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Your Experiences With Continental (ExpressJet)

Sun Jul 02, 2006 2:25 pm

Hello all!

Later this month I will be flying MSP-CLE-IND and back, all on Continental Express: 3 E145s and 1 E135. This will be my first time flying with Continental, so can I expect the same service from ExpressJet as from mainline? Any food served? Are the ERJs comfortable? Any personal experiences would be greatly appreciated!

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RE: Your Experiences With Continental (ExpressJet)

Sun Jul 02, 2006 2:34 pm

OKC-IAH-BNA On Continental Express (by Ejmmsu Apr 16 2005 in Trip Reports)#ID56860

Enjoy  Smile

As far as a meal, go to your reservation on the CO website.. it will say if there is any food served on each leg, although I think all of your legs are too short (the CLE-IND leg certainly)

COex is a great regional.. probably the best in the US market. You should get good service.
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RE: Your Experiences With Continental (ExpressJet)

Sun Jul 02, 2006 2:54 pm

The last COEX flight I took was CLT-IAH several years ago. . .

I was surprised to see a cold "meal" aboard the all Y ERJ. Not a substantial meal, but it certainly was not just a muffin. That was a 3 hour flight however. I'll bet your MSP-CLE-IN itinerary won't have anything more than a muffin perhaps and beverage service.

As for comfort on a ERJ  rotfl  rotfl  If you're 6'1" tall and 235 poundslike me, forgetaboutit. Fortunately it's an ERJ, so ask for the single seat side . . .at least you'll have some breathing room.

Don't plan to carry on a carry on. Overhead space is minimal - especially if you're in the front of the cabin . . . and stuffing something under the seat in front of you is nearly a fruitless effort . . . plan to check or gate check whatever you take.

Still, it's COEX, so expect one of the better rides on a regional that you can get in the US.
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RE: Your Experiences With Continental (ExpressJet)

Mon Jul 03, 2006 12:38 pm

Ejmmsu- thanks for the to the TR. It was useful!

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 2):
As for comfort on a ERJ...If you're 6'1" tall and 235 pounds like me, forgetaboutit.

Shave off about 100 pounds and your accuracy is dead-on. Wink But my height has always been an issue with flying, so it shouldn't been too much of a shock when I step into an ERJ.

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 2):
Don't plan to carry on a carry on. Overhead space is minimal - especially if you're in the front of the cabin . . . and stuffing something under the seat in front of you is nearly a fruitless effort . . . plan to check or gate check whatever you take.

Dang, I was hoping to travel with only a carry on and a backpack (I hate waiting to check baggage). I viewed CO's baggage policy online and they say that a combo of 51 inches or less should fit into the overhead bins. Should I expect a different measurement for regional jets? Could you explain the definition of "gate checking"? I don't think I've heard that term before.
 
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RE: Your Experiences With Continental (ExpressJet)

Mon Jul 03, 2006 1:19 pm

Quoting N808NWatMSP (Reply 3):
Dang, I was hoping to travel with only a carry on and a backpack (I hate waiting to check baggage). I viewed CO's baggage policy online and they say that a combo of 51 inches or less should fit into the overhead bins. Should I expect a different measurement for regional jets? Could you explain the definition of "gate checking"? I don't think I've heard that term before.

Bringing a Carry-on and a backpack will be no problem at all. "Gate-checking" is really easy. You bring your large carry-on right up to the gate during boarding, they put a special tag on it, and you drop it off at the end of the jetbridge. When you arrive at your destination, it is wating for you to pick it up right there as you step off the plane. You will then have your carry-ons with you during your connection, and the same process happens on the second leg. Then when you get to your final destination, no need to go to baggage claim, and no need to worry about the airline losing your bag. Your backpack will most likely fit in the overhead inside the plane. One suggestion though.. if you have a laptop or other fragile electronics, you should pack it in the small carry on.
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RE: Your Experiences With Continental (ExpressJet)

Tue Jul 04, 2006 2:10 am

Quoting Ejmmsu (Reply 4):
Bringing a Carry-on and a backpack will be no problem at all. "Gate-checking" is really easy. You bring your large carry-on right up to the gate during boarding, they put a special tag on it, and you drop it off at the end of the jetbridge. When you arrive at your destination, it is wating for you to pick it up right there as you step off the plane. You will then have your carry-ons with you during your connection, and the same process happens on the second leg. Then when you get to your final destination, no need to go to baggage claim, and no need to worry about the airline losing your bag. Your backpack will most likely fit in the overhead inside the plane.

Thank you for the valuable info! This will definitely ease my travel! This is actually my first time flying solo, so I'm a bit anxious/nervous/pumped for this trip. Getting information as this will make it alot easier, and now I can also spend more time spotting inside the terminals! bigthumbsup 

Thanks again!
 
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RE: Your Experiences With Continental (ExpressJet)

Tue Jul 04, 2006 3:03 am

Also keep in mind at 24 hours prior to your flight all the seats become available to reserve and you can snag a exit row and or bulkhead at that time, you can change your seats when you print your boarding pass 24 hours prior to your outbound flight.
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RE: Your Experiences With Continental (ExpressJet)

Tue Jul 04, 2006 3:24 am

Always great experiences, friendly crew, good snacks, smooth flights, and all around a great airline!

Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 6):
Also keep in mind at 24 hours prior to your flight all the seats become available to reserve and you can snag a exit row and or bulkhead at that time, you can change your seats when you print your boarding pass 24 hours prior to your outbound flight.

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RE: Your Experiences With Continental (ExpressJet)

Tue Jul 04, 2006 5:53 am

Book an A seat. Or book B-C and bring your sweetheart along. Besides the height issue, it's no big deal. I flew a few routes on the 145 and 145 ER and except for the boredom, I didn't have a problem.
 
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RE: Your Experiences With Continental (ExpressJet)

Tue Jul 04, 2006 1:33 pm

Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 6):
Also keep in mind at 24 hours prior to your flight all the seats become available to reserve and you can snag a exit row and or bulkhead at that time, you can change your seats when you print your boarding pass 24 hours prior to your outbound flight.

Wow, I did not know that. So all I have to do is be one of the first to confirm my flight online and get a good seat? Seems simple enough!

Quoting Kempa (Reply 8):
Book an A seat.

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RE: Your Experiences With Continental (ExpressJet)

Tue Jul 04, 2006 7:55 pm

Quoting N808NWatMSP (Reply 9):
Quoting Kempa (Reply 8):
Book an A seat.

I'll do that

Be advised 1A on the 145, single seat side, has obstructed leg room because of the 1L door . . . I still prefer that seat, but thought you should know about the leg room issue. You'll end up swinging your legs slightly to the right because of that door. Also, the F/A sits directly in front of you during take off/landing/turbulent flight, and you won't be able to stretch your legs without kicking him/her.

Still, 1A, best seat IMO.

http://www.seatguru.com/airlines/Con...ental_Airlines_Embraer_ERJ-145.php

And the 135. No leg room to stretch out in 1A as there is a bulkhead rather close to the seat. Still, no one will recline into you, and you won't have to stare at anyone's bald spot or dandruff during the flight.

http://www.seatguru.com/airlines/Con...ental_Airlines_Embraer_ERJ-135.php
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RE: Your Experiences With Continental (ExpressJet)

Wed Jul 05, 2006 12:32 am

Quoting Ejmmsu (Reply 1):
COex is a great regional.. probably the best in the US market. You should get good service.

 bigthumbsup  Flew them back in 2004 - YYZ-EWR-IND-CLE-YYZ. Love the ERJs, nice, comfortable seats, big windows at the right height, great service. Would happily fly them again and have no hesitation recommending them.
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RE: Your Experiences With Continental (ExpressJet)

Wed Jul 05, 2006 10:52 pm

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 10):
Be advised 1A on the 145, single seat side, has obstructed leg room because of the 1L door . . . I still prefer that seat, but thought you should know about the leg room issue. You'll end up swinging your legs slightly to the right because of that door. Also, the F/A sits directly in front of you during take off/landing/turbulent flight, and you won't be able to stretch your legs without kicking him/her.

Not sure you and I have been on the same type of aircraft since my legs out is not an issue even with the worlds largest portable PC called my laptop backpack sitting in the corner of the bulkhead during flight. Kicking the flight attendant, not even close unless you mean you have layed out horizontally  Smile.

The exit row on the 145's, row 12 is for sure the best seats.....get 12A or 12B but even 12C is good, lots more leg room but as posted before, you can't get the exit row or row 1 until you are doing online check-in 24 hours before departure time, those are only available to OnePass Platinum members before that time.

Enjoy ExpressJet.....seamless transition to mainline, carry-ons no problem even it won't fit into the small overhead as you get the gate check and returned at the jetway upon arrival.
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RE: Your Experiences With Continental (ExpressJet)

Fri Jul 07, 2006 2:24 am

I really am thankful for a site like A.net where I can ask my questions and get straight answers. All you guys have been a great help to me. I can't wait for this trip!
 
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RE: Your Experiences With Continental (ExpressJet)

Fri Jul 07, 2006 11:14 pm

Not to rain on anyones parade - but i too an ERJ-145 on a recent IAH-MCI trip. I like to call it the "Death Trap 145".  Smile

Forget carryons unless you are only bringing 2 or 3 sheets of paper. The poor little airplane creaked like an old cart while taxiing to the runway and sounded even worse when going thru turbulence. Wires were hanging out from the light fixtures above.

Im am sure that this was an isolated incident.
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RE: Your Experiences With Continental (ExpressJet)

Sat Jul 08, 2006 12:07 am

Quoting Mt99 (Reply 14):
but i too an ERJ-145 on a recent IAH-MCI trip. I like to call it the "Death Trap 145".

Forget carryons unless you are only bringing 2 or 3 sheets of paper.

Not sure what you were attempting to write, don't ya hate when it does that?  Smile

However, I have no problem with the rollerbag, draggin it down the jetway, putting the little blue gate check tag on it, leaving it on the jetway, going to my seat and if Row 12 putting my laptop backpack and all 25 lbs into that "2 or 3 sheets of paper" overhead. If seat 1A never had the flight attendant say NO to putting the portable pc into the closet etiher......I guess I am way too simple. After landing they even bring my rollerbag up to the jetway and I can wheel it up to the terminal myself.
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RE: Your Experiences With Continental (ExpressJet)

Sat Jul 08, 2006 12:20 am

Quoting IAHFLYR (Reply 15):
I guess I am way too simple.

I think you are. I guess the fact that i had a short connecting (due to CO Express delays) time at MCI - did not make me appreciate the 20 min it took for them to bring my bag "with the little blue tag" (maybe a green one would be better).
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RE: Your Experiences With Continental (ExpressJet)

Sat Jul 08, 2006 4:11 am

Quoting Mt99 (Reply 16):
did not make me appreciate the 20 min it took for them to bring my bag "with the little blue tag" (maybe a green one would be better)

See that's it....learn to appreciate that 20 minutes of hot steamy jetway chat and the chance to get to know your fellow passengers even better, it is all in how you look at it. Oh yes, green tag would have meant you were in a hurry!  Smile Sorry your experience wasn't as pleasant as the many I have had with the pencil jets!
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RE: Your Experiences With Continental (ExpressJet)

Sun Jul 09, 2006 10:21 am

Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 6):
Also keep in mind at 24 hours prior to your flight all the seats become available to reserve...

Question.

Do "all the seats" include the premium seats that I am not able to select on my reservation? I just got my travel information from the organization I'm flying with (they did all the booking) and some seats are not available because they are "premium seats". When the 24 hour period begins, will I be able to reserve these seats?
 
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RE: Your Experiences With Continental (ExpressJet)

Mon Jul 10, 2006 6:10 am

Quoting N808NWatMSP (Thread starter):
Later this month I will be flying MSP-CLE-IND and back, all on Continental Express: 3 E145s and 1 E135. This will be my first time flying with Continental, so can I expect the same service from ExpressJet as from mainline? Any food served? Are the ERJs comfortable? Any personal experiences would be greatly appreciated!

I just got off of a Continental Express XJET flight two days ago from Colorado Springs! (Trip Report Coming Soon) I had flown on one last year, but I had forgotten how comfortable it was for a small regional jet. (ERJ 145 XR) On the way up there we had a choice of either a small turkey or tunafish sandwich with Skittles, Doritos, and Crackers. After she gave us the meal, she started the beverage service.

On the way back the Flight Attendant gave us Salami/Beef, with M&Ms, Cheddar Snacks, and Crackers. Then she started the beverage service, just like the previous flight.

I was thoroughly impressed with Continental's Express service. It is definitely superb!!
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RE: Your Experiences With Continental (ExpressJet)

Mon Jul 10, 2006 9:04 am

Had 20 yr old Capt. and landed hard. Otherwise they are pretty good.
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RE: Your Experiences With Continental (ExpressJet)

Mon Jul 10, 2006 1:59 pm

Quoting Flinhion757 (Reply 20):
Had 20 yr old Capt.

Sorry, that's impossible.
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RE: Your Experiences With Continental (ExpressJet)

Mon Jul 10, 2006 11:06 pm

Continental Express offers a great product, theyre the only express carrier that ive flown other than united express in first class that ive gotten a meal on, the only thing they need to do now is purchase some E-170s and offer business first seating in the front then theyll be the top regional carrier in the united states.
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RE: Your Experiences With Continental (ExpressJet)

Tue Jul 11, 2006 2:54 am

Quoting United319 (Reply 22):
Continental Express offers a great product, theyre the only express carrier that ive flown other than united express in first class that ive gotten a meal on, the only thing they need to do now is purchase some E-170s and offer business first seating in the front then theyll be the top regional carrier in the united states.

They already are.  Wink You said it yourself! You will not receive a meal on any other regional in the U.S.

I think that they E170 would be a great match! However, I don't think Continental has any plans for them.
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RE: Your Experiences With Continental (ExpressJet)

Tue Jul 11, 2006 4:38 am

Quoting N808NWatMSP (Reply 18):
Do "all the seats" include the premium seats that I am not able to select on my reservation? I just got my travel information from the organization I'm flying with (they did all the booking) and some seats are not available because they are "premium seats". When the 24 hour period begins, will I be able to reserve these seats?

Im guessing you should be able to within the 24 hours of departure. If not then, then the seats may only be able to be assigned at the airport. Should be a good trip. Hope you enjoy the service at CO.

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RE: Your Experiences With Continental (ExpressJet)

Wed Jul 12, 2006 7:34 am

Quoting N808NWatMSP (Thread starter):
Later this month I will be flying MSP-CLE-IND and back, all on Continental Express: 3 E145s and 1 E135. This will be my first time flying with Continental, so can I expect the same service from ExpressJet as from mainline? Any food served? Are the ERJs comfortable? Any personal experiences would be greatly appreciated!

Flew them half a dozen times ISP-CLE. Everything was top notch. Great service, always on time etc.
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RE: Your Experiences With Continental (ExpressJet)

Tue Jul 18, 2006 10:04 am

Excellent service on the MSN-EWR flight, which is 2 hours. I've taken it several times. They serve free snack-trays eastbound, which is at dinnertime, beverages westbound. Planes are always clean inside. Only problem is that, while the ERJ-145 is as roomy as a 50-seat jet gets, it's still a bit cramped after 2 hours. I'd definitely fly them again and have several Expressjet flights connecting me through CLE coming up.
 
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RE: Your Experiences With Continental (ExpressJet)

Tue Jul 18, 2006 10:49 am

Without a doubt the most comfortable RJs around. Huge windows, leather seats, window/aisle seat all in one, (relatively) big lav, and flying on CO (or in this case, CO Express), the service is superb, with actual, edible food! Enjoy the big windows and the awesome engine sound; however, watch your head when you board and deplane! The door is not as tall as it should be. Also, there should be plenty of room under the seat infront of you for your backpack; that's how I travel and I've never had a problem with that. I've been on long -145 flights and short -135 flights (on COex), and all were great. Have fun!
 
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RE: Your Experiences With Continental (ExpressJet)

Wed Jul 19, 2006 11:54 am

Thank you all for your generous comments/suggestions to this thread. I am leaving for IND in 3 days and I am anxiously awaiting! To my understanding, the premium seats that are currently unavailable will be open to reserve 24 hours before departure, correct? Because I have my eye on 2A for some of the flights. Wink
 
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RE: Your Experiences With Continental (ExpressJet)

Wed Jul 19, 2006 3:54 pm

Yeah! I was just booked on a CO ExpressJet flight to MTJ! Leaving in two weeks.  Smile
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RE: Your Experiences With Continental (ExpressJet)

Thu Jul 20, 2006 2:07 pm

The little expierience I have with Express Jet has been acceptable.
EWR-PHL COex 3026 ERJ-135 Just orange juice or Water due to 10 Minuit legnth of the flight.
PHL-SDF-PHL ERJ-145 COex???? Sandwhich+choise of drink.

PHL-CLE-PHL Same as above
 
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RE: Your Experiences With Continental (ExpressJet)

Fri Jul 21, 2006 11:00 pm

I have had very good experiences with Continental Express. Except the one time my flight was delayed and I lost my connection in IAH. But the delay was not Continental Express´s fault.
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RE: Your Experiences With Continental (ExpressJet)

Sat Jul 22, 2006 8:03 am

Average. Nothing more for sure.

ZIH-IAH (2hrs 41mins) in an ERJ with an inop bathroom and a stomach virus....nuff said.
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RE: Your Experiences With Continental (ExpressJet)

Thu Jul 27, 2006 2:00 am

I got back from my trip and the experience overall was very good. I was able to sit in an A seat 3 out of the 4 flights. The only downside was that I wasn't able to stand up straight in the cabin because of my height. But no worries, the leather seats made up for that. Thanks again everyone for your input! I will def fly CO again!
 
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RE: Your Experiences With Continental (ExpressJet)

Fri Jul 28, 2006 5:29 pm

Thanks. Our airline is the best! Big grin Hope you come back
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RE: Your Experiences With Continental (ExpressJet)

Fri Jul 28, 2006 11:18 pm

Quoting N808NWatMSP (Reply 3):
Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 2):
As for comfort on a ERJ...If you're 6'1" tall and 235 pounds like me, forgetaboutit.

Shave off about 100 pounds and your accuracy is dead-on. But my height has always been an issue with flying, so it shouldn't been too much of a shock when I step into an ERJ.

6'1"...135...that's basically my size...I've only flown on the ERJ-145, how was the 135? I have to spend some time on one of those when I fly home this Thanksgiving.

Those ERJs are sorta tough on us tall guys but all in all they are bearable. I like flying on the Saab 340 more, because the seats are spaced further apart (atleast on United Express) so you can stretch out somewhat more than on an ERJ.
 
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RE: Your Experiences With Continental (ExpressJet)

Sat Jul 29, 2006 6:47 am

Quoting KSUpilot (Reply 35):
how was the 135?

Nothing different from the 145, just a little "stubbier." Wink

I just remembered another downside. While sitting in a window seat, the bottom side of the plane angled out so that my feet got slightly cramped when I tired to stuff a backpack underneath my seat. But maybe next time I'll actually use the overhead bins... Yeah sure
 
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RE: Your Experiences With Continental (ExpressJet)

Mon Jul 31, 2006 11:06 am

Express jet operates the exact same way as mainline, because it was founded by CO. I'm very upset that CO's letting them go as they did an outstanding job, and they are my favorite regional operator, even better than Chautauqua.

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