StarAlliance
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HKG-EWR-BOS With CO

Mon Jul 16, 2001 1:48 pm

Hi guys, This is my first time to write a trip report, so I am trying to do my best. Also, I just came back from BOS to HKG, so I am still suffering some jet lag while writing this report, so I am quite tired. I hope my report is OK.

Continental Airlines:
HKG-EWR: B777-200, 17Jun
LONG FLIGHT!!! Flight CO98, the scheduled departure time is 1205. I went to the airport at 9:30am, but surprisingly, I found the CO check-in desk is crowded with passengers already. And I took 28L seat(coach), the row just in front of the toilet.
The estimated duration is 15:30. It didn't took off on time and was pushed back at 12:30.
When it came to the runway, interesting thing happened: it stayed at the end of runway for about 10 minutes. Guess what happened?? The captain told us that he had to burn out 200lb of excess fuel in order to take off!!! HA!! Then, planes started to line up alongside the runway waiting our plane to take off.
After took off, it served lunch and started the PTV system. I tried to have some sleep, however the air was TOOO dry and the seat TOOO cramped, I didnt have any sleep on the almost 16 hours flight!!
After 6 hours, it served the second meal: cup noodles and sandwiches! GREAT food!! More delicious than the lunch in fact!!!!
It also seems everyone couldn't sleep and many passengers were standing and stretching in the space around the toilets in the mid of aircraft! Perhaps most of us are now feared of having the DVT.
With 6 more hours to kill, I watched some movies and walked around. I finally waited till to have the pre-arrival meal: scrambled eggs and potatoes. It was quite delicious indeed!!
Then, the greatest moment came finally - landing at EWR. It means the long flight was over! I saw the magnificent NYC skyline while the plane approached the runway.

Best thing of this flight: the cup noodle served
Worst thing of this flight: seat too cramped and PTV didn't show any news!!! Also, no free newspaper!



EWR-BOS: B737, 17Jun, CO360
The weather in BOS was so bad, all the flights to BOS was delayed for at least 2 hours. My flight originally should take off at 1730. The flight delayed till about 1930.
The CO terminal was great, but that day everythings were very confusing. The gate number of my flight changed for 3 times!!!! When the aircraft door was about to be closed , a guy asked " Is this flight going to Buffalo?" What a man! He boarded the wrong flight! He immediately left the plane and everyone just laughed!
Finally, after waiting at the gate for almost an hour, it was 8:30pm now. The flight delayed for 2 hours already. we came to the runway and the captain announced something very stunning to me - our plane was the 30th plane for take off. Oh my god! I waited almost an hour and 15 with the plane crawling to the runway!
The flight was pretty short, just about 45 minutes. The FA quickly served the beverage. And the plane finally landed at BOS!!!

Great thing of this flight: The FA looked great and they gave me whole can of apple juice!
Worst thing of this flight: it delayed for 3 hours! Crazy!

I hope this report is OK and the BOS to HKG report will come later!

 
swiss-airplane
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RE: HKG-EWR-BOS With CO

Mon Jul 16, 2001 7:39 pm

hey, cool trip report. Looks like Continental is really very good. Was the HK-ERW plane full with passengers? And how did you like the 777? I love the 777, it is one of my favourite planes. American Airlnes has really large legrooms in Economy Class, due theri new concepot more room for space.
Greetings
Mike
 
744isbest
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RE: HKG-EWR-BOS With CO

Tue Jul 17, 2001 2:28 am

Nice trip report. Were you able to see anything as you crossed the North Pole? How full would you estimate the plane was?

Looking forward to your return post.
 
StarAlliance
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RE: HKG-EWR-BOS With CO

Tue Jul 17, 2001 5:21 pm

Swiss-airplane,
Continental is not bad actually. And the HKG-EWR flight is 100% full!!!!!
Anyway, it is VERY amazing that a twin engine plane can fly a surprisingly long of 16 hours!!!

744isbest,
The north pole is REALLY great! There are many iceberg and the whole landscape is white! If you have the chance, you should take a polar route!!

I think CO marketing skill is quite great. Their plane is 100% full even it was June(off-peak season). Perhaps, CO win many customers from UAL. That's why UAL is going to quit the HKG-NYC route from August.

 
StarAlliance
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RE: HKG-EWR-BOS With CO

Tue Jul 17, 2001 5:24 pm

Anyone has taken the HKG-JFK route with UAL? I want to know more about their service on this route and see the difference between CO and UA.

THX

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