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User currently offlineKoper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 5232 times:

The 20th of may i flew to New York due to business reasons.

I live in Koper (Slovenia) at 5 km from the Italian border. I woke up at 4:30 and jumped as soon into my car to avoid lines at the border. I passed it easily in a few minutes and after 20 min i arrived at the airport of Trieste.
Easy and quick check in and i got even my boarding card for my Milan MXP New York JFK flight.

After the security i had the time for a quick espresso at the bar before to be boarded in the Alitalia's MD80 through the airbridge.

Trieste - Milan MXP flight AZ1336 dep. 07:00

We took off in perfect time and i saw the wonderful view of the Gulf of Trieste and my city Koper just in the other side.

After a few minutes we passed over Venice while the F/A offered us a quick snack (biscuits and coffee with orange juice). On my right i had the wonderful view of the Italian Alps with still a lot of snow.

After to have passed the Garda Lake the captain gave us some info about the flight and a few minutes later we started our approach to Milan MXP were we landed a few minutes in late because of the traffic at the airport.

Once landed we were parked at the Pier A of Terminal 1.

I walked for some minutes to the Pier B of the Terminal 1 where the Alitalia intercontinental flights are parked. I saw some B777, B767 and a Delta B767 and a Varig MD11 and some other widebodies.

I passed the passport control and i moved to the gate of my New York flight.

Milan MXP New York JFK flight AZ 604 B777 dep. 10:00

At 09:30 the boarding begun. I had a 33 A seat by the window.
The plane was completely full, in economy and in business.
At 10:10 we were pushed back and after some minutes in line (we were in the 8th position to take off) it was finally our time. On our right in the parallel runway it was another Alitalia plane a B767 that was ready to take off in the same time of us. While in the sky we turned on the left and the B767 turned on the right.
Once again a wonderful view of the Italian Alps with the screen in front of my seat that showed me the route.

A few minutes after we took off the cabin crew started to pass to serve us a snack with a drink. I got some nuts and a beer (Nastro Azzurro).

A few minutes later i started to watch a movie. The Alitalia B777 are equipped with a tv screen with tv on demand. Nice. And comfortable even their seats.

50 minutes after we took off the cabin crew started to serve the meal: hot pasta with olives and tomato sauce, salmon with toasted bread and cheese, vegetables, an orange juice, and an apple cake. Later the crew passed also serving more bread and a slice of pizza that was very good.
I got a bottle of Chianti, a whisky and a coffee.
After the meal i continued to watch my movie while on the right i had the first view of the Atlantic Ocean.

Next to me it was a Swedish guy who was going to the USA on holidays and we discussed a bit.
I slept then 3 hours after the movie was over and i must say i love to sleep while flying!   The AZ chairs are very good even in economy for sleeping.

When i woke up i walked a bit and i've been at the self service bar where it was a selections of drinks with nuts and biscuits.

I came back to my seat and i watched another movie.

While over Canada, the crew passed once more with a snack, a cheese or chicken sandwich with drinks and a few minutes later with the application to enter in the United States.

The we started our approach to New York JFK where we landed 20 minutes ahead of scheduled.

25th may

After 5 days in the wonderful New York it was time to go back home.

I took a cab to JFK. Once arrived at Terminal 1 i went to the Alitalia check in area where the flights to Rome and Milan are located.

I got my boarding card for the Rome FCO flight and my flight to Trieste. After shopping at the JFK duty free area i moved to the nice renovated Alitalia lounge. I'm an Ulisse member.

New York JFK Rome FCO flight AZ 611 B777 dep. 21:10

Boarding started at 20:30 and we were welcomed on board by the crew. It seamed even a F/A not european on board.
This time i got a 28 A seat.

The flight seamed full at 90%.

We took off at 21:25 and the crew passed soon again with a snack and some drinks. I watched again a movie while after 30 min later it was served us the dinner: pasta with pesta (basil sauce), roast beef, vegetables and a chocolate cake. This time i got a white wine, a Pinot Grigio.

After the dinner i slept and i woke up when on my right i saw already Europe.

After to have passed the French and Italian Alps the crew served us the breakfast, a selection of croissant with biscuits, coffee and orange juice.

Then it was a great landing with the sea on my right.

We were parked at Rome Fiumicino Terminal C where there were several widebodies, Alitalia B767 and B777, Delta, American Airlines, Thai, Emirates and others.
I took the little train that connects the Terminal C to the other Terminals.

I passed the passport control and i walked to Terminal A where my flight to Trieste was leaving.

Rome FCO Trieste AZ 1359 A319 dep 13:10

We were boarded on the new A319 from the airbridge at Gate A10 at 12:40 and the cabin crew welcomed us on board.

Safety instructions were showed on the screens while we taxied to the runway to take off. A few minutes in line and we were again in the sky.

A few minutes later the crew passed serving a snack, biscuits, coffee, water and orange juice. After 1:20 minutes since the take off we landed at Trieste airport where we were parked in front of the terminal in one of the airbridges.

I got my bags quickly and i walked to take my car at the parking in front of the terminal and then i took the highway A4 to the border. I entered in Slovenia and finally i was home.

[Edited 2006-05-29 14:06:44]

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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 5228 times:

Thanks for the report!

Hopefully you had a good time in New York City.

Welcome to A-Net!


User currently offlineKoper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5214 times:

Thx. I love New York and the USA!  Smile

User currently offlineKoper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 5131 times:

How far is EWR from the downtown?  Smile

User currently offlineKoper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 5019 times:

Pls, again, anybody knows if it's easier to get at EWR or JFK from the downtown?

User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4927 times:

Quoting Koper (Reply 4):
Pls, again, anybody knows if it's easier to get at EWR or JFK from the downtown?

In my experience, it is easiest to get to neither!

EWR and JFK will both present their own problems depending on the time of day you intend to try to get to the airport. Traffic will be your worst issues.

Personally, I would take a taxi - that would be a bit expensive, but that would be my choice - and it would cut down on the headaches of getting to/from the airport - either airport - from/to downtown.

There are airport busses as well.


User currently offlineHBDAN From Switzerland, joined Jan 2006, 661 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 4900 times:

JFK

From downtown Manhattan to JFK in 8 minutes... it just costs you 159$
http://www.flyush.com/

More seriously, I was told that it's easier to go to EWR, better train connections, less traffic,... (Just what friends told me as I have never been in NYC)

Regards,
HBDAN



Next flight: hopefully soon...
User currently offlineKoper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4756 times:

Thank you guys for the info.

In helicopter for 159 $ is a good deal btw.. Big grin The next time..  Wink


User currently offlineKoper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4571 times:

how is possible to go to the 6 Flags near NY? Is it any shuttle or helicopter service?

User currently offlineKoper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4198 times:

seams nobody cares. The next time i will not spend useless time to report a trip. My next flight will be tomorrow: TRS-MUC on LH.

User currently offlineB707Stu From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 918 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4171 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 5):
EWR and JFK will both present their own problems depending on the time of day you intend to try to get to the airport. Traffic will be your worst issues.

Personally, I would take a taxi - that would be a bit expensive, but that would be my choice - and it would cut down on the headaches of getting to/from the airport - either airport - from/to downtown.



Quoting Koper (Reply 8):
how is possible to go to the 6 Flags near NY? Is it any shuttle or helicopter service?

Here's a NY'er who cares. Let me see if I can answers the question 1 at a time.

1. EWR and JFK have improved public transportation to Manhattan. At EWR you can take a train that will bring you into Penn Station (34th Street and 7th Avenue). First you take an intra-airport sky link train to the train station which is a 5-10 minute ride. The train from EWR to Manhattan is about 20-25 minutes. There are agents available to direct you if you feel lost.

At JFK we now have a Sky Link Rail program that can take you to Jamaica Train Station to catch the Long Island Rail Road into Manhattan Penn's Station or you can take the Sky Link Rail to the Howard Beach stop of the New York City Subway system and catch the famous "A" train into Manhattan. Depending upon where you are going in Manhattan and the time of day would make up which I would recommend. If you're arriving at JFK or EWR in the morning I'd strongly recommend the train and not a taxi, same applies for late afternoon arrivals.

2. The closest 6 Flags to NYC that I know of is about 1.5 - 2 hour drive in Southern New Jersey. It's a lot of fun and worth the day trip if you like 6 flag parks. Especially on a nice day.


User currently offlineDALelite From Switzerland, joined Jun 2000, 1770 posts, RR: 25
Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 month 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4102 times:

good to hear that your AZ flight was a pleasure!!!
I personaly prefer JFK but would clearly say that EWR is closer to the city.

regards: DALelite



They loved to fly and it showed..
User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (8 years 1 month 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 4068 times:

Koper in my opinion JFK is a much more pleasant airport than Newark. Also the taxi is a bit more expensive to Newark, especially from Newark to Manhattan. In regards to time, it takes about as long to either airports.

Thanks for the report. My cousin usually flys on AZ from TLV to JFK via Milan. However I hear they often lose connecting bags.


User currently offlineKoper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 1 month 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3982 times:

Thank you for your suggestions. I also think that JFK is better than EWR (probably in terms of transportation) to the downtown.

About my AZ experience, basically i always flew well with AZ. About the fact that it can happen to lose connecting bags, the problem was not of AZ but of the services at MXP. This anyway it can happen everywhere.


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8493 posts, RR: 55
Reply 14, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3875 times:
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Thanks, enjoyed the reading, fcood sounded good though AZ have a lot to live up to, Italians are supposed to know good food!... Smile

Tx

Mark



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User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7084 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (8 years 1 month 18 hours ago) and read 3800 times:

Great report, was a good read.

User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8661 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (8 years 1 month 18 hours ago) and read 3797 times:

JFK is better. I have not been there, but my friends prefer JFK. Good luck.

MCOflyer



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User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12090 posts, RR: 49
Reply 17, posted (8 years 1 month 18 hours ago) and read 3797 times:

Always good to hear positives about air travel, good report thanks for sharing.


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User currently offlineAleksandar From Serbia, joined Jul 2000, 3236 posts, RR: 32
Reply 18, posted (8 years 1 month 13 hours ago) and read 3773 times:

Great trip report. I really liked it.

Quoting Koper (Thread starter):
I live in Koper (Slovenia) at 5 km from the Italian border.

It's an interesting place. I was there once back in early 1988.



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User currently offlineKoper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (8 years 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3695 times:

Thanks guys.

Thanks Aleksandar. Koper is a nice little city. Capodistria, as the Italians call it.

In this days it's a nice weather and the Gulf of Trieste is really wonderful.

http://www.slo-istra.com/koper/panorama2.jpg



User currently offlineAleksandar From Serbia, joined Jul 2000, 3236 posts, RR: 32
Reply 20, posted (8 years 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3662 times:

Thanks for photos, Koper!
The first picture is actually how I remember Koper. I was passing by on my way from Porec to Trieste and had very little time to see your town. Unfortunately, the weather was horrible (it was February, so you know well how the weather can be nasty at that time of the year in the Gulf of Trieste).



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User currently offlineEzeiza From Argentina, joined Aug 2004, 4964 posts, RR: 25
Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3606 times:

Koper, great trip report and thanx for sharing those pics. My whole family, from both sides are from Trieste (actually, they are from Umago and Lussino, but because of WW II they went to Trieste and spent there most of their lives) and I have been there hundreds of times. Now with my dad gone, every time I see anything related to Trieste, I remember my dad and grandparents and the rest of family and friends that are no longer in this world, so again, thank you very much!

regards  Smile

btw, Umago and Lussino, they are now called Umag and Losinj, correct?



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User currently offlineAleksandar From Serbia, joined Jul 2000, 3236 posts, RR: 32
Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3503 times:

Quoting Ezeiza (Reply 21):
Umago and Lussino, they are now called Umag and Losinj, correct?

You're correct, Ezeiza, but in Instria all signs are bilingual (Croatian and Italian or Slovenian and Italian). Actually, the whole area is a great mix of cultures and something unique too.



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User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3437 times:

Thanks for the pictures of Koper. Before 1918 I believe this area including Trieste was part of Austria. In those days there was an Austrian Navy. I was in Bled a few years ago which was very nice but missed Lubjana unfortunately.

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