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DohwanKim747
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Spring Break 2018: ATL-EWR-FCO-CPH-JFK-SAV (Part 2)

Sun Nov 25, 2018 6:15 am

2nd Flight: DY7194
Aircraft: Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner
Reg. No.: LN-LNB (named "Thor Heyerdahl")
Date: March 10, 2018
Route: EWR-FCO



Having said my farewells to the what may be the best US airline crew I've ever had, I made my way to the Norwegian Air counters to check in, before heading towards security for the second time in a day (ugh...). This line took much longer than the one in ATL and to make things worse, the zipper on my pullover got me tagged for the classic TSA pat-down :irked:. Feeling hungry, I had some dinner at a Greek restaurant near the gate, and killed some time by drawing, restocking on food and water for my 9-hour budget flight, texting, and plane spotting. I must note that my family have never booked a full service carrier for a transatlantic flight: previously, we flew on Aer Lingus. In addition, I helped a woman who was confused about her gate: she was booked on Swiss, but flew into EWR on United, and so her UA boarding pass had an LX flight number thanks to a code share. After lounging about for an hour or so, it was time to log another new aircraft type: the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. This particular aircraft happened to be the 2nd of its type delivered to Norwegian.

"Thor Heyerdahl" at the gate:
[photoid]ImageIMG_1714 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

[photoid]ImageIMG_1716 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

[photoid]ImageIMG_1718 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

The crew on this flight were relatively friendly, but somewhat detached. I settled into my seat and explored my surroundings.

Gate neighbors:
HB-JMH bound for ZRH
[photoid]ImageIMG_1729 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

A6-ECD bound for DXB via ATH
[photoid]ImageIMG_1734 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

Cabin views:
[photoid]ImageIMG_1721 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

[photoid]ImageIMG_1723 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

[photoid]ImageIMG_1730 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

[photoid]ImageIMG_1732 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

[photoid]ImageIMG_1733 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

The famous window dimming button:
[photoid]ImageIMG_1724 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

Safety first!
[photoid]ImageIMG_1725 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

Decent legroom:
[photoid]ImageIMG_1728 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

Boarding was soon completed, and after the safety video was finished, "Thor Heyerdahl" was pushed back and ready for departure. A short taxi later, we lined up, and the twin Rolls Royce Trent 1000s powered us into the frigid skies above NYC.

Cabin view:
[photoid]ImageIMG_1736 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

Window views:
[photoid]ImageIMG_1738 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

[photoid]ImageIMG_1740 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

[photoid]ImageIMG_1741 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

[photoid]ImageIMG_1742 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

Because this was a budget flight, only pre-booked meals and drinks were distributed. I watched some "Family Guy" and went to sleep for a couple hours. Upon waking, the sky was still very dark over the North Atlantic, so I decided that I had nothing better to do than to draw and wait for the sunrise.

Inflight:
[photoid]ImageIMG_1743 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

[photoid]ImageIMG_1744 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

[photoid]ImageIMG_1745 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

[photoid]ImageIMG_1746 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

Sunrise off the Irish coast:
[photoid]ImageIMG_1749 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

Wing flex:
[photoid]ImageIMG_1753 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

Making good progress:
[photoid]ImageIMG_1754 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

Over France:
[photoid]ImageIMG_1756 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

After 8 hours of flight, the crew put our red-nosed Dreamliner into a gentle descent towards FCO off the coast of Corsica. We gently slowed down until the last 15 miles or so, when the captain began manually flying the aircraft in order to make a series of turns and last minute adjustments before landing at FCO, taking us over some beautiful coastal Italian scenery.

Descent:
[photoid]ImageIMG_1757 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

[photoid]ImageIMG_1759 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

[photoid]ImageIMG_1760 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

[photoid]ImageIMG_1763 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

Touchdown was fairly rough, but hey, we were down in one piece! We parked at a remote stand, where I turned on my phone's data and contacted my Latin teacher to let him know I was on the ground in Rome. Disembarking was conducted via airstairs, where I was met with the strong rays of the Mediterranean sun. Being on the ramp next to a Dreamliner and the subsequent bus ride between various aircraft was an absolute treat for an avgeek like me.

Taxiing after landing:
[photoid]ImageIMG_1765 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

Disembarking:
[photoid]ImageIMG_1768 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

[photoid]ImageIMG_1769 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

[photoid]ImageIMG_1773 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

[photoid]ImageIMG_1774 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

[photoid]ImageIMG_1776 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

[photoid]ImageIMG_1777 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

[photoid]ImageIMG_1778 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

[photoid]ImageIMG_1779 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

[photoid]ImageIMG_1785 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

[photoid]ImageIMG_1786 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

Smiling Thor:
[photoid]ImageIMG_1770 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

Tarmac views:
[photoid]ImageIMG_1780 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

[photoid]ImageIMG_1782 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

[photoid]ImageIMG_1783 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

My first Vueling sightings:
[photoid]ImageIMG_1787 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

[photoid]ImageIMG_1788 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

My first UIA sighting:
[photoid]ImageIMG_1789 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

[photoid]ImageIMG_1793 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

[photoid]ImageIMG_1795 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

[photoid]ImageIMG_1796 by kimdohwan, on Flickr[/photoid]

After the bus ride to the terminal was complete, I went through customs and then rushed to the airport train station, where I caught the Leonardo Express to the Termini. From the Termini, I went to the hotel, and checked in before suiting up for the rainy weather and running to the Villa Borghese to meet up with the rest of my class, who were surprised that I had survived my trip and found them. The next 10 days involved sightseeing, visiting countless churches and museums filled with beautiful artwork and sculptures, visiting the Vatican, and enjoying Italian food.

To be continued...
 
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Re: Spring Break 2018: ATL-EWR-FCO-CPH-JFK-SAV (Part 2)

Sun Nov 25, 2018 5:47 pm

I am surprised the legroom is so good. A friend always takes them to Paris in Premium and another friend to Rome. What was the load like. I read they are in financial difficulties. Hope they survive. When they first took delivery of the Dreamliner they had a lot of problems.
 
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Re: Spring Break 2018: ATL-EWR-FCO-CPH-JFK-SAV (Part 2)

Sun Nov 25, 2018 6:48 pm

I was also surprised that the legroom was decent, since I had been imagining a RyanAir type scenario :lol:. The load factor was fairly high for this particular flight: the aircraft was nearly full. And yes, I hope that Norwegian will survive.
 
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Re: Spring Break 2018: ATL-EWR-FCO-CPH-JFK-SAV (Part 2)

Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:32 am

Wonderful report and pics! Curious about the cabin service. You said since they only distributed meals and drinks to those who pre-ordered. THey didn't offer any meals for sale or any beverages to the entire cabin ?
 
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Re: Spring Break 2018: ATL-EWR-FCO-CPH-JFK-SAV (Part 2)

Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:55 am

Thank you for the compliment. There were some snacks and drinks for sale over the IFE, but no true "meals". Those were only for pax who pre-ordered. Because this was a red-eye, though, I didn't feel like ordering anything.

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