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Across The Atlantic In A 757

Tue Aug 17, 2004 5:53 am

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Boeing 757-223

30th July 2004

So it’s 5:30am and my alarm wakes me up. I lie there for a moment in a daze listening to Lola’s Theme then it suddenly clicks, “Sh*t, im going to Boston today!” I jump up out of bed, head rush, fall about my room then head off to the shower.

In just over 45 minutes myself and the rest of my family, so that’s the parents and lil Dildo err Dylan (foster brother), are showered, fed and we’re ready to leave for the airport. After a brief struggle between us and a German, that’s our car I mean, we fit all our luggage into the boot, Americans look under Trunk and we set off for Manchester Airport.

We arrive at BCP Premier Car Park in the persisting rain and hurriedly get everything out of the car, hand over our keys then get on the courtesy bus to T3.

After a brief drive to the terminal, on which I see our plane is already on stand, we arrive at departures and go inside to check in. We go up to the top floor which is departures and head over to the American Airlines desks which are now open and checking in their flights 55 and 95 to Chicago and Boston respectively.

When we finally reach the front of the first queue we are handed over some Green Cards and asked the most absurd questions like, “When did you purchase your luggage?” and “Where did you pack your cases?” I didn’t see much relevance to this line of questioning; I mean our answers where, “I don’t know, 6 months ago and at Home?” Maybe they were looking for answers like, “I bought them off Sheikh Abu Hamza yesterday and packed them at the market”? Anyway…..

We pass through security; my dad got searched as he always does, then we continued onto the departures lounge.

Looking at the time we had just over 2 hours to go before boarding and with nothing much else to do we decided to go sit down at the gate in front of our aircraft.


The terminal seemed pretty deserted where we were and we had about 100+ seats to ourselves which was nice. I sat watching the inbound Trans-Atlantic flights land for a while. I was kind of mesmerised as these huge giants swooped out of the low cloud base and kissed 24R while seeming to not make a sound.

After a while my dad returned, not like I noticed he had gone in the first place! He returned with offerings of alcohol and food. I wasn’t too keen on drinking at such an early hour but in true Gkirk style I did it, I was on holiday after all!

We started boarding right on time. AA boards using groups as many of you know and since we were seated on row 35 near the back, we were part of group B which was first to be called for boarding. We handed over Dylan’s pram to the gate agent (who didn’t work for Aviance, so was very nice and I liked) and we were handed a receipt back.

The label that was attached to the pram.

We walked down the air bridge and onto our long pencil and took our seats near the back on row 35. After a while we got a very British sounding ‘welcome on board’ from the MAN ground crew followed by a notice for all people not going to Boston to get off the aircraft.

We pushed and started all the while with the wings hanging down just a little bit more than usual. If we didn’t already, then we really should have had our call sign as American 95 Heavy as were just that  Big grin

We pushed back at just after 12:10 at which time the airport had switched to single runway operations just 10 minutes prior. With Terminal 3’s proximity to runway 24R, we only had a very short taxi although there was a queue of 3 or 4 ahead. One of these aircraft was MYT A321 G-NIKO whom I flew back from TFS back in Sept 2001. I smiled as she went thundering past on another mission to the Med. The captain then gave a brief message as we were holding, a new one to me, then gave the seats for takeoff instruction.

Soon enough we lined up on the runway and we were left in anticipation while we waited for our clearance for takeoff. The airport pub was visible just behind and to my right and I knew we must have looked pretty good to the punters in the garden, best 757 around eh, sorry TCX!

View from the pub garden, ok so our plane that day was a lil bit smaller!

With a large grumble then a lot of shaking, 87,000lbs of thrust sent us hurtling down the runway. I’ve never experienced such a loud takeoff on a 757 before and it sounded like the thing had been fitted with re-heat! We got airborne just past the Aviation Viewing Park then climbed out nice and steadily.

At this point I’d like the say thanks to the man Dazultra who braved the crappy weather we were having that day to take a few shots of our takeoff. Hats off to ya here, cheers! (Unfortunately due to the crap weather conditions he didn’t bother trying to upload many to

This is the photo Daz sent to me, cant believe I’m in there!

We continued our climb into the now blue skies and by the time we had reached the coast it was so clear that I could actually see Blackpool Tower which I thought was pretty cool. We headed out over Ronaldsway then onto Belfast, over Ireland then out into the Atlantic, yep in a 757.

The Isle of Man

We finally reached our cruising altitude somewhere over western Ireland which was an almighty 28,000ft! Kind of pathetic really but it did the job. The first in-flight movie being shown was Starsky and Hutch which I watched since I hadn’t seen it yet.

Just before the movie we were served the first bar service on which only soft drinks were complimentary. I decided to go for something a little stronger although not knowing too much about American laws on alcohol I was a little weary on asking for a Heineken. However they didn’t have any problem what so ever serving me (yea im 18). Maybe it was something to do with the fact we were in International Airspace, or maybe I just looked 21. The drink was served with complimentary pretzels which I hate with a passion but it was AA after all.

The drinks service finished and the purser gave out a request for everyone to shut their window blinds as it would enable everyone to see the over head TV’s better. Most people complied although at this point I had definitely been given the impression we were at a movie theatre not on a Trans Atlantic flight. The message so far had been, don’t get up / congregate in the aisles, only 3 people are allowed to queue for the loo. Then it was sit down, enjoy your drink and watch the movie  Laugh out loud
All we were really missing was the popcorn and this.

Our meal was served just after the movie. I had a choice of surprisingly Chicken or Beef and I opted for the later. Relatively speaking it wasn’t that bad, 500mph, 5.3 miles high over the Atlantic I was hardly going to complain if the beef was stringy, get real. However it was fine and it certainly filled the void in my stomach. I had a small bottle of red wine to accompany my meal which made it even more enjoyable.

After the meal service and about 3 1/2 hours of the flight, two year old Dylan fell asleep so we covered him up with a red AA blanket and reclined his seat. He was being really well behaved and hadn’t cried at all and this was his first flight too.. The second bar service was now brought out and I again had another Heineken. Well it was that or Miller or Bud light which isn’t really beer is it. Its just pi…… well, we all know what it is!

I then sat back with most people around me now asleep. The second movie was being shown and I can’t actually remember what it was but it was some sort of western thing and it looked crappier than Ryanair. I sneakily lifted my window blind to see where we where, at this point I was really missing my moving map display.

Apparently we were south of Greenland as I could see icebergs and in the distance some whitish looking rocky land. I decided to take a few shots of this as it looked kind of nice. I was getting pretty good views since we were lower than average.

Just after I put my camera away I went back to sipping on my beer looking out the window when all of a sudden I had to do this double take like some comedy act on TV. When I looked there was a rather humungous A340 looming behind us offset to the right ever so slightly and about 1500 feet above us? My heart started beating pretty dam fast and I rushed to get my camera back out. I took few photos as quick as I could but I figured id be best with my camcorder as it has the greater zoom. I wasn’t too sure if it was Swiss or Austrian at first but it definitely had a red tail. However after a bit of skill I’ve figured out it was an A342 of Austrian heading to JFK under flight number 087, well I think. Please tell me if you think otherwise, I don’t mind.

Well after things settled back down or should I say I settled back down I decided id try get some sleep. I managed about 30 minutes when I was woken up by the RB-211’s as we climbed up to 30,000ft. I guess at this point we must have burned off enough fuel to make it that high.

Well the second film soon finished and with just over an hour and a half to go the second meal service was served. This was a rather lousy looking deep pan pizza and a dish full of grapes. I decided to pass on this since I can’t eat cheese but even so, I doubt I would have eaten that. Dylan seemed to like it though.

Here’s photo of him with 3 dishes full of grapes, apple juice and 2 pizzas.

With the IFE now showing some CBS programme in Spanish of all things I got up for just the second time of the flight and used the facilities. I looked around to do some Khoa style testing but alas there was nothing much in there. I returned to my seat a bit let down.

The descent soon came around and I was pretty much looking forward to getting off. Saying that though, it was in no way connected to the fact it was a B757 I was on. I found the seats to be comfortable and the leg room to be more than ample. The service was good although I did find some of the older cabin crew a little grouchy. A few minor problems I found with the flight would be the inactive air phones which are installed in all centre seats, apparently not working since March 2002. The other thing was that I couldn’t quite see the TV’s too well as the over head bins took up half the screen. I constantly found myself encroaching onto the space of the seat next to me. Luckily it was only Dylan or my Parents.

We made a nice slow descent tracking about 5 miles of the coast at all times. Visibility decreased as we got lower but we still had nice views of the ocean below. The speed brake was raised closer to landing then the flaps started to get lowered. The now light weight B757 had its old kick back as we made for the approach to runway 09 at Logan Intl. The gear was finally lowered and we made our way in passing Winthrop beach on the way. In front of us on the approach was a US Airways A319 and behind us was a company MD-82.

We finally made land at 13:49 and this was in fact the runway. We touched down smoothly then unlike BA, we used reverse thrust which is the best way to slow down isn’t it??

We taxied off at the high speed exit then slowly made our way to Terminal E, gate E7, crossing runways 4 left and right as we went. The purser then read out all possible flight connections you could be making and included the gate number you would be connecting from. Luckily this was our final stop and I was looking forward to the weekend I was going to be spending in Boston.

At the gate we had a slight wait while everyone got off the aircraft but since the f/a’s had taken a shine to Dylan they took the opportunity to knick a few cans for us that were going spare, rather nice of the f/a’s I thought. Perks of having a baby with you eh. We had a short wait when we finally got off the plane and this was waiting for Dylan’s pram to be brought to the air bridge. We then made our way to immigration and off into the now DNC ridden city.

Right click here and ‘Save Target As’ to download the flight video
8.6mb Quicktime

We returned via LHR so I’ll write that report when I can  Laugh out loud

[Edited 2004-08-16 23:21:17]
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RE: Across The Atlantic In A 757

Tue Aug 17, 2004 6:08 am


I have to say... What a great trip report! You made me chuckle on more than one occasion in this! Well done!  Smile

Can't wait for part two on the 777!

Cheers mate,

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RE: Across The Atlantic In A 757

Tue Aug 17, 2004 6:24 am

Really nice report- glad to see AAs MAN-BOS route left you satisfied.

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RE: Across The Atlantic In A 757

Tue Aug 17, 2004 6:25 am

Another great report Alex, really enjoyable to read - you have a very good style of writing which captures your experience perfectly!

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RE: Across The Atlantic In A 757

Tue Aug 17, 2004 6:40 am

Nice report, I really enjoy reading it.

However, I don't think I would endure a transatlantic flight in a 757...


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RE: Across The Atlantic In A 757

Tue Aug 17, 2004 6:49 am

Ah great report Alex, and yes the weather that day was very crappy indeed, although no sooner had your 757 departed and the sun came out  Big thumbs up

Nice video and pics too. How was Boston?

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RE: Across The Atlantic In A 757

Tue Aug 17, 2004 7:19 am

Fab report Alex, love the photos and the movie. Looking forward to reading about the 777 on the way back.
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RE: Across The Atlantic In A 757

Tue Aug 17, 2004 8:47 pm

God we herd about this bloody trip for so long!

well nice he had a god time, pure bliss without him at home  Big grin
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RE: Across The Atlantic In A 757

Tue Aug 17, 2004 9:03 pm

Good report Alex!

The A340 looks Austrian to me  Smile
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RE: Across The Atlantic In A 757

Tue Aug 17, 2004 9:08 pm

Brilliant report mate! Really informative and also amusing. I liked the pics too.

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RE: Across The Atlantic In A 757

Tue Aug 17, 2004 9:31 pm

I very well written report. I little funny too. Great job.
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RE: Across The Atlantic In A 757

Tue Aug 17, 2004 11:15 pm

Great Report! Cant wait to read the return one. Just a few questions. in the second picture, where is the other AA B757 going? and Is that a Korean A330?

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RE: Across The Atlantic In A 757

Tue Aug 17, 2004 11:37 pm

Thanks for your replies guys.

Daz yea Boston was great thanks, you wouldn't really think it's actually the USA. Great people.

IslipWN, in the second picture the other AA aircraft is a B763 which operates the Chicago flight. As for the A330, nah its one of the bmi bunch returning home.

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RE: Across The Atlantic In A 757

Wed Aug 18, 2004 12:00 am

Smashing trip report! We dont get many 757 transatlantic reports here, so a nice change. Hope you enjoyed Boston.
That A340 is definitely Austrian.
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RE: Across The Atlantic In A 757

Wed Aug 18, 2004 12:27 am

Great trip Report! Superb!

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RE: Across The Atlantic In A 757

Wed Aug 18, 2004 7:18 am

Great report, well presented.

I have heard the AA B757 is not ETOPS certified and doesnt fly all that high, was it rough crossing the pond at that altitude?

Is Boston good for photos?

Cheers mate.

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RE: Across The Atlantic In A 757

Wed Aug 18, 2004 7:50 am


Well Andie007, the flight was completely full, so i bet AA were happy..

As for the ETOPS clearance, well AA's 757's are certified to 180 minutes although i think 120 minutes suffices. The height is determined by the weight of the aircraft i think, hence when we burned off fuel we got to FL300. Best asking a pilot still!

Edit: Forgot to mention that no, the flight was as smooth as a widebody although we had slight turbulence in places. Nothing major! As for photo's, Constitution beach is great for shot's of departures, i'll include some in my return Report.

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RE: Across The Atlantic In A 757

Wed Aug 18, 2004 10:49 am

“When did you purchase your luggage?” and “Where did you pack your cases?” I didn’t see much relevance to this line of questioning;

Hmm... I thought it would be more inportant if you packed them yourselves and not where you bought them? I agree that the first question is weird...

Great report though. I think this is the first time I have read a report about crossing the pond on a narrow body. But this was usual back in the 60s and 70s wasn't it? With the DC8s and the 707s?
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RE: Across The Atlantic In A 757

Wed Aug 18, 2004 8:39 pm

"He returned with offerings of alcohol and food. I wasn’t too keen on drinking at such an early hour but in true Gkirk style I did it, I was on holiday after all!"

Damn right, what else you supposed to do on holiday?  Big thumbs up  Laugh out loud
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RE: Across The Atlantic In A 757

Thu Aug 19, 2004 12:15 am

Nice report, I'm still wondering why AA send the 757 over the pond

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RE: Across The Atlantic In A 757

Fri Aug 20, 2004 5:51 am

Great video. There's almost something magical about leaving one coast behind and reaching another, isn't there?
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RE: Across The Atlantic In A 757

Fri Aug 20, 2004 7:28 am

Eloquent and articulate as ever, MYT. Those pics of the Isle of Man and the Austrian A340 are great.
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RE: Across The Atlantic In A 757

Sat Aug 21, 2004 1:03 am

what a great report! made me chuckle too! i love the video too, i like the whole shapeshifters-lola's theme song going on too! haha!
also great to see a landing at boston, i miss that place so much, its my favourite US city! great place!
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RE: Across The Atlantic In A 757

Sat Aug 21, 2004 3:16 pm

Your report was great! I really enjoyed reading it, a transatlantic on a narrowbody, a change! Can't say I'd do it, but sounds like it was very routine. Thanks for the pics and looking forward to reading the return trip.

Yeah, Boston is a GREAT city! I love it there.  Big grin
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RE: Across The Atlantic In A 757

Sat Aug 21, 2004 8:15 pm


Nice report. Good pics and vid!

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RE: Across The Atlantic In A 757

Sun Aug 22, 2004 5:44 am

The video is really a work of art. Hope you had fun in BOS.
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RE: Across The Atlantic In A 757

Sun Aug 22, 2004 9:56 pm


Great report as always. Loved the video, although I must disagree about AA pizza. I love it! Beats the usual sandwich / salad bowl any day.

Also great to hear that the MAN-BOS route is doing well. Hopefully next Summer they can upgrade it to a 763 and maybe even go year-round. Hope the MIA route works as well.


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Tue Aug 24, 2004 7:12 am


great report and pics now I finally got to see them !!.

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RE: Across The Atlantic In A 757

Tue Aug 24, 2004 1:02 pm

Very good reprt. Always nice to see photos taken by the passenger. Now you know how it felt during the glory days of the 1960s to cross the pond(in a single aisle aircraft).
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RE: Across The Atlantic In A 757

Tue Aug 24, 2004 1:46 pm

Great report and details! Smile
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RE: Across The Atlantic In A 757

Tue Aug 24, 2004 1:48 pm

Now THAT was a trip report! You did a smashing job on that, and are to commended for your efforts..... It really had a "You are there" feeling to it.
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RE: Across The Atlantic In A 757

Tue Aug 24, 2004 7:53 pm

Wow thanks for the replies guys, nice to see you enjoyed reading it. It did take quite a while to compose so nice to see it was appreciated.

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RE: Across The Atlantic In A 757

Tue Aug 24, 2004 11:16 pm

Great to read a trip report of this flight. Manchester is one of the few airports in the world that I absolutely can't wait to visit! What did you think of Logan?

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RE: Across The Atlantic In A 757

Fri Aug 27, 2004 7:37 pm

I this 757 configured for More Room Through Coach or was it the standard configuration, of LRTC,

Another narrowbody flight across the Atlantic, maybe you can fly around the word in a narrowbody aircraft.

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RE: Across The Atlantic In A 757

Tue Sep 07, 2004 5:10 am

Was just playing around on aMaDEUS - It's possible, like for example:
MAN-BOS-LAX-HNL-NAN-AKL-SYD-CNS-DRW-DPS-SIN-DEL-DXB-DAM-CAI-MXP-MAN (A/C involved 757,73G,727DXB-DAM,320,319). Quite sure, other possibilities are around....So just a try: -) However, might be no big deal on a BBJ, ABJ or G-V..
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RE: Across The Atlantic In A 757

Wed Sep 29, 2004 2:33 am

Great report alex loved the pics and vid

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RE: Across The Atlantic In A 757

Thu Sep 30, 2004 12:50 am

Good report. I've always wanted to fly a long-haul on a favorite plane! I'll add you to my respected users list.
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