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My Flight From SEA-CLT On Continental

Wed Aug 30, 2000 10:04 am

Well...this is my first official posting so I'll try to make it a good one. On August 3, 2000 I took a flight from Seattle-Tacoma International to Charlotte-Douglass in North Carolina. My reason for taking this trip was definitely different than everyone else's on board...I wasn't traveling for leisure, for pleasure, or for business. I was flying to Charlotte to visit my girlfriend who lives just south of Charlotte in a small city on the border of South Carolina. It's a funny, story, too, seeing that we were acually meeting for the first time in person. Now that I'm back, I can safely say that it is an internet relationship that is working perfectly, despite the distance. Anyway, on to the flight details!

I forget the flight number, but it was a brand-spanking new Boeing 737-800 that Continental was flying that day. Even though I don't particulary like Continental's paint scheme, the bird sure looked impressive through the windows looking out of Seatac's C concourse.

Anyway, I boarded the plane, and took my seat. It was seat 18F, behind the wing. I'm a pilot and I've got this wierd fetish for siting behind the wing of any large airliner. I guess I just like to watch the flaps and the spoilers. I've been doing this ever since I was a little boy! What impressed me with this particular 737 was the fact that it had pop down LCD tv screens. I have never seen these before, then again, I've never been on a 737-800 before. I've been on a -200, -300, and a -500, but never an -800. We took off at about 6:30 am local time and arrived about four and a half hours later in Houston, Texas, where I switched flights to go to Charlotte.

This was my first flight into Houston, and I swear, it's HUGE! I've been to Amsterdam before while enroute to Germany, and that is huge also. And, I noticed, just about every plane there was all decked out in Continental livery. I think Houston is their major hub, but I'm not sure. Oh well. Anyway, I transfered to a 737-500 that took me to Charlotte...and took me to my love. On both flights, the service was pretty decent. I've flown continental before, and I've never had a bad experience with them at all.

The return flight was the same route, but just the opposite   and I've no complaints either. It was a night flight out of Houston, and I must say that seeing Houston all lit up with it's green low vis taxi lights, blue taxi lights, runway markers, and all the other lights, is sure impressive.

So, if I was to rate the flight on a scale of 1 to 10, I'd give it a 9.5. The only thing I don't like about Continental, as I have mentioned, is it's paint scheme.

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RE: My Flight From SEA-CLT On Continental

Wed Aug 30, 2000 12:25 pm

Hey...I love to sit behind the wing too! Have you noticed the unique sound that 737's make when they deploy their flaps - kind of like a high-pitched whine? I noticed this last year on a CO 737 and also yesterday on a DL 737 (check out my trip report more more on that). It seems to be louder than other types of jets like a 757.
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RE: My Flight From SEA-CLT On Continental

Thu Aug 31, 2000 8:18 am

Sitting behind the wing is the only place to sit. I love sitting behind the wing. There is nothing wrong with CO's color scheme. And yes, IAH is their major hub for domestic operations. They have domestic flights leaving from the international terminal.

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