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CO's Transatlantic 757's

Sat Jan 15, 2005 3:55 pm

I'm considering flying from Newark to Birmingham aboard a Continental 757-200. Anyone have experience traveling transatlantic aboard one of these planes?

Frankly, Northwest's 757's are such miserable cattle cars that I'm wondering at the wisdom (or lack thereof) in selecting this flight... Is the pitch any better on CO's over-ocean birds?

Thanks in advance for your comments.
 
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RE: CO's Transatlantic 757's

Sat Jan 15, 2005 4:46 pm

Anyone have experience traveling transatlantic aboard one of these planes?

Yup, love 'em



Is the pitch any better on CO's over-ocean birds?

If you're in BizF, yes

If you're not, then not that much of a noticeable difference (same for the widebodies).
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RE: CO's Transatlantic 757's

Sat Jan 15, 2005 5:22 pm

I've done EWR-BHX...not too bad, everyone thinks flying across the pond on a 752 is the worst concept ever but its not...basically you take off, get your meal, sleep 3-4 hours, get your pre-arrival snack, and then land...it goes by real fast...

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gilesdavies
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RE: CO's Transatlantic 757's

Sat Jan 15, 2005 8:15 pm

Have done BHX-EWR with CO and LGW-YYZ with SkyService on the 752 and I have to prefer the twin aisle aircraft...

There is limited room to stretch your feet, the aisle is constantly blocked with passengers queing to use the toliets and I prefer my PTV's.

If you are staying the Birmingham area I would definately recommend CO's service over flying to MAN or LHR/LGW as you will have a 2hr drive and BHX is a very easy airport to get through and has direct rail links from Birmingham International to most the UK.

Found this trip report that maybe of interest - http://www.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/52758

If you have some time to spare at Birmingham their is an exellent spectators facility open above the terminal building (Entry about 50p), and when CO are at the airport in the morning their is a good mix of aircraft to check out:

BA - Avro's
EK - 777/A330
GF - 767
PK - A310
AF - ???
EI - 752
LH - ???
AZ - EMB170
BE - DH8/146
WW - 733/735
ZB - A321/A320
BY - 752/767
VZ - A320/A321
TCX - 752/A320/A321


[Edited 2005-01-15 12:36:35]
 
whiskeyhotel
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RE: CO's Transatlantic 757's

Sun Jan 16, 2005 12:04 am

Transatlantic on a CO 757 can be far better than any other crossing in Y...just be sure you get seated in row 16: Emergency exit row with full recline. I flew CO 757's transatlantic on about 10 segments last year (with another due in two weeks), and I actually book my flights around when row 16 has available seats...no better way to go in Y. You'll get ridiculous amounts of seat pitch (near 40" I think) and a full recline, along with CO's excellent service. Don't know about you, but I would take a more comfortable seat over PTVs anyhow (CO, unfortunately, tends to pick crap movies)
 
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RE: CO's Transatlantic 757's

Sun Jan 16, 2005 12:45 am

My mother just flew CO EWR-LIS-EWR and told me they fed her well....also very good inflight service. FYI.
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RE: CO's Transatlantic 757's

Sun Jan 16, 2005 2:56 am

CO 757'2 are great. Excellent IFE, service. You'll love it.
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RE: CO's Transatlantic 757's

Sun Jan 16, 2005 4:24 am

Don't think you'd see any EI 752s at BHX somehow.........
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RE: CO's Transatlantic 757's

Sun Jan 16, 2005 4:28 am

I can't imagine flying across the pond, even EWR or JFK, in a narrow body a/c. AA# 96 from BOS-MAN does very well though I'm told. AA# 221 from BOS-SNN is gonna be 757 metal also, so I guess going transatlantic isn't that bad to alot of passengers...
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RE: CO's Transatlantic 757's

Sun Jan 16, 2005 6:00 am

yeah adn with us picking up more 753s look for us to expand even more for this coming summer with our 752s!!
 
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RE: CO's Transatlantic 757's

Sun Jan 16, 2005 9:35 am

>I can't imagine flying across the pond, even EWR or JFK<

Why, what does it matter. The seat, service, etc. are all the same.
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RE: CO's Transatlantic 757's

Sun Jan 16, 2005 9:42 am

Whiskeyhotel,

I don't think you can book Emergency exit seats in advance till at the check in, I've tried online and on phone, they keep those seats blocked till physical check in at airport, SO the check-in personnel make a decision if people requesting them are body capable of operating the doors in emergency.
 
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RE: CO's Transatlantic 757's

Sun Jan 16, 2005 11:16 am

If Whyiskyhotel is a CO elite then that explains why he can book the emergency exit rows in advance.
 
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RE: CO's Transatlantic 757's

Sun Jan 16, 2005 1:27 pm

so I guess going transatlantic isn't that bad to alot of passengers...

Most pax don't really care, as long as it gets there safely and on time.
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RE: CO's Transatlantic 757's

Sun Jan 16, 2005 1:30 pm

If your up front, It is a very comfy ride..if your in the back..YUK, no different than any other 757.
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RE: CO's Transatlantic 757's

Sun Jan 16, 2005 1:30 pm

You can book the emergency exit row, 24 hours prior they open up all the seats to online check in, at least I have found that to be true for my flights.
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RE: CO's Transatlantic 757's

Sun Jan 16, 2005 1:44 pm

Most pax don't really care, as long as it gets there safely and on time.

Flying a 757 non-stop across the Atlantic to a non-hub city from somewhere such as Newark, also means fewer connections for those who don't live nearby major gateways.

For example, to fly from PDX to GLA, if I didn't fly CO via EWR, I would have to transit two hubs, such as SFO and LHR, or MSP and AMS, etc., even though there is a non-stop available from PDX to FRA, due to there not being non-stop service beyond FRA to GLA. I can think of many such other city pairs between the U.S. and Europe where 757 direct service would make for a faster, more comfortable journey.

Given the choice, I would much prefer to fly a 757 over the ocean direct to my destination rather than connect twice en route.

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RE: CO's Transatlantic 757's

Sun Jan 16, 2005 2:15 pm

I just joined the service here... and have been having a lot of fun reading the posts for many months ! Hello to all !
I think Transatlantic on a narrow-body single aisle would be fine, although I have only done so on B767 and 747 aircraft. I just finished a trip flying nonstop from Seattle to Miami on an AS 737-700 and thought it was excellent... 5 1/2 hours outbound and 6 1/2 return. It was fine. Comfortable, the FA service even better although it was a full flight... less gatherings at the lavatory doors, and quicker getting on and off. So I would not hesitate at all to fly on a single-aisle over to Europe, even from the west coast of the US here.
 
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RE: CO's Transatlantic 757's

Sun Jan 16, 2005 7:18 pm

Rows 15 and 16 in the International config appear to both be exit rows - is that right? And do either of them have a normal sized window? I've had an emergency exit row before, albeit on a 747, and there was no window!

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RE: CO's Transatlantic 757's

Mon Jan 17, 2005 1:31 am

Sorry, didn't mention...am Platinum with CO, so I can book the exit row at the time of my original booking. BHX, in comparison to markets like EDI and LGW, shouldn't have too many platinums on board (I believe the website requires platinum to book row 16 in advance), so you shouldn't have much trouble selecting the seat online the day before departure, or requesting it from a gate agent. The exit rows on CO's International 752's both have windows. Only row 16 has recline. Row 15 has extra legroom, but NO RECLINE. I avoid row 15, because I can't fall asleep without a bit of recline, and my back takes a few days to unkink after 7 hours spent bolt-upright.
 
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RE: CO's Transatlantic 757's

Mon Jan 17, 2005 1:47 am

bit more info/correction to post reply #03

BA - RJ100/ERJ145
EK - 777-200 currently, A332 twice daily from June
GF - 767 (Gulf Traveller)
PK - A310
AF - BAe 146-300 operated by Flybe. Until codeshare ends.
EI - 735/734 if your lucky you will get a A320
LH - CR2, 733/735/A319/A320/A321/A300 (once) totally mixed!!
AZ - EMB170
BE - DH8/146
WW - 733/735
ZB - A321/A320
BY - 752/767
VZ - A320/A321
TCX - 752/A320

Not a bad little airport!  Smile

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RE: CO's Transatlantic 757's

Mon Jan 17, 2005 2:00 am

SOMEONE linked to me report! yayers! gilesdavies, you've made my day  Big thumbs up

I've done it 4 times now (twice return), and will do so again in July. To describe it in a sentence...Continental Offer a very solid service. 31" in Y is a bit tight, my brother (who is 6 foot) complained a bit, but he had an aisle, and 31" is USA standard. The food is not bad (the pictures in my report didn't really do it justice), the FA's are nice, most are quite old. Some people complain about flying a single-aisle across the Atlantic, but it doesn't bother me. There's only overhead PTV's, which is a little annoying, especially if you sit a row behind a ptv, where the one in front is too near and the one 4 or so rows ahead is too far away, but hey!
BusinessFirst looks very nice, very comfy, but I've never been upgraded :'(

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