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Question - Flying CO From EWR-DCA And Back

Fri Feb 02, 2007 12:52 am

The end of February, I'll be flying from EWR-DCA to attend a conference. It will be my first time flying CO, and I'm wondering how they are with things like cockpit visits, they charge for drinks?

Any answers and advice would be greatly appreciated.

Oh, I will be flying CO 1103 to DCA and CO 1114 back to EWR, and as of now, the a/c for both flights is supposed to be a 737-500.

Thanks in advance,

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RE: Question - Flying CO From EWR-DCA And Back

Fri Feb 02, 2007 1:06 am

No IFE on the 735s, the flight will be <40 minutes in the air. So nothing but a quick drink and pretzel service. Booze costs money.

Don't know about cockpit visits. Probably best bet would wait till most of the ppl have deplaned and ask nicely on your way up.
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RE: Question - Flying CO From EWR-DCA And Back

Fri Feb 02, 2007 1:45 am

Quoting Cadet985 (Thread starter):
wondering how they are with things like cockpit visits

The CO pilots I know would enjoy having you visit. Some prefer that you wait until most of the passengers are off the plane then ask, only negative comment I got when we've had this chat is should they be rushed to get to their next flight, time may not allow for too much time up front as they will be cleaning up the paperwork and getting ready to dash to the next airplane.

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RE: Question - Flying CO From EWR-DCA And Back

Fri Feb 02, 2007 3:35 am

Continental is GREAT, my favorite airline (I finally went elite last year). BUT- on such a short flight, expect no caviar.
The 737-524 is typically a comfortable airplane. No IFE, but still a comfortable ride.
Crews out of EWR are hit and miss... friendliness seems to be a rarity anywhere within a 100-mile radius of New York.
IAH crews, on the other hand, are usually wonderful.
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RE: Question - Flying CO From EWR-DCA And Back

Fri Feb 02, 2007 3:51 am

I flew on CO 1109 from EWR-DCA (735), about 2 weeks ago. The F-class seats were quite comfortable, although the service was nothing really mind-blowing. Of course it was such a short flight that I can't judge the total CO product from one flight alone and I won’t go that far. EWR was easily accessible and convenient from Manhattan, by car service, as I had a lot of luggage. Usually I travel with Amtrak between NYC and DC, but on this occasion CO “delivered the goods”. I would make use of CO again in the future.


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RE: Question - Flying CO From EWR-DCA And Back

Fri Feb 02, 2007 4:39 am

Just took this flight tuesday in F and have taken it 10+ times before in Y. As any CO FF can tell you the 735's they fly on this route are not their best plane, but no worse than what other airlines are offering on this route... being that nobody else flies DCA-EWR  Smile Also there are two flights a day on this route with an ERJ (12:59 and 21:00), in which case, get the side with the one seat!

Morning flights are a coffee and beverage service in Y, full drinks and a 2-pak of Biscoff cookies in F. The rest of the day it's nuts in F, pretzels in Y. Often there is no bev/pretzel service the rest of the day in Y due to the short flying time, turbulence, whatever the FA's can think of. Other times there is a full bef svc. Just depends I think.

Flying time can be as little as 30 mins; depending of the time of day it can take just as long to taxi to the runway and back.

Finally you will be arriving and departing from Terminal A at EWR, not terminal C, so if someone is picking you up plan accordingly. The terminal is not as nice as C, but on the other hand it is far nicer than it used to be.

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RE: Question - Flying CO From EWR-DCA And Back

Mon Feb 05, 2007 11:22 am

Thanks for the responses, everyone.


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