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User currently offlineMikkel777 From Norway, joined Oct 2002, 370 posts, RR: 1
Posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 12747 times:

My second TR, and have lived in the US for 6 months, so be nice!

This summer, I decided to go home to Norway for vacation. No cheap tickets out of Daytona Beach, neither Orlando in July, so I decided to take advantage of Continentals BF summersale. I wanted to get as much out of my bucks as possible, regarding seeing new airports, fly with planes I hadn’t been on before and get as many miles as possible. I ended up with this route:

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Flight Details:
Depart:12:10 p.m.Fri., Jul. 1, 2005 Orlando, FL (MCO)
Arrive:2:33 p.m.Cleveland, OH (CLE)
Flight Time:
2 hr 23 mn
Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
Fare Class: First (Z)
Meals: Lunch
Seat 2A

Depart:3:30 p.m.Fri., Jul. 1, 2005 Cleveland, OH (CLE)
Arrive:5:15 p.m.New York/Newark, NJ (EWR)
Flight Time:
1 hr 45 mn
Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
Fare Class: First (Z)
Meals: None
Seat 2A

Depart:8:15 p.m.Fri., Jul. 1, 2005 New York/Newark, NJ (EWR)
Arrive:9:45 a.m. +1 DayOslo, Norway (OSL)
Flight Time:
7 hr 30 mn
Aircraft: Boeing 757-200
Fare Class: International Business (Z)
Meals: Dinner
Seat 3A

Travel Time:
15 hr 35 mn
Total Miles:
5,083

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Depart:11:25 a.m.Sun., Jul. 17, 2005 Oslo, Norway (OSL)
Arrive:1:55 p.m.New York/Newark, NJ (EWR)
Flight Time:8 hr 30 mn
Aircraft: Boeing 757-200
Fare Class: International Business (Z)
Meals: Lunch
Seat 2F

Depart:3:10 p.m.Sun., Jul. 17, 2005 New York/Newark, NJ (EWR)
Arrive:6:04 p.m.Houston, TX (IAH - Intercontinental)
Flight Time:
3 hr 54 mn
Aircraft: Boeing 767-200
Fare Class: First (Z)
Meals: None
Seat 1B (changed to 3A on phone to CO later)

Depart:7:15 p.m.Sun., Jul. 17, 2005 Houston, TX (IAH - Intercontinental)
Arrive:10:48 p.m.Orlando, FL (MCO)
Flight Time:
2 hr 33 mn
Aircraft: Boeing 757-300
Fare Class: First (Z)
Meals: None
Seat 2A

Total Miles:
5,956

Never been to CLE or IAH, and flown with 753 and 762 before, I thought it was a good deal. CO and 757 on transatlantic was also new to me. The price was $1850, just $650 more than Y. whistleblower 

July 2.nd was total chaos in Daytona because of the Pepsi 400, so I was not able to get a cab home from a party before 6am.  yuck  Two hours in bed before the alarm rang. Of course, I turned it of and got back to sleep. Then, at 9 am, the guy who was driving me to MCO was at the door, waking me. Just put on my clothes and packed the very last things. I did not forget very many things either. Arrived at the airport at 10.30 am for the 12.10 flight, which was just fine. 1 minute line for check-in, then drop one bag, and off to the gate. The check-in agent said she could get me on a direct flight to EWR and thought I had a strange itinerary. Nope, I want to go through CLE, I said.
At the gate area, I had a hot dog and a beer. Having a beer at 11am was a good idea, so I would not develop a hangover.

Boarding started on time, and I found my seat. Not being to close to the guy next to me felt pretty nice, but the legroom could have been better. Just a two hour flight, so it was adequate.
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The plane bound for EWR, a 739, which I get to know a little better later Big grin
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After I ordered some diet coke for predeparture, I was asked if I was able to change seat to 1B, so two children could sit together. I was reluctant, but mumbled a yes. After getting in the new seat, the GA came onboard, looked at the kid in 2A and said to herself “he can’t be mr Mikkel777”. That’s me, I said.
She said they where overbooked, and wanted to know if I was willing to go on another flight instead. A direct flight was leaving for EWR 20 minutes later, 12.30 pm. I said OK, for the second time a little unwilling. I asked about my miles, and she said that I would get the miles I had on my itinerary. She also gave me the seat I gave up on the first flight, 2A. So far so good!  bigthumbsup 

The flight to EWR was very uneventful, and the movie pitch fever made the flight go by pretty fast. The food was ok, a sandwich and some soup, served with Heineken and Merlot. The tablecloth and real metalware is a very nice touch by CO
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Passing BWI
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Then we flew north, did a 180, passed LGA
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Then Manhatten
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Landed on 22L, then taxied straight to our gate. Had about 5 hours in EWR, I was glad to visit the PC. A nice and airy lounge, but the bar selection was not very large. I just had some chips, beer and red wine. The lounge also has wireless internet free of charge, very nice!
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I saw the two 752 with winglets, they were going to ARN and TXL (I think). Too bad none of them were going to OSL this evening! My flight was announced in the lounge 45 minutes prior to scheduled departure. I walked the 4 minutes to the gate, and was greeted by “oh, there you are”. Sounded like I was late or something, but the plane was almost empty when I boarded. Only 1 or 2 other in BF
Here is our plane before takeoff.
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The bizfirst-cabin is realy nice, only 16 seats gives a personalized atmosphere and service. I don’t miss widebodies a minute when sitting up front. The seat is 20.5” wide and have a pitch of 55”, which is good biz-standard. On short flights like this one, I don’t see the need for a bed.

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I am 6’4”, and find the legroom adequate. Not as good as DL 60” on the 777, but for normal relaxing it is just fine. The problem is getting in and out of a windowseat when the seat in front is fully reclined.

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Looking back at row 4, seat DF
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After ordering Champagne for pre-departure drink, I vent to the flightdeck for a chat with the FO and took some pictures. The quality was not the best, but I got more opportunities later.
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The FO liked the 757 very much, and I don’t blame him
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Champagne in plastic-cups with coca cola and CO markings
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Our take-off roll was just 6000ft on 22R, and full take-off power was not applied before at least 1000 ft. Not bad at all, going for 6 hours and 30 minutes with full passengerload.
Climbing out and turning north, we could view the sunset to the west
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The menu for the flight was as follows

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TO BEGIN

Warm roasted nuts
served with your preferred cocktail or beverage

APPETIZER CART

Smoked, peppered Alaskan salmon
accompanied by salmon roulade with cream cheese
and creamed horseradish

Air-dried beef garnished with melon and oranges

SALAD

Fresh mesclun greens and frisée with buffalo mozzarella cheese,
red tomato slices, chopped chives and a Kalamata olive

Offered with your choice of balsamic vinaigrette
or buttermilk ranch dressing

Freshly baked sourdough bread and assorted rolls with butter

EXECUTIVE MEAL OPTION

If you should prefer more time to work or relax,
we suggest this complete meal presented all at once,
whenever you wish.

Appetizer Salad
Fresh mesclun greens and frisée with buffalo mozzarella cheese,
red tomato slices, chopped chives and a Kalamata olive,
topped with smoked, peppered Alaskan salmon
and salmon roulade with cream cheese

Offered with your choice of balsamic vinaigrette
or buttermilk ranch dressing

Entree
Please choose your main course
from the entree selections featured on this menu

Chocolate




MAIN COURSES
The Chef’s Selection
Baby rack of lamb au jus with roasted garlic,
presented on a bed of herbed couscous
Sautéed zucchini, squash, eggplant and red and green bell peppers
Fine green beans

Herbed Breast of Chicken
Enhanced by morel mushroom sauce, served over Italian couscous
flavored with fresh herbs, Roma tomatoes and red onion
Fresh green asparagus spears

Halibut
Seared halibut with toasted fennel and herbs
accented by lemon butter, offered with saffron risotto
Sautéed shiitake mushrooms, cherry tomato and salsify
Fresh green asparagus spears

Pasta Bowl
Vegetable lasagne with goat cheese,
topped with creamy marinara sauce and artichoke hearts

Freshly grated Parmesan cheese will be offered with your pasta

Fresh zucchini and yellow squash sautéed in olive oil
and lightly seasoned with garlic
is available upon request to accompany any entree

FRUIT AND CHEESE

Select American and imported cheeses accompanied by fresh seasonal fruit,
assorted gourmet crackers and bread, served with Port wine

DESSERT CART

Featuring Mark Alexander Country Fresh vanilla ice cream
offered with your choice of toppings
or warm fruit cobbler topped with vanilla ice cream

Fresh Brew® gourmet roasted regular and decaffeinated coffee
made exclusively for Continental Airlines
Tea with your choice of milk or lemon

Enjoy a cup of freshly brewed Emilio Caffè Italian Espresso or Cappuccino
available exclusively in BusinessFirst on our 777 and 767 aircraft.




REFRESHMENT
Will be offered prior to arrival

A selection of juices

Fresh seasonal fruit

Assorted breads
including warm croissants and cinnamon and crusty rolls
with butter and strawberry preserves

Fresh Brew® gourmet roasted regular and decaffeinated coffee
made exclusively for Continental Airlines
Tea with your choice of milk or lemon

The menu was distributed by the purser, who also presented herself before departure.
After some minutes and some gain in altitude, drinks and nuts were served. Of course, I opted for the Champagne once again. Not the best Champagne, but not the worst either.


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No wine-list onboard, but it can be found on the internet

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Wines


Champagne & Sparkling Wines


CHARLES LAFITTE NV BRUT (Charles lah-feet NV broot)
A hearty champagne with hazelnut aromas, light mineral touches & concentrated grape perfume. Served best with seafood appetizers.

KUPFERBERG GOLD (Koop fur berg Gold)
A bubbly sparking wine with hints of toast & citrus. It has crisp notes with hints of peach. Served best with seafood appetizers.

CHARLES DE FERE JEAN LOUIS BRUT DE BLANCS NV (Charles day fah re Jean Louis)
A pale gold color sparkling wine with fresh, fruity aromas of toast, citrus & peach. Served best with seafood appetizers.

PAUL CHENEAU BRUT BLANC DE BLANCS (Paul shuh-no broot blah-nk dee blah-nks)
A sparkling wine with a toasty, smoky aroma. Best complimented with any type of cheese.


White Wines


New World

HEDGES FUME CHARDONNAY
A tropical fruit & citrus white wine with blends of Sauvignon Blanc flavors. Best Complimented with chicken entrees or halibut dishes.

FERRARI-CARANO FUME BLANC
A white wine with floral & herbal tastes. A great summer sipping wine. Best complimented with seafood dishes with capers & black olives. Also with cheeses such as goat, Parmesan and feta or citrus salads with vinaigrette dressing. Asparagus with fresh cracked black pepper.

EDNA VALLEY CHARDONNAY
A white wine with smoky aromas of vanilla oak. Finishes with white peach and citrus. Best complimented with roasted chicken, sautéed fish, seafood and pasta with white sauce. Also goes good with creamy and delicate foods.


South American - Chilean or Argentian

CASA SILVA SAUVIGNON GRIS
A white wine with scents of apricot, hazelnut, mineral & grass. Best complimented with grilled or smoked meats.


French

E. GUIGAL COTES DU RHONE
A bright yellow fruity wine with tastes of pear & apple, as well as mineral & crisp acidity. Best complimented with pasta dishes with red sauce.

JAFFELIN ST VERAN 2001 CHARDONNAY
Wine with pear, vanilla & floral notes that has lovely lingering finish. Best complimented with poultry dishes.

DOMAIN MARGUERITE DU PASQUIER (Doh main Mar gah reet doh Pas que)
A light white wine w/a fruity taste and a mineral and fruit finish. Best complimented veal, chicken or pork loin dishes.


German

LOWENSTEINER WOHLFANRTSBERG
A fruity wine that is refreshing & soft with aromas of wild roses. Best complimented with chicken or fish dished in white sauces.


Italian

MARCO FELLUGA PINOT GRIS
A fruity white wine with hints of acacia flowers & apples. Best complimented with white meats dishes in a light cream sauce.

ALOIS LAGEDER PINOT BIANCO
A light white wine with fruits of apples & peaches. Best complimented with light pasta dishes.


Red Wines


New World/Burgundy

RIDDOCH CABERNET/ MERLOT
A berry red wine with crushed blackberry leaves & a spicy/smoky oak smell & taste. Best complimented with hearty veal or pork entrees.

GUENOC CABERNET SAUVIGNON
A cherry aromatic red wine with flavors of blueberry & blackberry. Best complimented with dark red meat dishes.

RH PHILLIPS EXP SYRAH 2000
Deep red colored wine with crushed raspberry & boysenberry flavors. Aromas of chocolate & lavender. Best complimented with dark red meat dishes.


French Red

DOMAIN DE LA BARALIERE, VALREAS
An attractive red wine with a bouquet of soft, ripe fruits of raspberry & blackcurrants. Best complimented with poultry dishes, such as duck or chicken dishes.


French Bourdeaux

DOMAIN DE LARIVET 1999
A rich, red wine with a woody aroma. Best complimented with pork roasts & tenderloins or veal dishes.

ADMIRAL DE BEYCHEVELLE 1999
A toasted, buttery scented wine, & yet, fruity with hints of coffee. Best complimented with mushrooms & red meats.

CHATEAU PEYMOUTON
A red wine with smells of red fruits, blackcurrant, & vanilla. Best complimented with red meats and cheeses.

CHATEAU MAYPE BORDEAUX BLEND 2000/2001
A red wine with a caramel taste and smells of leather. Best complimented with red meats and cheeses.


Italian

COPPO BARBERA D'ASTI L'AVVOCATA LYRICUS
Ruby red with a ripened fruit flavor. It is full-bodied & has a harmonic, spicy finish. Best complimented with meats with wine sauces.

TENUTA CAPARZO 2000 ROSSO DI MONTAL CINO
Featured in Wine & Spirits in Oct. 2004 & Wine Enthusiast in Nov. 2004.
A very bold, ripe red wine with ripe cassis, cherry &tannins. Red fruit unfolds continues as its drunk. Best complimented with dark meats and peppers.


Portuguese

DOM MARTINHO
A full-bodied and well-balanced wine with black cherry flavors and aromas of dark chocolate and subtle mint. Best complimented with pasta dishes, such as gnocchi with pesto or tomato based sauces.


South American

VINA TARAPACA GRAN RESERVA MERLOT 2001
A deep ripe red wine with flavors of fruit, vanilla & spices. Best complimented with meat dishes or marinara pasta dishes.

LA CAPITANO REERVE MERLOT 2003
A spicy red wine with hints of chocolate and infused with orange. Best complimented with hearty dishes.


Spanish

ATRIUM MERLOT
A rich, cherry wine with fruit and woodsy flavors. Best complimented with sweet sauce dishes or hard cheeses.

MAS D' ARANYO
A red wine with flavors of black cherry & plum fruit. Best complimented with hearty meat dishes.


Port

DOW FINE WHITE PORT
Best served as aperitif -- before dinner drink. (Lisbon, Portugal Only.)

FONSECA BIN 27
Best served as an after dinner drink with cheese or sweet desserts.

QUINTO DO NOVAL

The appetizer was very good. The air dried beef tasted almost like Norwegian fenalår, witch is just superb. The salmon was also good, especially the pate. I continued with Champagne, and asked for Italian wine. They did not have any, only French. I opted for the Boudreaux, a bad choice. Anyway, I emptied the glass, so I could try the Cote du Rhone also. Not much better! I guess I like Italian Barolo and Barbaresco to much!
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Then it was time for the salad. Nothing special, just tomato and mozzarella. A little more fantasy would be appreciated!
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Then the main course and I opted for chicken. Chicken can’t go wrong, but is rarely a superb meal. Mine was good, but not a meal I’ll remember when I get old and grey. There was also warm bread served several times, which is a plus.
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Next were cheese, fruit and port. I must admit I’m not an experienced cheese and port guy, but I like it. Most of these cheeses were a little soft and tasteless for my taste, but the port was fine, although might a little young and fruity. A little fresh fruit is also a nice touch after dinner.
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Last, but not least, the ice-cream, coffee and cognac. A regular ice-cream with my choice of topping, and the cognac and coffee were nice.
The last cheese and port was also consumed. You can not waste a good airplanemeal!
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After all this, I went to the lavatory, and also asked for a GT. A drink for quicker sleep. Still early at FL-time, so I needed a little help. The FA asked why I took all those pictures of the food. “I wish I could tell you, but I’m not allowed”… just kidding. “Airplane-freak, that’s the reason!”
During the meal, the FA asked me if he should wake me for breakfast, and I answered yes. Anyway, I was woken by my neighbor over the coast of Norway, after the breakfast-service had ended. Anyway, the FA came and asked me if I still wanted some. Thanks a lot for personalized service, and taking care of the passengers! The breakfast itself was not very much, but just 3 hours after the dinner, it was just fine. Fruit, croissant, juice and coffee were a nice start of my first day on vacation.

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An uneventful landing and deplaning, did not shop at arrival duty free, did some phone calls and sent some sms while waiting for my bag, and quick through customs and down to the airport express train.

A quick sum-up with grades:

Check in and boarding: 10/10.
No line whatsoever.

On time: 10/10.
On time MCO-EWR, 30 min early arrival at OSL

Service: 9/10.
Very good, just missed an extra drink-service on both flights. I never press the call button.

Food: 8/10.
Nice to have a decent meal on a 2 hour domestic flight, even if it tasted just average. Plenty and good food on the transatlantic part. A plus for tablecloth and real metal-ware, but the wine and champagne-glasses could have been a little more elegant.

Wine: 4/10
Domestic wine was fine, a standard merlot. Champagne was also nice, but the red French was not nice at all. I’d expect a little more on a transatlantic flight. Good wine doesn’t have to be expensive, just go to somewhere else than Boudreaux and Rhone.

Seat and comfort: 9/10.
First-class seat fine for a 2 hour trip, decent leg-room and wide seats. Bizfirst-seat is good, even tough I’m a big guy. I find it adequate for an eastcoast-Europe flight for 6.5 hours, but I’d prefer a lie flat (and horizontal) for a 10 hour flight. Another 5” pitch would have eased getting past the guy in the seat next to me.

Both the 739 and the 757 is nice and quiet in the front. I also used my ANR headset, so I was not bothered by noise at all.

IFE: 9/10.
Did not try it at all on the 757, but the PTV looked small and the movie-selection was not very great. I had a dell 700m with friends and 24, and that is just perfect! The 739 had drop-down movie-screens, and a movie always makes a trip go much faster. The return was without a notebook, so a test of the IFE on the 757 will come later.

All in all, CO offers a great product. Nice food, nice service, nice cabin, just minor details from being really great.

Still working on the miles I lost due to re-routing, but I have complained by internet and was instructed to call CO. I will come with an update on that later, together with the report for the return.

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User currently offlineWunala From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 950 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 12583 times:

Nice report. Love the pictures? Glad that you had a drink on board. I was beginning to think that I am the only one who drinks on board after reading some trip reports.

Did you get any comp, after being bumped on the first flight?


User currently offlineJamman From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 142 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 12363 times:

Great trip report. I've been in BizFirst on a 777 and the seats are much better, I recommend it if you get the chance next time your flying across the Atlantic (if you can find a 777 in service on the Atlantic of course they all seem to be 757's these days!)  Smile

James.



Phoning it in from a place with no phones.
User currently offlineGSPSPOT From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3049 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 12360 times:

Superb trip report! I'm considering flying CO to South America this fall, and it's exclusively on the 757. Nice to see what the BizFirst cabin looks like on the 757.... Thanks for the pics!


Finally made it to an airline mecca!
User currently offlineBRAVO7E7 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1840 posts, RR: 17
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 12163 times:

Very nice report Mickel! Thanks for taking the time to write this out, because it turned out great. It looks like you had a nice experience with CO. There are a ton of food choices! The only thing I saw which I think was not right on CO's behalf is that pre-departure beverages on international flights should be served in glassware. Also, how was the service of the FA's and did you get compensation for your bump to EWR? Anyway, a great read and hope to see another one soon.

User currently offlineZrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3175 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 11861 times:

Did CO offer a DBC for the overbooking?


14 year airliners.net vet! 2000-2013
User currently offlineCOEWR2587 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 607 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 11836 times:

Great report. I loved every bit of it. Thanks for the pics of bizfirst finally on CO's 752. They should be put in the database.


Newark Airport...My Home Away From Home
User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined exactly 11 years ago today! , 4513 posts, RR: 53
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 11767 times:

Mikkel...what a good report! Nice detail and good pictures also. I was actually wondering what it was like to fly a CO 752 across the Atlantic because I'm planning on doing it myself next March in BF. Thanks again.


PARIS, FRANCE...THE BEIRUT OF EUROPE.
User currently offlineMikkel777 From Norway, joined Oct 2002, 370 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 11765 times:

Thanks guys.

Quoting Zrs70 (Reply 5):
Did CO offer a DBC for the overbooking?

CO did not offer anything other than the miles I had on my itiniary (I had to ask, they did not say anything). I've been transferred back and fourth when trying to get things sorted out regaring my miles and the travel certificate I was promised by mail. The problem is that I don't have a Onepass account, my miles go to FB. One CO representative basically said that it was my problem and I had to talk to FB when I called today. Lousy customer care!

If this will be the outcome, I will never agree to give up my seat on a CO-plane again, no matter how much they promise me.

Quoting COEWR2587 (Reply 6):
Thanks for the pics of bizfirst finally on CO's 752. They should be put in the database.

The pictures will probably be uploaded to a database, but not a-net. Have tried to upload pics here before, and always rejected. Too bad quality, even with 5 megaipx cam. One of my pics was even a Meridian glasscockpit-shot, and there are not a shot of that in the database yet. I've just given up a.net's database, and enjoy the forum instead. A-nets loss, since I have quite a few cockpitshots already, and A LOT more coming up in the next 30 years.

Quoting Jamman (Reply 2):
I've been in BizFirst on a 777 and the seats are much better, I recommend it if you get the chance next time your flying across the Atlantic

As for flying the BF777, I'd do so if they fly to OSL. Flying to FRA, CDG or some other town in Europe and then connect after a transatlantic flight is just not worth it. I might do a milagerun next summer just to try the BF777  Wink

Quoting BRAVO7E7 (Reply 4):
The only thing I saw which I think was not right on CO's behalf is that pre-departure beverages on international flights should be served in glassware. Also, how was the service of the FA's and did you get compensation for your bump to EWR? Anyway, a great read and hope to see another one soon.

Totally agree, and I think I commented on that one. Would love to see champagne-glasses ala CX for predeparture! The service was good MCO-EWR and terrific EWR-OSL. Only flight I've had that was as good, was SK ARN-ORD a few years ago.
I will write the return-report later, going to WI for Oshkosh tomorrow on NW.


User currently offlineCory6188 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2689 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 11620 times:

You mentioned that you would like to see champagne glasses predeparture, but for some reason, I believe that there is some FAA rule that prohibits the use of glass while at the gate (or something along those lines). There really wouldn't be any other reason why CO would use plastic, especially considering that they only use glassware while in flight.

User currently offlineLooneyToon From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 444 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 11600 times:

hi

If you dont mind me asking...what kind of laptop is that? Can you post pictures of it or email them to me?

thanks



LooneyToon
User currently offlineMikkel777 From Norway, joined Oct 2002, 370 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 11590 times:

Quoting Cory6188 (Reply 9):
You mentioned that you would like to see champagne glasses predeparture, but for some reason, I believe that there is some FAA rule that prohibits the use of glass while at the gate (or something along those lines).

I think, but I'm sure, that you are right. After the door is closed, an airline can use whatever they want. Just my dimes.

Quoting LooneyToon (Reply 10):
If you dont mind me asking...what kind of laptop is that? Can you post pictures of it or email them to me?

It is a Dell 700m. Look for info at www.dell.com
It is a really nice travel mate, 12" screen, 5 hours of movies with the big battery and 2 hours with the little one. And it weighs almost nothing!


User currently offlineSR 103 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1740 posts, RR: 39
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 11570 times:

Great Report with some amazing pictures. Glad you enjoyed flying BusinessFirst especially on the 752. You can fly the EWR-MCO run with a BF configured aircraft as I have on a few occasions. While the flight is short, it adds to the comfort.

Quoting Mikkel777 (Thread starter):
No cheap tickets out of Daytona Beach, neither Orlando in July

LOL! I have been here for over three years and have yet to fly out of DAB once. CO's fares are completely outrageous at times when compared to MCO.

Quoting Cory6188 (Reply 9):
You mentioned that you would like to see champagne glasses predeparture, but for some reason, I believe that there is some FAA rule that prohibits the use of glass while at the gate (or something along those lines). There really wouldn't be any other reason why CO would use plastic, especially considering that they only use glassware while in flight.

Not sure if this statement is correct. I have had pre-departure drinks served in glasses on NW as well as all International airlines flying out of the US.

SR 103


User currently offlineCory6188 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2689 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 11425 times:

Well, maybe I'm wrong then. I'm only going by what I heard from a CO F/A when I was in F and I asked her why they use plastic on the ground instead of glass. Maybe she was just trying to make up an answer.

User currently offlineMikkel777 From Norway, joined Oct 2002, 370 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 11285 times:

Quoting SR 103 (Reply 12):
LOL! I have been here for over three years and have yet to fly out of DAB once. CO's fares are completely outrageous at times when compared to MCO.

Acutally, in the summer, both DAB and MCO are about $1100 to OSL.
When I moved to DAB, I flew OSL-CDG-ATL-DAB with AF 318 and DL772+MD88, biz and first class. Have a return ticket for x-mas, same routing, but AF772 ATL-CDG. Might write a report on that some day also.

SR 103, watch out for the next report (OSL-MCO), it will have pics taken from a jet of our neighbourhood, CRG, X47, SFB!


User currently offlineSR 103 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1740 posts, RR: 39
Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 11184 times:

Quoting Mikkel777 (Reply 14):
Acutally, in the summer, both DAB and MCO are about $1100 to OSL.

I pretty much fly CO domestically only and leave my International runs to KL and the odd NW. One example of CO's pricing was I when looking up fares to SEA. MCO-EWR-SEA came out to $212 yet when I priced it from DAB, for the exact same set of flights between EWR and SEA, it was a whopping $625. This is not an isolated incident either, it happens all the time.

Also good luck with FB. Its like smashing your head against the wall trying to get things done with them. Before my account was switched over from Flying Dutchman to Flying Blue, I had all my flights. All of a sudden my account was missing the KUL-TPE-LAX-EWR-MCO miles from January. I am still trying to get those miles credited again.

SR 103


User currently offlineUAalltheway From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 10375 times:

Great report! Especially the pics.

Most likely will be flying to GLA next summer which would be on a CO 757 also, and was thinking of upgrading (with miles) to businessfirst.

I'm definitly learning towards a yes...  Smile  Smile  Wink


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