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CO J Class 777 EWR-DEL  
User currently offlinemodesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2898 posts, RR: 5
Posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 15292 times:

This trip to India was my last international non-revenue trip before leaving my job at ExpressJet Airlines (Continental Express). As you're all aware, this trip is a bit of airline history as CO no longer exists; however, I loved CO and always firmly believed in the airline's superior product, service, and food.

I somehow managed to reach EWR despite very full flights and miraculously found a seat on CO 82, EWR to DEL, despite a very full and oversold flight. I took this trip in June 2010 and at the time, CO had recently installed its new BusinessFirst flat-bed seating on the 777 fleet. Thankfully, this aircraft had the new seats, and I enjoyed them for 14 hours to DEL.

Waiting for my flight at gate 90 at EWR.

777-200ER Ship #017 rests at gate 90 prior to operating CO 82 to DEL.

Into the Presidents Club for some pre-departure relaxation.

Ship #017 basks in the EWR sunset.

Nice view of the #2 GE90.

In the climb-out from EWR.

Ready for a long flight!

Awesome menu with great selections. I was always impressed with CO's food service in BusinessFirst.

A snack to begin the dinner service.


Appetizer of shrimp cocktail and an Indian treat.

Salad with walnuts.

The tandoori gosht (lamb) was amazing.

It came with some great sauces, too!

Ice cream sundae with another Indian treat.

Passing over western Russia, en route to DEL.

Enjoying four episodes of my favorite show, The Big Bang Theory.

Mid-flight snack included fresh fruit.

Tasty mid-flight treats.

Over Uzbekistan.

Passing over desert expanses in Uzbekistan.

Serious mountain range!

Over Afghanistan.

More fresh fruit, for the pre-arrival meal.

The pre-arrival meal.

A final view of the #2 GE90 on the descent into DEL.

Spoilers deployed on the descent.

Almost there!

I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to India. I spent a day sight-seeing in Delhi, then continued to Agra to see the Taj Mahal, and then ended the trip in Chennai for my friend's wedding.

Please share your comments!

PS: CO will always have a special place in my heart  

[Edited 2012-09-13 20:07:15]

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User currently offlineAirAfreak From United States of America, joined Apr 2012, 750 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 15066 times:

I will always miss the old Continental, "One Airline Can Make a Difference." I was really devastated when I heard United would be splashed across the Continental fleet, but then again, it's more what's inside that counts. And unfortunately, I have yet to experience anything superior with United and the amenities and service inside its' aircraft. Oh well. At least we will have our memories!

The food looks absolutely delicious and definitely sets the mood for your visit to India!

Thank you for taking the time to post this and I wish you prosperity and happiness with your new career endeavors!!!

Bon Voyage!

Air Afreak =]

Do you lead an Intercontinental life?
User currently offlinebuck3y3nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 887 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 14223 times:

Excellent report. The food on that flight looks absolutely delicious!!! Completely impressed...
Thanks for sharing  

User currently offlinedavyc747 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2008, 4 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 14093 times:

Great report modesto2

Food looks really tasty!

Will also miss CO branding



User currently offlinetommy767 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 13969 times:

Nice report. Aside the main course, the food looks like low grade Indian food (I only trust high end NJ Indian restaurants.)

Quoting davyc747 (Reply 3):
Will also miss CO branding

Um you mean the tasteless branding that is now the new UA?

Quoting AirAfreak (Reply 1):
"One Airline Can Make a Difference."

This slogan was from an era of CO where they were by far the worst domestic airline.

User currently offlineparisien From France, joined Dec 2000, 847 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 13768 times:

Wow, nice trip report

User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 12341 times:


Interesting report, thanks for sharing!
I've flown N78017 as well between Brussels and Newark in July 2011.
Au-revoir Continental! (by MSS658 Dec 5 2011 in Trip Reports)

Continental is a very great airline indeed, to bad to see that name vanish  


Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineAirAfreak From United States of America, joined Apr 2012, 750 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 12256 times:

Quoting tommy767 (Reply 4):

You must be thinking "Up Where You Belong" during the last years of the golden 'meatball.'

"One Airline Can Make A Difference" was under Gordon Bethune with the new navy and gold globe. This was I believe circa 1992.

Do you lead an Intercontinental life?
User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1193 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 12241 times:

Hi modesto2!

Thanks for sharing this Continental report, I sure miss them!
EWR-DEL is quite an interesting route and the food looks quite nice!



User currently offlineplaniac787 From India, joined May 2012, 240 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 10193 times:

Gr8 report mate! I took the same flight back in may! I was travelling economy though , but still I had a pretty good flight!
From what the FA told me was that they were doing pretty well on this route and flights used to be quite full!
I hope I can sample the J class product on united long haul soon



Be the change you want to see in the world- M.K.Gandhi
User currently offlineWindowseater From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 9937 times:

Great report modesto2!!

I really miss CO - of all the North American carriers, I really thought their service and food in J was top notch. It's a shame they're now consigned to just memories.

Nice to see ship#017, I flew in it last year in J on the IAH-LHR route.

Good luck with your next assignment!


'To invent an airplane is nothing. To build one is something. To fly is everything.' - Otto Lilienthal
User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5158 posts, RR: 54
Reply 11, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 9468 times:

Wow. I am positively impressed by this CO review. The meal service looks absolutely awesome. Good job really. Would be interesting to take this route now and see the difference. My recent experiences with UA has been VERY mediocre - which is bizarre because I like UA, am a Lifetime 2M, and used to have super good experiences with them across the board pre-merger.


Live, and let live.
User currently offlinereadytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 4283 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 7428 times:

Hi, many thanks for the trip report.
I was a die hard CO customer from the UK, given the pick of a direct flight with BA or a stop with CO they would win each time, and the reason was the hard product and service.As your pictures show the food service in J was always brilliant.
How I miss them, great Menu choice always.
Thanks for that memory moment.   

you don't get a second chance to make a first impression!
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