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US Airways CLT-FRA, C-Class, A 330-300, Pics!  
User currently offlineTransatlantic From Germany, joined Nov 2006, 18 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 15190 times:

Hello everyone,

as promised here is my second trip-report about my flight from CLT to FRA.


US Airways
US 192

Date: 1st July 2006
From: Charlotte (CLT)
To: Frankfurt (FRA)

Airbus A 330-300
Seat: 3A


My flight actually started in Providence (PVD). I stayed one night in Charlotte to visit some friends. Because there wasn't any interesting on the flight PVD-CLT and the domestic First Class of US Airways isn't that exciting, I decided to start the report in Charlotte.

At the beginning a picture from Charlotte

http://img365.imageshack.us/img365/3395/usa026co3.jpg


The Marriot Charlotte City Center, where I stayed during my one day visit in Charlotte. It's very nice, I can recommend for a stay in Charlotte.

http://img365.imageshack.us/img365/4471/usa029sa1.jpg


About two hours before departure, I went to the airport. The terminal in Charlotte wasn't very crowded, so Check-In went over very quickly. The US Airways Club, where is spent the time until departure, is one of the best of the US Airways Clubs. From the Club I was able to see the arrival of my aircraft which will bring me to the other side of the Atlantic. The A330-300 arrived from London.

They just made the boarding call when I arrived at the gate, so I could walk straight to my seat. After I took my seat, I was welcomed with a glass of campaign or orange juice.

nice and comfortable seats with a lot of legroom

http://img352.imageshack.us/img352/3696/usa035lh8.jpg


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About an hour after takeoff, the dinner was served. I don't remember the different meals, but it was very delicious. As usual, the US Airways crew was very nice and helpful.

sunset over the North Atlantic Ocean

http://img352.imageshack.us/img352/1603/usa043zq6.jpg


http://img291.imageshack.us/img291/5810/usa045rc3.jpg


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The seats are very comfortable and have a lot of legroom. Also the IFE at the A330 is very good. You can choose between a lot of movies and music channels and its all on demand.

http://img291.imageshack.us/img291/9158/usa052ci7.jpg


sunrise over the North Atlantic Ocean (are there two aircrafts in front of us?)

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After sunrise, when we where over Great Britain breakfast was served. Coffee, juice, some fruits, croissant, jam ... Very delicious again   

http://img366.imageshack.us/img366/8442/usa063uq5.jpg


After breakfast we started our decent and the approach to Frankfurt and the end of a nice holiday was visible    In a couple of days, school will start again.


http://img400.imageshack.us/img400/9420/usa065cb1.jpg


So I hope you enjoyed my second report. I'm looking forward for your comments.

If I have time again, I will write about my experience with IBERIA during my short two day trip from FRA to Valencia (VLC) via MAD, a which I made a few days ago to visit a friend.

[Edited 2006-12-01 17:34:50]

23 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5692 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 15008 times:

Very nice report!

Pics were great and the seats looked very comfortable to have for such a long flight.

Alex



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User currently offlineCXtra From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2006, 263 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 14712 times:

Thanks for sharing your experience. I never knew such a flight existed - must be a niche market. Comparing it to other American carriers, US seems to operate nice aircraft with an above-average IFE. But the seats look like they could use an upgrade. Anyway, glad you enjoyed your trip.


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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1943 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 14666 times:
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Nice report and pictures! Wow, US Airways Envoy Class on the A330 looks pretty good!!

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User currently offlineLH459 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 886 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 14412 times:

Quoting CXtra (Reply 2):
I never knew such a flight existed - must be a niche market.

CLT is an important hub for US, so the flight is getting a healthy feed from their network. It's not a niche market by any means.



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User currently offlineJakeflyer From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 46 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 14371 times:

Nice trip report. US Airways does a nice job with Envoy Class. Here's a tip on your next trip on US Airways on in Envoy Class. When US Airways started flying A330s, they offered First Class in Row 1. It was a separate cabin with seats that convert to a flat bed. They have since stopped offering First Class, but the seats remain. If you book Envoy Class on an A330, make sure you try to reserve row 1 (not the same seats of their 767s). I've had row 1 a few times and it is much nicer...

User currently offlineLGA777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1149 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 14185 times:

Actually Row1 is now sold for I believe $100 extra on day of departure. Same service just a lay flat seat with a little more privacy, althought those seats are actually slightly narrower, due to the shape of the aircraft that far forward.

And nice report and photos.

Cheers

LGA777


User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8677 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 14153 times:

Very good TR.

MCOflyer



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User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7107 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 14075 times:

Nice report and great pics

SUJ


User currently offlineDaleaholic From UK - England, joined Oct 2005, 3208 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 13873 times:

Great Report! Haven't really seen C class on US A330, so thanks Big grin

Paul  Smile



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User currently offlineTransatlantic From Germany, joined Nov 2006, 18 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 10 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 13502 times:

Nice to hear, that you all enjoyed reading my report. Thank you for your comments  Smile

User currently offlineWalter747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1440 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (7 years 10 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 13417 times:

great report!

where about in RI were you?

i live in RI.



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User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 12, posted (7 years 10 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 13221 times:

Nice report and pics  Smile

Cheers,


Lee



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User currently offlineLX001 From Austria, joined Jun 2004, 111 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 10 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 13063 times:

Thank´s for the report!
Seats are the same like Emirates has in their A330´s!
Pre-Departure Drink´s in plastic-cups??? Well, that´s strange for a premium cabin, isn´t it?


User currently offlineSketty222 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 1778 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (7 years 10 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 13015 times:

Nice report and pics. There's nothing better than sunset and sunrise over the atlantic from 35000 feet.
Does the seat turn into some sort of bed or does it just recline?



There's flying and then there's flying
User currently offlineTransatlantic From Germany, joined Nov 2006, 18 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 10 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 12841 times:

Quoting LX001 (Reply 13):

Pre-Departure Drinks in plastic-cups is strange for a business class service, but that wasn't like this at the flight from FRA to PHL. The Pre-Departure Drinks on that flight were served in glass cups.

Quoting Sketty222 (Reply 14):

The seats dont turn into a flat bed, but they are very comfortable


User currently offlineN174UA From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 994 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 12321 times:

Quoting CXtra (Reply 2):
with an above-average IFE

I respectfully disagree. I experienced it on the A330 in both sardine class (PHL-FCO) and in row 1 on the way back, and I wasn't all that impressed. Not even the flight attendants seemed to know exactly how it worked, and of course there is ***NO*** moving map available, unlike with other airlines.  banghead 

Quoting Jakeflyer (Reply 5):
When US Airways started flying A330s, they offered First Class in Row 1. It was a separate cabin with seats that convert to a flat bed. They have since stopped offering First Class, but the seats remain. If you book Envoy Class on an A330, make sure you try to reserve row 1 (not the same seats of their 767s). I've had row 1 a few times and it is much nicer...

I was able to upgrade to Row 1, seat 1H (well 1G, but I switched with the guy next to me) on FCO-PHL this past September. It was nice to lay back for a while, especially since I had drank way too much the night before and had a 3-hour bus ride from rural Tuscany that morning. For some reason, an hour or so out of PHL, the recline portion started to malfunction, because I'd raise it up, and it would start to fall back to flat position on its own.

Quoting LGA777 (Reply 6):
Actually Row1 is now sold for I believe $100 extra on day of departure

Well damn, that's a lot less than the $500 they offered for PHL-FCO, and the $521 (400 Euros) that I paid to upgrade for FCO-PHL.


User currently offlineFCYTravis From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 1191 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 12151 times:

Quoting N174UA (Reply 16):
I respectfully disagree. I experienced it on the A330 in both sardine class (PHL-FCO) and in row 1 on the way back, and I wasn't all that impressed. Not even the flight attendants seemed to know exactly how it worked, and of course there is ***NO*** moving map available, unlike with other airlines.   

There's no moving map, but it is fully on-demand, unlike United and American's endless-tape-loop system.



USAir A321 service now departing for SFO with fuel stops in CAK, COS and RNO. Enjoy your flight.
User currently offlinePawsleykat From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1978 posts, RR: 11
Reply 18, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 12024 times:

Great trip report Transatlantic!  bigthumbsup  I really like those sunset shots especially with the wing in them. And that shot of the wing as the plane is banking over the river, 'tis great!  Smile
Those seats look quite comfy too...  cheerful 

JG



First Class passengers are my favourites. They can't get any further forward without an ATPL.
User currently offlineTransatlantic From Germany, joined Nov 2006, 18 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 11990 times:

Quoting Pawsleykat (Reply 18):
I really like those sunset shots especially with the wing in them. And that shot of the wing as the plane is banking over the river, 'tis great!

thats the river Main, a few minutes before landing in Frankfurt


User currently offlineDALelite From Switzerland, joined Jun 2000, 1770 posts, RR: 25
Reply 20, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 11930 times:

once again great trip report.

thanks for keeping your promise: DALelite



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User currently offlineYYZYHZ From Canada, joined May 2006, 96 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 11791 times:

Great report!

I'm flying US Airways in Envoy in January, from MAN-PHL, so it's nice to know what I can expect!



Travelled on Dash 8-300, A319, A320, A321, A330, B737, B747, B757, B767, E75
User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8551 posts, RR: 55
Reply 22, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 11583 times:
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Nice report & photo's, thanks.

I've enjoyed numerous US A330 flights, including several in Envoy, all were pretty enjoyable - actually, I've yet to have a bad US Airways flight.

Quoting YYZYHZ (Reply 21):
I'm flying US Airways in Envoy in January, from MAN-PHL, so it's nice to know what I can expect!

- Have a great flight.

Rgds

Mark



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User currently offlineTransatlantic From Germany, joined Nov 2006, 18 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 10813 times:

Quoting LX001 (Reply 13):
Seats are the same like Emirates has in their A330´s

yes, they are the same. Just the TV is stored in the armrest and not in the back of the seat in front of you


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