Continental Airlines Express Jet
Flights # 2729 & 2348
Minneapolis (KMSP) - Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) - Raleigh/Durham International Airport (KRDU)
EMB - 145
On a sunny warm day in June, I arrived at the Lindbergh Terminal at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (KMSP) to board a flight to Raleigh/Durham, NC (KRDU). I would connect through Cleveland, and on this day, I was due to fly on 2 EMB-145's operated by Continental Airlines’ Express Jet.
The airport was not very busy and so I was easily able to check in, upon paying the $15 bag fee I went through security. This process did not take long on such a quiet morning, and I enjoyed a light breakfast in the terminal before proceeding to gate E-9 which is about half way down the E-Concourse.
Boarding was uneventful, and soon we were all ready to go. I am always amazed at the tight confines the cabin crew on this type of plane have to contend with, but the flight attendant was nevertheless very warm and friendly this morning.
After a quick taxi and nobody in front of us, we soon were heading down 30-L for takeoff. Unlike other passenger jets that I fly on, the Embraer jets always amaze me at the speed they reach on the takeoff roll.
Complimentary drinks were served on our short flight to Cleveland, and I was pleasantly surprised to also receive a free, fresh muffin. The muffin was very good, and my only wish was that it were bigger.
Here's a view in-flight :
After flying over the city of Cleveland, we made a quiet touchdown and arrived at a very empty Cleveland Hopkins airport right on schedule. Once I had deplaned, it seemed as though we were the only people in the airport I enjoyed strolling through the airport for the first time. Continental Airlines surely has a presence at this airport; it is very evident that it is a major hub for the 4th largest airline in the country.
Our next flight was Express Jet # 2348 to Raleigh/Durham. The flight began boarding about 20/25 minutes before departure, and again I noticed we were going to be having a full flight. Boarding was completed quickly and after the door was shut, the flight attendant began playing the safety demo over the PA system.
We departed and from seat 7A I had a beautiful view of downtown Cleveland and Lake Erie. As the airplane kept climbing, the lone flight attendant welcomed passengers on-board and let us know details on One Pass Miles earned on this flight, and the service to be expected.
Drinks and pretzels were passed around shortly thereafter, and I settled in to enjoy the view to my left and a good book.
Descent began about 15 minutes out of Raleigh and some large cumulus caused us to bounce around quite a bit on descent into RDU. The captain came on immediately following to apologize a bit for the rough air, and gave us the landing and gate information for Raleigh. Landing was smooth, and soon we were docking at RDU’s Terminal A.
Continental Airlines’ Express Jet offers a very nice product, and I hope I can fly with them again soon. The seats I assume would get a little uncomfortable during a long flight, but for flights lasting a little over an hour on each leg, it was no problem. No complaints at all. A good trip!