Adam T.
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CLT-IAH And Back On CO Express

Mon Aug 05, 2002 11:44 am

Saturday, July 20th, 2002
Continental Express flight 3687
Charlotte, NC(CLT)-Houston, TX(IAH)
Scheduled time of departure: 2:55 P.M.
Actual time of departure: 2:55 P.M.
Scheduled time of arrival: 4:37 P.M.
Actual time of arrival: 4:05 P.M.
Aircraft: Embraer Regional Jet-145
Registration #: i was unable to get the registration # for this flight..I had to rush to the gate in CLT and forgot aobut it when I got off the plane in Houston....sorry..I was pretty clusmey on this day  Smile LOL.

I arrived at CLT at about 1:55 P.M....said goodbye to my parents and wend and stood in line. A man asked if I had an e-ticket and I did but since I had made my reservation through ORBITZ.com, I thought I had to check in through the ticket counter. Well I was pleasantly suprised I got to use the e-ticket check in kiosk!!! The man that helped me was very helpful! My compliments go out to him! I then proceeded through security which took like 2 minutes. I then walked to Concourse A to see if my plane was there.....didn't see it. I did see a Delta MD-80 going to Atlanta, and an AA MD-80 going to St.Louis. I looked over at Concourse B and to my suprise there was a U.S. Airways Boeing 767-200 ER sitting at one of the gates. If you you know about CLT then you know that most of the time the Boeing 767's that U.S. Airways operated are usually in Concourse D. I finally figured out that it was going to Orlando. I then got some donuts at the good court...walked over into Conourse B...looked at my watch and it was 2:35...yikes! I then walked quickly to gate A12 and sure enough the plane was there...I thought they were on the last boarding call so I boarded the plane and that's why I forgot the registration #. Boarded the ERJ-145 and was greeted by a not so friendly flight attendant . She really looked like she was in a bad mood. I walked in and sat in my seat...8A. I sat waiting for us to leave when I realized that the flight was not going to be full at all. so I asked the flight attendant if I could move...she said yes. I then went towards the front and sat in 3C. She closed the door and we were on our way..it started to rain..not hard though..and we were first in line for takeoff...behind us was an American Eagle ERJ-145. As the engines started rolling I looked down to see what time it was....2:55 P.M....great job Continental!!!! No wonder they are famous for there on time arrivals and departures. After taking off we made a turn towards the west and I was able to see my school and neighborhood from the air!! That was really cool! We proceeded flying down towards Atlanta...and when we were flying over downtown the flight attendant asked me what I would like as a snack...the choice was a Turker or Ham sandwich...I chose Ham. I snapped a couple of photos of downtown Atlanta as I am starting to collect picture of big cities from the plane!(so far I have Atlanta, San Francisco, Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston). How was the ham sandwich you ask? The best damn Ham sandwich I ever had!! Seriously it was great!! The Ham, the cheese, the bread it was all good!! And the flight attendant gave me the whole can! I've only flown U.S. Airways for the past few years and was never given the whole can by them. We made our way down south towards Mobile, AL and then followed the coastline...somwhere over Lousianna we began our descent, and somewhere east of Galveston we turned towards the north and landed at IAH from the east. I looked at my watch and we touched down in Houston at 4:00 P.M.!!! Another great job Continental!It was great to see IAH again...and it looks nice with all the remodeling they have done. I managed to see an Air France 777, and several Continental 757's and 737's and MD-80'S. Once everyone got off the plane I asked the flight attendant if I could see the cockpit...by this time I think she was pretty annoyed with me...I was kind of clumsey on this flight like bumping into her, dropping trah, and slamming the overhead bin a little had...LOL Smile ....she asked the pilots and they said yesy. They were both very friendly. My hat goes off to them...they flew the plane well!

My overall experience on this flight was good! The plane had aged a little bit but was clean and nice inside..it was a smooth flight. The food was excellent! But that flight attendant could have been friendlier. She got the job done though..and she smiled once in a while..but it looked famke. And the pilots were cool though!
So I give Continental Express flight 3687 an A-. Everything went good except for the flight attendants attitude.

My trip in Texas was alright...it could have been better though...it had nothing to do with the city of Houston...lets jsut say some things went on with some of my family there..........

Thursday- August 1st, 2002.
Continental Express flight 3682
Houston, TX (IAH)-Charlotte, NC (CLT)
Estimated departure time: 7:40 A.M.
Actual departure time: 7:45 A.M.
Estimated arrival time: 11:03 A.M.
Actual arrival time: 10:55 A.M.
Aircraft: Embraer Regional Jet- 145
Registration #: N12934


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Actually, I was scheduled to leave the night before (July 31) and catch Continental flight 1680 from IAH to CLT. HOWEVER, my Grandparents took the wrong highway. We were supposed to take the Hardy Toll road but they took the Sam Houston Toll road. We pulled up at the curbside check in at Terminal C at 6:20 P.M....the flight was scheduled to leave at 6:47 P.M. So in a short story...I missed the flight. And I was rescheduled for Continental Express flight 3682 the next morning.
I arrived early this time...6:30 A.M....plenty of time! I said bye to my Uncle and went and checked in. The man that checked my bags in was very friendly...went through security quick. I then went and bought some last minute souvenirs for my friends and looked at some Continental models they had on display and for purchase. I then proceeded to gate B69...and finally we began boarding the flight. I was greeted this time by a friendly flight attendant...she was smiling and looked happy. I was seated in 16A...the flight was about half full but I chose to stay here as I had a good view of the wing. We pushed back at 7:40 A.M. and taxied out to the runway...we were 2nd for takeoff behind an AA MD-80. Behind us were some Continental 737's and more CO Express ERJ-145's. At 7:45 A.M. the engines roared and we took off towards the east. Shortly after takeoff, the flight attendant came through to serve a snack. This time it was cereal with milk and a banana. The cereal was awful in my opinion...some sort of Wheaties energy cereal. The banana was good though! So that sort of upset my stomach a little bit. She came around again and was serving a beverage...and she ASKED me if I wanted the whole can!!!!! I have not been asked that in years although on the flight to Houston I had been given the whole can! I said yes.which was a Dr.Pepper.
We flew around a storm somewhere over Mississippi, and it was a little bumpy right there. We flew over Atlanta again, and then began our descent into CLT over South Carolina. I was shocked to see how hazy Charlotte was....I did not know it was that hazy. Yikes. We flew over Lake Wylie and landed in Charlotte from the southeast. We arrived at gate A10, and I waited for everyone to get off the plane and asked if I could see the cockpit...both of them were nice and funny. I asked them where we had flown over and if they liked flying the ERJ-145 and they said they did. I then thanked them for flying us to Charlotte safely and went down to baggage claim, got my luggage, and went home.

Overall my flight experience on CO Express flight 3682 was Great!!!! The Flight attendant was very nice and hard working..the food was okay. And the plane was nice and clean. Service on the ground both in Charlotte and Houston was great! I give flight 3682 an A+! And overall I give CO Express on both flights an A!

Even though it was Continental Express....I really think it reflects well off of Continental! I can't wait to fly them again!! Great job CO!!!
 
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RE: CLT-IAH And Back On CO Express

Mon Aug 05, 2002 1:05 pm

Very nice report. Ive always been impressed with CO express, i flew them from CLE-HPN and IAH-STL. What did you do in Houston, did you see an Astros game? Sucks about the highways, they are confusing.
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Adam T.
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RE: CLT-IAH And Back On CO Express

Mon Aug 05, 2002 10:55 pm

Yeah....I liked them to CMK10. The last time I had flown Continental was when I moved to Miami....and that was back in 1990...so it was great to have flown with them again!
Nope...I didn't get a chance to catch an Astros game....wish I could have though. I did go by the new Reliant Stadium and the Astrodome. I mainly went to visit my family....but like I said some things happened with them that I would rather not discuss. Lets just say next year when I go back to Texas I'm going to just fly into DFW and stay with my Aunt in Ft.Worth and send my Grandmother a ticket to fly up to Ft.Worth while I am there. And yes the highways are very confusing.
Do you live in Houston? If so which part? My Grandmother lives off 290...near 34th street I think.
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RE: CLT-IAH And Back On CO Express

Tue Aug 06, 2002 5:07 am

Nope Adam, i live in New York by HPN. But ive been in Houston twice in the last 3 years so i know a lot about it. Oh and whos yoru baseball team?
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Adam T.
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RE: CLT-IAH And Back On CO Express

Tue Aug 06, 2002 7:47 am

Oh okay...well that's cool
Well....I think the Astros are my all time favorite because I grew up watching them when I lived in Houston, but I guess one of my favorite teams right now is the San Diego Padres....don't laugh  Smile. I'm actually a big Ryan Klesko fan and so I used to be a big Atlanta fan but have since came around to liking the Padres....even though they don't as good as other teams in MLB. I've had a hard time figuring out what airline the Padres fly though.....I've heard TWA. I know the Astros fly Continental, and th Braves fly Delta....and I could list a bunch of teams.
How about you?? What is your fav. baseball team?
Adam

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