cruiseshipcrew From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 207 posts, RR: 2 Posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 18352 times:
Hey everyone and welcome to my trip report.
I'm mainly focusing on the photos and will keep the type to a minimum. This was a trip to visit a friend in Germany for a week but due to changed plans the trip was canceled. I got a great deal on the flights and if I subtracted the airline change fees I would have had about a $200 airline credit left so I decided to take the flights anyway. My final routing was LAX-IAH-FRA-HAJ-FRA-IAH-LAS-IAH-FRA-HAJ-FRA-IAH-LAX.
Part 1 Los Angeles to Houston
I flew in to Los Angeles the night before and met up with my friend Aleksei and got a very cheap hotel room at the Four Points by Sheraton for the night. Since the hotel was nothing special we killed time going to In n Out burger and exploring LAX. This airport really is fun to explore and I was surprised by all the hidden interesting areas we could get to before security.
Welcome to LAX!
What lovely electrical wiring
TK triple seven. I just love the -300s
Excellence in flight, on final approach.
Delish lunch to top it all off.
As you can see by the photos it was a beautiful day outside and it was the perfect way to have the first In-N-Out experience there with great company. After spending several hours there we decided to head over and explore the airport. Here are a few random photos.
With signage like this I almost forgot I was in Singapore or Dubai's airport for a moment.. I think the sign is funny because it shows that most people want to get out of LA then come to LA!
Our secret room we found inside a terminal before security.
This room had great views of the tarmac.
After that we went back to the hotel and had a few drinks before falling asleep and flying out the next morning.
Continental Airlines Flight #1565
Depart 11:40 arrive 16:56
Boeing 737-800 featuring SKY interior
Seat 1A First Class
18 days old at the time of the flight
United Airlines curbside drop off
Inside the terminal
We had about 20 minutes to go to the Red Carpet Club and sign the Flyertalk sign.
My less then 3 week old 737. No DirectTV on this new bird yet. This photo was taken the night before when I arrived in LA from Las Vegas and she was already parked at the gate.
Sky lights photo two. I must say I really like the feel of the 737s with this feature.
New passenger Service Units.
Legroom and my entertainment for the flight.
Pre Lunch glass of white wine.
I knew I would eat a lot on the flight to Frankfurt so I decided to go with the salad and soup option. Was rather tasty with a nice variety of greens. The Vegetable soup was also good and served just below the temperature of melting the metal spoon as you dipped it on.
Everyday is a beautiful day to fly.
The flight landed on time and I went over to take a few photos of the plane taking me to Germany before going to the gate to board.
I took a quick refreshing shower in the Presidents Club.
Pres Club Shower
Continental Airlines Flight #46
Depart 18:30 arrive 11:35 +1 day
BusinessFirst seat 9A
My bird getting ready to board passengers.
Overview of the field full of the lovely CO globe tails.
Air France 777 and KLM 747 getting ready for their Europe flights.
Atlas Air 747-400
Qatar to Doha and Emirates to Dubai
Almost time to board the flight.
Continental's new Flat Bed BusinessFirst seats are great. I would say they are better then United Airlines new Business Class seats so I hope the new airline sticks with these.
Pre flight Mimosa, my traditional pre flight beverage. Kinda tacky to be served in a plastic cup however.
Great amount of legroom. I love the welcome aboard screens.
The BusinessFirst cabin was only about 50% full for the flight making great personalized service with the flight attendants. Also since I was flying home the next day I had the same flight crew back.
Great wing and engine views.
Welcome aboard screen again.
Menus were passed out by the crew so we could decide on the items we wanted.
Inside the menu. Very nice menu presentation.
Amenity Kit for the flight. I enjoyed the lotion, chap stick and mints.
Safety video with the CEO updating us on the merger.
Following the Ultra Long Haul Emirates 777LR flight to Dubai.
After take off the sun started to set pretty fast. Enjoyed having the window seat and the isle seat all to myself.
Remote for the IFE.
Dinner service started with the welcomed hot towels.
Pre Dinner cocktails and hot nuts. I went for another Mimosa for the time being.
Tray table set up. I absolutely love Continental's hot garlic bread.
Appetizers were a spring roll with a mango sauce and a lovely little cup of a creamy soup.
Salad was next and I went for the Champagne Vinaigrette that tasted great. I wish I remembered to ask for the brand.
After the salad I had the steak and it was cooked very well.
Our location between dinner and ice cream service.
This was a very tasty ending to a great airline meal but I was stuffed after.
After dinner I decided to lay back and watch some movies. They had around 200 different options to choose from.
Our flight time left.
Heading towards land.
Sunrise as the cabin crew started to prepare breakfast.
Breakfast started with fresh fruit and yogurt.
Followed by Continental's cinnamon rolls.
Ended with a cheese omelet with some proteins.
Our location after breakfast.
Last view of those engines doing work.
Power plant outside Frankfurt.
From the moment you land at FRA you realize its Lufthansa land.
I went to the airline lounge to kill time before my flight to HAJ and I must say the food was good, the views were great but I found the rest of the airline club to be pretty bad. Unless I couldn't figure it out, they were not offering free wifi to Business Class travelers.
View from the Lounge
Inside the lounge.
CO 777 coming in from Newark. Same bird that took to me Tokyo a few months prior.
CO 764, this aircraft was the plane I took home on my other flight to FRA later on in the week. Nice to see old friends. :-P
I must say the flight was very enjoyable. I thought FRA airport was horrible though. I found a lot of signs to be confusing and some of the employees were less then stellar. My biggest complaint was it appeared that the AC wasn't working because it was way too hot. Both of my Lufthansa flights to HAJ were on time though.
Thanks for reading my trip report! Next week I'm doing one for Continental Airlines to Hong Kong so stay tuned for that.
Thanks in advance for all your comments and feedback also!
burj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 903 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 17423 times:
Ah the LAX In-N-Out...an awesome place to eat and watch the planes!
You weren't wrong about the lack of wifi in the LH lounges...I *think* the only lounge that comes with FREE wifi is the first class lounge...all the others require you to pay T-Mobile!
How did you find the foot well on the BusinessFirst seat? It looks pretty small in the photo and I've had friends say that if they wanted to change positions on the bed they take their feet out, roll over or whatever, and then re-insert their feet...
cruiseshipcrew From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 207 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 17069 times:
Quoting burj (Reply 2): How did you find the foot well on the BusinessFirst seat? It looks pretty small in the photo and I've had friends say that if they wanted to change positions on the bed they take their feet out, roll over or whatever, and then re-insert their feet...
I hope this pic helps. Row 1 and 8 have the large foot wells that you can see in the right of this picture, the rest of the rows have the foot well seen on the left.
Quoting burj (Reply 2): You weren't wrong about the lack of wifi in the LH lounges...I *think* the only lounge that comes with FREE wifi is the first class lounge...all the others require you to pay T-Mobile!
nethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1104 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 16735 times:
Thanks for sharing this amazing trip across the globe with CO!
It's so wonderful you've got to enjoy all these trips since very young age.
So you bought 2 separated tickets then? One of LAX to HAJ and the other out of HAJ to LAS?
That's a good mileage run combo! But I think it's USD 800 each at least!?
Love the CO flat bed seat. The feet socket seems really small compare to UA's. Big feet won't fitted in for sure.
Awwww, I can't beleive the LH tower lounge doesn't provide free Wi-Fi! American passengers please send in heavy compliants!
I still love FRA given that it's crowded and worn-down airport. I just love seeing LH widebodies everywhere plus muti-national carrier with amazing full view of the tarmac and runway! That's a bit extra from LHR/CDG where your view will be blocked by terminal building and the messy layout of runway/terminals.
Quoting lychemsa (Reply 1): The CO transatlantic meals in Y are the worst. Thanks for the report.
Same smallish entry (which is almost a Vegetarian meal aready), a piece of crappy American chocolate cookie/brownie/Milano's, an oversized salad dish which contain few pieces of tomato and lots lots of cabbage served with super hard piece of bread. Amazing how they've never changed for the past 10 years.
triple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 767 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 11 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 16503 times:
Thank you for the TR. LAX is one of my favorite airports for plane spotting. There are many places you can go, although I haven't been to the Inn and Out Burger place yet.
I stayed at the Four Points Sheraton LAX twice, and found it to be very reasonable. On one of those occasions, I was moving to Japan with my 2 cats, and I didn't make my NRT flight. I was able to stay at the Four Points Sheraton and they allowed pets, at least at that time.
I haven't flown out of FRA for several years but they used to have excellent facilities for spotting planes on top of the passenger terminals and you were close to the planes. I enjoyed going there.
You mentioned you flew on a 777 to NRT. Do you have a TR for that? I'd like to see it.
cruiseshipcrew From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 207 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 14971 times:
Quoting 767747 (Reply 3): Good report! The Continental "Business First" service look similar to when I flew them a few years ago from EWR-MAN on a 767-400. Lots of good food; I was stuffed by the end of the main meal !
Thanks Matthew for the nice comments.
Did you enjoy your flight? Sadly about a week before the flights two of the four flights were changed to the 767-400 but its still a very comfy ride up front.
AA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6116 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 14537 times:
I agree that FRA is pretty bad. I found the gate agents to be a huge contributor to complete boarding chaos... they were yelling, physically pushing people by their arms, etc, to make them line up where they ought.... which I understand, to a point, but it was beyond ridiculous. I wasn't alone in my observations, either... several passengers were making crude jokes referring to the way Germans treat people they don't like, which is a shame to speak of.
FRA leaves a lot to be desired, especially when it wasn't that long ago that we were connecting through AMS, which is like a haven to me, at least. Not perfect, especially anything involving the Fokker flights, but LIGHT YEARS ahead of boarding a 777 in Frankfurt.
Anyhow, I always like to read your trip reports, because they almost always have involved Continental!
brokenrecord From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 772 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 14244 times:
The best place to be at FRA is the Lufthansa First Class Terminal. Lufthansa (and I think other Lufthansa-owned airlines like Swiss) F customers and HON Circle members can go to it. It is truly amazing. You don't even have to return your hired car. Their valets do it for you. They take care of all document formalities, and there is a full service restaurant and massive bar. Then, when it's time to board the flight, they drive you to the plane in any of a number of luxury automobiles (BMW 7-Series, Mercedes S-Class, Porsche Panamera, etc.), and then escort you past all other customers onto the plane. If you're an F customer, an FA then escorts you to your seat.
Once you've been in that terminal, the regular part of FRA really sucks. LOL
767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2053 posts, RR: 24
Reply 17, posted (3 years 11 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 13316 times:
Quoting cruiseshipcrew (Reply 8): Did you enjoy your flight? Sadly about a week before the flights two of the four flights were changed to the 767-400 but its still a very comfy ride up front.
Yes, it was nice from what I remember. The flight attendants did a very nice job, and everything was done very professionally. The food was of a high quality and the seats were comfy ... Nothing more to ask for really. I think Continental does an outstanding job overall with their customer service. I think they're one of the best carriers in the US; especially for traveling to Europe, both in Y or J. I hope this continues when fully merged with United.
SloAir From Slovenia, joined Jul 2010, 339 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (3 years 11 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 13103 times:
Thank you for this great report about CO. I flew them last year LHR-IAH-LAS-IAH-CDG and apart from the 12 hour delay at LHR I really enjoyed all my flights. The new BusinessFirst seat is indeed a great product and I hope the new United keeps them, the current UA seats cannot compare I think.
iainbhx From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2008, 242 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (3 years 11 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 12998 times:
The FRA lounges now have free wifi, I used it last Monday. However, they aren't anything special in either the Business or Senator incarnations, good for a free coke however, except for A26 which is the worst lounge in the Lufthansa system.
FRA can be consfusing and annoying and just when you get used to it, they go and change it all again.