SloAir From Slovenia, joined Jul 2010, 339 posts, RR: 6 Posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 30919 times:
CO32 departing IAH at 3:30 p.m. arriving CDG at 7:55 a.m.
After my first flight with Continental (B777-200 LHR-IAH) was delayed by 12 hours , everything went smooth on my return trip. I arrived at IAH with the morning flight from Las Vegas and had a little over 2 hours of transit time. Our B737-900 parked right next to the gate from where our flight CO32 to Paris was going to depart. A quick walk to the Presidential club and I was sitting at a window table, watching the activity on the apron.
CO aircraft with the new UNITED titles are not that rare at IAH anymore.
Some more Continental in action
I love the screens at the gates, it was interesting reading the comments
Employees, acknowledge your tasks … Shut down APU … Happy veterans day!
Our aircraft arriving on-time from Amsterdam
It will now be prepared for another journey to Europe.
15 minutes before boarding was scheduled I made my way to the gate.
Our gate today was E18
Before boarding you had to see the gate agent, he checked your passport and wrote a mark on your boarding pass to indicate that your passport has been inspected.
Soon there was an announcement made by the gate agent – LaddiES and GEENTelmen, WELCOME to the BoarDINg PROccess for FLIght CO 32 to PaRIS CHARles DeGauLLE. The announcement made the whole end of the terminal laugh, I do not know if the agent wanted to make the announcement in 'French English' or he was just making it fun and more interesting. He did repeat the announcement in perfect French after he was finished with his English version. His pronunciation of the message was hilarious and it made routine process more fun and non-ordinary.
Before we could board there were a few security officers in the jetway asking all passengers how much money they have with them. Since I had less than 10,000 USD I was allowed to board quickly.
It has started to rain in Houston during boarding.
A ground agent approached and addressed me by name.
'So, you are traveling all the way to Slovenia today? Do you need any assistance at CDG airport in Paris?'
I politely declined as I have been to CDG before and my connecting flight was also leaving from T1 where we would land so I did not expect any problems during my transfer.
Charles, the in flight manager came to introduce himself. He was also very polite and friendly.
Then the female FA that would be serving our side of the aircraft came to introduce herself as well. She asked every PAX what they would like to drink and took their meal orders.
Amenity kits were also distributed.
The contents were the same as on my LHR-IAH flight.
Here is a picture of the seat.
We pushed back on-time, maybe even a few minutes early. While we were taxiing this 737 started its pushback, then stopped and the ramp agent went to the front cargo door, opened it, did something for a minute and closed it again. I took the picture just as he closed the doors.
A few raindrops as we were turning onto the active runway.
And so we started our journey back to Europe.
My favorite show!
Controller for the IFE. The IFE screens are located on the right of the window seat and the tray table is at the left side of the seat.
Here are some pictures of the meal service.
By the time the meal service was over it was starting to get dark outside.
I decided I will try and get some sleep as we started our Atlantic crossing.
I did not sleep at all on this flight. But it went by quickly anyway and the breakfast service started when we were over Ireland.
Soon we started our approach into CDG.
The doors were opened very fast and soon we were inside the terminal building. At customs almost all passengers went to the non-EU passport line, so the line for EU citizens was empty and I was through customs in less than a minute.
I made my way to our satellite, the same one where I have been when I was watching the World Cup game between Germany and England this summer, when I was waiting form y flight to Frankfurt.
Here is another look on our aircraft parked at the gate at another satellite.
And here it is departing back to IAH.
Some other action at CDG.
And here is my ride back home to Ljubljana, arriving on-time. CRJ200 S5-AAG wearing the Star Alliance colors.
I had another nice flight with Continental. This time an on-time performance and great service on-board. The looong delay at LHR was the only bad thing about my trip with Continental, but I did not mind that too much, it was an interesting experience.
I received my 300 USD voucher last week as a compensation for the long delay. I am not sure if I will be able to use it but if I will, a trip report will probably follow
Thank you for reading this report and best regards to all,
SloAir From Slovenia, joined Jul 2010, 339 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 28578 times:
Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 1): Next time, you might want to click that add images tab since some simple code would make your pictures viewable without the links.
Hi, RoseFlyer. I have no problem viewing my pictures without the need to click on any links. I have tried on IE, Firefox, Safari and it works fine everywhere for me.
Quoting chepos (Reply 2): Great trip report, on board do they say "United Airlines operated by Continental" or do they just say thank you for flying on Continental?
Thank you Chepos There is a video played at the beginig of the flight where CEO Jeff Smisek welcomes all passengers on board and talks about the new airline and the merger. He states that at first they will operate the two airlines separatley, but over the course of time they will work to form a single airline. Otherwise everything is still refered to as Continental - Welcome on board Continental Airlines ... this is Continental airlines flight 32 ... Thank you for flying Continental ...
fca767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2006, 1724 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 25514 times:
Nice! That happened to me in Singapore, I went out on KLM 777 Reg: BQM for 6 days, it hadnt been back (ACARS) but on my return flight with Air France, the Exact same KLM Decided to come back to SIN and park right next to my Air France flight
Ps76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 23628 times:
Just to say many thanks for the report and pics etc. Was nice to join you on your flight from the US to Europe. Sorry you didn't get any sleep though, but glad the flight passed fairly quickly. Continental seem like a pretty nice airline and would like to try them to the US one day.
SloAir From Slovenia, joined Jul 2010, 339 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 22998 times:
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 5): I can't wait until the lie-flats are installed on this aircraft in BF.
In Continental in-flight magazine it is written that the new lie-flat seats are being installed on all of their 757 and 777 aircraft, nothing about the 767 though. When are they planning to replace the seats or are they going to wait until the end of the merger and maybe introduce a new product then?
The new CO BusinessFirst lie-flat seats are great, I really enjoyed them on my LHR-IAH flight.
einsteinboricua From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2010, 2612 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 22914 times:
Excellent trip report. I remember flying CO to FRA. A great time.
Quoting SloAir (Thread starter): I did not sleep at all on this flight. But it went by quickly anyway and the breakfast service started when we were over Ireland.
So I'm not the only one who doesn't sleep on airplanes, even if night flights. On CO 50 back in 2005, we departed at around 8:00pm-ish from EWR. After service ended, I decided to catch a few ZZZs. When I woke up, we were still over Canadian airspace. I couldn't sleep and when I arrived at FRA, a whole day of walking was ahead of me. Needless to say that when we arrived at the hotel I dropped and slept like a baby.
"You haven't seen a tree until you've seen its shadow from the sky."
I planned this trip so that I would have a different airplane on every sector - LHR-IAH B772, IAH-LAS B753, LAS-IAH B739 and IAH-CDG B764. Plus the 'regular' JP CRJ2 on LJU-LGW/CDG-LJU, can't avoid that I hope that you will be able to fit the 739 into your schedule on one of your future trips.
Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 11): How was the food? - That small bit of brocolli looked a bit overcooked.
The ribs were fine, I do not remember the brocolli being bad either.
Quoting asuflyer05 (Reply 12): Great shots. What kind of camera/lens were you using for this trip?
Thank you. I use Sony DSC-HX1. I like it because it has a 'Twilight mode' which is good for shooting in low-light situations (as on board night flights) without using flash.
Quoting SloAir (Thread starter): CO aircraft with the new UNITED titles are not that rare at IAH anymore.
I really don't like this new Continited or Uninental Airlines mixup. Couldn't they've just merged one brand into the other like Delta did, or just operate them as separate carriers. It's like mixing champagne with breakfast cereal, two good things combined make up for one bad mess...
Quoting SloAir (Thread starter): so the line for EU citizens was empty and I was through customs in less than a minute.
Well suppose that's the perk of being a EU citizen
Quoting SloAir (Thread starter): I received my 300 USD voucher last week as a compensation for the long delay. I am not sure if I will be able to use it but if I will, a trip report will probably follow
That's very generous of them! Had no idea that airlines compensated for delays, thought the travel insurance companies did that. Or perhaps the regulations are different in the US.
All in all it seems like you had a nice flight. The food looked pretty tasty, like how US carriers dish up the food in-air unlike the EU carriers who just heat the dish up in the oven. Suppose this has to do with union agreements, concerning the working environment of the crew... We all know unions don't exist in the US, hehe.
The individual table set-up is also a great premium touch that we don't get to see much in J these days.
Yes, and I manage to catch a ride on the 739, 753 and 764 all in one trip
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 14): I really don't like this new Continited or Uninental Airlines mixup. Couldn't they've just merged one brand into the other like Delta did, or just operate them as separate carriers. It's like mixing champagne with breakfast cereal, two good things combined make up for one bad mess...
I don't like it either, CO was a very good airline, while I did not like my flights with UA that much. It's a shame that CO is gone, but I hope the new airline will be able to keep some of the CO good stuff.
Tomskii From Belgium, joined May 2011, 463 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (2 years 4 months 8 hours ago) and read 11369 times:
Whenever I'm on holidays and I'm passing in France from Belgium to somewhere in the south, I'm driving under those passages. Always impressive when suddenly an AF A380 dooms like 5 meters above your head :p
SloAir From Slovenia, joined Jul 2010, 339 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (2 years 4 months 3 hours ago) and read 11032 times:
Quoting Tomskii (Reply 19): Whenever I'm on holidays and I'm passing in France from Belgium to somewhere in the south, I'm driving under those passages. Always impressive when suddenly an AF A380 dooms like 5 meters above your head
Yes, I'm always amazed when driving under an airplane Quite a sight.
Quoting reifel (Reply 20): Can you describe how the transfer in T1 CDG was? had you walk a lot? I now how to transit in T2 but T1 is rather rare. Do you think there were a lot of transit pax?
Unlike T2, transfer at CDG T1 is a piece of cake. You get to the main area after the arrival and then just head to your satellite. You do have to go through security again, which can be slow at times. I think it took less than 15 minutes from getting of the CO flight, going through immigration, walking to the next gate and clearing security. There's not a lot of walking involved as they are conveyor belts or 'people movers' from the main area to the satellite terminals.