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CO J Class 777 EWR-DEL

Fri Sep 14, 2012 3:06 am

This trip to India was my last international non-revenue trip before leaving my job at ExpressJet Airlines (Continental Express). As you're all aware, this trip is a bit of airline history as CO no longer exists; however, I loved CO and always firmly believed in the airline's superior product, service, and food.

I somehow managed to reach EWR despite very full flights and miraculously found a seat on CO 82, EWR to DEL, despite a very full and oversold flight. I took this trip in June 2010 and at the time, CO had recently installed its new BusinessFirst flat-bed seating on the 777 fleet. Thankfully, this aircraft had the new seats, and I enjoyed them for 14 hours to DEL.

Waiting for my flight at gate 90 at EWR.

777-200ER Ship #017 rests at gate 90 prior to operating CO 82 to DEL.

Into the Presidents Club for some pre-departure relaxation.

Ship #017 basks in the EWR sunset.

Nice view of the #2 GE90.

In the climb-out from EWR.

Ready for a long flight!

Awesome menu with great selections. I was always impressed with CO's food service in BusinessFirst.

A snack to begin the dinner service.


Appetizer of shrimp cocktail and an Indian treat.

Salad with walnuts.

The tandoori gosht (lamb) was amazing.

It came with some great sauces, too!

Ice cream sundae with another Indian treat.

Passing over western Russia, en route to DEL.

Enjoying four episodes of my favorite show, The Big Bang Theory.

Mid-flight snack included fresh fruit.

Tasty mid-flight treats.

Over Uzbekistan.

Passing over desert expanses in Uzbekistan.

Serious mountain range!

Over Afghanistan.

More fresh fruit, for the pre-arrival meal.

The pre-arrival meal.

A final view of the #2 GE90 on the descent into DEL.

Spoilers deployed on the descent.

Almost there!

I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to India. I spent a day sight-seeing in Delhi, then continued to Agra to see the Taj Mahal, and then ended the trip in Chennai for my friend's wedding.

Please share your comments!

PS: CO will always have a special place in my heart  

[Edited 2012-09-13 20:07:15]
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RE: CO J Class 777 EWR-DEL

Fri Sep 14, 2012 4:12 am

I will always miss the old Continental, "One Airline Can Make a Difference." I was really devastated when I heard United would be splashed across the Continental fleet, but then again, it's more what's inside that counts. And unfortunately, I have yet to experience anything superior with United and the amenities and service inside its' aircraft. Oh well. At least we will have our memories!

The food looks absolutely delicious and definitely sets the mood for your visit to India!

Thank you for taking the time to post this and I wish you prosperity and happiness with your new career endeavors!!!

Bon Voyage!

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RE: CO J Class 777 EWR-DEL

Fri Sep 14, 2012 1:11 pm

Excellent report. The food on that flight looks absolutely delicious!!! Completely impressed...
Thanks for sharing  
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RE: CO J Class 777 EWR-DEL

Fri Sep 14, 2012 1:47 pm

Great report modesto2

Food looks really tasty!

Will also miss CO branding


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RE: CO J Class 777 EWR-DEL

Fri Sep 14, 2012 2:28 pm

Nice report. Aside the main course, the food looks like low grade Indian food (I only trust high end NJ Indian restaurants.)

Quoting davyc747 (Reply 3):
Will also miss CO branding

Um you mean the tasteless branding that is now the new UA?

Quoting AirAfreak (Reply 1):
"One Airline Can Make a Difference."

This slogan was from an era of CO where they were by far the worst domestic airline.
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RE: CO J Class 777 EWR-DEL

Fri Sep 14, 2012 3:29 pm

Wow, nice trip report
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RE: CO J Class 777 EWR-DEL

Sat Sep 15, 2012 9:53 am


Interesting report, thanks for sharing!
I've flown N78017 as well between Brussels and Newark in July 2011.
Au-revoir Continental! (by MSS658 Dec 5 2011 in Trip Reports)

Continental is a very great airline indeed, to bad to see that name vanish  

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RE: CO J Class 777 EWR-DEL

Sat Sep 15, 2012 11:27 am

Quoting tommy767 (Reply 4):

You must be thinking "Up Where You Belong" during the last years of the golden 'meatball.'

"One Airline Can Make A Difference" was under Gordon Bethune with the new navy and gold globe. This was I believe circa 1992.
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RE: CO J Class 777 EWR-DEL

Sat Sep 15, 2012 11:37 am

Hi modesto2!

Thanks for sharing this Continental report, I sure miss them!
EWR-DEL is quite an interesting route and the food looks quite nice!


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RE: CO J Class 777 EWR-DEL

Thu Oct 04, 2012 7:44 pm

Gr8 report mate! I took the same flight back in may! I was travelling economy though , but still I had a pretty good flight!
From what the FA told me was that they were doing pretty well on this route and flights used to be quite full!
I hope I can sample the J class product on united long haul soon


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RE: CO J Class 777 EWR-DEL

Thu Oct 04, 2012 10:22 pm

Great report modesto2!!

I really miss CO - of all the North American carriers, I really thought their service and food in J was top notch. It's a shame they're now consigned to just memories.

Nice to see ship#017, I flew in it last year in J on the IAH-LHR route.

Good luck with your next assignment!

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RE: CO J Class 777 EWR-DEL

Fri Oct 05, 2012 4:05 am

Wow. I am positively impressed by this CO review. The meal service looks absolutely awesome. Good job really. Would be interesting to take this route now and see the difference. My recent experiences with UA has been VERY mediocre - which is bizarre because I like UA, am a Lifetime 2M, and used to have super good experiences with them across the board pre-merger.

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RE: CO J Class 777 EWR-DEL

Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:32 pm

Hi, many thanks for the trip report.
I was a die hard CO customer from the UK, given the pick of a direct flight with BA or a stop with CO they would win each time, and the reason was the hard product and service.As your pictures show the food service in J was always brilliant.
How I miss them, great Menu choice always.
Thanks for that memory moment.   
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