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(Pictures) Continental - Tegucigalpa Weekend Trip  
User currently offlineludavid777 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 206 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 6 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7378 times:

Airline: Continental Airlines
Purpose of the trip: Leisure/vacation.
Class: First/International Business Class
Class of Service: Z (150% EQM, 100% Base Miles)
I booked the trip on continental.com. They had a great deal in "Z" class for $767ai round trip. Economy was available for just $100 less for the exact same dates. I consider this fare a bargain since normally flying "Y" into TGU from DC is never under $500+.

Date of Departure: May 14, 2010

Check-in: I checked in online, the day before with no issues. The day of the flight, I arrived an hour before my flight at DCA, 5:00am, argh! Dropped my bags and went to my gate. The Presidents Club was closed for our early departure.

Inflight:

DCA-Houston

Flight Time: 2 hours and a few minutes.

Equipment: 737-700 (tail#732)

IFE: I was surprised to see a 737-700 with live tv. For some reason I thought they were only installing it on the 738/739. I guess I was wrong. I have to say I'm not a huge fan of live tv. The movie selection is not great, and depending on the time of the day the live tv can be boring. But hey it's better than no IFE.

Service: The usual domestic service and meal options.

I went for the cold option (cereal) since I'm not an egg person. Well in reality I'm just scared of eggs served on planes. lol



My traveling partner got the omelette:



The flight was smooth, I watched some news. Then took a quick nap, and before you knew it we were in Houston.

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Houston - Tegucigalpa

The same exact plane (tail #732) that brought us from DCA took us to TGU. So we had a quick 45 minute sit and we were on our way to Tegucigalpa.

Flight Time: 2 hours 25 minutes.

Equipment: 737-700

IFE: The live tv doesn't work once you leave the US. It will for like the first 15 minutes of the flight then all you can watch are the pre-recorded movies and short programming channels. I have to say the selection this month was really bad so if I would've been in Y I wouldn't have paid the $6. But since it was free I watched some reruns of The Office and 30 Rock.

Service: The meal service to Central America has been downgraded to what we get now a days on domestic first class. On spring of 2009 is when I last saw the more detailed service with linen, bigger portions, plated, etc. Now you get the pre-plated meal deal like you would on the transcon flights that offer the "non transcon service". The flight is really not that long, but I'm just saying a year ago the service was much better.

It was an omelette or french toast. I went for french toast:



I asked the flight attendant for 2 baileys for my coffee, instead of just one. She gave me this crazy look, and asked me if I was even 21! In reality I had to prepare my nerves for our landing in Tegucigalpa.

I grew up in Tegucigalpa and I've done the landing and take off tons and tons of times, but it still makes me nervous every time I fly in. I have to say since my last trip to Honduras in December for Christmas I noticed the landing has gotten a lot better. It looks like they got rid of a big chunk of a hill that used to be right in front of the runway. So now you don't just bank and drop all in one. It's a bit smoother, BUT it's still nerve-wracking and I hate it when you are banking and banking and it looks like the wings are about to hit the tree tops in the mountains. And then there's the really short runway. Talk about some tire and brake damage.

Here is a video clip I took from my seat on my trip back in December 2009. Clearing upgrades in Christmas time is tough.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uk0oGgYtRfk

Tegucigalpa - Toncontin Airport it's a VERY small airport. Immigration was fun for a change. The immigration officer cracked a few jokes. She also said, "We'll be watching you. And you guys better behave or we're not letting you back in Honduras again" I think she was joking. lol

Here are a few pictures of the trip (I only have a couple of pictures since I'm in most of the others and I don't want to post my face all over the board)



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Tegucigalpa - Houston

Date: May 17, 2010
Check-in: Online check-in.
THE SAME EXACT PLANE AGAIN (tail #732)!!!
Flight Time: 2 hours 35 minutes.
Equipment: 737-700
IFE: Direct tv. With no live TV.

Service: The meals are usually better coming back to Houston. This was no exception, the meals were really good and tasty.

I went for the fish option:



My friend went for the Honduran option, which was steak and grilled chicken, with plantain and rice. She said it was really good:



Dessert was a coconut flan. I have a sweet tooth and I love flan so I was in heaven:



The flight went by quickly... US immigration and customs were the same 'ol story.

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Houston - DCA

Date: May 17, 2010
Flight Time: 2 hours and a few minutes.
Equipment: 737-800 (yay! different tail #)
IFE: Live TV.

Service: The flight attendants on this flight were GREAT! Awesome crew and very attentive.

For dinner it was the usual option.

Pasta:


Jambalaya, which normally I see served in a bowl:


Dessert, I swear it tasted like some boxed Sara Lee dessert:


All the flights were on time, and everything went smooth. It was a great weekend trip and we had a great time. In my book this was great fare deal for Biz class. I know in flyer talk "mileage run" terms it's probably not that great of a deal but compared to what I have paid in the past to fly to TGU in economy, I was all over this, and to come to think about it I don't think I've ever seen a biz class fare this low to TGU.



[Edited 2010-05-31 09:13:44]

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User currently offlineLYChemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1239 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (4 years 6 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 6797 times:

I like Sarah Lee cheesecake. It is too fancy for CO to serve a decent edible desert in Y to Europe. That is why I only take them on Free Award tickets.

Nice meals in C. But in Y they seem to have a catering agreement with Weight Watchers serving under 500 calories lunches and diners.


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