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CO MCO-IAH 739 (+ Many Pics)

Fri Sep 01, 2006 11:50 pm

Having ended our two week holiday around Florida and our Caribbean cruise on Carnival Glory we head back to MCO for our flight to IAH to get the connection home. But first, here are a brief few photos of the places we visited...



Our faithful steed, Carnival Glory, weighing in at 112,000 Tons!



Nassau



St. Thomas



And the unforgettable Maho Beach! (Which is dead before 1330)

We head to Gate 8 (Sorry, I can't remember which terminal!) in one of MCO's four terminals. There was still another two hours until our flight departs, so I go for a walk around. The most interesting aircraft parked at this terminal was a Gulfstream International, heading for Freeport.



At one point, there were no aircraft at all in this terminal, and I noticed some very, very bored shopkeepers waiting for their next customers (Apparently from an AC flight due in at some point)

We wait and watch the traffic until our flight arrives, it turns out that the aircraft today is N31412, a -900!





We board the aircraft and as we're on standby, have to wait behind. I am eventually allocated seat 28A, which suits me perfectly!

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My boarding pass

I walk all the way to, what is practically, the very rear of the aircraft, and seat myself next to a couple from CA. One of which is unfortunately, 6' 5"!



My view.

We soon pushback, about 30 minutes after scheduled departure time.















We climb to cruise altitude, which I believe was about FL370. FA's began the snack/beverage service. Just a small box with a turkey roll, crisps (Chips) and a Twix.
I choose a simple glass of water, with no ice. (That's one thing i noticed whilst in the US, you only really get 1/4 of your drink, the rest is ice!)

The FA's reminded me of the Adams family, and I had an uncontrollable urge to say "It's obviously illegal to smile on Continental?"

Legroom was no issue to me (5',4.5" is hardly tall!) so I had plenty of room to stretch.





Cabin view, with some comedy on TV.

Cruise was good. Alot of turning was done to avoid some very large clouds!





The flight began to drag on slightly but descent started not long after.









Houston City



IAH (Reminds me of FS!)





Some airbrake action















Spoilers!







Something new to spot!



One of the new tails



The Mariott we would be staying in overnight and the revolving restaurant above it where I would spend most my time.



Parked up!



I had a brief chat with the Senior FO and he gladly let me take a pic of the flight deck, and I proudly received a pair of golden, plastic Continental wings  bigthumbsup 

We disembark and head out into the terminal building. Pretty good time was made as we got our bag's straight away and it took us less than 10 minutes to the hotel!

I headed directly to CK's Revolving Restaurant and snapped this picture of our aircraft leaving again, after a pretty tight turnaround!




Overall it was a good, fun flight (With the avoiding of clouds and light turbulence).

Hope you enjoyed my longest report! Feel free to leave comments, questions and/or constructive criticism.

Tom Big grin
 
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RE: CO MCO-IAH 739 (+ Many Pics)

Sat Sep 02, 2006 12:07 am

Nice report and good pictures! That's interesting you saw a PIA 747-200 at IAH!

I took a Carnival cruise ship from Miami to Nassau and back in '97. It was fun! I hope to take another cruise again soon.

Looking forward to more reports!

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RE: CO MCO-IAH 739 (+ Many Pics)

Sat Sep 02, 2006 12:43 am

Great Pic Report!

Quoting TupolevTu154 (Thread starter):
(That's one thing i noticed whilst in the US, you only really get 1/4 of your drink, the rest is ice!)

It's a cultrual thing. A drink, isn't a drink with out ice in it. I always have found it funny, when I have flow BA or AF, and they ask me if I want ice, the take a pair on tongs and drop one little cube in the cup.
On US airlines, you don't even ask, you get ice by the bucket.
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RE: CO MCO-IAH 739 (+ Many Pics)

Mon Sep 04, 2006 4:35 am

Hi Tom,

Nice report, thanks.

Pretty luck to get a 739, she is a bit of a rare beast, still missing her from my flight log Sad

Quoting 767747 (Reply 1):
That's interesting you saw a PIA 747-200 at IAH!

- I thought IAH got the 772's?.....

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RE: CO MCO-IAH 739 (+ Many Pics)

Mon Sep 04, 2006 5:22 am

Great TR!

Quoting TupolevTu154 (Thread starter):
The Mariott we would be staying in overnight and the revolving restaurant above it where I would spend most my time.

The Marriott there is really nice. I fly out of IAH a lot during the year - and I always try to get a seat right next to the windows and watch airport traffic while enjoying a nice steak. I think it takes about 1 hr. and 30 min. for it to revolve around the entire airport. Again, great TR.
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RE: CO MCO-IAH 739 (+ Many Pics)

Mon Sep 04, 2006 8:16 am

Just curious, but did you base your cruise on being able to catch a flight with an SA5P06 buddy pass?!? (through MCO nontheless)

Glad you made the flight, but I don't know if I would be that brave  Smile
 
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RE: CO MCO-IAH 739 (+ Many Pics)

Mon Sep 04, 2006 8:19 am

You departed from terminal A. I believe the AC flights are out of terminal B. Nice TR and hope to see more of them.

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RE: CO MCO-IAH 739 (+ Many Pics)

Mon Sep 04, 2006 9:49 am

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 3):
- I thought IAH got the 772's?.....

We use to get the 742s for a while--I think its back to 772s now.
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RE: CO MCO-IAH 739 (+ Many Pics)

Mon Sep 04, 2006 11:19 am

Nice trip report Tom! Hope you had a good vacation! How did you like flying on the 739? Is it your first time flying on the 739?

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RE: CO MCO-IAH 739 (+ Many Pics)

Mon Sep 04, 2006 1:02 pm

Great Report , I love the look of the 747 PIA ,, By the way i went to the same place but with ROYAL Caribbean cruise line.
Lovely place for sure  Wink Thanks for the great pics
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RE: CO MCO-IAH 739 (+ Many Pics)

Mon Sep 04, 2006 10:35 pm

Excellent report.....I see that you came in to Houston from the south/southwest so must have been quite a bit of weather that made diversions to the GLAND Arrival thus the downwind south of the airport and base leg over "Lake Muddy" Lake Houston......thanks for them great pics. Love flying on the 900's and can't wait to see the 900ER's that CO has on order.  Smile
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RE: CO MCO-IAH 739 (+ Many Pics)

Tue Sep 05, 2006 2:21 am

Great report dude! I really enjoy riding the 737.

I really should try out Continental another time.

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RE: CO MCO-IAH 739 (+ Many Pics)

Tue Sep 05, 2006 2:43 am

Quoting Corey07850 (Reply 5):
Just curious, but did you base your cruise on being able to catch a flight with an SA5P06 buddy pass?!? (through MCO nontheless)

I'm afraid I have no idea what you are talking about!

All I know is that we were on standby (as always!) on that route. We managed to get on, even though it was looking pretty bad! 3 no-shows I think!

Quoting Lfutia (Reply 8):
Nice trip report Tom! Hope you had a good vacation! How did you like flying on the 739? Is it your first time flying on the 739?

Indeed it is! Personally I found it no different from the other 737's I've flown on. Only, you have to walk longer!

Quoting IAHFLYR (Reply 10):
Excellent report.....I see that you came in to Houston from the south/southwest so must have been quite a bit of weather that made diversions to the GLAND Arrival thus the downwind south of the airport and base leg over "Lake Muddy" Lake Houston......thanks for them great pics. Love flying on the 900's and can't wait to see the 900ER's that CO has on order.

We were told that we'd be taken over Hobby on the approach. I'm not at all familiar with the area but we did have to avoid alot of bad weather!

Thanks to everybody for reading and all the comments!

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RE: CO MCO-IAH 739 (+ Many Pics)

Tue Sep 05, 2006 9:14 am

Nice report.

Where is the LGW-IAH-LGW report? Were you on BA or CO?
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RE: CO MCO-IAH 739 (+ Many Pics)

Wed Sep 06, 2006 2:23 am

Quoting NateDAL (Reply 13):
Where is the LGW-IAH-LGW report? Were you on BA or CO?

We were on BA, and I may compile a short report!

For now, check out the photos in my profile!

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RE: CO MCO-IAH 739 (+ Many Pics)

Wed Sep 06, 2006 7:28 pm

great report ! you sure dont get much IIQUID in your drinks in the US!

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