On a sunny warm day in June, I arrived at the Lindbergh Terminal at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (KMSP) to board a flight to Raleigh/Durham, NC (KRDU). I would connect through Cleveland, and on this day, I was due to fly on 2 EMB-145's operated by Continental Airlines’ Express Jet.
The airport was not very busy and so I was easily able to check in, upon paying the $15 bag fee I went through security. This process did not take long on such a quiet morning, and I enjoyed a light breakfast in the terminal before proceeding to gate E-9 which is about half way down the E-Concourse.
Boarding was uneventful, and soon we were all ready to go. I am always amazed at the tight confines the cabin crew on this type of plane have to contend with, but the flight attendant was nevertheless very warm and friendly this morning.
After a quick taxi and nobody in front of us, we soon were heading down 30-L for takeoff. Unlike other passenger jets that I fly on, the Embraer jets always amaze me at the speed they reach on the takeoff roll.
Complimentary drinks were served on our short flight to Cleveland, and I was pleasantly surprised to also receive a free, fresh muffin. The muffin was very good, and my only wish was that it were bigger.
Here's a view in-flight :
After flying over the city of Cleveland, we made a quiet touchdown and arrived at a very empty Cleveland Hopkins airport right on schedule. Once I had deplaned, it seemed as though we were the only people in the airport I enjoyed strolling through the airport for the first time. Continental Airlines surely has a presence at this airport; it is very evident that it is a major hub for the 4th largest airline in the country.
Our next flight was Express Jet # 2348 to Raleigh/Durham. The flight began boarding about 20/25 minutes before departure, and again I noticed we were going to be having a full flight. Boarding was completed quickly and after the door was shut, the flight attendant began playing the safety demo over the PA system.
We departed and from seat 7A I had a beautiful view of downtown Cleveland and Lake Erie. As the airplane kept climbing, the lone flight attendant welcomed passengers on-board and let us know details on One Pass Miles earned on this flight, and the service to be expected.
Drinks and pretzels were passed around shortly thereafter, and I settled in to enjoy the view to my left and a good book.
Descent began about 15 minutes out of Raleigh and some large cumulus caused us to bounce around quite a bit on descent into RDU. The captain came on immediately following to apologize a bit for the rough air, and gave us the landing and gate information for Raleigh. Landing was smooth, and soon we were docking at RDU’s Terminal A.
Continental Airlines’ Express Jet offers a very nice product, and I hope I can fly with them again soon. The seats I assume would get a little uncomfortable during a long flight, but for flights lasting a little over an hour on each leg, it was no problem. No complaints at all. A good trip!
Kappel From Suriname, joined Jul 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 18 Reply 1, posted (3 years 4 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4650 times:
Nice report, short and sweet. Do you have some cabin pictures? I like to see pictures of these small jets.
Quoting 767747 (Thread starter): Unlike other passenger jets that I fly on, the Embraer jets always amaze me at the speed they reach on the takeoff roll.
What do you prefer, these small jets or the bigger (737/a320) jets? The smallest I have ever flown in is the CR7 and I found it rather twitchy, in that you feel everything that goes on (pitch up or down, accelleration and decelleration). Not that I dislike it, it just took a bit of getting used to.
Mtaabq From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 81 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (3 years 4 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4219 times:
That was a very nice trip report. Thanks for sharing.
Quoting Kappel (Reply 1): What do you prefer, these small jets or the bigger (737/a320) jets?
I realize you did not ask this question of me but I'd like to chime in with an opinion, if I may.
I haven't flown the ERJ 135/145 but I did ABQ-DEN and then DEN-MKE on a CRJ-700. ABQ to DEN was OK, but DEN to MKE pushed the limits of my "comfort level" at about 2:45 block time. I was seated in UA's Economy Plus and even with the extra legroom it was tight. I can only imagine what it was like in Economy and I saw a lot of people taller and bigger than me headed that direction. The ceilings are low and the "overhead compartments" are a joke. Give me a B737 or A320 (or A318 or A319) any day. Especially on any flight over 2 hours. Anything shorter than that I can simply suck it up, but I'll search out a B737 or A320 flight before I give in an take an RJ.