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ZRH-PHL-ORD A Great Experience With US + Many Pix  
User currently offlineMSNYX From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 130 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6123 times:

Well, I left off halfway through my trip to Europe in July of 2007. The first half can be found here. Anyway, after a great vacation in Germany and Switzerland, it was time to head home. We spent the night before we were to leave in downtown Zurich. And, as this was my third time in Zurich, I was more excited to go to the airport and see some planes as opposed to Zurich again. So, while the rest of my family wandered around downtown, I went out to the observation deck and saw the sights. Here are some pics of that.















Not that I am complaining, but this girl was following me around everywhere I went. I could see her staring at me out of the corner of my eye. I even tested it and went way over in the corner, a minute later, she was over there. So I went back to where I was originally, and a minute later, there she stood. At least she had good tastes with that A340. Are you a member on here by the way?

The next morning, it was time to head home. Our flights were from Zurich to Philly and then on to Chicago. Security was a breeze in Zurich, and we found ourselves on the E pier in no time.





There she sits, N256AY, ready to take us take us to Philadelphia. The flight was oversold and a bunch of French girls were crying because they were the ones who were to be kicked off. Eventually, they found volunteers and we were allowed to board. Unfortunately, this whole process took so long that it was about an hour after scheduled departure time that we all finally got on board.

Flight 1
US 711
Type: 767
Seat: 18G

The captain came on and said that we missed our ATC departure slot and would have to wait for a new slot. This process took another hour, so by the time that we actually pushed back, we were close to two hours late. This late departure put our hour and a half connection time in peril.




It was about the time of this picture that the plane began shaking violently--so violently in fact that a few ceiling panels fell off and into the aisle. I could tell that a bunch of people were nervous and looking around, but soon enough, the FA came up the aisle and picked the tiles up. I found it pretty funny that later in the flight, when I was standing in line for the lav, I saw the tiles just thrown on the floor in the galley. The plane was quite literally falling apart, but the service was fine.


Meals were issued about 45 minutes into the flight. The choices were the same as they were flying east-chicken or beef. As I had the beef last time, I opted for the chicken. I don't think it really mattered which one I choose, because they both tasted the same.


A few icebergs visible in the chilly North Atlantic


A few hours before the landing, they handed out a pre-arrival snack.







Welcome to America! The food in Europe was amazing, but after two weeks, I was getting tired of tiny euro-portions and was ready for something filling and sizeable. I am 5'10" and weigh 138, so am not a stereotypical obese American, I just enjoy decent sized portions. I was also ready for some old-fashioned hospitality as opposed to euro-sterile attitudes. I was able to get both of these at Eat at Joes.

I should have mentioned that our flight got in about two hours late. The luggage took another 45 minutes to appear on the belt, and by the time we got to the gate for our connecting flight to ORD, it was long gone. I got in line right away at the service desk. The lady in front of me was screaming at the agent and was asked to step aside many times. The agent finally called security on her. I would have done so much sooner, as she was being ridiculous. When the lady in front of me was finally escorted away, I was especially nice to the agent as I knew she would appreciate it after that experience. She was especially nice back to me and got us on the second next flight to Chicago. The first one was oversold, but she encouraged us to standby for it. It was also at the suggestion of this gate agent that we ate at Eat at Joes for cheese steaks.

Flight 2
US 717
Type:ERJ 190
Seat 21A

We stood-by for the first flight back to Chicago, despite it being oversold and being twentieth on the stand-by list. I was astonished when the GA called our names. I guess a flight from Munich was also very late getting in and thirty of those people were supposed to be on flight 717.

It was on an ERJ 190, which was a new type for me, so that was exciting. It was a very smooth and beautiful flight which was capped off by an amazing view of downtown Chicago.

Winglet envy


Boeing Factory down below














The beautiful new cabin of this 190


And with that, an amazing trip to Europe was concluded. As I mentioned before, I was very pleasantly surprised with US Airways and would fly them again if the price was right. If you never have flown US, I would encourage you to give them a try. I found that although the interiors were not amazing (excluding the amazing ERJ 190) the crew more than made up for it and made the flights enjoyable. Germany and Switzerland are both amazing countries and I can't wait to go back.

I hope you all enjoyed these two trip reports and will post many comments. I have two more Europe reports to write, so keep your eyes peeled for those, as I should have them out in the next few weeks. Have a great Christmas everyone.

[Edited 2007-12-12 14:11:50]

If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there Your hand will guide me
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User currently offlineB742 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 3768 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 6070 times:

Great trip report. The pics were awesome  Smile

Really do love Zurich Airport Big grin

Rob!  wave 

User currently offlineCory6188 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2692 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 5869 times:

The ceiling tiles were falling from the roof of the cabin? Not gonna lie, that certainly would have freaked me out a little bit....and I'm really trusting of airline maintenance practices...

User currently offlineJM017 From Jamaica, joined Jun 2002, 1227 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 5860 times:

The Pictures are really great. Loved the views of my former home (Philly).

Quoting MSNYX (Thread starter):
Not that I am complaining, but this girl was following me around everywhere I went. I could see her staring at me out of the corner of my eye.

Did you talk to her???

"It's okay to cheat, if you just really don't like to lose."
User currently offlineJetSetter629 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 461 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 5683 times:

ZRH looks like 146 heaven! Miss those flying around the US.

So how did you like my hometown airport of Philly? As bad as people think? Thats my little "hole in the wall" airport  Big grin


User currently offlineJetBlueAUS From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1145 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 5464 times:

Glad you had a great experience onboard US Airways. You don't hear about that very often!  Smile

Not all of us can be heroes, some of us can only stand on the sidewalk and clap as they go by.
User currently offlinePHLapproach From Philippines, joined Mar 2004, 1247 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 5403 times:

Great TR! I was trying to identify that person on the beltloader next to the 75 sitting at A-East  Smile Eat at Joe's is where it's at, when it comes to the best food for the price at the airport. I personally like the Chicken Fingers, but recommend them whenever someone asks about where they can get a cheesesteak while waiting for a flight.

User currently offlineINNflight From Switzerland, joined Apr 2004, 3767 posts, RR: 60
Reply 7, posted (7 years 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5222 times:

Again, very very nice trip report! Very much looking forward to fly their 762's in February!

Really nice photos, especially the ones from landing at ORD.......beautiful views of downtown! Big grin

Thanks for sharing!

Jet Visuals
User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8589 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (7 years 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 5054 times:
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Great TR and pic, thanks for posting.

Quoting MSNYX (Thread starter):
It was about the time of this picture that the plane began shaking violently--so violently in fact that a few ceiling panels fell off and into the aisle.

- Wow, not seen that happen before, would freek some people out!

Food looks better quality than the outbound report.

Glad you enjoyed US Airways.



User currently offlineHBIHLtoEZE From Switzerland, joined Aug 2004, 282 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 5048 times:

Nice Trip Report - always appreciated when ZRH airport is somehow portayed from another point of view than the Swiss one.

It is truly great to have US at ZRH. A year ago I flew them to Hawaii from FRA - and they were all right - and offered an unbeatable price. It seems strange that they were expected to die some 3 years ago...anyway, good they are still around and improving.

As far as I can say Swiss girls are not known to be of the stalking kind  Cool

Cheers from donwtown Switzerland

Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.
User currently offlineCaspritz78 From Germany, joined Aug 2007, 518 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 5022 times:

Great report and great pictures.

Quoting MSNYX (Thread starter):
Not that I am complaining, but this girl was following me around everywhere I went.

That was your chance, man.

User currently offlineEXAAUADL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4851 times:

US food looks rather poor....the pics of downtown CHI look great

User currently offlineFlyingcat From United States of America, joined May 2007, 547 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4573 times:

Let me get this straight the hottie in the pic was into airplanes.

You dope!  dopey 

That is airliners.net geek fantasy.  drool 

User currently offlineXJRamper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2473 posts, RR: 51
Reply 13, posted (7 years 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 4379 times:

Quoting Flyingcat (Reply 12):

That is airliners.net geek fantasy.


only 5% of a.net  Wink


Excellent trip report . Aren't the E170/190 aircraft wicked quick on the take off. They felt really powerful on takeoff!

So did you at least get her name?  Wink


Look ma' no hands!
User currently offlineBuck3y3nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 881 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 4242 times:

very nice report. really enjoyed reading it and also the pictures...
thanks a bunch for sharing the report...

User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (7 years 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 4200 times:

"Welcome to America! The food in Europe was amazing, but after two weeks, I was getting tired of tiny euro-portions and was ready for something filling and sizeable. I am 5'10" and weigh 138, so am not a stereotypical obese American, I just enjoy decent sized portions. I was also ready for some old-fashioned hospitality as opposed to euro-sterile attitudes. I was able to get both of these at Eat at Joes."

Thanks for the report, great pics! US looks good, I would like to try them and travel again to USA to burn some strong Euro, as long as it last...
Yes, the portions are bigger in US, actually often too big for me and too much french fries everywhere  Wink An other confusing thing is the tipping, coming from a country where it isn't expected. But you are right, Americans generally are polite and hospital.

User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17147 posts, RR: 10
Reply 16, posted (7 years 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 4031 times:

Brilliant TR.

The pics are fantastic, really loved them.

I really need to try out US one day.

Thank you for sharing


Work Hard, Fly Right
User currently offlineSandroZRH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (7 years 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3820 times:

Hey, nice TR. Glad to read about a good experience on US, they're not all that common around here.

That girl certainly looks tasty, why are they never around when I'm on the terrace?  grumpy 

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