newark Have been there as well in the huge arrival bank and maximum waiting time was 30 minutes for me.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 6):
Hey Marc ,
Great report enjoyed all the pics. Lucky to get into the cockpit and take pics! Well done. Like the look of the Business First. Thanks for the photos of this new cabin.


Looking forward to the next one

Regards

Philip

Hi Phillip, thanks for replying! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Quoting Tigerguy (Reply 7):
Hello there; another good report as usual!

Good that you were able to add a few handfuls of planes to the log - you can never have too many of those. Those shots of the ERJ remind me of a few flights I've had with American Eagle - those A seats are really a blessing!

Thanks also for another look at Continental. A month or two ago I had my first (and only) CO operated flight from LAS to DEN. As you can imagine, it was about as routine as a flight can get, but it was good nevertheless. From what I've seen and read, it seems as if I'm going to be missing out on a decent longhaul product. It's easy to see why so many people have good things to say about CO after your trip.

I'll be waiting for the next presentation of your journeys...

Hi Tigerguy,

Thanks for commenting, glad you enjoyed it. Those ERJ jets belong to my favorite! Glad you enjoyed your domestic run on CO as well! Let's just hope that UA will match CO's standards and not vice-verca..

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 8):
Hi,

Great report & nice pics. It seemed like you had a couple of decent flights with Continental. It's quite sad that they've been swallowed up as they're probably one of better US carriers out there, Hopefully the new UA will be just as good as them.

Thanks for sharing.

Regards,
aflyingkiwi

Hi aflyingkiwi

Thanks for commenting! Always enjoyed my time with Continental, I always found their standards a bit higher than their US counterparts! Lets hope it stays that way!

Greetings
Marc

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
very nice report! I like your new layout, well done!

Hi PH
Thanks for commenting! Glad you enjoyed it!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
It's always a pleasure to get the Star Alliance livery - and the bigger the plane, the better!

I was quite amused to see this special livery as well!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
The main course looks okay, but they should downsize the salad and serve a proper dessert!

I agree on this!


Greetings
Marc

Topic: RE: Au-revoir Continental!
Username: LH4532
Posted 2011-12-06 04:46:58 and read 20475 times.

Hello Marc ,

You sure have a written a very nice Trip Report . It was nice reading it after school . I enjoyed the pictures a lot , they sure look good . The only time I flew with an airplane with the Star Alliance livery , was with UA from FRA-SFO it was N121UA .
Keep up the good work .


Daniel

Topic: RE: Au-revoir Continental!
Username: MSS658
Posted 2011-12-06 06:30:51 and read 20273 times.

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 11):
Hello Marc ,

You sure have a written a very nice Trip Report . It was nice reading it after school . I enjoyed the pictures a lot , they sure look good . The only time I flew with an airplane with the Star Alliance livery , was with UA from FRA-SFO it was N121UA .
Keep up the good work .


Daniel

Hi Daniel

Thanks for your comment, I'm glad you enjoyed it! Glad you where able to fly a Star Alliance 744 as well!

Greetings
Marc

Topic: RE: Au-revoir Continental!
Username: deltamartin
Posted 2011-12-06 06:57:56 and read 20195 times.

Hi Marc!

Nice tripreport, an interesting read!

Your pictures from Newark with all those SK planes reminded my of trip there with SK. Terminal A don't look much better than terminal B.

The flight with Continental looks nice. As you say, I hope the new United will turn out good!

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
When stopping at the A-terminal! I could see the A2-sattelite with the multiple ERJ-jets awaiting their next mission.

Looks so weird with those small planes using jetways!

Martin

Topic: RE: Au-revoir Continental!
Username: Sultanils
Posted 2011-12-06 08:01:52 and read 20087 times.

Hi MSS658,

A really nice report. And you managed to include the maps,   . It's indeed a bit    to see the Continental brand disappear but at least the route is still being served by a 777 as we speak. You seemingly had a nice crew on CO61, the F/A's were really friendly and talkative. The E145 I don't like so much, I find it way too cramped. The newer and larger E-jet's are much better (170-195).

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
When completing this I received an attached document noting me this was not a boarding pass and I should use manual check in.

Huh, so you checked in online but got no bp? Strange...

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Seems like Ethiad is doing a lot advertising here in Brussels nowadays, maybe they are feeling the competition of Qatar who recently started flying from Doha to Brussels!

And MEA and TG as well.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
a Thomas cook A320 painted especially for the Musical of the Belgian children-song group ‘K3’

You personal favorite  ?

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Routing: EBBR-DENUT3C-DENUT-UL60-LPIM-UL179-CPT-STU-UN546-BAKUR-RESNO-NAT E-STEAM-N230E-COYNAN-HANAA-ALB-V213-SAX-KEWR

Wow, how did you get this detailed routing? You asked the cockpit crew?

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Soon A Turkish Airlines A321, registred TC-JEJ arriving from Istanbul gave us clearance.

Most likely he was obliged to give you clearance  

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Then the usual custums routine and rechecking my bag

So your bad was not sent through to your final destination?

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
We talked a bit and I learned he was doing a Newark-Greenville-Newark-Minneapolis run this afternoon, quite an easy go for a regional carrier compared to stories I’ve heard.

So plenty of time to do his hair lol!

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
A quick shot before I had to close my window to keep the plane nice and cool.

Did the F/A ask you to close the shades upon leaving the plane?

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
If other airlines can manage to feed a whole 737 for a 30 minute flight, why can’t you do that for an Embrear 145 on a flight that takes more than an hour!

It's not about the time, it's about the 'bling bling'

Sultanils
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Topic: RE: Au-revoir Continental!
Username: Luxair747SP
Posted 2011-12-06 10:23:46 and read 19846 times.

Hi Marc,

very nice TR about Continental, probably one of the last ones ever.
The cabin with the new IFE looks comfortable, but the food could be improved I think.
Also very nice of the crews for letting you in the office up front.

Thanks a lot for sharing.
Cheers
Johannes

Topic: RE: Au-revoir Continental!
Username: akhmad
Posted 2011-12-06 11:19:05 and read 19660 times.

Hi Marc,

First of all, my compliment for the new layout. I like it! Your memories about the flight details at EWR were just amazing. It was like being on a guided airport tour with you. Well done!   


Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
When completing this I received an attached document noting me this was not a boarding pass and I should use manual check in. Thumbs down on this one!

I wish it would have been a hint of operational upgrade.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Later on I received a message from Planehunter wishing me a nice flight on this special 777

How sweet of PH!  


Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
maybe they are feeling the competition of Qatar who recently started flying from Doha to Brussels!

Perhaps EY should abandon BRU for AMS. Sorry, I cannot help saying this.   


Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
OO-TCN, a Thomas cook A320 painted especially for the Musical of the Belgian children-song group ‘K3’ pushing back to warmer places

Can you imagine their songs being played the whole flight from boarding until arrival?

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
home after a few days abroad! VT-JWQ (JFK) and VT-JWG (YYZ) are continuing there journey from India to America. VT-JWH would be operating the flight from Mumbai to Newark via Brussels and would be leaving at a similar time as my continental flight? Let’s see who’s first!

Then, I would stick to 9W as my on-board experience would be longer.  


Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
As a thanks for this wonderfull flight I gave the flight attendants some nice chocolates as gift.

How sweet. Just curious, were you inspired by our fellow Burj?

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
How could I dare leave this flight without taking a picture of this

Decent legroom for long haul.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
In the landing video you can hear CO2 thank me for the chocolates and using his best humour against my neighbour
Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
actually he was a flight attendant on a previous flight of mine back in December 2009 from Brussels to Newark.

There is no better way to thank CO2. Good job, Marc!   


Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Can you see the odd duck in between al these Continental express jets

United non T-tail E-jet?

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Maybe she will enter my log in a few weeks (N605JB)

Looking forward to this. JetBlue’s above average legroom has always been intriguing me.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Aren’t they just cute

  

Thank you for sharing.

Best wishes,
Suryo

Topic: RE: Au-revoir Continental!
Username: CaptainRed
Posted 2011-12-06 13:06:28 and read 19450 times.

Hi Marc,

thanks for this interesting report. Glad you had a good experience on your CO flight to EWR. Since now CO is still my most traveled airline (distance-wise at least, not the number of legs) and I always liked it as well. The only thing I didn't like was the transfer at EWR, not really my favorite airport. Always very crowded, as you have also found out.

I really liked the pictures you took from the cockpits. Also great by the crews to allow you to take pics, nice.

Greetings
CaptainRed

Topic: RE: Au-revoir Continental!
Username: 767747
Posted 2011-12-06 19:34:42 and read 19079 times.

Good report, MSS658!

Looks like you had a few nice flights with the new United! EWR is definitely a busy airport; I always try to avoid traveling through there when I come back to the NY area to visit family.

Thanks for sharing!

Matthew

Topic: RE: Au-revoir Continental!
Username: ROGERBCN
Posted 2011-12-06 23:14:54 and read 18867 times.

Hola Marc!

Great report.

Nice to see your flights with CO over the Atlantic, I last flew CO in 1995... so seeing it again is quite a difference, I took their MAD-EWR flight on this airlines I had never heard of then.

It seems they have a very decent product, AVOD is quite awesome for Y, so many films and music to choose from, not bad and the catering looked Ok to me.

Funny you went to GSP, I have as well flown there on defunct Eastern from New York, back in 1988. It was my arrival airport when working at a South Carolina college nearby in Clinton. I see they have jet bridges now; they did not when I flew there and I remember the airport as being pretty small with just one bag carrousel...

Your trip brought good memories to me which is quite nice. Thanks!

Salut!

Roger

Topic: RE: Au-revoir Continental!
Username: MSS658
Posted 2011-12-07 00:53:38 and read 18787 times.

Hi

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 13):
Hi Marc!

Nice tripreport, an interesting read!

Your pictures from Newark with all those SK planes reminded my of trip there with SK. Terminal A don't look much better than terminal B.

The flight with Continental looks nice. As you say, I hope the new United will turn out good!

Hi Martin, thanks for your comment! I've left in B once and it was a sad expercience as well! Let's hope the CO spirit stays in place!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 13):
Looks so weird with those small planes using jetways!

Martin

Quite common here in the US

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 14):
Hi MSS658,

A really nice report. And you managed to include the maps, . It's indeed a bit to see the Continental brand disappear but at least the route is still being served by a 777 as we speak. You seemingly had a nice crew on CO61, the F/A's were really friendly and talkative. The E145 I don't like so much, I find it way too cramped. The newer and larger E-jet's are much better (170-195).

Hi Nils,
Thanks for the comment (and some help), I'm also sorry to see them vanish into UA. I like the ERJ145 on a count of the 1-2 seating!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 14):
Huh, so you checked in online but got no bp? Strange...

Yep, after checking in I got the message, this is not a boarding pass

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 14):
You personal favorite ?

Do I look that crazy! :p

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 14):
Wow, how did you get this detailed routing? You asked the cockpit crew?

Detailed sheet I ask the pilots to fill in (If they got time)! Remember that sheet that got lost in LIS last time!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 14):
So your bad was not sent through to your final destination?

Common practice in the US where you have to claim and recheck in the first airport of arrival

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 14):
So plenty of time to do his hair lol!

The funny part is that his hair did not look any different after arrival in GSP then when I boarded in EWR.

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 15):
Hi Marc,

very nice TR about Continental, probably one of the last ones ever.
The cabin with the new IFE looks comfortable, but the food could be improved I think.
Also very nice of the crews for letting you in the office up front.

Thanks a lot for sharing.
Cheers
Johannes

Hi Johannes
Thanks for your comment! There is at least one more CO-report coming!
Beside the large salad I found the food to be decent

Quoting akhmad (Reply 16):
Hi Marc,

First of all, my compliment for the new layout. I like it! Your memories about the flight details at EWR were just amazing. It was like being on a guided airport tour with you. Well done!

Hi Suryo, Thanks for the kind words!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 16):
I wish it would have been a hint of operational upgrade.

I wished that aswell!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 16):
Perhaps EY should abandon BRU for AMS. Sorry, I cannot help saying this.

or EK, CX and MH can abandon AMS for BRU  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 16):
Can you imagine their songs being played the whole flight from boarding until arrival?

Worst inflight expercience ever!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 16):
How sweet. Just curious, were you inspired by our fellow Burj?

Possible, I got inspired by a TR a while ago.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 16):
United non T-tail E-jet?

Correcto

Quoting akhmad (Reply 16):
Looking forward to this. JetBlue%u2019s above average legroom has always been intriguing me.

Must say it was not one of the most pleasurable experciences

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 17):
Hi Marc,

thanks for this interesting report. Glad you had a good experience on your CO flight to EWR. Since now CO is still my most traveled airline (distance-wise at least, not the number of legs) and I always liked it as well. The only thing I didn't like was the transfer at EWR, not really my favorite airport. Always very crowded, as you have also found out.

I really liked the pictures you took from the cockpits. Also great by the crews to allow you to take pics, nice.

Greetings
CaptainRed

Hi Marco
Thanks for your comment! Glad to hear we value the same opinion as well over Continental! Yea, EWR isn't the best out there! Especially if something happens!

Quoting 767747 (Reply 18):
Good report, MSS658!

Looks like you had a few nice flights with the new United! EWR is definitely a busy airport; I always try to avoid traveling through there when I come back to the NY area to visit family.

Thanks for sharing!

Matthew

Hi Matthew,
thanks for commenting! It was an enjoyable expercience!

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 19):
Hola Marc!

Great report.

Hi Roger
Thanks

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 19):
Nice to see your flights with CO over the Atlantic, I last flew CO in 1995... so seeing it again is quite a difference, I took their MAD-EWR flight on this airlines I had never heard of then.

It's amazing how some things can change in a short time

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 19):
Funny you went to GSP, I have as well flown there on defunct Eastern from New York, back in 1988. It was my arrival airport when working at a South Carolina college nearby in Clinton. I see they have jet bridges now; they did not when I flew there and I remember the airport as being pretty small with just one bag carrousel...

Nice, My relatives live in Anderson. Not far from the famous Clemson university! Just a 45minute drive from GSP (nice comparing to the usual 2-hour trek from ATL or CLT). GSP has changed quite a bit, even a runway which is capable for handling 747's (there was once a rumour that LH would fly 747's in there, which I don't believe at all)

Topic: RE: Au-revoir Continental!
Username: JL418
Posted 2011-12-07 09:04:11 and read 18420 times.

Hello there Marc!

Thanks for sharing with us your TR, great to have a last memory of Continental before they disappear into United. One of my first memories of plane lover regarded my dad and I parking our car at Milan airport prior to a trip abroad and witnessing a CO 767 - a -200 model, probably - taking off above our heads. From that moment on CO became my favourite American airline and I promised myself that, if I ever had the chance to go to the US on an American carrier, then Continental it would have been. Unfortunately it seems that I am too late but at least I have this TR telling me what I could have expected!

Thanks as well for sharing with us your spotting session, I didn't know that Jet Airways had such a massive operation in BRU, three A332's in a row is a scene that I expected to see only in India!

Fabrizio

Topic: RE: Au-revoir Continental!
Username: SloAir
Posted 2011-12-07 10:28:38 and read 18313 times.

Hi Marc,

another great job, thanks for the report and thanks for the link! I will miss CO too, but the new c/s looks quite nice in my opinion. Hope they keep the good stuff from CO in the new UA. Also nice to see the ERJ145, I booked my first flight on an Embraer for the end of this year. The chicken meal on the 777 looks very good.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Routing: EBBR-DENUT3C-DENUT-UL60-LPIM-UL179-CPT-STU-UN546-BAKUR-RESNO-NAT E-STEAM-N230E-COYNAN-HANAA-ALB-V213-SAX-KEWR

Interesting, where did you get the route information from?

Regards,
Blaž

Topic: RE: Au-revoir Continental!
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2011-12-07 13:10:52 and read 18109 times.

Hi, Marc,

congrats, pretty good to follow you´re CO story. Well written, nice style and also pictures.
Shame that CO leaves BRU, it seems a real good way to go to the States for you.
Also interesting to follow you´re domestic flight on the E-Jet.
Looking forward to the next part now.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)

Topic: RE: Au-revoir Continental!
Username: MSS658
Posted 2011-12-07 15:44:39 and read 17983 times.

Hi

Quoting JL418 (Reply 21):
Hello there Marc!

Thanks for sharing with us your TR, great to have a last memory of Continental before they disappear into United. One of my first memories of plane lover regarded my dad and I parking our car at Milan airport prior to a trip abroad and witnessing a CO 767 - a -200 model, probably - taking off above our heads. From that moment on CO became my favourite American airline and I promised myself that, if I ever had the chance to go to the US on an American carrier, then Continental it would have been. Unfortunately it seems that I am too late but at least I have this TR telling me what I could have expected!

Thanks as well for sharing with us your spotting session, I didn't know that Jet Airways had such a massive operation in BRU, three A332's in a row is a scene that I expected to see only in India!

Fabrizio

Hi Fabrizio

Thanks for your comment! I'm glad you enjoyed it! Sorry to hear you where unable to expercience the real CO-way of doing!

Jet Airways sure haves a big operation in BRU! 6 A330's at once!

Quoting SloAir (Reply 22):
Hi Marc,

another great job, thanks for the report and thanks for the link! I will miss CO too, but the new c/s looks quite nice in my opinion. Hope they keep the good stuff from CO in the new UA. Also nice to see the ERJ145, I booked my first flight on an Embraer for the end of this year. The chicken meal on the 777 looks very good.

Hi Blaz
Thanks! My pleasure linking to your TR. I hope as well that the high CO standards will be kept! Glad you made the move to book that ERJ   Hope you have a good flight!

Quoting SloAir (Reply 22):
nteresting, where did you get the route information from?

A sheet I got from the cockpit and flightaware.com

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 23):
Hi, Marc,

congrats, pretty good to follow you´re CO story. Well written, nice style and also pictures.
Shame that CO leaves BRU, it seems a real good way to go to the States for you.
Also interesting to follow you´re domestic flight on the E-Jet.
Looking forward to the next part now.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)

Hi Markus
Thanks for the kind words! Glad you enjoyed it! It's sad but true to see the brand go!
Next will be on a famous US domestic carrier!


Greetings
Marc

Topic: RE: Au-revoir Continental!
Username: EL-AL
Posted 2011-12-08 05:02:21 and read 17562 times.

Hey,

Thank you for very interesting report.

I heard some Israelis flying EWR-TLV complaining about changes in the CO/UA product. Still, they look like the best US airline for TATL flight nowdays.

Thx for shearing,

Jonathan

Topic: RE: Au-revoir Continental!
Username: MSS658
Posted 2011-12-09 04:15:48 and read 17158 times.

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 25):
Hey,

Thank you for very interesting report.

I heard some Israelis flying EWR-TLV complaining about changes in the CO/UA product. Still, they look like the best US airline for TATL flight nowdays.

Thx for shearing,

Jonathan

Hi Jonathan

Thanks for your comment! I'm glad we value the same opinion about CO

Greetings
Marc

Topic: RE: Au-revoir Continental!
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2011-12-09 12:29:27 and read 16975 times.

Nice report Marc!

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
It’s funny how Jet Airways, Continental, Delta and American all fly to New York and all leave within the hour.

Pretty busy route. When will SN join the fray?

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
The system had 123 movies that you could view per category or all at once

Pretty good range. Blows LH out of the water

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
The sole flight attendant was a male flight attendant in his 20s who found straitening his hair in the galley more important then greeting his passengers.

So unprofessional! The FA I had on my E140 SAN-LAX didn't pay any attention to the pax either.

Topic: RE: Au-revoir Continental!
Username: MSS658
Posted 2011-12-09 14:22:56 and read 16913 times.

Hi Gabriel

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 27):
Nice report Marc!

Thanks!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 27):
Pretty busy route. When will SN join the fray?

According do what I've understood. June 2012

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 27):
Pretty good range. Blows LH out of the water

The US carriers are not always that bad!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 27):
So unprofessional! The FA I had on my E140 SAN-LAX didn't pay any attention to the pax either.

It seems like that's the way of business lately on those regional carriers! Tough I had a few nice ones as well!

Topic: RE: Au-revoir Continental!
Username: eastafspot
Posted 2011-12-11 04:40:36 and read 16532 times.

Hello Mark

another good report, well done,
How many cockpit have you visited so far, you must have an impressive collection, and good relations with every *A cockpit crew  .

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Routing: EBBR-DENUT3C-DENUT-UL60-LPIM-UL179-CPT-STU-UN546-BAKUR-RESNO-NAT E-STEAM-N230E-COYNAN-HANAA-ALB-V213-SAX-KEWR

How/where do you get this info?

thanks for sharing

EAS (Léo)

Topic: RE: Au-revoir Continental!
Username: MSS658
Posted 2011-12-13 00:29:59 and read 16075 times.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 29):
Hello Mark

another good report, well done,

Hi Leonard

Thanks for commenting glad you liked it  
Quoting eastafspot (Reply 29):
How/where do you get this info?

thanks for sharing

EAS (Léo)

Information sheet I asked the pilots to fill in (if they wanted to), the same info can be find on flightaware.com as well


Greetings
Marc

Topic: RE: Au-revoir Continental!
Username: stipica
Posted 2011-12-19 14:36:26 and read 15290 times.

Hi Marc !
just small gift for you and CO and to say thanks ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STKkWj2WpWM
stipica  

Topic: RE: Au-revoir Continental!
Username: MSS658
Posted 2011-12-20 13:57:21 and read 15002 times.

Quoting stipica (Reply 31):
Hi Marc !
just small gift for you and CO and to say thanks ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STKkWj2WpWM
stipica

Hey Stipica

Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it!


Greetings
Marc

Topic: RE: Au-revoir Continental!
Username: signol
Posted 2012-01-02 13:07:57 and read 13919 times.

Hi Marc,

thanks for this report! A sad day for Continental fans, it seems that they were (possibly) the best US airline from all the good reports on here. You certainly had good service, and nice to get a peek into the cockpit! Your transfer seemed smooth, we do keep hearing of nightmare connections in EWR and JFK, good to hear it sometimes goes well  

Thanks again

signol

Topic: RE: Au-revoir Continental!
Username: MSS658
Posted 2012-01-04 06:17:05 and read 13563 times.

Quoting signol (Reply 33):
Hi Marc,

thanks for this report! A sad day for Continental fans, it seems that they were (possibly) the best US airline from all the good reports on here. You certainly had good service, and nice to get a peek into the cockpit! Your transfer seemed smooth, we do keep hearing of nightmare connections in EWR and JFK, good to hear it sometimes goes well

Thanks again

signol

Hi signol

Thanks for commenting, glad you liked it.
It is bad to see them go, I (and many others) found them to be just a little bit more than the other US carriers.
NYC transfers can be hit or miss.. Thankfully most transfers went pretty smooth with me  .

Greetings
Marc

Topic: RE: Au-revoir Continental!
Username: Parton87
Posted 2012-02-19 13:27:03 and read 11450 times.

Hello Marc!

Thanks for the great story! Nice that you was able to catch another CO flight before they will disappear completely into the UA brand. You seem to have a pretty good flight with them, especially the friendly F/A´s which is in my opinion the most important part 

EWR looks like a nice place for some spotting. I guess you had to be quit discrete when taking the pictures? It´s not allowed to take pictures in American airports right?

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
Jet Airways, Continental, Delta and American all fly to New York and

Impressive! It seems that it´s quit some demand between BRU and New York!

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
odd duck in between al these Continental express

I think these little Embraer´s looks really good with wing lets!

Thanks again!

Greetings
Robert

Topic: RE: Au-revoir Continental!
Username: MSS658
Posted 2012-02-19 16:16:54 and read 11338 times.

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 35):
Hello Marc!

Thanks for the great story! Nice that you was able to catch another CO flight before they will disappear completely into the UA brand. You seem to have a pretty good flight with them, especially the friendly F/A´s which is in my opinion the most important part

Hi Robert, thanks for replying! I'm glad you liked it!
Was glad I was able to choose them one last time, my last Continental Airlines trip report is in the production line

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 35):
EWR looks like a nice place for some spotting. I guess you had to be quit discrete when taking the pictures? It´s not allowed to take pictures in American airports right?

EWR can be quite strict about it, other airports are not that bad!

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 35):
Impressive! It seems that it´s quit some demand between BRU and New York!

I know, SN is joining the bunch in june  
Quoting Parton87 (Reply 35):
I think these little Embraer´s looks really good with wing lets!

my favorite RJ  

Greetings
Marc

Topic: RE: Au-revoir Continental!
Username: BZNPilot
Posted 2012-04-25 13:34:28 and read 9152 times.

Hi Marc,

Good to read this past report of yours, well done! Somehow I didn't catch this when you posted it, so better late than never. A good trip down memory lane.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
This summer would be one of the last chances to fly Continental, so I started looking to all kind of fares and combinations.

Seems like you had a good overall experience on CO...indeed, a good final experience before the completion of the merger.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
24-hours prior to my departure I received an email inviting me to use the online check in. When completing this I received an attached document noting me this was not a boarding pass and I should use manual check in. Thumbs down on this one!
Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
It seems like only 4 desks are in charge of handling a full 777 to Newark this morning,.. thumbs down for Continental here.

Although it sounds like there was definitely room for improvement. The problem with online check-in and the lack of a boarding pass is something I've experienced on United when flying from Europe.

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
It’s funny how Jet Airways, Continental, Delta and American all fly to New York and all leave within the hour.

Quite some competition!

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
The choices where chicken or beef. I opted for the chicken and must say it did taste quite good. Another change was the portion of the salad

Looks pretty nice. That salad is HUGE!

Quoting MSS658 (Thread starter):
But hey, of course… after deboarding a 777 and embrear is pretty small!

Wow, that is quite a difference! One time I flew MRY-SFO-HKG. The MRY-SFO leg was an EMB-120, with the SFO-HKG leg a 744. The difference was striking!  

Best,
BZNPilot

Topic: RE: Au-revoir Continental!
Username: MSS658
Posted 2012-04-26 15:40:52 and read 8760 times.

Quoting BZNPilot (Reply 37):
Hi Marc,

Good to read this past report of yours, well done! Somehow I didn't catch this when you posted it, so better late than never. A good trip down memory lane.

Hi BZNPilot

Thanks for commenting, glad you liked the read!

Quoting BZNPilot (Reply 37):
Although it sounds like there was definitely room for improvement. The problem with online check-in and the lack of a boarding pass is something I've experienced on United when flying from Europe.

I can only agree on this one

Quoting BZNPilot (Reply 37):
Quite some competition!

SN is coming on the BRU-NYC market as well in a few weeks..

Quoting BZNPilot (Reply 37):
Looks pretty nice. That salad is HUGE!

Fact  
Quoting BZNPilot (Reply 37):
Wow, that is quite a difference! One time I flew MRY-SFO-HKG. The MRY-SFO leg was an EMB-120, with the SFO-HKG leg a 744. The difference was striking!

Have had that many times, always impressive too see the difference between regionals and widebodies when boarding.


Greetings
Marc


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