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STR-LHR-SFO-DEN-PHL-LHR-STR W/ BA & F9 In Y, Pics  
User currently offlineSkyGourmet From Germany, joined Jun 2006, 121 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 12349 times:

Hi everyone! I hope you'll enjoy reading my first trip report about my trip to the USA in August/September of 2006. I booked the flights over opodo.de nine months ahead of time in order to get a good price.

I started my trip taking the car from my crappy hometown in south-western Germany to the airport in Stuttgart, which usually takes about 1 ½ to 2 hours. The flight was supposed to leave at 11:25 am, so we got an early start. I'll let the pictures speak.




Sunrise


The terminal at STR


View over the apron


Didn't have much breakfast, so I bought a donut with coconut topping from Burger King


The waiting area after security




STR-LHR
Saturday, 26 August 2006
BA 919
Airbus A319-131
G-EUPR
scheduled departure time: 1125
scheduled arrival time: 1215



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Photo © Sergio Domingos





The voyage begins!  hyper 


It was too late for breakfast, thus only a snack was served


Funny looking cloud


Some suburb of London, I guess.




LHR-SFO
Saturday, 26 August 2006
BA 287
Boeing 747-436
couldn't really see the registration, might have been G-BNLE
scheduled departure time: 1350
scheduled arrival time: 16:35



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Photo © Barrie Lewis





The airplane!


Terminal 1 at LHR


A snack was served shortly after take-off. Those salt & vinegar pretzel nuggets should be sold in stores, they're delicious.  yummy 

Food!



I chose the fish, it was salmon with peas and mashed potatoes, very tasty. The peas could have been cooked a little longer and the Banoffee cake tasted ..er.. interesting.


The salad was good, too.


Greenland!


The Hudson Bay


The flight map. The inflight-entertainment in the BA 747s might not be on demand, but it's certainly better than LH's. Some fairly decent movies were showing.


Ice on the window


Some river


Afternoon snack consisting of a sandwich, fruits and a Walkers raisin cake. Not bad!


Round fields


Downtown San Francisco


Which airport is this?  Confused


Berkeley




Yosemite -- a must-see!


A squirrel looking down into the abyss


A tree


Somewhere on the way back to San Francisco


Highway No 1


San Francisco as seen from Telegraph Hill


Time to say good bye to California!  Sad




SFO-DEN
Sunday, 03 September 2006
F9 650
Airbus A319-111
N939FR
scheduled departure time: 0615
scheduled arrival time: 0950



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Since the flight was scheduled to leave at 0615 and hotels are expensive, we decided to spent the night at the airport. I couldn't sleep on those hard benches, so I drove back and forth on the air train all night.



The SFO terminal



Not much going on!


Some lonely baggage carts on top of a parking garage

Finally it's time for boarding!


Those penguins are cute!


The sun is rising




Time for breakfast. Donut and coffee.  yummy 


Ginger Ale


I didn't pay the 9$ to be able to watch TV.


The Rocky Mountains!




DEN-PHL
Sunday, 03 September 2006
F9 448
Airbus A319-111
N913FR
scheduled departure time: 1030
scheduled arrival time: 1600



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That's more and better food than one would get on a legacy carrier it's even warm. Pizza sticks and tomato sauce, and yes, you get the whole can.


This picture shows an abandoned airfield in Southern New Jersey. Check out Paul Freeman's great website for further information: www.airfields-freeman.com




Washington D.C. We took the Amtrak from Wilmington, DE. Yes, of course I visited the National Air & Space Museum!


I really liked this sculpture in the Hirschhorn Museum's sculpture garden.

Time to return home!  cry 


Philadelphia




PHL-LHR
Friday, 15 September 2006
BA 068
Boeing 767-336/ER
G-BNWD
scheduled departure time: 2055
scheduled arrival time: 0920



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This was the only flight I didn't get a window seat, so I couldn't take any pictures, and the lady next to me was sleeping and didn't open her window shade until shortly before landing  banghead . At least I could stretch out my legs due to the great 2-3-2 layout of the 767s.


Some more Ginger Ale.

Dinner:

Chicken with rice and vegetables. The cake was a lot better this time. Everybody also got two small bottles of red or white whine.


The breakfast consisted of a Muffin, orange juice and yogurt. Tasted good, could've been a bit more, though.


LHR-STR
Saturday, 16 September 2006
BA 920
Airbus A319-131
G-EUOB
scheduled departure time: 1515
scheduled arrival time: 1755



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Another airplane flies by



Again it was the wrong time for breakfast, resulting in a bag of munchies.  grumpy 


That's all, I hope you enjoyed it. BA is great choice for transatlantic flights. The food is good, the crew friendly and they fly to almost everywhere. F9's level of service really surprised me, considering they're a low-fare carrier. AA et al should be ashamed of themselves.

I also hope all these pictures won't exceed the bandwidth limit of my photobucket account.


Meine dispatcher says there's something wrong mit deine Kabel?
16 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineAir380 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 12280 times:

Very nice trip report, thank you!
Did you go by yourself? What was your favorite flight/place you visited? And how come you speak ill of your home town?
It can't be that bad!  Wink


User currently offlineOznznut From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 153 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 12275 times:

That airport you saw on approach to SF is the abandoned Naval Air Station in Alameda. If you get the tv series "Myth Busters", you may have seen it. They conduct many of their "experiments" there. Spent many years there while in the US Navy.
Dave


User currently offlineCV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 12268 times:

Hi!

Very nice report....first time ever but you're already doing great!!! Congratulations! I was in STR a few days ago and I really enjoyed that airport, nice and clean! Also your sights in USA were very familiar to me, I lived in San Joaquin Valley for 1 year so I had the chance to visit San Francisco, Yosemite and other places that you shared. That picture of Yosemite with El Capitan on the left side must have been taken after that tunnel right??? That's a very nice and classic picture that all of us that have been there should take! And regarding the BA 767-300 I agree with you, that 2-3-2 layout is fantastic!
Anyway, great work!
Regards


User currently offlineWidget1580 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 345 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 12231 times:

Wonderful TR!! Loved the photos, I will be in SFO in two weeks! I also never knew that F9 served food like that.


-Travis



KLM | Journeys of Inspiration
User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2901 posts, RR: 22
Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 12064 times:

A very nice first trip report, thanks for posting all those pics. BA has always been one of my favourite carriers, the meal photos look very good. I didn't know that BA uses the B767 to PHL. And I didn't know that BA SFO flights leave from LHR T1. Interesting.
Regards, Alex.


User currently offlineSkyGourmet From Germany, joined Jun 2006, 121 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 11780 times:

Thank you everyone for your positive comments!

Quoting Air380 (Reply 1):
Did you go by yourself?

No, I went with some family members.

Quoting Air380 (Reply 1):
What was your favorite flight/place you visited?

I enjoyed all flights and places, but especially the rock in Yosemite where I took the picture of that tree. That ledge was surrounded by a gaping abyss on three sides, it was very impressive and also not too many people were there.

Quoting Air380 (Reply 1):
It can't be that bad!

Well, I guess there are worse places.

Quoting Oznznut (Reply 2):
abandoned Naval Air Station in Alameda

Thank you for the information. I can get Myth Busters, but I don't watch it very often.

Quoting CV990 (Reply 3):
That picture [...] must have been taken after that tunnel right???

If I remember correctly, yes.

Quoting Ndebele (Reply 5):
I didn't know that BA uses the B767 to PHL

Yes, one of the two daily flights is operated by a 767.

edit: typo  Embarrassment

[Edited 2007-03-18 17:01:06]


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User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1689 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 11667 times:

Great TR , What a suprise to see such a service on F9!
Superb pictures aswell, thanks for sharing!



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User currently offlineMSNYX From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 130 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 11616 times:

Quoting SkyGourmet (Thread starter):
Didn't have much breakfast, so I bought a donut with coconut topping from Burger King

This I don't get. I love going to Europe because of all the wonderful bread and pastries, so when Europeans get Buger King crap over some delicious pastry, it baffles me. I guess what is different tastes good.

Anyway, a very good report, and I hope to see more in the future.



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1937 posts, RR: 24
Reply 9, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 11560 times:
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Great report and pictures!! I haven't flown BA in a while, the last time was 1995! BA World Traveler sounds pretty good.

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User currently offlineSQNo1 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 687 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 11432 times:

A very good report there SkyGourmet, for your information if you keep a record of the aircrafts that you have travelled on, your BA 287 LHR-SFO on 26/08/06 was in fact G-BNLS, according to the website www.lhr-lgw.co.uk

With Regards,
Alex.B  wave 


User currently offlineMunichpictures From Germany, joined Jun 2006, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 11310 times:

Great trip report! I enjoyed reading it and seeing your photos. I like it.
Regards Rainer


User currently offlineGjunnar From Germany, joined Sep 2001, 155 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 6 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 11169 times:

Great TR - thank you.
STR is really a big player in this TR forum, with Flieger67, Ndebele, Contact Air and all the other cool guys posting a lot.
Your report makes me even more exhilarated about my BA-flight to SFO in May, I will sure add one more STR trip report then.

Quoting MSNYX (Reply 8):

This I don't get. I love going to Europe because of all the wonderful bread and pastries, so when Europeans get Buger King crap over some delicious pastry, it baffles me. I guess what is different tastes good.

I sure can understand your point of view. Unfortunately, it's the same with me - I definitely miss the great variety of burger places in the USA compared to here where we usually don't have much else than McDonald's. So yeah - I'm going for the donut, too =)

[Edited 2007-03-19 13:27:44]

User currently offlineWhiteBirdFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 6 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 10738 times:

Thanks for the great report and pictures. I live near San Francisco and fly Frontier a fair amount - very good service every time I've flown.

But, I have to tell you, the picture that made me love this report was the squirrel "meditating" on the abyss in Yosemite! Wonderful! And yes, for anyone else, Yosemite is a must-see if you come to this area.

Thanks again!

Cordially,
WFB


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8546 posts, RR: 54
Reply 14, posted (7 years 6 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 10497 times:
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Great report, loved the whole photo review with a few words.

Quoting SkyGourmet (Thread starter):
At least I could stretch out my legs due to the great 2-3-2 layout of the 767s.

- Yes, That's one of the plus marks for the 767.

Rgds

Mark



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User currently offlineKstateinALB From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 749 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 6 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 10314 times:

Excellent trip report. Reminded me a lot of BA when I took them in the summer.

Quoting SkyGourmet (Thread starter):
salt & vinegar pretzel nuggets should be sold in stores, they're delicious.

Absolutely. I'd love to know how I could get those.

Quoting SkyGourmet (Thread starter):
Banoffee cake tasted ..er.. interesting

Haha, I loved it! Tasted soooo good.



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User currently offlineAirplaneBoy From United States of America, joined May 2004, 561 posts, RR: 10
Reply 16, posted (7 years 5 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 9892 times:

SkyGourmet-

Great trip report. Thanks so much for the kind words regarding Frontier. Our employees really do work hard to please our customers. Believe it or not, the our snacks/meals are actually a step down from what they used to be. However, there's no extra charge for food at Frontier.  Smile

Hope to see you back in the U.S. soon.

Cheers


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