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NYC To Marseille And Back With *A

Sun Jul 31, 2011 2:16 am

My 28th and 29th transatlantic crossings.

The last time I had seen my parents was when we all met them in Venice. This time, I went to their house in Provence for a week.

Using the CO web site, I booked through Munich outbound, and through Brussels on the way back. This was an easy set of flights: each one was on time (although all near full too). When I purchased the ticket, the site only allowed me to reserve a specific seat on the first flight for some reason.

July 16: EWR to MUC - Continental CO106 / sched 17:35 - 07:40 / B767-400ER
July 17: MUC to MRS - Lufthansa CityLine LH2262 / sched 10:55 - 12:30 / CRJ900

July 23: MRS to BRU - Brussels Airlines SN3604 / sched 06:30 - 08:20 / Avro RJ100
July 23: BRU to EWR - Continental CO61 / sched 09:45 - 12:00 / B777-200ER


As I approached the long term parking areas at EWR (P6 P7), there were signs that those lots were full. It was a bit confusing, but I was able to park at P1 for the price of P6 ($18/d, "regular" rate being $24/d at P1). P6 and P7 did not look full, they looked torn up, by the way.

I took the train from P1 to terminal C, and had my passport checked upstairs, then I went through security which was not too long. The agent swabbed my fingertips with a wipe, which he analyzed before letting me through.


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Boarding was unremarkable, and so were the safety instructions. The cabin crew was typical CO transatlantic, meaning very good and consistent. The choice of films was unattractive to me, so I read most of the time. Dinner was fine. I especially enjoyed the long sunset through my window, quickly followed by a long dawn.


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You can tell from the reflection on the cowling that we were traveling in the colors of STAR ALLIANCE.


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We had some beautiful clouds on approach, and I was amazed by the clean, almost toy-like German countryside.


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The Munich airport was wonderful: clean, clear, and I had a magnificent snack at this restaurant (excellent coffee and a small but absolutely delectable ham sandwich on a square roll with seeds). Some time, I should give Germany a try instead of just transiting there.



The commuter area was - again - clean and bright (especially if you are used to US terminals with missing ceiling tiles and such). We took a bus to the Lufthansa regional jet.


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I was a bit too tired to notice much of everything, but we did get a cute little wrap as a snack.


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Now, some sights from walks near my parents' house...


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On return day, we set our alarms for 04:00, and - as always - we were already awake when they rang. After a good cup of coffee, I drove my parents' car to MRS, with them along (they do not drive at night anymore). We had spent a good week re-connecting, and it was sad to leave so soon. As French citizens, they are scandalized at how short my American vacations are...


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MRS at dawn is very quiet. Interestingly, most passengers on this flight were Africans, flying way out of their way to catch a flight home in BRU. There was no service at all on this flight, which surprised me.


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The air in Brussels was much colder than in Marseille, and we had a long bus ride to reach a building, followed by a long walk. BRU reminded me of FRA: crowded and not very pleasant. We had to go through security again. As has happened to me before in Europe, I had to have my boarding pass re-printed after answering the usual security questions.


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Not much to say about the last flight: professional, timely, routine at its best. The AVOD really helps kill time, and I watched three Chinese movies in a row.


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Back at EWR, immigration was - as always - speedy. The temperature (in the triple digits) was such a contrast to that in temperate and dry Provence.

Basically, there was "nothing to declare" about these four flights, but I thought some of you might like to see the photos. I was happy to see my parents, and now I have enough CO miles to go anywhere (as long as I plan in advance, which I didn't in this case).

Thank you for reading and best wishes.
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RE: NYC To Marseille And Back With *A

Sun Jul 31, 2011 10:56 am

Nice trip report, it was enjoyable to read. Must agree on comments of CO and MUC, actually took the same BRU-EWR flight a few days after. I'm a bit shocked that you did not get any service on the MRS-BRU leg.
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OB1783P
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RE: NYC To Marseille And Back With *A

Sun Jul 31, 2011 11:36 am

The passengers in the first 4 rows of the MRS - BRU flight did get breakfast, but they had business and economy+ seats. You can see the class "dividers" on one of the photos.
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RE: NYC To Marseille And Back With *A

Sun Jul 31, 2011 3:46 pm

Very nice trip report OB1783P! Thank you for sharing.   I really enjoyed it.

What is the meal that you had on board the CO BRU-EWR flight?

Quoting OB1783P (Thread starter):
The Munich airport was wonderful: clean, clear, and I had a magnificent snack at this restaurant (excellent coffee and a small but absolutely delectable ham sandwich on a square roll with seeds). Some time, I should give Germany a try instead of just transiting there.

MUC is indeed great. I am a big fan. Dallmayr, the place where you had a snack, is a fantastic place. The MUC location is a branch of a shop/restaurant in downtown Munich which is a real paradise for foodies. I love Germany! Do try to visit when you can. One disclaimer about MUC though... it is far from Munich, so don't plan on taking taxis; you'd be better off taking the S-Bahn.
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Sun Jul 31, 2011 8:37 pm

Hi!

Just wanted to say many thanks for the report. The flights looked great and you had some real nice sunset/sunrise shots on your flight out. That shot of the Munich countryside was real nice too and I agree that it looks very clean and toylike which is nice. Sorry you didn't get any food or drink on the sector with Brussels airlines. That seems unusual for a full-service airline so maybe they had a problem with catering or something. The meals on Continental looked fine though and great you can enjoy a few movies in flight. Anyway thanks for posting. I enjoyed taking the flights with you in reading.

Many thanks,

Pierre
 
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RE: NYC To Marseille And Back With *A

Sun Jul 31, 2011 10:36 pm

Quoting EddieDude (Reply 3):
What is the meal that you had on board the CO BRU-EWR flight?

That was a beef in a wine sauce, salad and two brownies.

I'll remember the tip about transportation when I come to Munich for a real visit.

Thank you all for the kind comments!
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RE: NYC To Marseille And Back With *A

Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:30 am

CO have a great frequent flyer program; among the best. Legroom on the 767 is good but not on the 777.

BUT

the food they serve in Y to Europe is among the worst.
 
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RE: NYC To Marseille And Back With *A

Mon Aug 01, 2011 4:21 pm

Great TR! By the way, next time you fly out of Newark I suggest you look into the parking companies surrounding the airport - they are MUCH cheaper and provide free shuttles 24/7. Last time I parked with a service at the Crowne Plaza hotel for something like $11/day or less - with free shuttles located 5 min from the airport.
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Mon Aug 01, 2011 4:24 pm

Nice report. Interesting seeing a PMUA 763 at Terminal C!
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RE: NYC To Marseille And Back With *A

Mon Aug 01, 2011 7:50 pm

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 1):
I'm a bit shocked that you did not get any service on the MRS-BRU leg.

  

Quoting EddieDude (Reply 3):
What is the meal that you had on board the CO BRU-EWR flight?

It may say beef in wine sauce, but it looks more like...well...  


Nice report, mate
 
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RE: NYC To Marseille And Back With *A

Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:03 pm

thanks for sharing your pictures and experiences.

I think I recognize the street with the small water fountain, it's in Aix, right?

I stayed at the Roi Rene Hotel close to there and I have fantastic memories of that great city...
 
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RE: NYC To Marseille And Back With *A

Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:56 pm

Quoting ELAL772 (Reply 10):
I think I recognize the street with the small water fountain, it's in Aix, right?

Indeed. My parents live in Aix. They retired there. I couldn't live there myself very long: it is gorgeous but crowded and too fancy for me...

Quoting SkyHigh777 (Reply 7):
I suggest you look into the parking companies surrounding the airport

Good idea, especially since I'm always waaaay early.

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 6):
the food they serve in Y to Europe is among the worst

Last year, I used LH and United and it wasn't all that much better. When (if?) AI joins *A, we will try that! Anyway, it's like what Woody Allen said: the food's terrible and the portions are so small!
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RE: NYC To Marseille And Back With *A

Tue Aug 02, 2011 10:27 am

Nice trip report.

When on the transatlantic flights, did the crew welcome you onboard CO or UA?
 
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RE: NYC To Marseille And Back With *A

Tue Aug 02, 2011 10:54 pm

Quoting simpsondude (Reply 12):
When on the transatlantic flights, did the crew welcome you onboard CO or UA?

Good question. I'm not sure the word "United" was uttered at all except, possibly, at the beginning of the safety instruction when Jeff Smisek welcomed us and said that the merger was moving along.

I wish I had paid attention better...
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RE: NYC To Marseille And Back With *A

Wed Aug 03, 2011 8:05 am

Hello OB1783P,

Thanks for posting this interesting report.

Quoting OB1783P (Thread starter):
Interestingly, most passengers on this flight were Africans, flying way out of their way to catch a flight home in BRU.

So apparently a good feeder for SN's African network. A bit strange in fact: first flying up north to BRU and then back south again to Africa.

Quoting OB1783P (Thread starter):
There was no service at all on this flight, which surprised me.

You mean: nothing? That would surprise me, even no BOB or were you asleep perhaps  

Quoting OB1783P (Thread starter):
BRU reminded me of FRA: crowded and not very pleasant.

I'm sorry to hear that. The only downside in BRU I find are the long walking distances. For the rest I am most happy with my 'home airport'  



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RE: NYC To Marseille And Back With *A

Wed Aug 03, 2011 2:56 pm

Quoting OB1783P (Reply 5):
That was a beef in a wine sauce, salad and two brownies

Thanks for the notice, I got the chicken on mine   Was interested in how the other option looked like. The chicken looked better IMO.
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Tue Aug 16, 2011 10:29 am

Great trip report.
Have booked Moscow DME - FRA - EWR on LH/CO 777-200ER and EWR - GVA - DME on CO 767-400 /LX.
I can expect the same aircraft and service as yours on the transatlantic! Glad that I'm star gold so I can enjoy a bit of STAR lounge before my flights.

Does the PTV Hard disk box underneath the seats on 777 really bother?
I'm just 170 cm, 5' 8", hope it's nothing much to a guy less than 6'.

Many thanks.
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RE: NYC To Marseille And Back With *A

Tue Aug 16, 2011 11:28 am

Quoting nethkt (Reply 16):
Does the PTV Hard disk box underneath the seats on 777 really bother?

It didn't bother me at all. I didn't feel squeezed on the CO 777. I had an aisle seat, which allowed me to angle myself a bit now and then. At one point I dropped my glasses on the floor, and I could pick them up without getting up (in a SQ 744, I couldn't). Not very scientific comparison, I know...
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Sun Aug 28, 2011 6:11 am

absolutely great report. I can only say it once and once again, I love to see reports including my home airport MUC.... even I left my home city nearly 10 years ago.

Quoting OB1783P (Thread starter):
The Munich airport was wonderful: clean, clear, and I had a magnificent snack at this restaurant (excellent coffee and a small but absolutely delectable ham sandwich on a square roll with seeds). Some time, I should give Germany a try instead of just transiting there.

its absolutely the best airport in the world for me, often I hear that AMS is so nice, but for me really nothing comperable to MUC. The gate area in AMS is absolutely downside.

Quoting EddieDude (Reply 3):
MUC is indeed great. I am a big fan. Dallmayr, the place where you had a snack, is a fantastic place. The MUC location is a branch of a shop/restaurant in downtown Munich which is a real paradise for foodies. I love Germany! Do try to visit when you can. One disclaimer about MUC though... it is far from Munich, so don't plan on taking taxis; you'd be better off taking the S-Bahn.

well, indeed S-Bahn is the best way to go to MUC but using S8 it is a relatively fast trip, 35 minutes.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 14):
So apparently a good feeder for SN's African network. A bit strange in fact: first flying up north to BRU and then back south again to Africa

well, with lacking of many direct services that SN for example is offering not a to big detour.

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RE: NYC To Marseille And Back With *A

Sun Aug 28, 2011 4:39 pm

Quoting Avianca (Reply 18):
S8 it is a relatively fast trip, 35 minutes.

Yes, at 60-ish EUR. Never again!
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RE: NYC To Marseille And Back With *A

Sun Aug 28, 2011 5:31 pm

Quoting EddieDude (Reply 19):
Yes, at 60-ish EUR. Never again!

I never understand why somebody complains about the connection in MUC.

Is it faster from SFO to downtown?
Is it faster from CDG to downtown?
Is it faster from LHR to downtown?
Is it faster from EZE to downtown? (even no connection by train).

and and and and
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RE: NYC To Marseille And Back With *A

Mon Aug 29, 2011 1:43 am

Quoting Avianca (Reply 20):
I never understand why somebody complains about the connection in MUC.

Perhaps you are not understanding. I think MUC is a fantastic airport to connect. I think it is brilliant. So much better than FRA and many others. I loved MUC when I was there in May.

As an O&D airport (i.e., NOT a connecting hub), MUC is also great. It is always great to board or disembark at such a nice airport. However, the taxi ride between MUC and downtown Munich is extremely expensive. That is my complain. The "Never again" remark means I am never again taking a taxi to get from MUC to the city or the other way around. It is more expensive than, say, EWR-Manhattan, and that is already a pricey taxi ride. The S-Bahn is great. The thing is that if you don't know that, then you are in for a rip-off.

I hope this clarifies what the original comment was about! Re-read how I said "MUC is indeed great. I am a big fan."

Quoting EddieDude (Reply 3):
MUC is indeed great. I am a big fan. Dallmayr, the place where you had a snack, is a fantastic place. The MUC location is a branch of a shop/restaurant in downtown Munich which is a real paradise for foodies. I love Germany! Do try to visit when you can. One disclaimer about MUC though... it is far from Munich, so don't plan on taking taxis; you'd be better off taking the S-Bahn.
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