Fjnovak1 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 615 posts, RR: 2 Posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2118 times:
Okay here is the first of three trip reports from the past couple weeks of flying... enjoy!!
First trip posted below is a trip up to EWR so I could go to Connecticut for a job interview.... chose to fly to EWR because I got a r/t fare for $118 (tax included!!!!!)- plus i hadn't flown on CoEX in about a year...
Saturday, June 19th
Continental Express Flight #3462
Departure gate: Gate 2 (SAV)
Arrival gate: Gate 107A (EWR)
Scheduled departure time: 7:25 am
Actual departre time: 7:25 am
Scheduled arrival time: 9:30 am
Actual arrival time: 9:26 am
Seat 12A - exit
Nice clear Saturday morning....checked in on the internet so I arrived at the airport at 6:45 and still had tons of time to spare...boarding began at around 7:10 or 7:15 - didn't take long to board; flight had about 40 people on board. Flight attendant Manuel and the Houston-based cockpit crew were very nice; safety demonstration was done (w/ pre-recorded audio) then we taxied out and took off second behind a Delta MD-88. Takeoff down runway 9 took us to the north where the flight was relatively smooth; got pretzels and peanuts along with diet coke....descent started when we got north of the DC airspace and we touched down ahead of schedule and taxied in toward the sea of ant-like Embraear RJs of Continental Express. Plane turned around and with a new crew went down to Asheville, NC.
This flight was booked solid; or at least close to it...a combination of late inbound aircraft (from Montreal, I believe) as well as some mechanical problem accounted for the late boarding at 7:50 and the late pushback at about 10 minutes past 8:00. Further delays were incurred on the runway waiting for clearance to go...(had a short stay in a penalty box followed by a long takeoff queue)...wheels up at about 8:30 or 8:35...a bit bumpy on the ascent but it smoothed out fairly well soon after...Flight attendant (can't recall her name) was a great f/a...came back with drink refills and extra snacks... i was fortunate to be seated near a bunch of sorority girls going to some sort of reunion, but i was tired so i didn't really fraternize with them much (pun certainly intended )... many many thunderstorms over the Carolinas and my side of the aircraft got a wonderful show of lightening; one of the best i'd ever seen. All was smooth on board though until descent when it began to get a bit choppy. Plane skidded down Savannah's wet runway about 30 minutes off schedule and took the scenic route by Gulfstream headquarters taxiing into gate #2...
Save for the very slight delay, i must say, one year makes no difference... Continental/Continental Express has some very professional people working for them and they deliver a very solid solid flight every time. Realizing that I am on a streak of many Delta flights (case in point the next 2 trip reports) I will try and choose Continental more often...I work hard so i should fly right, right??
And by the way, if anyone was paying attention to read that i went on this trip to go to a job interview, Yes, I did get the job, and I start Wednesday (july 8th)... and I will get to go to the Major League All Star game as my first business trip- how cool is that??
No1racer From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2030 times:
Great Trip report! I will also be going to the MLB All Star game, but I'm from H-town so its not such a big trip. Out of curiosity where is the penalty box(es) at EWR? I don't think I've ever been on one there. If there's is anything you need to know about Houston, restaurants, lodging, attractions you can just leave me a question. Enjoy the game. Thanks.
Fjnovak1 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 615 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2015 times:
Umm, i'll try best as I can to explain where I think the CO penalty box was at EWR... adjacent to the apron area between the mainline terminal in the C concourse for CO and the runway that is on that side there is an area with construction going on. In that area are a couple of double-wide trailers with Continental signs on them; a couple of CO aircraft (1 73G and a 752) were parked idle in that area; they had no passengers and no pilots so I assume they were just awaiting their next assignments (reliever aircraft perhaps?)... we taxied out towards that area - i'd say the area between the trailers was large enough for about 5 planes to be parked idle, wingtip to wingtip. Not sure if we used a tug to park there or what - also i'd bet that EWR has a few other larger penalty boxes as that is a fairly delay-prone airport. This was more a 'turnout' that allowed the line queue for that runway to form adjacent to our plane; basically a place for us to wait as we pulled out of the line.
Yeah I'm excited to go to Houston for the all-star game; with the noteable exception of changing planes one time at IAH I haven't ever been to Texas at all... let me know some good places to party and club hop... i'll be working long days there but at 8 pm or so i'll be ready to party hard...