Jessman From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1506 posts, RR: 7 Posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2828 times:
This is my first trip report, and I didn't take many notes, but here goes. Any feedback is appreciated.
CVG to LGW non stop
Arrival: 8:10 A
Departure: 7:10 P
New New Colors
I arrived at CVG airport about 4:35PM on the employee shuttle from the lot. By the way, the employee lot at CVG is a great place to sit and watch planes come in. I saw a CO express ERJ, and a Comair CRJ, and an ACA FRJ, as well as a DL 727 just waiting for the bus. Although I hadn't had much sleep I was pumped. I was missing a week of school to go meet my cousins and their friends at London, and by God I was going to have fun. Anyway, I went upstairs to check in for my flight. There were all of about 6 people in front of me in the international check in line, so I was checked in by about 4:50, and I went downstairs to security. It was a rather slow day so, yet again, only about four or five people ahead of me. My shoes set off the metal detector, so I got the wand, and I got to have my shoes scanned by the X-ray machine. It was at this moment that I became self-conscious about my feet sweating a lot that day. I wonder if any REALLY nasty shoes have to go through the scanner. I wouldn't want to handle people's shoes. Luckily, no problems and I was on my way. After a brief stop in concourse A to get some cash from my credit union ATM I went to concourse B and changed some cash over to British Pounds. This took very little time and by 5:30 I was staring out the window at my plane. I took notes on the Reg # and the colors and then I went to look at other aircraft. The flight to CDG is a 777 now, and I'm always amazed by how fat they are. CVG was putting on a good show and sending all international flights out in the new-new colors. I soon got bored and started watching CNN on the screens. When check in started I kept watching the LCD screen for nonrevs, but I only saw the nonrev list once, although everything else cycled through several times. either 1.)i looked away every time; 2.)It was malfunctioning or 3.) The gate agents can turn it off. In any case they called me to the gate after boarding the first batch of confirmed economy passengers. When I got there I was handed a boarding pass for seat 2G. I thought "great a window seat", but when I got on board the guy that had been seated in 2F had already decided he wanted the window and he was occupying it. I am a nonrev, and in no position to ask him to move, so I took the aisle seat and was happy. I took a glass of Champagne prior to flight and relaxed. Everything went on time, nothing eventful to discuss, and we were airborne about 7:25.
I love business elite. It is so comfortable. As soon as they turned it on I watched a movie. I saw Bandits. I thought it was funny, then I saw the VH-1 Pop up video for "Otherside" By the red hot chili peppers.
Then came the meal. I chose the pepper steak with potatoes. It was good. The steaks are always very tender on these flights. Salad was good, and boy do I ever love those Ice Cream sundays. I drank coke. The I laid my seat back for a nap. Turbulence caused some trouble (the guy next to me spilled his glass of wine onto his pants) but it was never what I would consider severe, just persistant for most of the flight over the atlantic. It rocked me to sleep, and I think the whole business class with me, because I woke up to go to the lav and eveyrone was asleep. I love the l'Occitane lip balm and hand cream they give you in the ammenities kits. I also used the eye shade and socks.
We made excellent time and arrived to LGW almost an hour ahead of schedule. Prior to landing the F/As gave out passes to the fast-track passport control and to the lounge at LGW. I declined, for fear they'd throw me out because I was an employee. (I'm a chicken) The landing was very nice; definately not a navy pilot . We got off the aircraft via stairs and went to the terminal via buses. I then went through Immigration very quickly and I bought a ticket on the Gatwick express to victoria.
I went to the Thistle Euston hotel, got a room for the night and took a nap.
At about 7:30 I took the tube out to heathrow, where I was to meet my cousins coming in from Boston on AA. Their flight was delayed, so I had to kill some time. Unfortunately, there were no windows in terminal 3 to see any planes, so I asked one of the armed guards if there was any place that I could watch the planes. I hope I'm not the only one who paid for a slice of pizza just so I could look out a window at the food court. Anyway I finally met my cousins and it was back on the tube to Thistle.
BTW I'm not really impressed that much with LHR, it doesn't seem much more convienient to go to London to me.
So I was a tourist for 5 days.
and then time to come home. I was dead tired when I got to LGW at approx 7:30 for my 11:00 am departure, but I knew it was time to go home
Delta flight 037
Actual:I don't know
? We were not signifigantly delayed on either end, nor were we signifigantly early.
Aircraft: Boeing 767-300ER
New New colors
Reg #: Didn't catch it.
I did get business elite; seat 11A
I stayed awake long enough to watch us go over the ocean and to watch "Don't say a word" on the first movie cycle. I ate the pepper steak again, about the same as the way out. Then I fell asleep until we were over columbus and my ears started popping.
Both directions the F/As were fairly senior, but very nice and attentive. I've forgotten a lot because I've put off doing this for several weeks, but if you have some questions I'll see If I can come up with the answer.
Jessman From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1506 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2606 times:
Some things that came back to me about the return:
I had originally been listed for the LGW to BOS then connecting down to CVG, but I decided getting home earlier would be nicer so I went to the ticket counter to change my listing.
When I was cleared to get on I had a hard time finding my boarding passes. Turns out an employee had them, but she was short, and I completely overlooked her until the line died down.
I thought it was great that the CVG flight had its own gate with a real jetway, on the way out I had the stairs, and the last time I was there it was stairs both directions.
Finally at LGW on my way to the plane I was random security checked. The man who went through my luggage commented on how it was military (I travel with an army-surplus backpack, It holds all my stuff, so I'm willing to take some extra time with security if it looks suspicious.) He asked if there was a quick way to open it. There's not. To get to the main compartment you have to first undo the nylon straps out of their fasteners, then untie the drawstring holding the top closed. You also have to undo the straps for the two secondary compartments on the sides of the bag. The device that secures the nylon straps is much like the device used to adjust the shoulder straps on a normal backpack. The security guy was commenting (bragging?) about how the devices on british army bags are brass and the americans go with cheap plastic. I just wanted to get on the plane and rest, so I was like "well whoopie doo " but I didn't say that. I just smiled while he went through my dirty undies. If that makes us safe...
Jessman From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1506 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (14 years 1 month 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2530 times:
Non-rev = Non Revenue. This phrase covers a large group of passenger types including (1.Employees of the airline; 2. Buddy passes; 3. Other Airline employees traveling at a reduced rate) A non-rev travels "space available" i.e. only if a seat is available, either free or for a nominal fee depending on the airline and their benefeits.