The flight from London to New York was on American Y class on a 777 and was nearly full. Left at 8 pm and arrived at 11 pm.Flight lasts 7 hours. It was dark so I only took a picture of the meals. Check in was a breeze. I found the meal excellent. A decent interesting salad unlike the boring lettuce they serve on flights from New York. A decent carrot cake unlike the cookies they serve from New York.
The snack was a very good pizza. I am bringing this picture from Photobucket. You have to click.
The seats were comfortable. The crew were nice but the entertainment was boooring. A 2 year old film, a boooring interview and a short travel documentary. Music was OK.
As one boards they don't say hello. When I looked at a stewardess to say hello she looked on the floor so I got the message. Having arrived on a British Airways flight 2 days before with friendly "hellos" it felt strange. But I am used to that.
The flight to Cancun was Continental 737 and was nearly full. Left from Newark at 7.45 AM and the flight takes 4 hours and 15 minutes. As one arrives close to Newark we were welcomed by the terrible smell of chemical gasses from chemical plants.
Check in lasted about 30 minutes. Security line lasted another 30 minutes. I sat opposite the toilet which was entertainihg for people watching. For the whole flight there must have been on average 5 people waiting in the back.
Seats were comfortable, crews nice. Breakfast was a tiny but very good muffin, Corn flakes and some raisins which I hate. I would have preferred a bigger muffin and no raisins nor cornflakes. Here is the picture.
As were landing at Cancun we could see Isla Mujeres and then the hotels. I have been to Cancun many years ago but not liked it. One bay has rough water / currents (the best is near the Club Med on the closest tip on the picture) and the other bay has very shallow water. I was told that there had been drownings on the rough part of the beach.
Cozumel is famous for having the clearest water in the Caribbean. It was made famous by Jacques Cousteau in 1961. The population is 70,000 and the people are mostly Mayan. Very friendly. Island is popular with divers and snorkelers.
The airport is modern and very pleasant. Think it is managed by Swissport. Here is the picture boarding the CO 737 to Houston. Flight was full. Crew nice and funny. They told everyone to turn off their cell phones, blackberries, blueberries and strawberries.
Take off was very nice. We could see the capital of San Miguel which has a nice square and cafes.
The flight takes 2 hours. We were served a so so chicken sandwich, a so so biscuit and nice grapes. Seats were comfortable. When I arrived at 11.30 PM Newark was very quiet. I noticed boarding for a CO flight to Bonaire. I would have loved to stowaway on that flight. Bonaire and Curacao are places I would like to go to.
As we approached Houston we saw the Texas coast. It was interesting as it was very flat and low. Reminded me of Holland. This explains all the floods they have.
From Houston to New York the flight was only about 30% full. They served a delicious Mexican chicken wrap and a Twix bar which I loooove. Flight lasted 3 hours. Seats were comfortable, crew nice.
Took the 9.30 AM AA 777 from New York to London. Arrives at 8.30 PM. I prefer this than the evening flight though one loses the whole day. The AA terminal at JFK is very nice. It was pleasant and quiet early morning. . The taxi driver made a short cut through a petrol station. He got caught and we got stopped. The poor guy got a $250 ticket. Gave him an extra tip to try and help him pay it off. Lost at least 10 minutes with the police.
Here are 2 pictures of the AA 777. This is a code share with El Al and Gulf Air. Amusing to see AA, LY and GF blincking on the departure board.
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Flight was full and lasted 6 hours. I had 2 seats though and was like a King. They even gave out remaining USA Today. Nice crew overall. Seats comfy but tray tables were dirty. No big deal but surprised. They probably don't clean them after every flight.
However one hostess was very hostile towards a group of young Israeli religious students who were well behaved. I later overheard her as I was waiting to go to the loo, making fun at them ....."that they don't stop praying." Then she added ......"we have a few in Ireland."
The breakfast was wonderful. Omelet, fruit, croissant. They even gave a snack box. Toblerone, cheddar spread and crackers. A bit dry. Also those awful raisins. It was a bit too much. I have no idea why we got the snack box. What I liked is that one could go to the back and get orange or apple juice any time we wanted.
Snack was good. A small turkey sandwich and biscuit and yes the "famous raisins." 10 years ago the snack was more fancy. But it was OK. Picture must be clicked.
Here are a few pictures of Cozumel. Beautiful clear water. A nice island to visit.
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