6th July 2000
The flight is the earliest flight of the morning from Dublin to the states (09:30), so it's an advantage as you can be in New York for lunch, that if you are stil hungry after taking this flight. Another advantage is that you would be able to connect to a whole load of other places in the states with CO. I wasn't connecting anywhere this time though, so i killed a bit of time in the lounge before boarding. The CO staff at the gate were really professional, and it's great being able to clear US immagration before boarding. Once onboard, I sat in 4F, there are only a couple of rows for business class in this aircraft, by the way I thought the colours of Continental looked very smart. Even though the aircraft was small, the seats were huge fabric electronic reclining yokes, very comfortable, and the legroooom was super too. After a glass of juice (stil too early for champaigne) we taxied out to runway 28 and held short while a BD A321 landed, then we proceeded to take off passing a Volare A320 that was taxiing-in having landed before the BD. The amenity kits were pretty small, but well stocked with the normal stuff. Once airbourne a drinks service began, and what I thought was really great was the way they asked you weather you wanted italian bread sticks and a dip or nuts or something with your drink. I had the bread sticks, and then after that I looked at the menu, very impressive.
For Starters; there was a choice of lobster with lemon or procutto with melon. I had the lobster, which was served from the cart. It was a small helping, but tasted wonderful.
As well as the starter there was a huge salad with a choice of dressing, the breads were fresh and tasty too.
For the main course there was Veal, Herb Roasted Chicken, Oriental Salmon or Pasta. I had the Oriental Salmon which rates as one of the best airline meals ever. I thought that the portion was way to big (so American) and i couldn't even finish it.
One of the highlights was the desert, following the fruit service, i declined the cheese selection. There was a cart with lots of things, apple cake, sundaes etc. I had a strawberry sundae with nuts, very nice.
All was great so far, and I liked the way the head FA always got me another coke without me having to ask for it like on some other Airlines. What I thought was silly and annoying was the way the junior FA in BusinessFirst introduced herself and then dis-introduced herself at the begining and end of the flight. I really hated how corny that was, and she kept referring to me as "cute" which really began to irritate me after a while.
Only about an hour after the meal we were offered snacks, which seemed odd how anyone could possibly be hungry. I took some chips for my hotel room later that night. Not long after that they came through the cabin with milk and warm chocolate chip cookies, at this stage I thought thier obsession with food was out of control. Following this we got another meal with a fancy baguette sandwich, chocolate and fruit. I didnt eat any of it.
The inflight entertainment was good, the PTV's looked small but the films were okay, didn't watch any of them though. The music was really bad though, the channels were full of rubbish. They need to change this.
After a flight of just over 6 hours we were heading down to Newark somewhere over Albany, and we landed over 20 mins ahead of schedule. We were in before lunch, and overall I thought that Continental were a great airline, and are proof that an airline can improve. I remember flying Honnolulu to Auckland and then to Sydney and back to LA with them over 12 year ago on a 747 and DC 10 in economy, it was pretty bad. I was happy to get back on TWA to go to JFK after that experience, and that's saying something.
I would fly Continental again, but I think they serve too much food, although all of it is excellent and I was a little annoyed they didn't have a chef on board like I had read they had on some flights :-(
The 757 is an okay transatlantic jet, I don't care what people say about it only having two engines, for a 6.40 flight there's absolutely no problem, although it is not as spacious as the Airbus or 767. Overall I give this flight 8/10 and I was a little dissapointed I would be flying home from JFK on another airline.
I hope you liked my 1st trip report.