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CO DTW-IAH-HNL In F/Y,Vegetarian Meals (Many Pics)  
User currently offlineAutobahnal From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 11 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 16503 times:

Hi there,

This is my first trip report, and actually my first post to airliners.net ever. Thanks for reading, and please let me know what you think.

Oh, one other thing--I don't eat meat, so if you're wondering what CO's vegetarian meals look like, then you've come to the right place my friend.

Soooo....onto the fun stuff:

I recently flew DTW-IAH-HNL-IAH-DTW. My itinerary was (more details about each flight below):
CO 1489, DTW-IAH
CO 73, IAH-HNL
CO 2, HNL-IAH
CO 1088, IAH-DTW

My first flight left DTW at 8am. I arrived nice and early to have an opportunity to walk around and see where the other planes were going. As usual, DTW security was a breeze, and I was in the "secure" area within 10 minutes of arriving at the McNamara Terminal. I immediately headed down to the light-and-sound tunnel and over to the B-concourse to my gate, B8.

(I think this is the blurriest pic I've got)


There was an EWR flight across the hall at B5, a Scranton PA flight at nearby B3 (in case you were itching to visit Joe Biden's hometown), and a Pittsburgh flight at nearby B4. Yeah, I know, not exactly exotic destinations. Oh well...we were surrounded by NWA regional jets. Also, as usual B7 was empty--I remember flying out of B7 a lot when McNamara first opened, but now I barely see it being used. Overall the airport was really quiet.

Anyhoo, I digress....back to CO 1489, my first flight from DTW-IAH.

Continental 1489, DTW-IAH
October 4, 2008
Boeing 737-500
Ship #631
Scheduled 8am-957am
Acutal 752am-938am
Left DTW from B8, Arrived IAH at C35

Here's a view of our plane from inside the terminal:

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I was fortunate to get a first-class upgrade to seat 1A. I've never sat in that seat before...typically if I get a first-class upgrade I'm near the back of the cabin. As you might imagine, it was not a full flight. I boarded as soon as first-class boarding was announced, and I didn't have to walk very far to get to my seat. Here's my seat:





The flight attendants were super-friendly on this flight. They were all smiles as the passengers came aboard, exchanging such pleasantries as "Good morning." and "It's nice to have you onboard this morning." I generally find CO's flight attendants to be friendly, but these people seemed *particularly* happy to see us. And it was 730am on a Saturday!! So kudos to them. Same was true of the pilots...they introduced themselves by name over the PA, and would later greet everyone as they left the plane. It's so great to see people to who take such pleasure in their jobs.

Initially 1B was empty, but then they moved some folks from economy class up to first, and some dude sat down in 1B. I'm not exactly sure why these folks got moved up right before the boarding door closed, but oh well.

We pushed back a few minutes early, and taxiied past the old Smith Terminal on our way to the runway. There were 2 US A319s parked at the old US gates at Smith, as well as a NK A319 parked there as well (but not at the old NK gates at concourse C. For those of you who don't know, the Smith Terminal closed on September 17, 2008 and was replaced by the new North Terminal, so I was surprised to see RON's still at the Smith. Apparently there isn't enough space for them near the North Terminal quite yet. I assume that'll change when part of the Smith is torn down.

Take-off was smooth and uneventful. About 30 minutes after take-off they started the breakfast service. First they offered a beverage. I chose orange juice:



The choices were the standard domestic first class choices: cheese omelet or cereal. I chose the omelet. Sadly (as I would learn later while coming back to DTW) breakfast is the only meal of the day where you can guarantee vegetarian options in domestic first class, at least for non-transcons.

I like the way that they serve you the meal first with the omelet, potato-broccoli-thingy, meat, yogurt, and fresh fruit, and then come around separately with the warm breads. Nice touch. I chose the biscuit. Here's my breakfast in its entirety:

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And a close-up of the main attraction. I am a big fan of the potato-broccoli thingy, despite my use of the word "thingy" to describe it. It's a nice alternative to regular potatoes:
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The meal was delicious. I appreciate that the fresh fruit was so varied...it wasn't just some sad, tired-looking piece of melon surrounded by a moat of grapes.

On our way down to Houston we flew right over MEM:

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While flying near MEM I looked down and saw a NW CRJ zoom by in the opposite direction...its main identifying feature being the red tail. In about three seconds it appeared and then was gone.

Our descent into IAH was very smooth, as was our landing. We landed on the opposite side of the airport as our gate, so we had a somewhat long taxi. Eventually we parked at C35. As people were de-planing I asked the flight attendant if she minded if I stayed onboard for a few minutes to take some shots of the cabin. She said sure, and the first-officer overheard our conversation and offered to let me take pictures of the cockpit too! So, here's what I have to show for my efforts:

Economy class cabin, CO 735 (sadly kinda blurry...not enough light, I think):
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Cockpit of CO 735:
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A big thanks to a great CO crew!!

So I made my way into the C-terminal at IAH and learned that my connecting gate to HNL would be E18:

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Here's a pic of the inside of the E-terminal:

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One thing that I really love about CO's hubs (at IAH and EWR, that is) is that there are flights going *everywhere*. At IAH you get to see tons of Latin America flights, and then at EWR you get to see tons of European flights.

I was at IAH during a morning bank to Latin America, and so I walked by flights going to Cancun, San Pedro Sula, Acapulco, San Salvador, Guatemala City, Belize City, and the list goes on. *This* is what makes being at the airport so exciting!! Also, the daily flight to Tokyo-Narita (CO 7) was departing from E7:

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Here are some other shots of the Terminal E ramp:

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The aircraft in the background is ship #66 that would be taking me to HNL (and back from HNL, as it turns out):
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So after some walking around, I made my way over to E18:

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View of the high-E-gates:
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Continental 73, IAH-HNL
October 4, 2008
Boeing 767-400ER (High-density configuration)
Ship #66
Scheduled 1125am-240pm
Actual 1158am-250pm
Left IAH from E18, Arrived HNL at 24

Here's our aircraft being loaded up with valuable cargo to HNL (and GUM??):
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Boarding commenced around 1050am with BusinessFirst passengers, and then Elite Status flyers were invited to board. I was seated in 14A, in the mini-cabin on the high-density Continental 764ER's. I liked being in the mini-cabin, though according to seatguru I was supposed to have some extra legroom...I dunno, it didn't seem any different to me than when I've been on standard 32" pitch on CO's 767s. And I'm pretty short, so that certainly wasn't it.

Here's a shot of the mini-cabin during boarding:
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Like many people I'm a big fan of the Boeing Signature Interior on CO's 767s. I find the cabin to feel more spacious and newer (and cleaner) than on 767s with the older interior.

So 11:25am (our scheduled departure time) came and went, and around 11:35 the captain came on the PA to say that there was a mechanical issue onboard and that we'd be delayed for a little while--apparently they were having trouble closing one of the cargo doors. We finally pushed-back at 11:58am and quickly made our way to the runway and we were off!!

About 30 minutes into flight the first drink service started, along with a pretzel appetizer. We had one flight attendant assigned to the port side of the mini-cabin. Unlike the F/A on the other side of the mini-cabin, she didn't serve with a cart, which meant that she was constantly hurrying up and down the aisle back to the galley, which was right behind row 15. And, naturally, she was carrying drinks while hurrying. I was seriously just waiting for an orange juice to end up on someone's lap. She was definitely nice, but there was just a lot of hurrying going on.

After the hurrying had ended, lunch was about ready to be served. I very much appreciate that CO still serves hot meals on their Hawaii flights, as well as domestic flights more generally. I especially love CO's vegetarian meals. They contract with Jyoti, an Indian grocer. I find their dishes to be the best vegetarian food that I've ever gotten onboard an airplane (disclaimer: I've only flown US carriers)....delightful curries, tofu, channa masala, basmati rice, etc. Plus they typically serve them with vegan cookies for dessert (from the Sun Flour Baking Co.) which are also really tasty. These meals are in a totally different league from the stale pasta with runny red sauce that I've received on other airlines. I think the best part is that the vegetarian meals are clearly not an afterthought...it's not like the people at Chelsea were saying "Damn, we got this vegetarian dude at 25E...alright let's see what we can scrape up."

One thing about the special meals, though, is that they serve them before the rest of the meals. So I find that you get no warning...no cart appears a minute before you get served. Rather, one minute you're sitting there enjoying the scents of the cabin, and the next minute a flight attendant appears with a special meal and is ready to throw it on your lap, unless you lower your tray table at the speed of sound.

Here's the meal that I enjoyed: Channa masala, green peas and carrots in a red curry, basmati rice, salad, and a German chocolate vegan cookie. Very tasty!!
http://i403.photobucket.com/albums/pp116/autobahnal/IMG_3154.jpg

We flew over Mexico on our way to Honolulu. I'm not entirely sure how they decide whether to over-fly Mexico and pay the required fees to the Mexican government, but in any event they did this morning. They may have done it this morning in order to make up time inflight (given our late departure). If anyone can shed more light on that decision, I'm all ears.

As usual the CO crew came through the cabin a number of times offering water, and they would also give you other drinks and/or pretzels during flight if you asked. I've generally found that CO is very good about offering refreshment throughout the flight.

I spent much of the flight doing work. I find that I'm able to work really well on airplanes. It's basically like being in a coffee shop at 35,000 feet, but without the Internet distracting me, and with some pretty amazing views. So, it's actually *better* than a coffee shop.

View of our flightpath:

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View of the mini-cabin during flight:
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About an hour and a half before landing the crew came through with a snack service. Again the veggie meal came first, which was a veggie burger with soy cheese on top. And again I was very impressed--this was not some sawdust-filled burger-like substance like some other veggie burgers...you could see *real* veggies inside (peas, soybeans, carrots, etc.). For those of you who know about veggie burgers, it reminded me of Dr. Praeger's California burgers...mmmmm, tasty! It came with another vegan German chocolate cookie:

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Shortly after the meal we started our descent, and I was able to capture some great shots of Maui:




And the wing of our beautiful 767-400ER:


At this point we were starting our descent about to land:

Prior to touchdown:
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The air-force base:
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Upon touching down, we taxiied over to gate 24 and de-planed pretty quickly. Given that I was seated right near Door 2L, I was really off the plane quickly.

Welcome to Honolulu:
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One thing that's really unique about HNL is that part of the airside is outside. Gate 24 is one of the gates at HNL that has its own private entrance, and so as soon as you exit the waiting room you're outside.

Here's a view of our plane at Gate 24:
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So I had about 4 hours before my return flight to IAH (this trip was solely for miles), which I learned would be on the same airplane. So I walked around HNL and took a bunch of shots. Because many of the walkways are outside, it is possible to get some great ramp shots up-close-and-personal:

UA 757, 777, 767 awaiting departure to the mainland (777 was going to ORD, not sure about the other two):
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CO 757 to LAX, 764 to EWR:
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View of central concourse with AA and CO planes:
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Outside walkway to gates 6-11:
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More of that walkway--I love the way it looks like a curbside check-in area (and probably was one at some point??), but it's actually all airside, and each gate has its own entrance and special holding room. The only downside is that there aren't many places to eat around these gates. This part of the airport, like much of the airport, looks like it's straight out of the 1970s, too:
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Map of entire HNL:


NW A333 to MSP and 757 to somewhere:
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Red and blue tails:
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AA 757 flight just after push-back (not sure where it was going--maybe LAX?):
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Side-shot of CO's ship #66 that would be taking me back to IAH:
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Cargo bay of ship #66:
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HA 767, love the contrast of the colorful plane against the concrete walls:
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Garden in the middle of the airport (again, all airside...a very unique feature of HNL, at least among other US airports):
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After walking around a bit more, it was time to get back to gate 24 for departure back to IAH.

Continental 2, HNL-IAH
October 4, 2008
Boeing 767-400ER (High-density configuration)
Ship #66
Scheduled 655pm-730am
Actual 651pm-731am
Left HNL from Gate 24, Arrived IAH at E4

Boarding had already commenced by the time I got back to Gate 24. They checked all boarding passes at the entrance to the waiting area, rather than at the entry to the jetway. So there was a line at the entryway, but then they didn't even check my BP when I entered the jetway.

Anyhoo, this time I was also in the mini-cabin, but I had the bulkhead seat 10L.

View of the bulkhead from my seat:


Fun fact: On the way *to* Hawaii, they play Hawaiian music and show scenes of the islands on the PTV's when you're boarding. On the way *from* Hawaii, no such luck--instead it's the standard "Welcome Aboard" message, as seen here (I caught this in mid-transition):
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We were served a "light dinner" about an hour after take-off. This was the same exact meal as I received prior to landing on the way to HNL. Again, I very impressed with the veggie burger, and this was my third vegan German chocolate cookie of the trip:
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I slept for most of this flight. I woke up at a few points, and was able to capture a few shots of our flightpath. This time we did not overfly Mexico:

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About an hour before touching down the F/A's came through with a light breakfast: a delicious carrot muffin and the drink of your choice. I had coffee. I really liked the muffin--it was very moist:
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Soon thereafter we landed and taxiied to E4, our gate. We arrived at the gate one minute late. I had actually slept pretty well, so unlike many red-eyes I didn't feel too groggy as I got off the plane. Our plane would be on its way back to HNL in a little over 2 hours, as CO 1.

I had a long layover to my next flight. The time was now 7:45am, and my return flight to DTW didn't leave until 1:04pm. Fortunately I had a free pass to the President's Club, compliments of Chase. These free passes are the *only* perks that are worth anything (beyond miles, that is) with that CO Chase credit card.

I had never been in any of the P-Clubs at IAH. I decided to try the one in the E-Terminal, as my connecting flight was scheduled to leave from E-22. So I made my way over there and grabbed a seat on the top floor overlooking the ramp.

They had breakfast food all laid out--I had a bagel with cream cheese, an apple, and some coffee. This is the first time I've been in a P-Club during breakfast hours, so it's nice to see some "real" food there, as opposed to just cheese and crackers like they have the rest of the day.

Here's a view at table-level looking outward:
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Here are some shots of the inside of the P-Club:
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And a few shots of the aviation-themed artwork inside the P-Club. This first shot is actually four separate canvasses. The artist is, according to the plaque nearby, a long-time CO employee:
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The glare kinda sucks on this one, but oh well:
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So the view from my seat was absolutely amazing!! I could see all planes from gate E7 all the way over to E18. I took a bunch of shots.

There's the daily 777 to NRT in the back, again leaving from E7 (just like the day before):
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I had an especially good view of gate E12, as I was sitting right above it. This plane was on its way to San Pedro Sula, Honduras:
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The 777 to NRT after push-back. I love this shot because it shows the contrast between the size of the human being (look to the left of the front landing gear) and the size of the gorgeous 777:
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A little while later I would see CO 72 from HNL arrive at E18, and then pushback on its way back to HNL as CO 73 (I told ya I had a long layover). Here it is on push-back--again another beautiful side-shot, as well as a comparison between human and plane:
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Meanwhile gate E12 saw the arrival and departure of a 735, and then the arrival of one of CO's new 737-900ER's:
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Tail shot of the 737-900ER:


Around 12:30 I decided to make my way to my departure gate, which was still gate E22. My plane was coming in from Calgary.

Continental 1088, IAH-DTW
October 5, 2008
Boeing 737-800 (20/132 configuration, with mid-cabin lavatory)
Ship #262
Scheduled 104pm-458pm
Actual 101pm-455pm
Left IAH from Gate E22, Arrived DTW at B8 (I end where I began...how philosophical)

Here's a shot of our plane at E22:
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When I got to the gate I took out my boarding pass and I was in for a big surprise! My boarding pass still said economy class on it, but my seat number was not my original seat of 10F, but instead said 5F on it! For some reason I hadn't noticed that before, even though I had printed out my boarding pass the night before, and especially since it didn't say "First" on it. But I happened to be on a 20F-configured 738, and I had indeed received a first-class upgrade! I was really surprised about that, given that I figured Sunday afternoon would be a prime travel time, and given that I was booked into the lowest-possible fare bucket. But oh well...I wasn't complaining!

Here's a shot of the first-class cabin:
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And here's a shot from my seat, looking backward at the starboard wing/engine:


We pushed-back a few minutes early. Here's a shot of our gate. Though the font is kinda small in this picture, you can make out "DTW" and that the next plane at this gate would be going to PHL as CO 1676 (the later PHL flight is 1776...don't ya just love airline humor):
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I also took a few shots as we taxiied past the rest of the E-gates. This 762ER just arrived from LHR:
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Behind us while we taxiied was another beautiful CO 777 that had just arrived 44 minutes early from NRT.

My seat at P-Club was on the top floor:
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And one more:
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We had a short wait to take-off...we were #7 for take-off. Although, this was actually the longest wait that I experienced the entire trip, but nothing compared to being #36 for take-off at EWR this past May.

After take-off the F/A's started a lunch service. First I had some coffee and mixed nuts (and when they say "mixed" they mean it....it's not a giant collection of cheap peanuts with one cashew for good measure...there was a whole bunch of cashews, almonds, and peanuts in there):
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Unfortunately for me they didn't offer any vegetarian options for lunch. The two options were a cheeseburger or a grilled chicken salad, both offered with split pea soup. I figured I'd get the salad and soup and just take the chicken off of the salad. Yet, unfortunately for me again, by the time they got to row 5 of first class there were only cheeseburgers left.

So I just ordered the split pea soup, and it also came with fresh fruit. Later on I would learn that the joke was on me, because it was really split pea with ham soup (despite being advertised as just "split pea"). I was so hungry that I decided to pick around the ham...actually, besides the ham the rest of the soup was pretty good. Here's a shot of my lunch:
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This time our flightpath took us right over IND, so I was able to get some great shots of the new terminal, scheduled to open this November:
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Here's a shot in which you can see both the new terminal in the center and the old one on the left:
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We made our way up to DTW, and we actually flew north past DTW and then did a 180 and landed. Here's an overview of the airport, with the McNamara terminal on the right, the old Smith terminal in the center, and the new North Terminal (replacing the Smith Terminal) on the left:
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And that's it...we landed and had a loooong taxi over to gate B8. I ended where I began.

Thanks for reading!! Please let me know what you think.

Adam

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User currently offlineJlbmedia From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 623 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 16174 times:
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Very enjoyable report, with lots of detail and pictures. I enjoyed the information on the vegetarian meals. Just one question. I understand this was a mileage run, and I can't think of a more beautiful place to go for any reason. But, couldn't you have squeezed in just one night on the beach? John.


JLB54061
User currently offlineXAAPB From Mexico, joined Jan 2005, 448 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 16009 times:

great trip report! i enjoy reading it!
cheer man!



Jorge Meneses
User currently offlineCaspritz78 From Germany, joined Aug 2007, 518 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 15989 times:

Thanks for this nice report. The pictures are really great. It really seems Continental is still the best domestic carrier in the US.

Quoting Autobahnal (Thread starter):
I Sadly (as I would learn later while coming back to DTW) breakfast is the only meal of the day where you can guarantee vegetarian options in domestic first class, at least for non-transcons.

I like the way that they serve you the meal first with the omelet, potato-broccoli-thingy, meat, yogurt, and fresh fruit, and then come around separately with the warm breads. Nice touch. I chose the biscuit.

I have trouble to understand this. The omelet cam with ham and some other mystery meat and the soup cam with ham. So why was the omelet choice more vegetarian than the soup?


User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 15604 times:

Next time I fly CO to the USA I will order a veggie meal. It looks a lot more edible than the usual.

User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 15443 times:

Good report, nice to see you got some upgrades as well.
In case I fly CO to the US next year, I'll try to get my hands on a vegetarian mealoption as well. Your pics are of good quality for these reports. Hope to read more about your travels soon.



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User currently offlineGunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3509 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 15039 times:



Quoting Caspritz78 (Reply 3):
I have trouble to understand this. The omelet cam with ham and some other mystery meat and the soup cam with ham.

I was wondering the same thing...

Anyways, great report and with some really nice pics! After seeing the shots and reading the descriptions of the food, I'm quite disappointed that I forgot to order a vegetarian meal when I flew CO from EWR-CPH this past May and ended up picking around the chicken (and arriving in Denmark very hungry!)--all of that stuff looks great! I find that most airlines generally do a nice job of catering to vegetarians, but the food you had (minus that rogue ham in there  Wink) looks really exceptional. Thanks again for sharing!



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User currently offlineAutobahnal From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 11 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 15024 times:



Quoting Jlbmedia (Reply 1):
But, couldn't you have squeezed in just one night on the beach? John.

I was actually in HNL (on the beach, not just at the airport) not too long ago, so I didn't mind the short layover. As it turned out, there were some pretty dark storm clouds over the island while I was there, and the local weather reports indicated they weren't going away quickly. The HNL pics don't show these clouds--they weren't really over the airport.


User currently offlineAutobahnal From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 11 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 15004 times:



Quoting Caspritz78 (Reply 3):
The omelet cam with ham and some other mystery meat and the soup cam with ham. So why was the omelet choice more vegetarian than the soup?

Yeah good point--I just meant that the main part of the breakfast meal (the omelet) was vegetarian, and that the mystery meat could easily be pushed aside.

With the soup, however, it took great effort to separate out the peas from the ham because they were all mixed together. And, once you did separate them, what you were left with was hardly a "meal".

Quoting Gunsontheroof (Reply 6):
the food you had (minus that rogue ham in there  ) looks really exceptional

"rogue ham"...hilarious!


User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7566 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 14793 times:

Are you flying anymore? Might be one of your last chances to fly in and out of the WorldGateway terminal, atleast if you are flying on CO, since they will be moved once they leave skyteam.


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User currently offline777fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2525 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 14626 times:

I'm not a vegetarian but Dr. Praeger's veggieburgers are indeed awesome! Glad you liked HNL; the Diamond Head terminal is indeed archaic but nothing beats the whiff of fresh, pikake-scented island air you can get for free after sitting onboard an aircraft for 5-10 hours.


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User currently offlineAznMadSci From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 3716 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 14615 times:



Quoting Autobahnal (Thread starter):

I like the way that they serve you the meal first with the omelet, potato-broccoli-thingy, meat, yogurt, and fresh fruit, and then come around separately with the warm breads. Nice touch. I chose the biscuit.

You skipped out on their delicious cinnamon rolls??? Blasphemous!!!!  knockout  That's the best part of any morning flight in F on CO - a couple of their cinnamon rolls and a hot tea  cloudnine 

Good job on your first trip report and thanks for sharing!

Colin  wave 



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User currently offlineTWA757 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 179 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 14340 times:

Great report and great pictures! Glad to see you got good veg/vegan options (except for the last flight). Soy cheese on the veggie burger, and vegan chocolate cookies, are impressive indeed! All of CO's veg/vegan options look pretty impressive.

User currently offlineAutobahnal From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 11 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 14180 times:



Quoting Burnsie28 (Reply 9):
Are you flying anymore? Might be one of your last chances to fly in and out of the WorldGateway terminal, atleast if you are flying on CO, since they will be moved once they leave skyteam.

Fortunately I've got a few more upcoming trips planned...but I'm definitely gonna miss the WorldGateway when CO moves over there.

I haven't been airside in the North Terminal yet. I do have a bunch of landside photos though. It's very impressive for a shoe-string budget.


User currently offlineAutobahnal From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 11 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 14180 times:

Thank you everyone for all of your comments!!

User currently offlineBRJ From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 265 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 13558 times:

Awesome report and great pictures - very thorough!!
Look forward to another!


User currently offlineTristanHNL From Hong Kong, joined Apr 2006, 174 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 12926 times:

Outstanding trip report! It was entertaining to read from beginning to end, and I love that you included so many details and pictures! CO is truly among the best out there for domestric flying.

I'm currently in HNL, so I'm happy to hear you decided to give us a little visit on a mileage run. And it got you a ton of miles! I actually like to hang out around the United terminals because they're often deserted past 4pm-ish. I love going to the 2nd floor and watch whatever's going on in the gates 11-18 area concourse.

I did a similar mileage run a couple of weeks ago going back to Hong Kong. My itinerary went HNL-->EWR-->HKG-->EWR-->IAH-->HNL. That pushed me from silver to gold, all in one week. Well, I did spend 3 days with family in Hong Kong, but I usually stay at least a month when I come back from overseas, so this for me is for the most part a mileage run.

Again, congrats on a superb first trip report, and I hope you write many more!



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8596 posts, RR: 54
Reply 17, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 12885 times:
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Nice, enjoyed the read and pictures, many thanks.

Quoting Autobahnal (Thread starter):
omelet, potato-broccoli-thingy, meat, yogurt, and fresh fruit, and then come around separately with the warm breads. Nice touch. I chose the biscuit. Here's my
breakfast in its entirety:

- Not bad for a domestic!

Quoting Autobahnal (Thread starter):
Like many people I'm a big fan of the Boeing Signature Interior on CO's 767s. I find the cabin to feel more spacious and newer (and cleaner) than on 767s with the older interior

- So right, the old interior makes those planes look so dated.

Quoting Autobahnal (Thread starter):
This part of the airport, like much of the airport, looks like it's straight out of the 1970s

- Very true, but it's kind of cool.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineUAXDXer From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 765 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (6 years 1 month 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 11911 times:

Great report... enjoyed the read!

Quoting Autobahnal (Thread starter):
I'm not entirely sure how they decide whether to over-fly Mexico and pay the required fees to the Mexican government, but in any event they did this morning.



Quoting Autobahnal (Thread starter):
I slept for most of this flight. I woke up at a few points, and was able to capture a few shots of our flightpath. This time we did not overfly Mexico:

The choice to fly over Mexico is usually made to avoid headwinds. A lot of times flying over Mexico is cheaper (even with the over flight charges) than flying into the headwinds. And that is why you didn't fly over Mexico on the way back... to take advantage of the tailwinds!



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User currently offlineAutobahnal From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 11 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (6 years 1 month 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 11473 times:



Quoting UAXDXer (Reply 18):
The choice to fly over Mexico is usually made to avoid headwinds. A lot of times flying over Mexico is cheaper (even with the over flight charges) than flying into the headwinds. And that is why you didn't fly over Mexico on the way back... to take advantage of the tailwinds!

That makes sense...thanks for the info!


User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 20, posted (6 years 1 month 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 11393 times:

Great report and pictures. Glad to see CO took good care of you, they are my choice of air travel for the last 13 years.

Quoting Autobahnal (Thread starter):
Initially 1B was empty, but then they moved some folks from economy class up to first, and some dude sat down in 1B. I'm not exactly sure why these folks got moved up right before the boarding door closed, but oh well.

The reason they got moved up was due to Elite Upgrades which were waiting on passengers who most likely didn't show up for the flight for whatever reason. COA is very good at providing upgrades to Elite OnePass members when the seat is available even if just prior to closing the main cabin door, yet another reason for them being my airline of choice.

Hope you'll select COA for future flights. Again, they prove as evidence from your report, the wonderful smiling faces of the employees at COA. Happy to WORK HARD, FLY RIGHT!!!!  Smile



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