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Back To Texas! DUS-ZRH-DFW-CLL On LH And AA  
User currently offlineDTManiac From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 689 posts, RR: 15
Posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 7600 times:

I was now an engineer. Finally, after long years of studying all the hard work finally paid off. After I had defended my final thesis on the 8th of November I was in serious need for some vacation. This was easy to foresee for me so I booked some tickets to College Station a couple of weeks before graduating. Admittedly, College Station is not the No.1 tourist destination, but since I spent a study-abroad semester there I have a couple of friends I haven’t seen for a while now and I like it. I got a good deal on Expedia although I had expected it to be too late to get a bargain. 600€ for a DUS-ZRH-DFW-CLL round-trip, that was a nice surprise. So I booked and my brother was so kind to get up very early to bring me to DUS on the 10th of November.


1st flight:
DUS-ZRH
LH3760
Scheduled departure: 07:55am
Actual departure: On time
Aircraft: BAE146-200
Registration: D-AJET

Düsseldorf International was, as usual, a great place to start the journey from. The airport is clean, bright and not too big. Although the tickets were issued by American Airlines I had to check-in with Lufthansa since my first flight was operated by Eurowings. The check-in counters were pretty crowded at six o’clock in the morning already. Lots of business travellers were using LH’s good European network from DUS. It was so crowded that I was even allowed to check-in at the business class counter which went pretty quick. The nice check-in agent checked my bags through to CLL and assigned me a nice window seat in the back of the BAE146. I went through security and took a newspaper. Unfortunately, LH doesn’t seem to give out free coffee for its customers anymore, so I had to pay 3,50€ for a mediocre latté. At 7:25am I boarded the flight. It was nice to see that LH still offers a minimum service on those short flights. I got a bagel with cheese and a chocolate bar. The flight itself was pretty uneventful.
By the way, when boarding the aircraft I saw a white ARJ with an LTU tail (see picture below). I didn’t know LTU has Avros. Unfortunately, the quality of the photo sucks.

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n8/DTManiac/Airliners%20Profile/trip%20report/DSCN0142.jpg

2nd flight:
ZRH-DFW
AA37
Scheduled departure: 10:45am
Actual departure: On time
Aircraft: Boeing 767-300ER
Registration: N369AA

After having landed at ZRH I had to change the terminal because all the transatlantic flights seem to depart from Terminal E. The underground train made the terminal change very convenient and quick. The even play traditional Swiss alphorn music inside of the train. Terminal E seems to be the newest of ZRH’s terminals. It is very modern und the wall are almost completely made of glass so you have a nice view over the airport. I needed to get my boarding passes for the next flight so I walked up to the AA counter where they told me that I had to do another security check. Unfortunately, there was a queue and it took some time until it was my turn for the check. I was asked the usual questions by a very nice agent, everything was quite relaxed. When boarding the plane later I was asked some of the same questions again.
I was glad that the online seat reservation worked out fine. I chose the itinerary via ZRH because of the 767-300ER and its 2-3-2 layout. I got exactly the seat I wanted to have when I booked: 33H. Since I am quite tall (6’5”) I wanted to have an aisle seat where I could stretch my legs a little bit. I had never flown over eleven hours in economy before so I was worried which turned out to be unnecessary. The service was much better than I thought because I wasn’t impressed by AA’s domestic service when I flew them over a year ago. This time I got two alright meals and plenty of drinks. Unfortunately, AA charges you for beer which pissed me off a little bit. It is always easier for me to fall asleep after having had two beers. The guy next to me apparently didn’t have these problems. He slept almost during the whole flight. Although I would have preferred a private tv screen in the seat in front of me the IFE was alright. There were three movies and lots of comedy shows like “King of Queens” that made the time pass by quicker than I had expected before. The flight itself was pretty smooth except for the normal turbulences you have when crossing the atlantic ocean. The captain turned out to be a very funny guy. I guess he was a Texan because of his constant “hey folks” and his accent. Finally, I was back in Texas!

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n8/DTManiac/Airliners%20Profile/trip%20report/DSCN0144.jpg

3rd flight:
DFW-CLL
AA3241
Scheduled departure: 6:35pm
Actual departure: 7:10pm
Aircraft: Saab 340B
Registration: N904AE

I had a three hour layover at DFW so I wasn’t worried about immigration and security. However, as usual all the European flights came in around the same time and they only had 8 immigration counters open for non-US citizens. After all the US citizens had cleared immigration these counters were available for non-US citizens as well which made it a lot quicker in the end. Immigration took me about 50 minutes. The bags were already waiting for me when I arrived at the baggage claim. I went through the customs and rechecked the bags. The following security check went pretty quickly as well and the TSA staff was friendly and relaxed. Afterwards I had to do a terminal change again so I took that new sky train to Terminal B. In my eyes, the layout of DFW makes it very easy to navigate. Thus DFW is my favourite gateway to Texas and I would prefer it over IAH any day which I used the last time I went to Texas. Being used to the DUS sky train which seems to be broken 50% of the year the DFW version was a nice experience. I went to my AE gate in order to wait for my flight to depart. I had a nice chat with some Nebraska fans who were going to the Texas A&M – Nebraska football game as well. When it was time for boarding the gate agent told us that the aircraft we were supposed to travel on had technical problems. They tried to fix it for another 20 minutes until they decided to use a substitute aircraft. We departed from DFW with a delay of approximately 35 minutes. I feel asleep during the flight because I got very tired in the meantime. When we descended from our cruising altitude into CLL I couldn’t sleep anymore. This was probably the bumpiest landing I ever had. The plane was shaking wildly during the descend. At least I was awake now.
As a conclusion I would say that I would definitely take AA again on that route. The 767-300ER is an alright aircraft to travel on, the airports were all easy to navigate and the service was very pleasant. I would have liked to take a lot more pictures of the airports and aircrafts though, but I wasn’t sure if that would cause problems once I am in the US.

Unfortunately, we lost that game to Nebraska. I am thinking about joining the USAFHummer’s Nebraska haters now. At least the Longhorns lost against KSU as well.

GIG ‘EM AGGIES!!!

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n8/DTManiac/Airliners%20Profile/trip%20report/DSCN0188.jpg


Gig 'em Aggies!!!
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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 7424 times:

Yeeeehaaawwww!  Wink

Nice report, Frederik!

At first:

Quoting DTManiac (Thread starter):
I was now an engineer.

Congrats!  bigthumbsup 

Quoting DTManiac (Thread starter):
600€ for a DUS-ZRH-DFW-CLL round-trip, that was a nice surprise.

Indeed, pretty cheap im my book!

Quoting DTManiac (Thread starter):
I got a bagel with cheese and a chocolate bar.

Sounds alright for me for such a short hop to ZRH. I'll fly this route in December on my way to Barcelona, good to know that something is offered for breakfast.

Quoting DTManiac (Thread starter):
I didn’t know LTU has Avros.

I was also surprised when I saw the picture in the database, see the remark of the following photo for more information:


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Quoting DTManiac (Thread starter):
Unfortunately, we lost that game to Nebraska.

Too bad! But this huge screen looks pretty cool, the displays in the German football stadiums are way smaller.

By the way, Bochum-Frankfurt next Friday (I still have to organize tickets), too bad that we can't watch it together. Anyway, continue to enjoy your stay in Texas!

Patrick


User currently offlineDTManiac From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 689 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 7363 times:

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 1):
Nice report, Frederik!



Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 1):
Congrats!

Double thanks  Smile

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 1):
Sounds alright for me for such a short hop to ZRH. I'll fly this route in December on my way to Barcelona, good to know that something is offered for breakfast

The only thing to make that trip even a little better is to change the ARJ's to a 2-3 configuration like LX has.

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 1):
was also surprised when I saw the picture in the database, see the remark of the following photo for more information:

Thanks for the clarification.

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 1):
But this huge screen looks pretty cool, the displays in the German football stadiums are way smaller.

I think someone told me that Texas A&M screen was the second biggest in the nation.

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 1):
By the way, Bochum-Frankfurt next Friday (I still have to organize tickets), too bad that we can't watch it together. Anyway, continue to enjoy your stay in Texas!

Thanks. We will watch a soccer game together another time, thats for sure.



Gig 'em Aggies!!!
User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7290 times:

Quoting DTManiac (Reply 2):
The only thing to make that trip even a little better is to change the ARJ's to a 2-3 configuration like LX has.

I agree, the 3-3 configuration in the Lufthansa and Eurowings ARJs feels a bit cramped compared to Swiss' 2-3 configuration. This is one reason why I made sure that Seb and me only get Swiss metal on our DUS-ZRH and ZRH-DUS flights in December.

Quoting DTManiac (Reply 2):
I think someone told me that Texas A&M screen was the second biggest in the nation.

You are right, I found an interesting Wikipedia article about The 12th Man TV at Kyle Field.

Quoting DTManiac (Reply 2):
We will watch a soccer game together another time, thats for sure.

I'll try to get tickets for Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich in January next year, hopefully there are a few seats left in Block #34 (IMO the most impressive area in the Westfalenstadion Signal-Iduna Park), it is so stunning to watch the 25.000 fans on the Suedtribuene from so high above.

Patrick


User currently offlineCgnnrw From Germany, joined May 2005, 1157 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 7131 times:

Nice report. I also like DUS although it means I have to enter "enemy" territory. On my last trip to DUS the Skytrain was actually WORKING!!! So it seems Siemens finally got the bugs out of it.

Where did you buy your lattè? There cafe right at the bottom of the escalators to the observation deck serve an alright cappuccino.



A330 man.
User currently offlineDTManiac From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 689 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 7093 times:

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 3):
I'll try to get tickets for Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich in January next year

Get one for me too!

Quoting Cgnnrw (Reply 4):
Where did you buy your lattè?

I bought it behind the security in Terminal A where all the LH flights depart. I remember LH used to have a coffee machine there that you could use free of charge earlier this year. Unfortunately, that seems to have changed.



Gig 'em Aggies!!!
User currently offlineCgnnrw From Germany, joined May 2005, 1157 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 7083 times:

Quoting DTManiac (Reply 5):

Quoting Cgnnrw (Reply 4):
Where did you buy your lattè?

I bought it behind the security in Terminal A where all the LH flights depart. I remember LH used to have a coffee machine there that you could use free of charge earlier this year. Unfortunately, that seems to have changed.

I remember those machines....you don't think they made a good cup of coffee do you???????? LOL  Smile



A330 man.
User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8552 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 7010 times:
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Nice report & congrats on becoming and engineer!

Quoting DTManiac (Thread starter):
chose the itinerary via ZRH because of the 767-300ER and its 2-3-2 layout.

- Don't blame you, I'd rather take a 2-3-2 or 2-4-2 in 'Y' over any other layout.

Rgds

Mark



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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 7000 times:

Quoting Cgnnrw (Reply 4):
There cafe right at the bottom of the escalators to the observation deck serve an alright cappuccino.

You mean the "bistro2business", right? They seem to have a very good coffee-automat, I drunk coffee there but also cappuccino and espresso, everything tasted very good and I would rather go there to have a coffee than to Starbucks.

Quoting DTManiac (Reply 5):
Get one for me too!

Of course, make sure that you have time on January 27th (Saturday)!

Quoting Cgnnrw (Reply 6):
I remember those machines....you don't think they made a good cup of coffee do you?

The coffee was quite ok, especially because it was for free, I always used these machines and once I had a nice encounter with some Lufthansa bitch because I wanted to carry one of these cups of automat-coffee into the plane:

I wanted to enter my plane to FRA when some butt-ugly lady told me that I am not allowed to bring the coffee into the plane, I asked her why I am not allowed and she told me that I am not allowed because she said so. I said: "Ok, I will leave the coffee here at your posh gate counter" and while she told me that it wasn't possible, the cup slipped out of my hand (by pure coincidence of course) and landed on her pants.  Silly I said: "Sorry, bye" and walked down the jetway while enjoying her inarticulated noises of anger.  rotfl 

Patrick


User currently offlineDTManiac From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 689 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6913 times:

Quoting Cgnnrw (Reply 6):
remember those machines....you don't think they made a good cup of coffee do you???????? LOL

It was alright and furthermore they were FOR FREE!

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 7):
Nice report & congrats on becoming and engineer!

Thanks!

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 7):
- Don't blame you, I'd rather take a 2-3-2 or 2-4-2 in 'Y' over any other layout.

Yeah, I think the 2-5-2 in AA's T7 might be the worst layout out there. Couldnt imagine being stuck in that middle seat for eleven hours.

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 8):
Of course, make sure that you have time on January 27th (Saturday)!

I will.



Gig 'em Aggies!!!
User currently offlineDALelite From Switzerland, joined Jun 2000, 1770 posts, RR: 25
Reply 10, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6901 times:

I am glad to hear that you've had a smooth ride to DTW. But i am
not impressed that there was alphorn music played in the ZRH airport train.

regards: DALelite



They loved to fly and it showed..
User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 11, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 6844 times:

Great report, Frederik!!!!...That screen is freakin huge...must be somethin in the air this season, quite a few Big 12 teams have added gigantic Jumbotrons for this year...you guys, UT, and Nebraska as well...

Quoting DTManiac (Thread starter):
Unfortunately, we lost that game to Nebraska. I am thinking about joining the USAFHummer’s Nebraska haters now.

All are welcome aboard the "HUCK THE FUSKERS!" train, of course!...watched your game on TV, it broke my heart as well, because a Nebraska loss is almost as good as a Colorado win  Wink...but don't worry, we'll finish the job for you guys in 11 days in Lincoln...



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User currently offlineDTManiac From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 689 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6699 times:

Quoting USAFHummer (Reply 11):
All are welcome aboard the "HUCK THE FUSKERS!" train, of course!

Is there any application form for me to fill out?

Quoting USAFHummer (Reply 11):
don't worry, we'll finish the job for you guys in 11 days in Lincoln...

Well, I really hope you guys make it. Good luck!



Gig 'em Aggies!!!
User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3312 posts, RR: 45
Reply 13, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6567 times:

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 3):
You are right, I found an interesting Wikipedia article about The 12th Man TV at Kyle Field.

Ahhhh, but who has the first. That's right, the University of Texas at Austin.

Nicknamed Godzillatron , he is the largest HDTV in the world!

Cheers,
Cameron


User currently offlineFRAspotter From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2354 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 6111 times:

Quoting USAFHummer (Reply 11):
All are welcome aboard the "HUCK THE FUSKERS!" train, of course!

Along the same line as "Lucking Fonghorns" (I have the T-shirt)... hahaha. I am in Longview, TX going to college but my grandma and other extended family all live in College Station and I am of course a huge A&M fan. Most of my dad's side of the family graduated from A&M. My grandma has 2 season tickets to all of A&M's games, both away and home on the 40 yard line 2nd level. I'll be heading down to College Station on Thanksgiving this year but won't make it to the "t.u."-A&M game in Austin (I'd rather see A&M beat "t.u." at kyle Field  Silly). Great trip report though, very interesting...



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