Carrier: Continental Airlines/CO21
Equipment: 757 (winglets)
Greetings fellow air.netheads!
I like to treat my self every once in a while and fly across the pond to the good'ol USofA to visit some good friends and do the tourist thang.
This time I had to make a decision of who to fly with, last time I flew with CO
on this route with their 777 but in current times this route is served by a 757 twice daily.
Now its good that their giving people options with increased frequency to MAN
but the greedy part of me still feels that the 757 is a slap in the face for a transatlantic route even though this is probably a good money maker for CO
I arrived just before check in opened in terminal 2 and there was already a queue for the desks, the desks where a little late in opening by about 10mins as the security staff looked like they where having a little team meeting, which isn't a problem but perhaps the supervisors should have done this before the desk opening time. Check-in was smooth as always the nice chap on the desk offered me a exit seat for extra leg room being on the long legged side this certainly helps, I also had to have my little dvd player x-rayed because I'd borrowed it from a guy at work, good job on the CO
security staff picking up on this, US Airways missed this last time I flew to the US.
I moved into the departures area (before airport security) and noticed that they had removed all the chairs and put in place queuing lines no doubt because of the extra checks now being made on carry on baggage, would also probably discourage the general public hanging around with there being no where to sit.
So then I moved on through security to airside departures with the usual high priced breakfasts and reasonable duty free I picked up a box of choc's for my friend. I positioned my self near an airport monitor and waited for the gate to open, 30mins - 20mins - 10mins - 5mins - 5mins - 5mins - 5mins.....this was the longest 5 mins I'd ever experienced perhaps MAG control the time space continuum once your checked in I don't know!
Anyways as it turned out the flight was late arriving from EWR
so we had about an hour delay all in all, but still a message on the monitor would have been a treat!
Because of this delay the flight was parked at an remote gate, so we had to use the dukes of hazard bus system they have at MAN
, I say dukes of hazard because they seem to do hand break turns when cornering! with my face pressed hard against the window every time we went around a corner I couldn't help feeling embarrassed with my home airport for this crappy way of loading international flights, still this should be improved once the airport is expanded.
Once outta the bus/dragster we queued on the airstairs for some time (likely due to the nice people blocking the alsie once boarded) I wouldn't have minded but this was a very cold morning in November, I had a coat but people in front of me didn't and they where shivering.
Once seated in my exit row seat I found everything I expected from a 757 coach seat, nothing thrilling at all really, I miss the 777
we had another small wait because (quoting the captain) "the traffic was saturated and we were waiting to be released" which made me chuckle don't ask me why.
We were soon away after that with the standard safety briefing and the "thanks for flying CO
, we appreciate your business" from some big bald guy.
Not having a window seat I assumed it was 24L judging by the time of day and the fact we crossed a runway to get to it, after that takeoff and climb was uneventful.
The in-flight service provided by CO
I would say is amongst the best even in economy, of course this 757 is let down by poor IFE (lcd monitors from the ceiling) and an awful taste in movies which was 'Just My Luck' (what/who/eh??) I know they have to cater to everyone’s taste but I think something mindless like 'Spiderman 2' or 'Car's' would have been better.
I've found the CO
cabin crew friendly and chatty, the women more so than the men but I prefer to talk to the ladies anyway
Chicken or Beef was the order of the day, I had the chicken which wasn't half bad, soft drinks where free of course but I never got a full can
although I did see some people get them, I feel a full can should be provided to everyone to save any in-flight jealousy!
the soft/hard drink runs where more than adequate about 4 in total for a 7 hour flight plus 2 runs of water or juice, a great simple touch to keep us all hydrated, good work CO
Before landing a chicken and cheese roll was provided with chips and a little choc bar, not a bad snack I just enjoyed the mini pizza given to me by AA
on a previous ORD
trip a little more filling.
One thing I did notice when the flight crew where collecting rubbish before landing the chatty female attendant was joking with passengers saying "continental rubbish only!", "that’s not co rubbish! who put that in there!" said with a joke smile, is this some sort of in house joke? She also made a comment about the size of the a/c to me "mind your arms honey, these aircraft are too small" I dunno if that was a comment of me having fat arms (I don't think I do) or the fact that international crew don't like the 75?
The landing/taxi was uneventful with the only highlight being the cabin music while taxing was Christmas themed causing most of the cabin to groan in unison being only the 4th of November!
The immigration queue in EWR
was none exsistant as we had probably missed the morning rush with being late. The bags took a little while to arrive and I was tickled to see that each baggage belt had a dedicated guy to flip the baggage handle side up, is this because of problems with EWR
baggage shoots getting clogged up? I've never noticed these guys before.
All in all I like CO
but the 757 in a little lacking for transatlantic service, I'm sure some will agree and some will disagree we are all entitled to our opinion.
Thanks for reading!
[Edited 2006-11-13 18:15:02]
Phoning it in from a place with no phones.