tommy767
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Continental EWR-LAX And Back!

Wed May 12, 2004 9:38 am

First I would like to apologize for the lack of photos that I should have taken. I will try to describe everything through words..

April 19, 2004
Continental Airlines Flight 65
Boeing 767-200.
It was a lovely Saturday morning in central jersey. I had a 3:30 flight to Los Angeles for my spring break and college visits. My family and I drove to the airport in about 20 minutes to catch the plane. We then proceeded to the presidents club for some drinks and food. I was starving so I went to the A&W root beer restaurant in terminal C-3. I had to eat rather quickly as our flight would be boarding in about 10 minutes. I walked by the gate going back to the presidents club. We rushed down to depart from the newly renovated section of terminal C.

As stated, the plane was a Boeing 767-200, and probably the best equipped 767-200 to this day. I walked on and naturally expected the personal tv's. I sat down, and noticed that for the most part that the plane was full. Soon, Gordon did his video speech, and the safety video was rolled. Then we had a powerful take-off and soon we were well on our way to Los Angeles.

Onboard, the personal tv's were truly amazing. This has only been my second experience with a personal tv, so it was even more thrilling. There were about 7 channels shown, but I decided to watch the movie big fish. For about 2 1/2 hours, I enjoyed the movie. I must say the movie was absolutely grand. What is also really nice about Continental's 767s is the in-flight tracker display (on the overhead tv's.) You could just take 5 1/2 hours and look at that and you will not be bored. During the movie, dinner was served. A chicken sandwich, Cole slaw, Brussels cookies (pepperidge farm,) and a bag of chips was served. The idea for the meal was A+ for continental, but a C for execution. I thought the chicken sandwich was absolutely horrible, but my dad liked it, so its all a matter of taste. Then I took out my laptop and watched "good fellas" for another 2 hours. While I was watching it, I remembered a lot of turbulence around denver and the surrounding mountains. I'm okay with turbulence as long as I don't have to drop out of the sky. They served a glass of water upon decent, and soon it was time to land.

***NOTE: ALWAYS look out your window upon decent into Los Angeles. The scenery of the desert and snow covered mountains is absolutely spectacular.

Coming home: LAX-EWR, April 26, 2004.
Boeing 767-200.

Coming home was an 8:30 flight. The same features of the 767-200 existed as those going out. It was mostly uneventful, but a decent breakfast was served. This time A for idea, A+ for execution. The sandwich was like going to mcdonalds and getting one. It was hot and steamy. There was a danish and fruit salad served also, which gives it a nice touch. About 1 hour into the flight, I watched "better off dead" on my laptop. Then I listened to my cd player for the rest of the journey. It was about 5 hours, with a hard landing at EWR.

Enjoy my trip report.
"KEEP CLIMBING" -- DELTA
 
scottysair
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RE: Continental EWR-LAX And Back!

Wed May 12, 2004 10:21 am

Nice trip report and did got very good on the flight to LAX. Can you tell me about with your meal onboard?
 
Cory6188
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RE: Continental EWR-LAX And Back!

Wed May 12, 2004 11:05 am

How were the CO employees - the gate agents, F/A's, etc.? Usually their inflight crews are excellent, although you can occasionally get a crewmember that just isn't having a good day.
 
COAB767
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RE: Continental EWR-LAX And Back!

Wed May 12, 2004 1:00 pm

Nice report. Glad you liked your CO flights.
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tommy767
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RE: Continental EWR-LAX And Back!

Fri May 14, 2004 11:21 am

Cory6188:

All the employees were good and I did not have a problem with any. All seemed to have a positive attitude. Coming home from LAX, it seemed that the F/A's were more cheerful than going out. I guess it was the climate contrast or something.
"KEEP CLIMBING" -- DELTA
 
WidgetBoi
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RE: Continental EWR-LAX And Back!

Fri May 14, 2004 2:24 pm

Great report!

jeremy
 
planesarecool
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RE: Continental EWR-LAX And Back!

Sat May 15, 2004 11:34 pm

Nice report

-Stephen
 
Cory6188
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RE: Continental EWR-LAX And Back!

Sun May 16, 2004 2:07 am

Just as a side note, EWR-based employees at CO aren't exactly known for their great customer service. Actually, almost all the airlines in the NYC-area all have the same problem of less-than-stellar service at EWR, LGA, and JFK. Not to offend anyone, but I think it's something that just goes along with the "New Yorker" attitude.
 
WidgetBoi
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RE: Continental EWR-LAX And Back!

Sun May 16, 2004 2:18 am

I think it's all part of an act they put on for the tourists  Big grin

jeremy
 
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RE: Continental EWR-LAX And Back!

Tue Jun 08, 2004 8:34 pm

Nice trip report. I havent flown Continental in years and am anxious to fly on one of their 762's.

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