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Columbus, OH To Hong Kong On DL & SQ!

Sat Oct 05, 2002 9:58 am

Hi,

This is my first trip report. This trip happened about two months ago, so I will give you all I remember.

Departure City: Columbus, OH (Port Columbus International Airport)
Arrival City: Cincinnati, OH (Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport)
Airline: Delta Airlines
Plane: MD88

We arrived at the Columbus airport in our cab ready for a day long of flying. We, refering to my parents and I. Since on every flight we had at least one first class seat, we could leisurly stroll by the already disgrunted people waiting in the coach check-in, to the fist class/ medallion check in. We went through securtiy of Concourse C to gate C2A as the terminal was not yet finished. From here I had a view of the north runways and watched a couple America West CRJ's arrive from the east coast. Again, because of our one first class seat we all boarded when first class called. For this short leg, I was given the 'pleasure' of first class. I had a glass of tomato juice and handed it to the FA as we taxied out for depature. From my window I watched a United A320 rev its engines and glide into the air headed for Chicago, then we were next. Our flight altitude was assigned to 9,000ft as the captain informed us and flight time of around 19 minutes. I looked out the window as we soared over the OSU campus, over my house, and into the low clouds. It gets a bit bumpy as we enter the Cinncy airspace. We were cleared straight in the Cinncy's eastern most runway (sorry dont have the #). We landed and quickly cleared for the Delta 757 on our tail. We taxied into concourse B and took our gate.

Departure Airport: Cincinnati, OH (Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport
Arrival Airport: San Francisco, CA (San Francisco International Airport)
Airline: Delta Airlines
Plane: B737-800

We had a short connection and jumped on the train over to concourse A. We boarded the flight but this time I was about seven rows back in coach. We taxied to the runway in which we had just previously landed on and were behind two Comair CRJ's and one Delta 757. We lifted off quickly and once we gained some altitude made our westernly turn. The sky was clear soon and I watched the airposts below us (Louisville, Springfield, ect.). The sun was becoming visible in the horizon about to set. Out dinner was served which was a tiny piece of chicken with string beans and gravy. And the usualy rock hard roll and a few pieces of lettuce, I believe they called it a salad. Anyway I read a little in my book and when i next looked down we were over the Rockies. I watched the beautiful terrain in the setting sun while trying to get a little sleep. Evenytually we were in the busy bay area with Oakland visible on the left as we kind of follow the outline of the bay curving in SFO. We touched down and exited quickly as there seemed to be an endless line of 'fireflies' behind us. We taxied to the Delta terminal.

Departure Airport: San Francisco, CA (San Francsico International Airport)
Arrival Airport: Hong Kong (Hong Kong International Airport)
Airline: Singapore Airlines
Plane: B747-400

In SFO we were here about six pm and the flight didnt leave until 1:40 am. We went to the International Terminal and since the Singapore lounge was closed we got to go to the United lounge. It was a long lounge with a lot of magazines and just a small vegetable plate layed out, not impressive. We had a view of the tarmac and watched the United planes continously filter in and out. Then at around ten we transferred to the Singapore lounge, which lacked in view but more than made up for in food. I treated myself to dumplings, sandwich, milano cookies, sushi, and other goodies while I watched a Yankee's game. Finally, we left to head out for the gate. The security was mobbed with the 744 going out the other two from Asiana and Eva. I went down the escalator to the boarding area and it was mobbed with people, looked like a mess with baggage and bodies. We were all in business this flight on the upper deck. We boarded and went up the straight stair case, wishing it was still a spiral. We took our seatsand oprdered our meal. It was first a shrimp cocktail, then mushroom stuffed chicken breast followed by fruits and cheeses. Being really tired, I fell asleep after climbout from SFO. I woke up when we were mid way over the pond and watched Monsters Inc. on the screen. As soon as I seemed to move the Fa's were all over me offering water and snacks, sure wasn;t used to that kind of service. I went back to bed but woke up because of turbulence over Taiwan and read my book until breakfast where I had an mushroom, tomato, onion omellete. We then were on final for Hong Kong. We touched down and taxied in next to a Cathay 744 and a united 744. We would spend the day in Hong Kong, until later that evening when we would continue on to SIN.

Thanks for reading, I know it is long. Let me know what you liked. I can give you the rest of the 15 segment trip report including Vietnam Airlines and Siem Reap AIrways International when we were the only people on the flight.

Thanks,
AirOne
 
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RE: Columbus, OH To Hong Kong On DL & SQ!

Sat Oct 05, 2002 6:00 pm

Very good first report. I enjoyed reading it.

How big is Columbus? and how long was the flight from SFO to Hong Kong?
 
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RE: Columbus, OH To Hong Kong On DL & SQ!

Sat Oct 05, 2002 10:02 pm

Hey-

Thanks for your positive responce. I will continue the trip report in a little bit. Columbus has about 1.2 million people in it. Columbus is the biggest city in Ohio, while most people think it is Cleveland or Cincinnati, they are just older, why they have all the sports teams.

The flight from SFO to Hong Kong took just under 15 hours and 13 and a half on the way back.

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RE: Columbus, OH To Hong Kong On DL & SQ!

Sun Oct 06, 2002 4:24 am

A fantastic trip report.

It's a shame that you're flight was delayed. Even more surprising that the Silver Kris Lounge was closed. I think you should complain.

Hmm, I can't give you a link as Singaporeair.com is under heavy maintenance for enhanced features.

Sorry.
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RE: Columbus, OH To Hong Kong On DL & SQ!

Sun Oct 06, 2002 4:58 am

S_Air: SQ lounges outside SIN don't open 24/7; they generally open a few hours before the flight. Lounges are ridiculously expensive to run and a drain on resources, and the more cost conscious airlines don't keep theirs open any more than they have to.
 
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RE: Columbus, OH To Hong Kong On DL & SQ!

Sun Oct 06, 2002 7:03 am

Yes-

I didn't make myself clear enough. That was the best connection we could get, seven hours I know. The Singapore lounge didn;t open until about three and a half hours before the flight.

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RE: Columbus, OH To Hong Kong On DL & SQ!

Sat Oct 12, 2002 10:49 am

Great trip report! I haven't been to the new section of Concourse C in CMH yet, although we usually fly DL, (it's been NW & US recently) I want to fly on the 737-800- it sounds nice. We have a friend that works as a gate agent in CMH & he may have been working that day.

Glad to see another user from Central Ohio! Welcome!

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RE: Columbus, OH To Hong Kong On DL & SQ!

Sun Oct 13, 2002 9:22 am

Actually, it wasn't all that long like you had originally alluded to. But it is a good report. Keep them coming!

Wow! A 19 minute flight on an MD-88? And cruising alititude was only 9,000ft? That must have been awesome! (and quick!)
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RE: Columbus, OH To Hong Kong On DL & SQ!

Sun Oct 13, 2002 11:47 pm

Hi,

Delta uses MD88 and B757's on the CVG-CMH route, the altitude never exceeds 10,000 ft unless unusual weather conditions.

Yes, the new addon to concourse C is nice, I think they should put in a moving walkway though. I got through security late and had to sprint all the way down to C56. Do you know why the area where Delta originally was is now closed up with a wall (area of C2a and C2). They are doing that repaving again fo the apron, even know I was sure they did it no more than two years ago. Looking forward to the new tower and hotel.

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RE: Columbus, OH To Hong Kong On DL & SQ!

Fri Oct 18, 2002 11:20 am

AirOne- Are they gonna keep the C2/C2A area or tear it down? It's only about 7 years old!! Why I asked is a friend who works for DL heard rumors about WN or UA taking C1, C1A, C2 & C2A. (They could also be an excuse to get a new airline in CMH!)

Also, we're getting a hotel on-site at CMH? Cool, news to me! I knew about the tower- I've seen it.

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RE: Columbus, OH To Hong Kong On DL & SQ!

Fri Oct 18, 2002 3:40 pm

Singapore_Air,

maybe if you had your own lounge you could leave it open 24/7 while you sit at the entrance and collect 10cents per entry, and fold toilet paper (Singaporeans and Malaysians should know what I mean  Big grin).

SIA is not the only airline to close their lounge when there are no flights operating.
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RE: Columbus, OH To Hong Kong On DL & SQ!

Sat Oct 19, 2002 9:39 am

Airone- the "new" hotel you're talking about, is it the Hilton Garden Inn? Already opened if that's the one.

The C concourse isn't really long enough to warrant a moving walkway, it's only 9 gates long.
 
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RE: Columbus, OH To Hong Kong On DL & SQ!

Sat Oct 19, 2002 5:59 pm

Hahahahaha Ryan! I know what you mean. Khoa, be REALISTIC. No-one is going to keep an overseas lounge open 24/7. You think the lounge staff don't have other jobs to do, is it?

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RE: Columbus, OH To Hong Kong On DL & SQ!

Sun Oct 20, 2002 4:57 am

Hi,

Yeah, I was speaking of the Hilton Garden in, I didn't know it was already open. Also, at the Port Columbus sit they say the next two projects are to finish the taxiway on the north side of the north runway, and build a remote eight gate terminal where the long term parking is and make the other parking a garage. Can you confirm any of this?

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RE: Columbus, OH To Hong Kong On DL & SQ!

Mon Oct 21, 2002 9:31 am

The remaining part of the north taxiway is coming along great. The remote terminal will be built in phases, starting with an 8-gate terminal, expandable to 32 or 34 gates, can't remember which. The first phase was slated to start as early as 2004, but the Sept. 11 attacks may have moved that back. The new terminal will start a little west of the new tower, and almost reach Stelzer Rd. The graphics show a 747 on each side of the terminal!
 
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RE: Columbus, OH To Hong Kong On DL & SQ!

Wed Oct 23, 2002 9:20 am

DeltaRules:

The former Delta gate area, C46-C49 (formerly C1-C2A), will not be torn down. Gate C46 will undergo extensive renovations to handle increased international traffic. According to the Port Columbus website, construction should begin by the end of the year. The other former Delta gates are currently being used by Southwest as ramp construction is completed at their gate area. Once that is complete, United is supposed to move into Delta's former gates, allowing America West to proceed with Phase II of their planned expansion at CMH. This was supposed to have already happened, however Sept. 11 2001 suspended the planned expansion.
 
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RE: Columbus, OH To Hong Kong On DL & SQ!

Fri Oct 25, 2002 4:25 am

Hi,

Doesn't it seem that they repaved the area they are doing like two years ago?

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RE: Columbus, OH To Hong Kong On DL & SQ!

Fri Oct 25, 2002 1:03 pm

Yeah, the surface isn't very old at all. I head that it has to do with making the EPA happy. Something about runoff pollution.
 
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RE: Columbus, OH To Hong Kong On DL & SQ!

Sun Nov 03, 2002 12:33 pm

FlyCMH- Ok, thanks for answering my question about C. I haven't been in there for a while, so I've missed out on a lot.
International Traffic? Is this a sign of things to come here?!?

What's HP's expansion? Any ideas? Are they gonna bring more Airbuses in, start any new routes, or just pick up gates?

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RE: Columbus, OH To Hong Kong On DL & SQ!

Mon Nov 04, 2002 3:31 am

America West's expansion would consist of 6 more regional jet bridges extending out from where United's gate B26 is currently. B27 would become another mainline gate. Don't look for new routes or more mainline anytime soon though.

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