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AznMadSci Asian Adventure On CO/EK : 05 HKG-EWR  
User currently offlineAznMadSci From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 3661 posts, RR: 5
Posted (4 years 10 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 13998 times:

WARNING! This report contains 110 of pictures. If there is a problem, please let me know!

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Pre-Preface

Truly sorry for the delay in finishing this trip report. With the backlog of work, Hurricane Ike, snow in Houston, heavy rains, more traveling, finding a new job, and dealing with the horrendous Houston heat, I'm hoping to finish a couple of trip reports by the end of the year.

Enjoy!  pray 

Preface

 pray  This trip report will be slightly different than previous ones. This particular post will be extremely long because of the 110 pictures included in this trip report.  eyepopping  Comments are definitely welcomed!  bigthumbsup 

I also added a music component to go with this trip report. For this trip report, enjoy the tunes of Bob Sinclar titled Ultimate Funk featuring Big Ali on the Sounds of Freedom CD.  bigthumbsup 

Enjoy!  pray 

Trip Report

So far, I've posted my reports on the following flights:



We last left off when I had gotten in late into HKG from my late-departing BKK-HKG flight on EK 386. After I had stepped off the plane and completed Hong Kong Customs and Immigration, I could finally breathe Hong Kong air!  cool  Due to the late arrival, I had missed my chance to take the Airport Express to Hong Kong Station. Instead, I ended up taking a taxi to my hotel, the Ramada Inn Hong Kong. Making my way to the taxi stand, it was interesting to see the color coding of taxi cabs going to Kowloon, Hong Kong Island, and other outlying areas.

My action-packed short trip around Bangkok had worn me out that I did not get to truly enjoy my rather short stay Hong Kong. I did manage to enjoy a few sites including my search for Hard Rock Cafe, enjoying Victoria Peak, watching the Symphony of Lights, and getting my pictures taken in front of the Fuwa, the mascots for the recent Beijing 2008 Olympics.

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Me in front of the Fuwa at the Hong Kong Cultural Center

Finally the day arrived and I did not want to return to the daily grind of life in Houston. I did not sleep the night before since I wanted to make sure I had packed everything as well as enjoy the sights, sounds, and flavors of Hong Kong on my last night.

Once I had checked out of the hotel by 06:00, I took a taxi to the IFC Mall and the Airport Express Hong Kong Station. Once the taxi had dropped me off, I easily managed to get a cart and then head straight to the check-in desks after a quick tap of my Octopus Card. I chose this option since it would be a lot easier to travel with just hand luggage while on the train. I remember back in the Summer of 1994, BA had city check-in at the Victoria Station for our return LGW-IAH on a DC-10, the last time I ever used city check and flew on BA. Now post September 11, I wish more cities offered such service again! For this trip back home, I had checked in 24hrs before departure to see if I can get any better seats such as bulkhead or at least an aisle seat in the middle section.

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A huge FIDS at the Airport Express Hong Kong Station located inside the IFC Mall.

After the quick tap of my Octopus Card, it amazed me how the drop off area felt like an actual airport check-in area. It felt much bigger than the check-in hall at MNL! I noticed my EWR flight posted on the FIDS and which check in desk to utilize.

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Which counter handles check in procedures for CO?

I really enjoyed using my Octopus Card during my stay in Hong Kong. I enjoyed tapping my Octopus at various eating places as well as the 7-11, in addition to using it to travel all over Hong Kong. With one last tap of my Octopus Card for now, I entered the check in area at the Airport Express station and headed to the designated ticket counter to check in for my flights home. From the FIDS board, I headed to desk 16 and the HKIA agent checking in flights on CO.

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Desk 16 handling CO check in as well as a number of other airline check in desks.

As I approached check-in desk 16, "Paul", the HKIA agent handling CO, continued processing another Y passenger on his way home to EWR. Within 5min, Paul finished with the passenger and greeted me towards him. He asked if I was traveling on CO today and confirmed I would be heading home to IAH via EWR. I handed him my passport which contained my OnePass card, itinerary, and Hong Kong departure card. Striking a conversation, he asked me the reason for my trip and told him for a needed break and the first time visiting BKK and HKG. While typing away and tagging my bags he asked if I enjoyed Hong Kong and told him I needed to stay much longer than 3days, especially finding the more interesting places to eat! Similar to the HKIA ladies that checked me in for my EK flight to BKK, he laid out each of my stuff. First, he personally handed my passport to me and to be careful and keep it in a safe place with me at all time. Next, he placed my OnePass card down in front of me confirming that my OnePass number has been noted on my itinerary. He then handed a CO ticket jacket that had my home-printed itinerary nicely folded inside the jacket, my two boarding passes, and my baggage tag receipt stapled to the inside jacket. he then informed me that I should take the next train leaving so that I would not have any problems during Departure Control. Once he finished, he wished me a pleasant flight and a return to Hong Kong. I replied with "Xie Xie" and that caused him to smile. With check in now complete, I took some time to take a few additional pictures of the station.

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Passengers queueing up at the KA check-in.

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After I finish checking in, I begin my journey down to Airport Express MTR track.

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Plaque commemorating the opening of the Hong Kong Station

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Heading down to track level for the Airport Express

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Sorry for the blurriness! After walking around the station, I made one last swipe of my Octopus Card to board the Airport Express train that had been waiting to depart.  cry 

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Train arrives awaiting its return to HKG. I really do not want to leave yet.

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Airport Express now boarding! Mind the gap!

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"Welcome aboard Hong Kong's Airport Express!"

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"This is Hong Kong Station; next stop Kowloon Station"

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Indicator light display informing passengers which station we are at, the current progress of our journey, and how many more stops till we reach HKG.

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We are now approaching Kowloon station.

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Inside the train. Those checking in at Terminal 1 exit to my left and those checking in at Terminal 2 exit to my right.

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"Your bags should be stowed on the luggage racks or underneath your seat, never in the aisles."

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"This is Kowloon Station; next stop Tsing Yi Station."

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"This is Tsing Yi Station; next stop Hong Kong International Airport."

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Information screen on where to check in for those who prefer to check in at the airport. Too bad CS no longer flies to HKG.

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EK is one of the few that conduct check in at Terminal 2, yet board their flights at Terminal 1.

The trip was rather fast and smooth. You do notice the train slowing down once it passes by the train depot. A few minutes later we arrived at HKG.

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Airport Express train depot

After stepping off the train, it was just a short walk from the train to the check in area. This was technically my 5th time at HKG, but my first to go through the South Departure Hall and go through departure control. I definitely felt like a kid in the candy store checking out each of the check-in islands to see which airlines had their counters open to check in flights, and what goodies I could take from the counters, mainly baggage tags.

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Walking the distance between the train station and the airport.

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WOW! Walking up the ramp to the main check in area. Look at the amazing ceiling to my right as well as the tiny banner with the Beijing 2008 mascots as well as the view of the arrivals area below.

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A model of the first airplane to my left as I make my way to the check in area. I had lost my notes regarding the name of this plane. Anyone know?

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Where are the CO counters?

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The SQ counters were next to the CO counters. I have a feeling I will see the same SQ Girl at IAH!

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After taking these pictures, I headed to the EliteAcess line to make sure I had everything I needed for my ourney home. A female HKIA agent simled and greeted me with "Good Morning, Sir. Are you traveling with us to EWR today?" I gave her the affirmative as I pulled out my ticket jacket. She saw I had checked in at Hong Kong Station and told me I am confirmed checked in with my bags making it on the flight. She then handed me a CO logo sticker to affix on my top so they can recognize CO passengers when they announce boarding. She then directed me to go ahead with Departure Control at the South Entrance as the lines may be long. She concluded with a smile and wish me a pleasant journey. I then thanked her for her time. Next stop, a quick walk around the Departure Hall before getting a nice Hong Kong departure stamp in my Passport!

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At the end of each row of check in desks is the logo for the Beijing 2008 games.

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Just after check in are some eateries and shops before going through HK Departure Control.

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South Entrance to HK Departure Control where Customs officials check boarding passes with passports. One through we queued up for Departure Control.

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In the "Visitors" line at Departure Control with HK residents processed on the other side of the area. Immediately after Departure Control is security which is done very smoothly.

Once I finished walking around the Departure Hall, I made my way to the South Entrance Passport Control. Security officials made sure only travelers passed through by manually checking boarding passes and passports. Once through, I queued up for Hong Kong Immigration Departure Control for HK Visitors so I could add a Hong Kong departure stamp to my passport. It took 15min to finally approach an officer. I handed my passport, boarding pass, and Hong Kong departure card to the female officer. She had a peruse through my passport, scanned my picture page, stamped the depature card, my passport, and then handed my passport back to me while waving over the next person. Once done with Departure Control, you immediately queue up for security in such a narrow space. This process took about 20min and then I appeared onto the departure side of the airport.

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Mid-level between security level and departure level.

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Construction is going on throughout the airport. Immediately after coming up from security is the main eating hall.

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WOW! Popeyes in HKG!!! I wish I had time to get a bite here so that I can say I had Popeyes before I left HKG and then had Popeyes when I landed at IAH!!! Definitely on my next trip!

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If you did not get to stop by Disneyland Hong Kong, you can stop by the duty free store at HKG to pick up a last minute gift for the kids!

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A lone CX plane parked at, I believe, Gate 03 or 04.

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Here's my ride home, Plane #3. Bummed this plane was not fitted with AVOD. Now 0/2 for getting on CO's upgraded 772s on this trip.

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At HKG at this time of the day, airlines present included JL, KL, KA, SQ, CI, CO, and of course CX.

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A Hong Kong Express 737 with winglets!

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I believe this is a KA A321 after takeoff.

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QF 763 being towed from gate for departure to Australia

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A KA A319 on hard stand waiting to depart later when it will be towed back to a gate.

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The city was getting ready for the Hong Kong Sevens rugby tournament.

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Full view of KA's "Hong Kong" plane waiting to head to TPE at Gate 16, with the QF 763 still in tow and a QF 744 tail at the gate.

After I took a few more pictures of KA's Hong Kong plane, I headed to Gate 21 where my EWR flight would depart. Once I arrived at the gate, I was already shocked at the long line of passengers awaiting to board the same flight.

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Why are these people queuing up and where are they going?

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Ahhh yes, EWR. At least it's not at final boarding!

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Entrance to our gate. Notice the rather long line for those boarding at Y entrance starting from the rear of the aircraft forward.

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Gate counter for our flight, but the sunrays were in the way!

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After my boarding pass was ripped and inserted into the machine, I make my way down the extension using the F/J door. At the end of this extension they had an extra security check of cabin luggage. Others complain about this extra check, but I'm used to it. They need to try and depart from MNL! Talk about security check after security check after security check!

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Before reaching the last round of security check, I arrive at the end of the extension and notice the ramp down leads you to the arrivals floor sponsored by the Royal Bank of Scotland. Out of all the airports that have their jetways splashed with HSBC, I'm surprised they do not sponsor HKG!!!

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After they had checked my hand luggage, it's now down to the airbridge. An agent was there to direct us to L1 or L2. Though I was travelling in Y, she saw my EliteAccess and said "Sir, you're EliteAccess, you can board through L1 since it's quicker." I replied "Xie, xie" and make my way down to L1 where I get an interesting surprise ... the same crew that brought me down to HKG is now bringing me back to EWR.

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Entering the Y cabin.

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My neighbor at 21A had not arrived, so I took this shot of the planes next to ours.

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Forward section of the aft Y cabin with a peak into the aft BF section.

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A few of the Y FAs monitoring the boarding process. Two of the three were on my EWR-HKG flight.

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A view from the rear Y cabin with no AVOD.  hissyfit 

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The rear galley prior to pushback, floors clean with cofee and Chinese tea brewing.

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Peeking into the BF cabin from my aisle seat with the mesh curtains tied up.

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The boarding continues. In the end there were just a handful of middle seats that remained opened for this flight.

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ISM Todd making his rounds through the forward BF cabin. He was also the ISM on my EWR-HKG flight and joined with a few other FAs who did that same flight.

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FA Christine helping a Y passenger find overhead space. She also worked on my EWR-HKG flight, however she had shoulder-length hair!

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Hello Larry! Doors were closed, mobile phone switched off for the duration of the flight, and FAs standing at position during the flight safety video.

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Flight time, 15:13.

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Oasis Hong Kong at the HAECO hanger seen as we were taxing to runway, I believe prior to their shutdown.

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Time for takeoff!

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Visual announcement

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Making our ascent to where approved portable electronic devices may be used.

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Map aerial view.


English menu for today's flight. Christine and another FA had passed these out at the end of the safety video.


Chinese menu for today's flight.

After the FAs had passed out the menus in Y, the pilot played the automated message for FAs to be seated for departure. Today we enjoyed a short taxi for our departure from 07R. Once in the air and continued our ascent to 32000ft, Todd gave the standard welcome as well as what to expect for service on today's flight. Within an hour, they would do a beverage service followed by the lunch service and another drink service. About halfway through the flight, roughly 7hrs left in flight, the FAs would do a mid-flight snack service. Then with under 2hrs left, they would come through with a breakfast/dim sum service followed by the passing out of necessary forms to enter the United States. With that, he invited everyone to sit back and enjoy the flight. One of the main interpreters for the flight proceeded after Todd's message and not sure if she spoke in Mandarin or Cantonese.

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FA's starting tonight's service with the first round of drinks. In this picture, 3 of the 4 were FAs who did my EWR-HKG flight.

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My usual orange juice and water with some salted peanuts. Didn't like the orange juice catered on this flight.

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Can you guess what I had for lunch? And it was not Popeyes.

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Tada! Notice the mentos! I wonder if the excessive gas would work for the international version of Diet Coke called Coke Light.

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I was a bit hungry, don't you think?


The journey of life is not based on the accomplishments, but the experience.
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User currently offlineAznMadSci From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 3661 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (4 years 10 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 13975 times:

... continuing on ...

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It seems like we're flying over PEK, but we were several hundred miles west of the city.

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Somewhere over Mainland China as we're having lunch. I was not able to check to see if we could see the Great Wall from our position.

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It's daytime in Asia and night time in the US.

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Todd had dimmed the lights to allow passengers to sit back and relax after lunch.

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Many passengers decided to hang out by the mid-cabin lavatories to stretch or talk with other passengers.

The FAs made many runs of water through out the flight, as well as bottles and cups available at the rear galley. On this flight, I had watched the FAs do a different way of doing the water runs. Instead of trays of ice water, the FAs had the cups placed in the pockets of their aprons. They would then pour the water for each passenger without having to go back and forth from the galley to get more water. That's a rather efficient way for the FAs to do water runs.

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Somewhere over Siberia.

Halfway through the trip as we made our wave over Siberia into Canadian airspace, FAs came through with today's mid-flight snack.

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Yum! Snacks!

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A nice grilled chicken foccacia sandwich along with vanilla ice cream, hot tea, and some water.

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Have we crossed the International Date Line, yet?

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Nope. In the next few minutes, we will be crossing the International Date Line where yesterday becomes today!

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Only 6hrs left in the flight!

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I can see Houston!

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Here's our route so far!

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Somewhere around the Ontario/Quebec provincial borders.

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We're almost to EWR.

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"Would you like some dim sum or egg?"

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Yum yum! Dim sum!

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Bye bye dim sum!

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"Daddy, are we there yet?"

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A rather old arrivals video into EWR.

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If you can clearly see this, do you notice anything missing?

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We deplaned from B67 to a rather short wait for US Immigration despite the arrival of other international flights. We arrived before the NW AMS flight as well as an Avion flight from ORY. Overall it took about 10min in the US Citizens line with a rather cheerful US CBP agent, followed by another 10min wait for baagage to unload at carousel 5 with EliteAccess bags for EWR terminating passengers coming out first, followed by those making connections, and then non-EliteAccess bags.

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I'm almost home!  pray 

Colin  wave 



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User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16857 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 13341 times:

Great trip report, what's missing from the Terminal Maps is the C-3 concourse. That's obviously pre Global Gateway. It shows the old COEX concourse.


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User currently offlineCOEWR2587 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 607 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 13161 times:

Nice report. When was this flight? All the 777's have had AVOD for a while now


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User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39831 posts, RR: 74
Reply 4, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 12859 times:

AznMadSci:
Great trip report!  bigthumbsup 
Reminds me of my trips to Hong Kong.

Quoting AznMadSci (Thread starter):

"Welcome aboard Hong Kong's Airport Express!"

"This is Hong Kong Station; next stop Kowloon Station"

I love that train!
So smooth, it feels like you're on an airplane.

Quoting AznMadSci (Thread starter):
WOW! Popeyes in HKG!!! I wish I had time to get a bite here so that I can say I had Popeyes before I left HKG and then had Popeyes when I landed at IAH!!! Definitely on my next trip!

One of the things I like about HKG is the low-priced places to eat and drink which is rare at an international airport. The 7/11 came in handy too.

Quoting AznMadSci (Thread starter):
Hello Larry!

Larry? Is that A.net member Lufthansa747?
He flew with me between Bangkok and Hong Kong on Thai Airways 2 years ago!

Quoting AznMadSci (Thread starter):
Can you guess what I had for lunch? And it was not Popeyes.

That Continental Airlines meal looks like the one I have on Aeroflot.  yuck 


Over all, great trip report man!  Cool



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User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 12307 times:

What drives me nuts on CO are the cookies for "desert." If I am obliged to fly with them I bring a sandwich. I can't believe they give menues and a shrimp in the salad. I assume it is because they compete with the Asian carriers and they have to go at least "half way."

I understand that the legroom on the B777 is only 31". ON the 767 at least it is 32."


User currently offlinePewpew320 From New Zealand, joined Mar 2009, 117 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 11895 times:

Nice report Big grin

A Cookie for dessert though? REALLY? that's fail!


User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39831 posts, RR: 74
Reply 7, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 11779 times:



Quoting Pewpew320 (Reply 6):
A Cookie for dessert though? REALLY? that's fail!

No that's Continental Airlines for you.  Sad
I would have opted for Cathay Pacific in to JFK instead.
The only US based airline I'd ever take internationally is United Airlines.



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6747 posts, RR: 77
Reply 8, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 11490 times:

Interesting report with many nice pictures. CO's product looks nice, but I found the main meal quite disappointing.

Quoting AznMadSci (Thread starter):
English menu for today's flight.

Nice to get a menu on an American carrier.


PH



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User currently offlineAznMadSci From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 3661 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 11373 times:



Quoting STT757 (Reply 2):
Great trip report

Thanks!  biggrin  I had put this off for over a year now and needed to finish the whole series so I could start on with a few other trip reports lined up. As boring as they sound, most have been with CO, but I like them, had no real problems, and they're easier to fly from IAH.

Quoting COEWR2587 (Reply 3):
Nice report. When was this flight?

This whole series occured back in March 2008. Yes, all 772s now have AVOD and at this time I had lucked out flying on the last 4 or 5 that did not have them.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 4):
Great trip report!

Cheers mate!  yes 

Quoting Superfly (Reply 4):
I love that train!
So smooth, it feels like you're on an airplane.

Hong Kong's Airport Express is the best in the world, no questions there, especially when you can do city check-in!  bigthumbsup 

Quoting Superfly (Reply 4):
The 7/11 came in handy too.

Yeah, I had recently discovered that and a pastry shop on my most recent trip.  yummy 

Quoting Superfly (Reply 4):
That Continental Airlines meal looks like the one I have on Aeroflot.

I will say it tasted a whole lot better than on my EK portions of this trip!

Quoting Semsem (Reply 5):
I can't believe they give menues



Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
Nice to get a menu on an American carrier.

When I flew to HKG, I was surprised they gave out menus. But I saw it served a purpose during the flight. During meal times in Y, the language speaker usually does drinks while the other FAs help pass out the meal. For those Chinese customers that do not speak English, the FA would point to the Chinese menu asking which of the options they would like. The customers point out and the FA smiles and gives them their meal. While not as elaborate, fancy, or tiny as other menus in Y on other airlines, it serves a purpose and that's good enough for me!  bigthumbsup 

Quoting Semsem (Reply 5):
What drives me nuts on CO are the cookies for "desert."



Quoting Pewpew320 (Reply 6):
A Cookie for dessert though? REALLY? that's fail!

I seriously find this whole "debate" or "comment" that "it drives me nuts ... cookies for dessert" ... "that's fail!" very amusing. What should I be expecting a red bean pannacotta or a light chiffon mocha roll???  spin 

Quoting Superfly (Reply 7):
I would have opted for Cathay Pacific in to JFK instead.

I should have added a bit of a reminder to the trip. I had a $500 travel voucher on CO for VDB on a TXL trip in 2007 and the vouchers were expiring. I found IAH-HKG roundtrip for less than $1000 and basically paid less than $500 for that whole portion as well as getting a whole bunch of CO miles! Yes I'm a mile whore and love every minute of it! Just did that trip 2 more times, with trip reports coming up soon I hope, and it truly didn't bother me. Would take that trip on CO every week if I had the time and money to do so!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
Interesting report with many nice pictures. CO's product looks nice, but I found the main meal quite disappointing.

If meals were the deciding factor, I would definitely not take EK or even CX again, but they are not. I like to think of the meal as something extra. I could easily find something to eat at the airport that I may like and If I plan rather well I could take a few snacks with me to pass the time if I do get hungry. For me I just love being on the plane and truly the only time I ever had a problem with CO is with a lead FA who happened to have a bad day taking it out on everyone and the other FAs taking her aside and telling her to cool it. They are all definitely interesting folks!

Thanks y'all for reading and the comments!

Colin  wave 



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User currently offlineLAXdude1023 From India, joined Sep 2006, 7550 posts, RR: 25
Reply 10, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 11355 times:

Excellent TR as usual!

You must be a sadist Collin!  Silly

I just did DFW-ICN-HKG about on Korean Air about a month ago. That was long enough for me.

Can imagine going up to EWR for the HKG trip!



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User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39831 posts, RR: 74
Reply 11, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 10739 times:



Quoting AznMadSci (Reply 9):
Hong Kong's Airport Express is the best in the world, no questions there, especially when you can do city check-in!

I hope some day the United States could get a train system in place like that.

Quoting AznMadSci (Reply 9):
Yeah, I had recently discovered that and a pastry shop on my most recent trip. yummy

I like HKG because you can buy beer and cheap wine at a low price and not have to pay through the nose for a drink like at most airports.

Quoting AznMadSci (Reply 9):
I should have added a bit of a reminder to the trip. I had a $500 travel voucher on CO......

I figured that was the case. No one in their right mind would spend their own money full-fare on Continental when Cathay Pacific or any other Asian carrier is an option.



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26909 posts, RR: 58
Reply 12, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 10622 times:

Great report and nice photos. CO looks nice .

OA260


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