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CO Scores Again: ATL-IAH-EWR-FRA On ERJ, 752 & 764  
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6862 posts, RR: 77
Posted (4 years 8 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 23865 times:

Continental Scores Again:
ATL-IAH-EWR-FRA on ERJ 145, 757-200 and 767-400ER




Intro
The focus will be on ExpressJet's ERJ 145 and Continental's 757-200 and 767-400ER in the last part of my latest trip report series. It had already been clear in the early stages of trip planning that I would choose Continental's EWR-FRA service because the 767-400ER was still missing in my log. However, instead of picking an ATL-EWR connection for my return journey I decided to add another stop at Houston before heading eastwards again. Why? Going zigzag (ATL-IAH-EWR) would get me on another new carrier (ExpressJet) plus a 757-200 instead of one common 737 classic - at no extra cost!

All those who have missed Parts 1, 2 & 3 simply need to click here:
The Ultimate 737: LHR-IAH-PDX On CO 777 & 739ER
Pacific Coast Jaunt: 3 Carriers, E120, E140 & Fog
Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR



Background
In early September 2009 it was time to book another enthusiast trip. Flights to the United States were quite cheap in mid-October so I started searching for interesting combos. My plan was to get as many new airlines and aircraft types as possible on a five- or six-day trip. The destinations did not matter really much, I only tried to include LAX in order to meet my friend The777Man again. Some days later, after spending countless hours on airline and travel websites, my itinerary was complete:

Munich (MUC) - London (LHR) on British Airways
London (LHR) - Houston (IAH) on Continental
Houston (IAH) - Portland (PDX) on Continental
Portland (PDX) - Seattle (SEA) on United Express, operated by Skywest Airlines
Seattle (SEA) - San Jose (SJC) on Alaska Airlines
San Jose (SJC) - Los Angeles (LAX) on American Eagle
Los Angeles (LAX) - Atlanta (ATL) on Delta
Atlanta (ATL) - Houston (IAH) on Continental Express, operated by ExpressJet
Houston (IAH) - Newark (EWR) on Continental
Newark (EWR) - Frankfurt (FRA) on Continental
Frankfurt (FRA) - Munich (MUC) on Lufthansa

I booked all Continental flights together on the carrier's website - connections on both British Airways and Lufthansa were included in the combo. After that I separately added the flights on United Express, Alaska Airlines, American Eagle and Delta. The itinerary included five new airlines, five new aircraft types and four new airports - I was quite satisfied in the end after getting all the confirmation emails.





Monday, 19 October 2009
Atlanta (ATL) - Houston (IAH)
Continental CO2363, operated by ExpressJet
18:40-19:50 (18:37-19:39)
Flying time: 01:41 (hrs)
Economy Class, Seat 17A

Embraer ERJ 145LR
N16951 (s/n 063)
Delivered in 06/1998


1st flight on N16951
3rd ERJ 145 flight
4th ERJ flight
86th airline



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Immediately after my arrival from Los Angeles on DL016 I grabbed my luggage and walked straight to Continental's check-in area. There was no need to hurry, but I wanted to get back to the gate area for spotting as soon as possible. When I arrived at the counters I noticed a guy in the early 20s loudly shouting around, apparently addressing a distant Continental check-in agent. The latter didn't reply much and seemed to be uninterested in the guy's talk - apparently they had already had a discussion. Some moments later two police officers showed up and talked to the young guy, calming him down quickly...  thumbsup 

Anyway, the Continental agent - who was very friendly - assisted me while I was entering my data into a check-in kiosk. Interestingly, the flight turned out to be overbooked, too - actually the third such case during my trip. Unfortunately, the agent couldn't tell me any details about alternative flights or a possible compensation. I knew my flight would be the last one to Houston today, so it was likely I would be offered a significant re-routing. However, I didn't want to see my 767-400ER flight on the next day being replaced. I agreed to think about giving up my seat, but later in the afternoon I decided to keep it.

After passing security I took the train to Concourse D and took a seat at the northern end where I had good views of the traffic on runways 26L and 26R. Due to the high number of movements it was hard to get all the registrations - and trying to be discrete with my binoculars didn't make it easier. Within about two hours I got a total of 59 new registrations, mostly Delta and Atlantic Southeast.

My aircraft arrived on time - too bad it was a common ERJ 145LR and not an ERJ 145XR. N16951 - one of a total 244 ERJs in the fleet - was delivered in June 1998:



A friendly flight attendant in the 30s welcomed me on board and a few moments later I arrived at my seat 17A. The cabin was equipped with comfortable gray and blue leather seats:



Legroom seemed to be a bit better than on the American Eagle ERJ 140 - but what I found a bit annoying during the whole flight was the creaking sound whenever I leaned back.



Parked next to us was N17640, a 737-500 equipped with winglets and most likely bound for Newark:



My good mood was shaken a bit when I realized who was taking a seat some rows in front of me: the guy who had met the cops some hours before. Well, I hoped for the best...

CRJs in Delta colors dominating the scene:



The takeoff on the ERJ was unspectacular as expected - but views of Atlanta during sunset were great:









Free drinks and pretzels were served - of course I ordered a chilled ginger ale. Alcoholic drinks were available for five bucks.


The young guy some rows in front of me started talking insistently to the flight attendant and the latter didn't seem to be very happy about that. Who knows what he wanted. Some time later the guy suddenly jumped up and started babbling - he had managed to spill his drink over his shorts and the seat.  Yeah sure
The flight attendant showed up and they had another discussion. Then he placed his beer can on the floor next to his seat - for whatever reason - and walked to the lavatory. After returning to his seat he started talking to the passenger sitting on the other side of the aisle and didn't stop until arrival. The addressee, a middle-aged man, probably from Indian descent, actively took part in the conversation, but I'm not sure whether he was very amused...anyway, I looked out of the window for the rest of the flight and enjoyed the sunset:


We touched down after a flying time of one hour and 41 minutes. Since it had become dark I didn't spend any more time at the airport and tried to get the shuttle to the (relatively new) Super 8 IAH West/Greenspoint.
I was hoping that the shuttle would pass on a tour, but after waiting for a while I decided to call. Interestingly, the receptionist said that the airport shuttle wasn't available due to a lack of a driver. He told me to take a taxi and ensured the hotel would pay for it. The next problem was that the taxi driver had no clue where the hotel was located at - even though I had shown him the original Super 8 directions map. He asked me to call the hotel again, but I declined, explaining that my German mobile phone wouldn’t work in the US. Of course it did - but I was not willing to spend some extra money just because a local taxi driver was unable to find a local hotel. So he called and the receptionist told him where to go. However, the driver missed an exit and so it took more than 20 minutes in the end until we finally arrived. The taximeter showed more than 20 bucks and I asked the driver to give me a receipt - which he wasn't enthusiastic about. I showed the receipt to the receptionist and, fortunately, he handed out the money to me immediately.




Tuesday, 20 October 2009
Houston (IAH) - Newark (EWR)
Continental CO50
13:05-17:57 (13:37-18:02)
Flying time: 03:07 (hrs)
Economy Class, Seat 32F

Boeing 757-224
N18112 (s/n 653)
Delivered in 02/1995


1st flight on N18112
9th 757-200 flight
10th 757 flight



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When I checked out several hours prior to departure I was glad to hear that the hotel shuttle would be available this time. 20 minutes later I entered my data into a check-in kiosk, but had to call an agent due to a well-known problem: names not matching. Anyway, after a few moments I received my boarding passes and headed to Concourse E. Unfortunately, I couldn't see any arriving or departing aircraft from the area around my gate E17. I had more than two hours left, so I started walking again to find a good spotting spot. After some 20 minutes I took a seat in a deserted area at the front end of Concourse C. It wasn't an ideal place, but I wasn't in the mood for searching any longer. Mostly ERJs were passing for a while, but later larger aircraft showed up on the taxiways, too.

After returning to Concourse E I found N18112 being prepared for flight CO50. The plane is one of 41 757-200s in the fleet and was delivered in February 1995:



Friendly flight attendants welcomed me on board and I took my window seat in row 32. The plane - which is also used on transatlantic routes - was equipped with new seats...



...and Continental's new AVOD IFE system with 9-inch screens:



Seat pitch itself was as generous as on the 777 - but the 757's IFE box was not only much smaller, but also located under the middle seat. However, the 757 seat was harder and narrower.


I found it interesting to see that all window blinds had been closed on the aircraft's right side - apparently a measure to prevent the sun from heating up the cabin.

New-style map:



My hope for an empty middle seat was finally destroyed when a tall middle-aged guy showed up very late. According to a following phone call he had gotten the seat on short notice...anyway, I found it quite disrespectful that he didn't greet while taking the middle seat and I was absolutely shocked by his smell. Apparently that guy - seemingly a businessman - hadn't brushed his teeth for days. How awful, shame on him!  Embarrassment

After boarding had been completed the purser announced a slight delay due to "a few maintenance issues". I didn't mind at all because the departure directions had been changed and many aircraft used the nearby taxiway. I could write down one plane after the other and it wasn't even necessary to use the binoculars. The smelly guy seemed to be a bit irritated by my actions, but I couldn't care less. In the end I had logged a total of 61 new registrations at IAH on that day.

Continental 777-200ER N69020 arrived at the gate next to us shortly before push-back:



We left the gate 32 minutes late, but could enter runway 9 almost without waiting. Powerful takeoff to the east:







Continental's AVOD (Audio Video On Demand) entertainment system on the 757 offers less choices than on the 777, but there are still 40 films, 60 television shows, over 2000 music tracks and 20 interactive video games to choose from. Headsets were available for one dollar. Movies main menu:



My favorite feature:



After hamburgers on the Houston-Portland flight Continental offered cheeseburgers this time. Again I was surprised by the good taste of the meat. The salad wasn't bad either:



The smell of the guy next to me was a permanent annoyance, but I still tried to enjoy the flight. Nice scenery:



Does anyone know which city that is?



Approach to Newark in beautiful evening light:







We finally touched down after a flying time of three hours and seven minutes.



SAS A340-300 enjoys priority:



Despite the delayed departure we arrived at the gate only five minutes behind schedule.






Tuesday, 20 October 2009
Newark (EWR) - Frankfurt (FRA)
Continental CO50
19:25-09:25 (19:40-09:07)
Flying time: 07:03 (hrs)
Economy Class, Seat 44A

Boeing 767-424ER
N68061 (s/n 868)
Delivered in 03/2002


1st flight on N68061
1st 767-400ER flight
12th 767 flight



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Transferring at Newark was very convenient despite the masses of passengers passing through Terminal C. It was only a matter of about 20 minutes to reach my gate C128. Due to the darkness and the position of the aircraft it didn't make sense to take a picture, but I could identify the registration of the desired Boeing 767-400ER: the plane was N68061, delivered in March 2002.

Spotting was nearly impossible anyway so I tried to board the aircraft as soon as possible. Again, friendly flight attendants welcomed me while I was walking down the aisle. Continental's 767 fleet hasn't been retrofitted yet, so it wasn't surprising to find old-style seats...



...with small PTVs:


Nevertheless, the old seats were not as hard as the newer models. Seat pitch was sufficient, but a large old-style IFE box reduced legroom:


However, I found the box less annoying than the newer variant on the 777. The aisle seat remained empty, so the box didn't bother me at all during the flight.

The purser informed about a slight delay, referring to "maintenance procedures" and signatures yet to be attached to some forms by the mechanics. N68061 finally left the gate 15 minutes behind schedule and soon powerfully took off into the night sky.

Flight attendants served pretzels and drinks as soon as we had reached the cruising altitude. Ginger ale for me, of course:



Now it was time to have a look at Continental's old IFE system which features eight channels of multi-lingual video programming, 20 channels of audio programming and ten games. Small screen:



The old-style handset was still fully functional:



All I needed on this night flight was the airshow channel anyway:



Dinner was served about one and a half hours after departure. "Chicken or pasta?" was the key question and I opted for the former:


Both the marinated chicken breast and the vegetable rice tasted very good, much better than the food on the LHR-IAH sector. I couldn't complain about the salad either - however, the cookie and chocolate brownie was simply too small.

Before trying to get some sleep I took a cabin shot. The 777-style interior is a great feature on the 764...



...as well as the raked wingtips - here pictured during sunrise a few hours later:





Less than an hour prior to landing a small and tasty breakfast was served. Fresh fruit and a croissant were absolutely sufficient:



Nice light effects during approach:



Thick clouds:



The city of Mainz...



...and the Ticona polymer factory:



Only a few more seconds to go:



We touched down on runway 07R after a flying time of seven hours and three minutes. At the same time Singapore Airlines 747-400 9V-SPP (bound for New York) was accelerating on runway 07L:



Busy Terminal 2 apron:



N68061 came to rest next to Gulf Air A330-200 A9C-KF and Northwest A330-300 N820NW - the plane which would become a target for terrorists only two months later:


After disembarking I took the Skytrain to Terminal 1, passed security again and took a seat at a glass front for some spotting. Two hours later I continued on to Munich on Lufthansa flight LH968 which was operated by D-AISR, an A321-200 delivered only three months before - definitely a nice surprise at the end of the tour.



Conclusion
My positive impressions of Continental were confirmed on my return trip: friendly staff, clean and comfortable cabins and decent IFE. In contrast to the offerings on the LHR-IAH flight the catering on the long-haul sector was really good this time. ExpressJet offered a decent product, too, but I wouldn't want to take the ERJ on flights longer than two hours.

As for the whole tour in general - it was a great success. I got five new airlines and five new types, added eleven new planes to my flightlog, visited four new airports, flew on nine new routes and spotted 306 new registrations. No doubts, it won't be easy for me to beat that.


Best Regards,
PlaneHunter



P.S.: Just in case you missed them - other more or less recent reports:
Riding The Ultra Long-Haul Twin: Delta 777-200LR
Pacific Coast Jaunt: 3 Carriers, E120, E140 & Fog
The Ultimate 737: LHR-IAH-PDX On CO 777 & 739ER
Bye Bye, Hell! TRD-OSL-TXL-NUE - DY/AB/HE DH4
My Trip To Hell: NUE-CPH-OSL-TRD On Cimber & SAS
SFO-YUL-FRA: Map- & Sleepless On Air Canada's 77W
Sin City Gloss & Virgin America's Chic First Class
Seat Dilemma & Canyon Glamour: FRA To LAX, AC 763
On Par With Air France? DTW-AMS-MUC, KLM A330
Goodbye, Red Tails! DC-9-40/50 & Chicago Tour
Champagne & World Of Coke: Air France A340 To ATL
"Mission A380": Disappointing Legs On BA/BD/EI
Delights Of Doha, 773 & 77W: DOH-DXB-LHR On EK
A380 Really a Step Forward? LHR-DXB-DOH On EK
Quality & Style: HKG-LHR On Air New Zealand 744
Taiwan Trio: TransAsia, UNI Air And The Taipei 101
"The Wings Of Taiwan": EVA Air A332, 744 Combi
SHA-SZX, Shanghai 757: Delayed By The Military
PEK-SHA, China Eastern A330 & Shanghai At Night
Striking Newcomer: Berlin-Beijing On Hainan A330


[Edited 2010-03-06 01:18:49]


Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6608 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (4 years 8 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 23781 times:

Hi Plane Hunter!

Excellent conlusion to your trip this past fall! Great pictures! Too bad you had a weirdo like that guy on your ATL-IAH flight; I agree; best just to ignore people like that.

A bit surprising you left IAH 35 mins late; any reason given for this ? That's quite a delay.......

Dinner looks great on EWR-FRA and the salad is HUGE.

I'm also very happy that everything worked out with no equipement changes or major delays. Five new airlines and five new types and 306 new registrations is very impressive! I did a day trip to FRA this past Monday and had a great time spotting in the transit area and got 110 new numbers which I was very happy with. It was also great to see you here in Los Angeles and look forward to seeing you again here sometime. Like I said earlier, hope to see you in MUC this fall as long as I ams healthy at that time, which I think I will be shortly.

Looking forward to your next adventure!

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5176 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (4 years 8 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 23746 times:

Hey, PH,

it´s Saturday morning, a first view out of the window showed me an unbelievable all white scenery,
so turning around and following you´re story, thats the perfect start for the day.

Good work, nice pictures and layout.
CO does a good job, so it seems and congrats to the 764, something also to do for me
sometimes this year, hopefully, at least.

Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlinePalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (4 years 8 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 23685 times:

Thanks for posting your final US instalment - some great light for pics on your departure from ATL and IAH.

In 2008, I flew home from MCO to LHR but went via ATL - IAH - JAN - ATL before arriving back in the UK. Why? becuase it only cost an additional £60 from what the one stop via ATL would have been on DL! Crazy, but fantastic.

Look forward to your next trip report.

P/jet



Eastern - Number One To The Sun
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 4, posted (4 years 8 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 23559 times:

Hi PH,

Great reading, CO looks to be a little above the US standards, that cheeseburger doesn't look half bad actually. Congratulations on the 764 as well, that's not a very common plane. I've been looking for opportunities to log one, either on DL or CO, but no solid plans yet.

And that jerk on your ATL-IAH flight - you can just tell that certain people will be a nuisance and cause havoc from your first encounter with them, this guy definitely seems to fit that norm.

Regarding that smelly guy - I know exactly what you mean - I just can't understand some of these people with seriously lacking personal hygienic standards.

What's up next, surely you have some other interesting trips under your belt since October?


User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16885 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (4 years 8 months 22 hours ago) and read 23113 times:

Excellent trip report.

I flew on CO's 767-400 last year on EWR-HNL, it's a modern aircraft but they need to expedite the AVOD and new lie flat Businessfirst seat installation process. Also



Eastern Air lines flt # 701, EWR-MCO Boeing 757
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2486 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (4 years 8 months 21 hours ago) and read 22938 times:

Hi PH,

You have put your tour into a great conclusion. Very well written surrounded by beautiful pictures. I love it.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
but views of Atlanta during sunset were great:

Beautiful!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
a guy in the early 20s loudly shouting around, apparently addressing a distant Continental check-in agent.
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The young guy some rows in front of me started talking insistently to the flight attendant and the latter didn't seem to be very happy about that. Who knows what he wanted. Some time later the guy suddenly jumped up and started babbling - he had managed to spill his drink over his shorts and the seat.
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I found it quite disrespectful that he didn't greet while taking the middle seat and I was absolutely shocked by his smell. Apparently that guy - seemingly a businessman - hadn't brushed his teeth for days. How awful, shame on him!

Sigh! Some people...   

Thanks for sharing.

Cheers,
Suryo



Friends forever
User currently onlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8564 posts, RR: 54
Reply 7, posted (4 years 8 months 18 hours ago) and read 22544 times:
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Hi PH,

Great report, realled enjoyed thsi segment, good selection of planes  

The food generally looked pretty good, and the salad on the final sector was one of the biggest i've seen in economy, nice.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
In the end I had logged a total of 61 new registrations at IAH on that day.

- Excellent figure.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The 777-style interior is a great feature on the 764...

- Oh yes, the old style overheads make the 767 look so so dated inside.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlineoa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27176 posts, RR: 60
Reply 8, posted (4 years 8 months 18 hours ago) and read 22473 times:

Hey nice pics and I like the new Y seats. Food good and IFE good. Glad to see CO are getting such good reviews lately.

Nice photos as usual and a good insight into the product. The 777 interior on the 767 really makes a difference.


Thanks for the report.

OA260


User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1226 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (4 years 8 months 17 hours ago) and read 22324 times:

Unlike in Europe, people here generally don't say hello or good bye to strangers. Even if you talk to them for a while don't expect a good bye. It takes some time to get used to this.
I thought the legroom on the CO 777 was only 31" vs. 32" on the 767.
I find the CO meals to Europe the worst, especially compared to AF. I can't stand the tiny cookies they serve as a desert. At least I see some improvement; they now sprinkle the salad with tiny pieces of cheese. That is a major improvement. I find AA to Europe much better.
I am going to London on a CO 757 so I know what to expect now. I only fly CO if I have a free ticket or their fares are really low. They do have the best web site though and a good frequent flyer program, unlike Delta. Thanks.

[Edited 2010-03-06 11:38:21]

User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6862 posts, RR: 77
Reply 10, posted (4 years 8 months 16 hours ago) and read 22249 times:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 1):
Excellent conlusion to your trip this past fall! Great pictures!

Hi Lars, thanks a lot for your fast reply!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 1):
A bit surprising you left IAH 35 mins late; any reason given for this ?

They didn't mention anything apart from "maintenance issues".

Quoting The777Man (Reply 1):
I did a day trip to FRA this past Monday and had a great time spotting in the transit area and got 110 new numbers which I was very happy with.

Sounds great, how many hours did you spend for spotting? And where did you go - Terminal 2?

Quoting The777Man (Reply 1):
It was also great to see you here in Los Angeles and look forward to seeing you again here sometime.

Yes, I really hope to be able to fly to LAX again soon.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 1):
Like I said earlier, hope to see you in MUC this fall as long as I ams healthy at that time, which I think I will be shortly.

That would be great, I wish all the best.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
Good work, nice pictures and layout.

Hi Markus, thanks for your feedback.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 2):
it´s Saturday morning, a first view out of the window showed me an unbelievable all white scenery,
so turning around and following you´re story, thats the perfect start for the day.

Good to hear. I was also shocked when I saw the mess outside this morning.

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 3):
Thanks for posting your final US instalment - some great light for pics on your departure from ATL and IAH.

Thanks, Palmjet.

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 3):
In 2008, I flew home from MCO to LHR but went via ATL - IAH - JAN - ATL before arriving back in the UK. Why? becuase it only cost an additional £60 from what the one stop via ATL would have been on DL! Crazy, but fantastic.

Indeed, great deal! I would have done the same.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 4):
And that jerk on your ATL-IAH flight - you can just tell that certain people will be a nuisance and cause havoc from your first encounter with them, this guy definitely seems to fit that norm.

I'm glad that I have never been directly seated next to such a guy.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 4):
Regarding that smelly guy - I know exactly what you mean - I just can't understand some of these people with seriously lacking personal hygienic standards.

Those guys can do whatever they want at home, but they should take a brace when they come into contact with others.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 4):
What's up next, surely you have some other interesting trips under your belt since October?

Not many during the winter. The next report will be about a short trip to Turkey, after that I'll write about a recent long-haul trip.

Quoting STT757 (Reply 5):
Excellent trip report.

Thanks!

Quoting STT757 (Reply 5):
I flew on CO's 767-400 last year on EWR-HNL, it's a modern aircraft but they need to expedite the AVOD and new lie flat Businessfirst seat installation process. Also

Sounds reasonable. I'm wondering how many 767s have been equipped with new interiors to date.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
You have put your tour into a great conclusion. Very well written surrounded by beautiful pictures. I love it.

Thanks a lot, Suryo! I'm glad you liked it.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 7):
Great report, realled enjoyed thsi segment, good selection of planes

Hi Mark, thanks for your feedback!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 7):
- Oh yes, the old style overheads make the 767 look so so dated inside.

Indeed, the 777-style cabin and the 2-3-2 configuration are a perfect combination.

Quoting oa260 (Reply 8):
Hey nice pics and I like the new Y seats. Food good and IFE good.
Quoting oa260 (Reply 8):
Nice photos as usual and a good insight into the product.

Thanks, Phil!

Quoting oa260 (Reply 8):
The 777 interior on the 767 really makes a difference.

Yes, too bad that only some dozens of 767s are equipped with the new interior.

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 9):
Unlike in Europe, people here generally don't say hello or good bye to strangers. Even if you talk to them for a while don't expect a good bye. It takes some time to get used to this.

I didn't expect a good bye. But the guy could have said hello considering he was taking the middle seat with two people already sitting in the row. On my trips throughout the US it has been quite common that people say something when taking a seat next to me.

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 9):
I find the CO meals to Europe the worst, especially compared to AF.

The meal on the LHR-IAH sector was indeed disappointing, but what I got on the EWR-FRA sector was much better than what NW or US have ever served on transatlantic services.

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 9):
They do have the best web site though and a good frequent flyer program, unlike Delta.

The website is nice, but nothing beats the good old NWA website...


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 13
Reply 11, posted (4 years 8 months 16 hours ago) and read 22219 times:

Hi PH,

Great report and lots of excellent pictures. Good to read that CO did a good job.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Within about two hours I got a total of 59 new registrations, mostly Delta and Atlantic Southeast.

That's what I call efficient indeed.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
views of Atlanta during sunset were great:

Fantastic pictures!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
After hamburgers on the Houston-Portland flight Continental offered cheeseburgers this time. Again I was surprised by the good taste of the meat. The salad wasn't bad either:

Looks very good indeed.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
As for the whole tour in general - it was a great success. I got five new airlines and five new types, added eleven new planes to my flightlog, visited four new airports, flew on nine new routes and spotted 306 new registrations. No doubts, it won't be easy for me to beat that.

Congratulations - sounds like a very enjoyable trip with lots of action.

Regards
Christoph


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6608 posts, RR: 55
Reply 12, posted (4 years 8 months 14 hours ago) and read 21952 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 10):
Sounds great, how many hours did you spend for spotting? And where did you go - Terminal 2?

Spent about 7h spotting but stayed in the transit area and spotted from a McDonald's in T1 B3 area. Great sport!

The777Man



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1956 posts, RR: 24
Reply 13, posted (4 years 8 months 12 hours ago) and read 21775 times:
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Planehunter,

Great conclusion to your cool trip! I like your photos, nice job documenting each of your flights.

767747


User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3187 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (4 years 8 months 11 hours ago) and read 21627 times:

Thanks for the trip report PlaneHunter sounds like you lived up to your username by logging 306 new registrations, 5 new airlines and 5 new plane types.

Some really nice photos; can I ask what camera you use, I usually only take a compact Sony but it doesn't take good photos. The canon EOS400D takes a better photo but its harder to pack, so its always a trade off for space and good picture quality.



Why fly non stop when you can connect
User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6439 posts, RR: 38
Reply 15, posted (4 years 8 months 4 hours ago) and read 21212 times:

Hi PH,

Good to see another of your TRs up. Graet end to the series too along with some excellent photos.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The cabin was equipped with comfortable gray and blue leather seats:

They look really narrow!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
My favorite feature

Yes, mine too. Good thing that it's usually available.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
After hamburgers on the Houston-Portland flight Continental offered cheeseburgers this time. Again I was surprised by the good taste of the meat. The salad wasn't bad either:

Doesn't look bad either.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Before trying to get some sleep I took a cabin shot. The 777-style interior is a great feature on the 764...

I can only agree. I wish they retrofitted some of the 763s too because it'd make them look much better too! One day I'll get on the 764..


Thanks for posting, can't wait for your next series whenever that will be!


Regards,
Nicholas



It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently offlineEconojetter From Malaysia, joined May 2001, 430 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (4 years 8 months 1 hour ago) and read 21091 times:

Nice end to the series. Thanks for sharing.

Quoting oa260 (Reply 8):
Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The focus will be on ExpressJet's ERJ 145 and Continental's 757-200 and 767-400ER in the last part

The CO 752 and 764 are very much still on my wish list, not to mention the 753 as well.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Why? Going zigzag (ATL-IAH-EWR) would get me on another new carrier (ExpressJet) plus a 757-200 instead of one common 737 classic - at no extra cost!

Haha here on a.net we truly endorse this way of thinking!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I found it quite disrespectful that he didn't greet while taking the middle seat and I was absolutely shocked by his smell.

My little prayer before every flight: please... no psychotic, oversized or smelly seatmate. Better yet... empty seat next to me please, unless it's a friend.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
My positive impressions of Continental were confirmed on my return trip: friendly staff, clean and comfortable cabins and decent IFE.

My experiences on CO have been similar.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
ExpressJet offered a decent product, too, but I wouldn't want to take the ERJ on flights longer than two hours.

It is quite a thin tube. On the other hand, I appreciate the single seat on the left side of the cabin, although due to the bottom curvature the underseat stowage is rather limited.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice...

Funny and original signature. On my last two flight pairs, I had the exact same aircraft on the return as on the outbound, and one of the flight pairs was a longhaul too. You would not have been happy.


User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4275 posts, RR: 51
Reply 17, posted (4 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 20809 times:

Hi PH,

good report and business on CO again. The airline served you well, so that's positive on them. Good meals, good seatpitch. Also other details were fine.
Nice combo of aircraft again. Jealous on the B752, and 764 is hard to get on unless specially searched for.

Regards,
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1663 posts, RR: 53
Reply 18, posted (4 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 20775 times:

Hi PH!

Thank you for another truly fantastic plane-hunting trip report!

I have always loved the 764 for its raked wingtips and its 777 style interiors. One day i wish to try it out for myself!

I am still quite impressed with CO's IFE offering. Even the older generation version on the 764 still offers a rather decent selection, and such extensive offering on a 757 too is almost unheard of! Really impressive!

The meals also looked quite presentable, and the salad reminded me of a typical tasty USA chain restaurant salad. Yummy!

Thanks for sharing this report; a great ending to your most recent epic adventure! .. So where will the next PlaneHunter invasion be?  


Cheers,
Roni



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User currently offlineReifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1365 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (4 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 20531 times:

Again a very nice report and an unsual routing, but i'rs definitely more fun, you're right! CO seems to make a good job and I would love to love to fly them once. Since the LH codeshare has no started it will be sooner or later the case.

User currently offlineairpearl From Malaysia, joined May 2001, 953 posts, RR: 26
Reply 20, posted (4 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 19796 times:

Hi PH

Thanks for this very nice conclusion to your latest series of flights. Of course, our enjoyment is, as always, enhanced by decisions like this...

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Why? Going zigzag (ATL-IAH-EWR) would get me on another new carrier (ExpressJet) plus a 757-200 instead of one common 737 classic - at no extra cost!

It is appreciated   Thanks!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The taximeter showed more than 20 bucks and I asked the driver to give me a receipt - which he wasn't enthusiastic about. I showed the receipt to the receptionist and, fortunately, he handed out the money to me immediately.

Must be a costly venture for the hotel, seeing the taxi fare is probably easily a third of the rates Super 8 normally charges for its rooms!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
I found it interesting to see that all window blinds had been closed on the aircraft's right side - apparently a measure to prevent the sun from heating up the cabin

I've had that happen a number of occasions - with all blinds closed on boarding - on Delta too. Among non-U.S. carriers, on Jet Airways too.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
Continental's AVOD (Audio Video On Demand) entertainment system on the 757 offers less choices than on the 777, but there are still 40 films, 60 television shows, over 2000 music tracks and 20 interactive video games to choose from.

Not bad at all for a short flight on a narrow-body.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
No doubts, it won't be easy for me to beat that.

Though I am sure you will try, just for us  

Thanks again for the report.

Cheers,
airpearl


User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4756 posts, RR: 25
Reply 21, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 19161 times:

Hello PH,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
The latter didn't reply much and seemed to be uninterested in the guy's talk - apparently they had already had a discussion. Some moments later two police officers showed up and talked to the young guy, calming him down quickly...

Just when you think you've seen it all. I wonder what happened? Whatever it was, there is never a need to raise your voice.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Thread starter):
After returning to his seat he started talking to the passenger sitting on the other side of the aisle and didn't stop until arrival.

Some people just do not know when to shut up. Actually, I had the tables turned on me once. I bumped into an old friend on a TG flight between SIN-HKT-BKK. So naturally we talked a lot and coincidentally, she too was seated behind me. While we were lining up at immigration after we arrived in BKK, this Indian woman in front turned around and told us "Can you two stop talking for just 5 minutes? You have been yakking nonstop since Singapore!"... Hahahaha...

I believe CO is the only US legacy still serving a warm meal on domestic flights. Good to see they are keeping the trend alive, although it really looks like a steamroller went over the burger!



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User currently offlineSHAQ From Panama, joined Jun 2007, 381 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 18656 times:

Im very glad you enjoyed your flight with my favorite carrier , CO .

PS : Im waiting for your next flights !



Studying hard, for flying right!
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6862 posts, RR: 77
Reply 23, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 18478 times:

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 11):
Great report and lots of excellent pictures. Good to read that CO did a good job.
Quoting Contact Air (Reply 11):

Fantastic pictures!

Hi Christoph, thanks a lot for your feedback!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 12):
Spent about 7h spotting but stayed in the transit area and spotted from a McDonald's in T1 B3 area. Great sport!

Ok, sounds like a good decision. I didn't know that there's a McDonald's offering views in Terminal 1.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 13):
Great conclusion to your cool trip! I like your photos, nice job documenting each of your flights.

Many thanks!

Quoting BNE (Reply 14):
Thanks for the trip report PlaneHunter sounds like you lived up to your username by logging 306 new registrations, 5 new airlines and 5 new plane types.

Yes, it was a real "PlaneHunter tour"!  
Quoting BNE (Reply 14):
Some really nice photos; can I ask what camera you use, I usually only take a compact Sony but it doesn't take good photos. The canon EOS400D takes a better photo but its harder to pack, so its always a trade off for space and good picture quality.

I have a rather outdated Sony DSC-W5 - but I also use Paint Shop Pro. I'm planning to buy a new compact camera within the next weeks.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 15):
Good to see another of your TRs up. Graet end to the series too along with some excellent photos.

Hi Nicholas, thanks for your reply!

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 15):
They look really narrow!

Yes, but I found them still quite comfortable.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 15):
I wish they retrofitted some of the 763s too because it'd make them look much better too! One day I'll get on the 764..

Don't worry, the 764s will remain in service for many more years.

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 15):

Thanks for posting, can't wait for your next series whenever that will be!

The report about my last 2009 venture should be online later today. Then I will start working on my next series...

Quoting Econojetter (Reply 16):
Nice end to the series. Thanks for sharing.

Hi Econojetter, good to hear you enjoyed it!

Quoting Econojetter (Reply 16):

My little prayer before every flight: please... no psychotic, oversized or smelly seatmate. Better yet... empty seat next to me please, unless it's a friend.

I can only agree.

Quoting Econojetter (Reply 16):
It is quite a thin tube. On the other hand, I appreciate the single seat on the left side of the cabin, although due to the bottom curvature the underseat stowage is rather limited.

True, the hand luggage bag shouldn't be too large.

Quoting Econojetter (Reply 16):
On my last two flight pairs, I had the exact same aircraft on the return as on the outbound, and one of the flight pairs was a longhaul too. You would not have been happy.

Absolutely!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 17):
good report and business on CO again. The airline served you well, so that's positive on them. Good meals, good seatpitch. Also other details were fine.

Hi Eric, thanks a lot for your feedback!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 18):
Thank you for another truly fantastic plane-hunting trip report!

Many thanks, Roni!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 18):
I am still quite impressed with CO's IFE offering. Even the older generation version on the 764 still offers a rather decent selection, and such extensive offering on a 757 too is almost unheard of! Really impressive!

Yes indeed, there aren't many carriers with advanced IFE systems on the 757.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 18):
Thanks for sharing this report; a great ending to your most recent epic adventure! .. So where will the next PlaneHunter invasion be?

Turkey, Middle East, South-East Asia...

Quoting Reifel (Reply 19):
Again a very nice report and an unsual routing, but i'rs definitely more fun, you're right!

Thanks, Reifel!

Quoting Reifel (Reply 19):
CO seems to make a good job and I would love to love to fly them once. Since the LH codeshare has no started it will be sooner or later the case.

Yes, there are many more options now to get on CO from Germany after the Star Alliance entry.

Quoting airpearl (Reply 20):
Thanks for this very nice conclusion to your latest series of flights. Of course, our enjoyment is, as always, enhanced by decisions like this...

Hi Airpearl, good to hear you liked it!

Quoting airpearl (Reply 20):
Must be a costly venture for the hotel, seeing the taxi fare is probably easily a third of the rates Super 8 normally charges for its rooms!

Indeed, the fare was about a third of the room rate.

Quoting airpearl (Reply 20):
Though I am sure you will try, just for us

Well, I need to find a good trip for a vacation in October...

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 21):
Just when you think you've seen it all. I wonder what happened? Whatever it was, there is never a need to raise your voice.

Exactly.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 21):
Some people just do not know when to shut up. Actually, I had the tables turned on me once. I bumped into an old friend on a TG flight between SIN-HKT-BKK. So naturally we talked a lot and coincidentally, she too was seated behind me. While we were lining up at immigration after we arrived in BKK, this Indian woman in front turned around and told us "Can you two stop talking for just 5 minutes? You have been yakking nonstop since Singapore!"... Hahahaha...

 
Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 21):
I believe CO is the only US legacy still serving a warm meal on domestic flights. Good to see they are keeping the trend alive, although it really looks like a steamroller went over the burger!

True, it was a bit flat.

Quoting SHAQ (Reply 22):
Im very glad you enjoyed your flight with my favorite carrier , CO .
Quoting SHAQ (Reply 22):
PS : Im waiting for your next flights !

Hi SHAQ, the next report should be online later today.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6439 posts, RR: 38
Reply 24, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 18445 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 23):
The report about my last 2009 venture should be online later today. Then I will start working on my next series...

Nice, looking forward to reading this!

Also, happy 4th A.Net anniversary!


Cheers,
Nicholas



It's all about the destination AND the journey.
25 PlaneHunter : I guess it will take at least 10 days until the first part of the new series will be ready. Thanks! PH
26 brons2 : Nice TR. You really like to view the AVOD in many languages!
27 PlaneHunter : Thanks! That wasn't intentional. PH
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