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CO81 (EWR-GVA) On 767-400 W/ Lots Of Pics  
User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3305 posts, RR: 13
Posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 16024 times:
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June 14, 2009
EWR-GVA (CO 81)
Continental Airlines Boeing 767-400
N76062 (tail number 062)
Departure Time: 9:15AM (scheduled 9:15)
Arrival Time: 12:03 (scheduled 12:00)

Hi, everyone! Finally, here is part 2 of my Trip Report posted about 4 months ago, my return flight GVA-EWR on CO81. Part 1 can be found here:
EWR-GVA (CO80) On B764 With Lots Of Pics! (by ANITIX87 Aug 5 2009 in Trip Reports)

Before we get to the flight itself, how about some more images of my trip?

Lake Geneva as we climb the mountains over Montreux on the GoldenPass train.
http://www.tisdigital.com/anitix-38.jpg

Gstaad’s City Center
http://www.tisdigital.com/anitix-39.jpg

Some store fronts in Gstaad
http://www.tisdigital.com/anitix-40.jpg

Saas Fee’s Hotel Alpin
http://www.tisdigital.com/anitix-41.jpg

Another hotel in Saas Fee (a pedestrian-only village high in the alps). I love the location of this hotel right on the rocks!
http://www.tisdigital.com/anitix-42.jpg

The lake created by the Mattmark Dam.
http://www.tisdigital.com/anitix-43.jpg

My sister and I standing on the Mattmark.
http://www.tisdigital.com/anitix-44.jpg

Looking down at the valley. You can see the dam is built using only the weight of the large stones placed in a sort of barricade. Many years ago, the dam broke and the entire valley flooded. They re-built it. It’s the only dam in the world (I believe) to be built this way.
http://www.tisdigital.com/anitix-45.jpg

Now to the return flight!
We left the chalet in the Mayens-de-Chamoson in our rented Ford Kuga at 5:37AM. I had managed to get a few hours’ sleep but my sister had stayed out all night, so she fell asleep immediately. We stopped at my grandmother’s house in Chamoson to say goodbye. We then found the highway (Autoroute du Rhône) and made our way through the valley, around Lake Geneva, and to the airport.

My dad dropped my sister and I off at the terminal at 7:17 and then went to return the car. With Geneva’s new rental car system, we didn’t even get into the check-in line until around 8AM, and were finally all checked in at 8:05. We went and found the Diners’ Club Lounge upstairs, as we always do when leaving GVA, and stayed there for about half an hour before making our way through a very busy security screening, finally getting through at 8:40. This was far later than I would have liked (boarding was scheduled for 8:30) but my mom insisted on making the most of the lounge).

Boarding was started at 8:48, and I made my way down the hallway to get to our jetbridge. For anyone not familiar with GVA’s layout, the GVA-EWR flight (and UA (IAD) and LX (JFK)) leave from the “new” extension. You enter what used to be a wing of the terminal, go through the boarding gate, and then make your way along a hallway that runs the length of the new building before coming to your jetway. I took my chosen seat (25K) with my sister next to me in 25J. Pushback was exactly on time at 9:15AM. Here are some pictures during taxi, including an image of a United 767-300 ready to depart to IAD. At the time, this flight was less than a week old!
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We taxied to runway 23 and performed a rolling take-off. This was the first time in my memory that I had taken off on Runway 23, though I’ve seen it used quite often while spotting. I guess I just always happen to leave Switzerland when the wind comes from the south! Here are some images of the takeoff.

Just lifted off. Note the amount of flaps. Is this usual for a 767-400?
http://www.tisdigital.com/anitix-53.jpg

Turning right (At PAS VOR) to head out towards England.
http://www.tisdigital.com/anitix-54.jpg

Lake Geneva with the city of Geneva on the left, and the airport just above the leading edge of the wing.
http://www.tisdigital.com/anitix-55.jpg

Turning back to the left on R152 towards DJL VOR. Between wispy cloud layers.
http://www.tisdigital.com/anitix-56.jpg

Completing our climb to FL320.
http://www.tisdigital.com/anitix-57.jpg

After leveling off at 32,000 feet, the first beverage service commenced. As I always comment on my CO trip reports, I am beyond thrilled with CO’s in-flight services. Frequent drink services, good food, and generally friendly crew. We were then served lunch. Since I had hated the low-fat options on the flight over, I had “forgotten” to ask for them again on this flight. However, I guess it carried over and it wasn’t long before we were brought low-fat meals. They consisted of chicken and rice, with carrots, a salad, bread, and some fruit. The chicken, rice, and carrots were ok at best, and the salad was awful. Warm, soft, and a bad dressing. The bread was delicious and the fruit was fresh and refreshing. After that meal, though, I was still hungry. I pulled aside one of the F/As (who was the same one as on the flight over and even remembered that my drink of choice was Ginger Ale) and asked if I could have a spare normal lunch. He brought it to me immediately and it was very, very good. It included a delicious chicken, mozzarella, and tomato sandwich, an apple, and orange juice.

A word about our routing on this flight. After leaving GVA, towards England and went North of London, over Liverpool, and between DUB and GLA as we crossed over Ireland. The headwinds we had were quite inconsistent, ranging from 10MPH to over 110MPH as the flight progressed. After we cleared Europe, we climbed to 34,000 feet for the oceanic crossing. We made landfall North of Gander and climbed to 36,000 feet. We passed south of Montreal, crossed over Albany, NY, and then came due South along the Hudson River, before zigzagging our way Southwest.

Here are some images from the flight, routing, and descent.
http://www.tisdigital.com/anitix-58.jpg
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I dropped my camera just before this image, and it threw off something internally, which messed up the white balance, so all the following image are very blue…
http://www.tisdigital.com/anitix-66.jpg
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We started descent at 11:11AM New York time and made turns to enter the pattern for 4R. This was the first time I ever remember landing on 4R coming from Europe. We touched down at 11:58 and rolled out almost to the very, very end of the runway. Here are some images of final approach, touchdown, and roll-out.
http://www.tisdigital.com/anitix-70.jpg
http://www.tisdigital.com/anitix-71.jpg
http://www.tisdigital.com/anitix-72.jpg

Here you can see how far we rolled out. I’m guessing this is due to CO’s terminal location in relation to the runways, but it was a little bit disconcerting to be slowing down as slowly as we were.
http://www.tisdigital.com/anitix-74.jpg
http://www.tisdigital.com/anitix-73.jpg

We made it to the gate at Terminal C at 12:03, just three minutes behind schedule. We were through passport control rather quickly (the majority of the time difference being attributed to the rather long walk) at 12:15. We had to wait just a little while for our bags, which got to us at 12:35. Customs was a little bit of a mess, as EWR filters all arriving international passengers through 2 lines, and CO has a lot of their TATL flights arrive together around noon. We cheated a bit and snuck into the middle of the line and were through with nothing to declare at 12:42.

The driver my dad had hired was waiting for us and we left EWR at 12:52. We arrived back home in Orangeburg at 1:35PM.

Our annual trip had come to an end. It was fantastic to be back in Switzerland and, as usual, I’ve spent my time since aching to go back. I’m now convinced more than ever that as soon as I finish my Masters, I will move there.

TOTAL GATE-TO-GATE TIME: 8hrs 48 minutes (scheduled 8 hours 45 minutes)
TOTAL FLIGHT TIME (wheels up to wheels down): 8 hrs 34 minutes
TOTAL TRAVEL TIME (door to door): 13 hrs 58 minutes.

I hope you enjoyed this report. Feedback is always appreciated!

TIS


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User currently offlineEwRkId From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 594 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 14612 times:



Quoting ANITIX87 (Thread starter):
Saas Fee’s Hotel Alpin

What an awesome view!!

Quoting ANITIX87 (Thread starter):
The lake created by the Mattmark Dam.

WOW!! I have always wanted to see the alps, I was close this summer to going to Switzerland, but we want to Frankfurt and Praha instead.

Quoting ANITIX87 (Thread starter):
I pulled aside one of the F/As (who was the same one as on the flight over and even remembered that my drink of choice was Ginger Ale) and asked if I could have a spare normal lunch. He brought it to me immediately and it was very, very good. It included a delicious chicken, mozzarella, and tomato sandwich, an apple, and orange juice.

That is why I love CO!! I wrote a TR alittle while back and has a pic of the FA with me, they have some of the nicest crews!!

Great Pictures and Trip Report, looks like you had a lot of fun in Switzerland. I love the 764, its a really good machine and gets the job done! What was the Load Factor on both of your flights?(Sorry If I missed it) I know that EWR-GVA is a really good performer and was upgraded to the current 764 from a 762 I believe. Keep up the good work!


EwRkId


User currently offlineNwMKE From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 21 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 14344 times:

How come I don't see any photos?


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User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3305 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 14243 times:
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Quoting EwRkId (Reply 1):
WOW!! I have always wanted to see the alps, I was close this summer to going to Switzerland, but we want to Frankfurt and Praha instead.

You missed out. Most amazing country (though I am a bit biased and still have many places I want to go!)

Quoting EwRkId (Reply 1):
What was the Load Factor on both of your flights?(Sorry If I missed it) I know that EWR-GVA is a really good performer and was upgraded to the current 764 from a 762 I believe. Keep up the good work!

Normally it's a phenomenal performer. However, since our east-bound flight was in May (when some universities are still in session) the flight only had about 130 people on it (CO's 764 holds 235). My mom and dad each moved and had a full row to themselves to stretch out and sleep. The return flight was in June, when American high schools are still in class, so that wasn't full either, but I'd say the load was about 80% or so.

Quoting NwMKE (Reply 2):
How come I don't see any photos?

What do you see instead? All images are hosted directly on my personal website so they should work just fine as there's no bandwidth limit....

TIS



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User currently offlineJHCRJ700 From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 14115 times:

great report. Fantastic pictures. I really like Continental's service as well. I flew them BWI-EWR-EGLL and are flying them EGLL-HOU-BWI in two weeks time and I am very much looking forward to the flight.  hyper 


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User currently offlineLYChemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1201 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 13707 times:

I agree the salad is awful. I also don't like getting lunch at 10AM.

User currently onlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17066 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 13211 times:

Good second part.

Seems you had another good experience on CO.

The pics of Switzerland are just fantastic.


Thank you for sharing

B747forever



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8539 posts, RR: 54
Reply 7, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 12438 times:
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Nice stuff, thanks for psoting, though could do with a few more flight related pix inc the meals.

CO do seem a pretty consistent airline in terms of service, they sure rate ahead of most of the big US carriers.

Switzerland ls a lovely country, even in summer.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineJetsGo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3083 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 12338 times:

Not seeing any photos...


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User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3305 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 12117 times:
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Quoting JetsGo (Reply 8):
Not seeing any photos...

What do you see instead? All images, as I stated above, are hosted directly on my personal website, so there shouldn't be any problems since there's no bandwidth limit.

TIS



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User currently offlineLYchemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1201 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 11706 times:

It takes time to download the photos but it worked with patience.

User currently onlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21624 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 10750 times:

I see the photos with no problem. They even loaded faster than the other part of this report.

Good to see a GVA trip report - I haven't been there in a while. I'm hoping to go back this spring when (or rather, if) I go to the French Alps, but DL miles will be involved, so I have a feeling it's going to be JFK-LYS instead.  Sad

-Mir



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User currently offlineLazialeMKD From French Polynesia, joined Oct 2009, 150 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 10414 times:

great photos -
I am considering flying over the pond for first time with American carrier for my next trip, and Continental is at the top of the list, since JetBlue is not flying out of USA  Smile.

P.S. You have nice sister! :P


User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3305 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 9889 times:
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Quoting Mir (Reply 11):
so I have a feeling it's going to be JFK-LYS instead.

Fly to ZRH and take the train to Geneva. Spend a day there, go to Interlaken, and then make your way to LYS to fly home. Taking trains through Switzerland, especially from ZRH-GVA, is amazing. Even more breathtaking would be if you took the really long way around, going Zurich-Visp, Visp-Geneva, through the Lutchberg tunnel (total trip of about 5 hours, but I'd say well worth it!)

Quoting LazialeMKD (Reply 12):
P.S. You have nice sister! :P

Gracias! Haha. She has a boyfriend now, though. Sorry!

TIS



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User currently offlineLazialeMKD From French Polynesia, joined Oct 2009, 150 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 9499 times:



Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 13):
Gracias! Haha. She has a boyfriend now, though. Sorry!

I will not touch her boyfriend, no worries about that :P


User currently offlineFCA767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2006, 1761 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 8800 times:

Those Pictures made my heart melt...
Even though I've been close to here (Landed in geneva) i didnt spend time here but went into france...I must go here and see the beautifull scenery  Smile


User currently offlineUSAirALB From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 3079 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 8429 times:

Very nice..you gotta love CO!

Quoting ANITIX87 (Thread starter):
Albany, NY,

Yes, Albany....my home. One reason I love ALB is we get our bulk of aircraft terminating their Atlantic crossing flying over head. Nothing like an A340 going over my house on approach to NYC!



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User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3305 posts, RR: 13
Reply 17, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 8042 times:
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Quoting USAirALB (Reply 16):
Yes, Albany....my home. One reason I love ALB is we get our bulk of aircraft terminating their Atlantic crossing flying over head. Nothing like an A340 going over my house on approach to NYC!

Where in Albany? Many of my Lehigh friends are from there.

I love the approach into Newark from Europe, as you get to see the Hudson River develop from a stream into a 3-mile wide estuary right before your eyes. You also get great views of the many different parts of the Northeast!

TIS



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