modesto2
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CO EWR-CDG-EWR BusinessFirst

Mon Jan 12, 2009 8:31 pm

This is a brief trip report of a recent non-revenue trip to Paris aboard Continental Airlines, EWR-CDG-EWR.

My friend and I decided to spend a week in Paris to enjoy the winter sights and experience the City of Lights under a snow-covered landscape. We started in Los Angeles (LAX) and with difficult loads to EWR, I routed us LAX-CLE-EWR.

Continental currently operates three flights a day on Sundays between EWR and CDG – the first flight is a 777 followed by two 757 flights. On this day, the 777 flight was booked at 15 seats out of 50 in the BusinessFirst cabin, perfect for non-revenue travel!

CO56 B777 EWR-CDG
Flight Time: 6h 35m
Seats: 3K and 3L

After receiving our boarding passes in 8A and 8B, we ran to the President’s Club for a few cocktails before boarding commenced a few minutes before 1700L. As we boarded, the gate agent changed our seat assignments to 3K and 3L – better seats in my opinion, because I’m not a fan of bulkhead seats with limited legroom.

Once aboard, flight attendants took our coats and served champagne while providing amenity kits and menus. A quick departure from 22L was timely, and we commenced a right turn on the Newark 7 departure to a northeasterly heading, right over Manhattan.

At cruise, dinner service started, and the following photos and descriptions should illustrate another great meal in CO’s BusinessFirst cabin:

HOT APPETIZER CART
A demitasse of seafood bisque with lump crabmeat
accompanied by mini beef Wellington
and a tandoori chicken skewer with ancho chili sauce
http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh232/chiudog/Paris/CO56Appetizer.jpg

SALAD and warm breads
Fresh seasonal greens and frisée with sliced tomato, red onion,
corn and a Kalamata olive
Your choice of Cabernet Sauvignon vinaigrette
or Parmesan peppercorn dressing
Freshly baked garlic bread and assorted rolls with butter
http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh232/chiudog/Paris/CO56Salad.jpg

MAIN COURSES
The Chef’s Selection
Grilled Sterling Silver™ New York sirloin steak with pepper rub
and herb glaze, sautéed spinach, roesti potatoes and a piquillo
pepper filled with stewed eggplant and fresh mozzarella cheese
http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh232/chiudog/Paris/CO56Steak.jpg
http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh232/chiudog/Paris/IMG_4014.jpg

FRUIT AND CHEESE cart
Select American and imported cheeses, fresh seasonal fruit,
assorted gourmet crackers and bread, served with Port wine
http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh232/chiudog/Paris/CO56Fruit.jpg

pre-arrival REFRESHMENT
A selection of juices
Fresh seasonal fruit and yogurt
Swiss cheese, pepper-coated salami and ham cold plate
Assorted breads including cinnamon and crusty rolls
and warm croissants with butter and strawberry preserves
http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh232/chiudog/Paris/CO56Pre-ArrivalRefreshment.jpg

Needless to say, the meal was very enjoyable and met typical CO standards for BusinessFirst food. Prior to arrival, I took a photo of the BusinessFirst cabin:
http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh232/chiudog/Paris/CO56BusinessFirst.jpg

Thanks again to Continental for a comfortable ride across the Atlantic – a great way to start our winter vacation!
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CO139 B757 CDG-EWR
Flight Time: 8h 17m
Seats: 4A and 4B

We departed Friday, January 9 on CO139, the 1200L flight back to EWR. Again, BusinessFirst was empty as it was only booked at 5 seats out of 16. Our aircraft was a late arrival from EWR, so our boarding and pushback was delayed by approximately 20 minutes. Boarding was quick and easy, and we took our seats in the last row of BusinessFirst, seats 4A and 4B.

We pushed back from gate A49, parked in between an American 763 and a Continental 764 to IAH. Here are a few photos on the taxi:
http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh232/chiudog/Paris/IMG_4223.jpg
http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh232/chiudog/Paris/IMG_4224.jpg
http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh232/chiudog/Paris/IMG_4225.jpg

Taxi to runway 9R was a brief 10 minutes, and we departed to the east and then commenced a left turn to a northwesterly heading. I took a few photos on the departure of the French countryside – beautiful snow-covered land!
http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh232/chiudog/Paris/IMG_4226.jpg
http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh232/chiudog/Paris/IMG_4227.jpg

Once at cruise, the flight attendants started the lunch service, another great Continental meal!

HOT APPETIZER CART
A demitasse of sweet chili soup with marinated shrimp
accompanied by a chicken breast, bell pepper and olive skewer
and a vegetable spring roll with Asian-style sauce
http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh232/chiudog/Paris/CO139Appetizer.jpg

SALAD and warm breads
Mesclun salad mix tossed with sun-dried tomatoes, walnuts,
orange segments and mozzarella cheese
Your choice of balsamic vinaigrette or tropical fruit dressing
Freshly baked garlic bread and assorted rolls with butter
http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh232/chiudog/Paris/CO139Salad.jpg

MAIN COURSES
The Chef’s Selection
Seared tenderloin fillets of veal and beef with porcini mushroom
sauce, sautéed shiitake mushrooms, buttered carrot bâtons,
sugar snap peas and rosemary potatoes
http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh232/chiudog/Paris/CO139Steak.jpg

Salmon
Seared salmon with baby eggplant, served over seasoned
green beans and lentils stewed with vegetables
http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh232/chiudog/Paris/CO139Salmon.jpg

FRUIT AND CHEESE cart
Select European cheeses, fresh seasonal fruit, assorted gourmet
crackers and rolls, served with Port wine
http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh232/chiudog/Paris/CO139Fruit.jpg

DESSERT CART
Vanilla ice cream with choice of toppings or a petite dessert cup
http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh232/chiudog/Paris/CO139Dessert.jpg

pre-arrival REFRESHMENT
Fresh seasonal fruit
Sandwich
Cheddar cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, onion
and traditional condiments of mayonnaise, mustard and ketchup
served with a pickle garnish
Chocolate
http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh232/chiudog/Paris/CO139Pre-ArrivalRefreshment.jpg

It was a great conclusion to a great trip. Thanks again to the kind Continental crews for their hospitality, and of course, a huge thanks to the French people for welcoming us to their country. I think I’m ready for my next trip  Smile

As always, comments are appreciated.
 
redreusam
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RE: CO EWR-CDG-EWR BusinessFirst

Mon Jan 12, 2009 9:09 pm

Great trip report about my airline of choice. That steak looks a bit under done for my taste though! I could probably make do with those appetizers though - yum. And I do wonder how the cheeseburger goes over on an international flight (though I personally love 'em).
 
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RE: CO EWR-CDG-EWR BusinessFirst

Mon Jan 12, 2009 9:41 pm

Great report! The breakfast, though, looks small and not very filling, although this seems to be the norm of at least US airlines when it comes to breakfast these days. Did you find it acceptable?
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co777er
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RE: CO EWR-CDG-EWR BusinessFirst

Mon Jan 12, 2009 10:28 pm

Normally, it seems the steaks are at least medium-well.

EWRCabincrew: Are those the same burgers they serve on the domestic routes in Y (with the plastic wrapper taken off?)
 
semsem
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RE: CO EWR-CDG-EWR BusinessFirst

Mon Jan 12, 2009 10:29 pm

CO food in Business seems to be good. But the food in economy to / from Europe is a disaster. They should at least try to make a small effort to improve it.
 
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RE: CO EWR-CDG-EWR BusinessFirst

Mon Jan 12, 2009 10:47 pm



Quoting Redreusam (Reply 1):
And I do wonder how the cheeseburger goes over on an international flight (though I personally love 'em).

Cheeseburger was decent. Nothing special but probably the best burger I've had for airplane food  Smile

Quoting Soxfan (Reply 2):
The breakfast, though, looks small and not very filling, although this seems to be the norm of at least US airlines when it comes to breakfast these days. Did you find it acceptable?

It was more than enough food. I've always been impressed with the quantity of food served in CO BusinessFirst. I have a decent appetite yet often times have trouble finishing all the food. With experience, I now board the aircraft after starving myself for many hours. That's the only way I can completely finish the meals!

Quoting CO777ER (Reply 3):
Normally, it seems the steaks are at least medium-well.

I like my steaks medium-rare, and lately, they've managed to cook them that way. I can't eat a piece of over-cooked rubber, but interestingly, the flight attendant offered to further cook my steak if it wasn't well-done enough. For me, it was perfect.


Quoting CO777ER (Reply 3):
EWRCabincrew: Are those the same burgers they serve on the domestic routes in Y (with the plastic wrapper taken off?)

No, not the same. I've had the domestic Y burgers on countless occasions, and this CDG-EWR burger was certainly different.

Quoting Semsem (Reply 4):
CO food in Business seems to be good.

Agreed. I have limited experiences to only U.S. carriers including DL BusinessElite, UA Business, US Envoy and NW World Business Class. Of these products, in my opinion, CO BusinessFirst has the best-tasting and the most quantity of food. I'm always full of food and liquor after each meal  Smile
 
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RE: CO EWR-CDG-EWR BusinessFirst

Tue Jan 13, 2009 12:08 am



Quoting Semsem (Reply 4):
But the food in economy to / from Europe is a disaster

I flew EWR-ZRH and LGW-EWR in coach this summer and thought the food was very, very good. My mom flew EWR-GVA-EWR a few months ago and agreed with me. Between my two flights, I had lasagna, a pizza thing, and a chicken dish, and they were all great.

Maybe just a bad set of flights you had? Under-served due to a delay or something, maybe.

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ba319-131
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RE: CO EWR-CDG-EWR BusinessFirst

Tue Jan 13, 2009 11:00 pm

Nice report and pictures, thanks for sharing with us.

The food looks ok, well some of it, though I really am not happy with the idea of a cheese burger being served in business class, really lacks class.

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RE: CO EWR-CDG-EWR BusinessFirst

Tue Jan 13, 2009 11:12 pm



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 7):
though I really am not happy with the idea of a cheese burger being served in business class, really lacks class.

Maybe a "welcome home" for the Americans on board? Just a guess...
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LHR777
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RE: CO EWR-CDG-EWR BusinessFirst

Tue Jan 13, 2009 11:19 pm

Nice report, well done.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 7):
The food looks ok, well some of it, though I really am not happy with the idea of a cheese burger being served in business class, really lacks class.

Well, what about BA serving bacon rolls in Club World? Not exactly haute cuisine either, more like 'greasy spoon', but the British passengers seem to like it. You fly BA to the UK, you get bacon rolls. You fly CO to the US, you get a cheeseburger.

Unlike BA's Bacon Rolls that are a permanent fixture, CO does rotate their menu's, so whilst it's a cheeseburger this month, it's a hot chicken sandwich next month, etc. Also, the cheeseburger is actually an Aberdeen Angus burger, and not your average 99p Miccy-D's cheap 'n' cheerful poundsaver special.

Still, aesthetically, it does look a bit dodgy, and I guess that's what you're getting at!
 
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RE: CO EWR-CDG-EWR BusinessFirst

Thu Jan 15, 2009 5:02 am



Quoting CO777ER (Reply 3):
EWRCabincrew: Are those the same burgers they serve on the domestic routes in Y (with the plastic wrapper taken off?)

No, they aren't (although I do love those!).

Quoting Modesto2 (Reply 5):
No, not the same. I've had the domestic Y burgers on countless occasions, and this CDG-EWR burger was certainly different.

The ones we serve in Business/First are much better.
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