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Bentley55
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Continental BussinessFirst: EWR-NRT-EWR (pics)

Fri Mar 28, 2008 7:03 pm

This is my first time posting on this site, and i have some pictures from my trip last year from EWR-NRT-MNL that i decided to use for a trip report.

I apologize as the pictures are not very good and unfortunately I did not take any pictures of the lounges, food, etc.

Anyways here is the report:


EWR-NRT
Date: June 2007
Continental 777-200ER
CO#9
Seat: 5L


On this trip I am really going from Newark to Manila, however the best routing was on Continental and Northwest via Tokyo. My frist flight, from EWR to NRT was leaving at 11am, so i got to the airport at about 9am and went to Continental's BF check-in desk in Terminal C.

When i got there, there was a line of about 7 other passengers waiting to be checked in, however, a kind lady immediately asked me where i was flying to:

Lady: "Hello Sir, where are you flying to today?"
Me: "Tokyo"
Lady: "In BusinessFirst?"
Me: "Yes, that is correct"
Lady: "Welcome Sir, please follow me"

She then escorted me out of the line and took me to the electronic check-in computers and kindly did the check-in for me, and gave me my boarding passes straight through to MNL.

After this, I went through the dreadful process of airport security and went straight to the Presidents Club.
I have been to this Presidents Club many times, and I think it is very good, however for international standards, it is quite poor. I say this because they only offer chips, cheese, nuts, and crackers (bagels and muffins in the morning also). However i cant complain and helped myself to some juice and chips, and waited for boarding.




This is the awsome 777 that would take me to NRT, it was scheduled ontime and based on the amount of people in the waiting area, i could assume that Y would be near to 100% load.


Boarding was smooth and started with BF and Elite passengers, then Y. I happily took to my seat, 5L and was eager to start the long journey.









Take off was smooth and uneventful. After reaching some altitude the cabin crew started coming out with drinks and nuts. I remember having some champagne and the excellent cabin crew kept on refilling faster than i could drink!!

I dont remember the food offering exactly, but i remember the food first started with some japanese snacks, sushi rolls, and terriyaki sticks.

Then for maincourse there was the option between Beef, Pasta, or Japanese meal. I went for the pasta, which was excellent.

For dessert there was the trademark offering of Ice Cream sunday, which i obviously had, along with some kind of cake.

Overall Continental has excellent (and this flight was a good example) food offerings, and excellent service. Even though the BF seats are a bit outdated compared to the competition, the food, service and friendliness of the CO staff make up for it. (If any CO staff are reading this, please give yourself a pat on the back)

After food service i decided to just relax, read some magazines, newspapers and watch movies. On this flight there was no AVOD, and if i remember correctly, the movie offering was kind of poor.




Almost in Tokyo.





BF cabin. Lots of people sleeping and relaxing.

After about 14 hours, we started the descent into Tokyo.


Landing in Tokyo. A nice 747 from Asiana.





A picture of the plane that i flew in from Newark. She is getting ready to go back. This picture was taken from the NW Lounge in NRT.


Overall, i was very pleased with this flight. CO is a great airline, and their BF product is amazing, especially for such a long flight like this one.



NRT-EWR
Date: June 2007
Continental 777-200ER
CO#7
Seat: 3A


I was returning from the Phillipines and had just arrived from MNL. My NW flight from MNL arrived around 12pm and i had a couple of hours to wait in NRT.

The first thing i did was to locate the CO transfer desk and re-confirm the gate. Once i got there, a kind lady asked me:

Lady: "Hello, are you flying to Newark or Houston?"
Me: "Newark"
Lady: "In BusinessFirst?"
Me: "Yes"
Lady: "What is your last name?"

Once i gave her my name, she gave me my boarding pass which she already had printed, and i guess was waiting to give me as she knew ahead of time i was coming from MNL.

After this i went to the NW club to pass some time.

I must be honest, i was very impressed with NW's lounge in Tokyo. In NRT they have three lounges and i went to their biggest one. In this facility they have showers, lots of chairs, sofa's, free internet and computers. They also have an EXCELLENT food and beverage selection- especially for a US airline. Among the normal wines, champagnes, coffees, they also had an extensive selection of japaneese drinks, sushi's, soup, shrimp dumplings, crackers, etc.

I am sure that other NW lounges in the US are not like this, so i took advantage and filled up on Sushi and Japanese beer.

After a few hours i was stuffed and bored of surfing the internet so i decided to go to the gate for boarding.


The NW 747 that brought me in from Manila.


CO 777 that just came in from EWR, was also my ride back to EWR. - Photo taken from NW lounge!!


My plane back to EWR. - Taken from NW lounge.

Boarding was smooth and i immediatley went to my seat.


Cabin starting to fill up, and people getting settled in for the 12.5 hour flight to EWR. Photo taken from my seat.


Just pushed back and ready to taxi for take-off. Its so cool how the Japaneese waive you off like this.


Take-off was smooth. Cabin crew started the meal service, which just like on my EWR-NRT flight, the food included Japaneese snacks and food. I had the chicken this time, and i remember it was good. After the meal service it was getting dark and people started going to sleep.


Beautiful sunset.




Not even close to Newark yet

At this point i was pretty tired so i decided to sleep for a few hours. The CO BF seat is comfortable on these long flights, however i had some trouble not sliding down my seat because of the incline. I REALLY hope that CO changes their BF seats to something better! However, i cant really complain as it is still comfortable and gets the job done.

Hours later i woke up and decided to walk around the cabin and stretch my legs.



Later on they had a meal service, i dont really remember what i ate, but im sure that it was good.

We then started our descent into NY. At this point i was a bit bummed out. The service and experience was so good, i didnt want it to end.


Manhattan Skyline while on approach to EWR.



Thats all the pictures i have for this trip on the CO sectors. When i took that trip last year, i didnt really know about trip reports so i didnt think to take more pics of the lounge, airport, food, seat etc... However, from now on i will be making more trips and reporting back.

I hope you enjoyed this.

Below are the pics on my NW segments: NRT-MNL-NRT


My plane to MNL.


View from my seat on NW's World Business Class upperdeck. I was the ONLY person in the upperdeck. I guess everyone else was downstairs. Because i was the only one, i can assure that the service was amazing!! I felt like a king. Also, this plane had AVOD and i was overwhelmed with so many movie and music choices!! the 4 hour flight from NRT was too short!!


Nice JAL 747, taken in MNL while boarding my flight back to NRT.


View from my seat, last row in WBC nose section. The view of the WBC seats from this angle is kind of ugly.


Climbing out of MNL.


MNL is a great place.


Back in Tokyo.
 
EXAAUADL
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RE: Continental BussinessFirst: EWR-NRT-EWR (pics)

Fri Mar 28, 2008 7:07 pm

Was the second meal on EWR-NRT breakfast???? Why do airlines do that? IT is evening when you arrive in NRT, why feed you based on EWR time?
 
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RE: Continental BussinessFirst: EWR-NRT-EWR (pics)

Fri Mar 28, 2008 7:13 pm

alone on the upper deck! sounds amazing!!!

great report, its always good to read trips about my favorite airline (sorry, im from CLE)
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Bentley55
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RE: Continental BussinessFirst: EWR-NRT-EWR (pics)

Fri Mar 28, 2008 7:23 pm



Quoting EXAAUADL (Reply 1):
Was the second meal on EWR-NRT breakfast???? Why do airlines do that? IT is evening when you arrive in NRT, why feed you based on EWR time?

I dont remember exactly, but it was not breakfast. It was a normal meal service.
 
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RE: Continental BussinessFirst: EWR-NRT-EWR (pics)

Fri Mar 28, 2008 10:15 pm

Hey!

I'm jealous! I want to go to MNL too!!!  hissyfit  Those are some clear pictures out of MNL. I'm used to it being either really hazy or pitched black dark.

Quoting Bentley55 (Thread starter):
Climbing out of MNL.

Is that the unused T3 in the distance?

Quoting Bentley55 (Thread starter):
MNL is a great place.

It sure is and again I'm amazed at how clean and clear it is during your take off! Did you go for fun or for work?

Thanks for sharing!

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RE: Continental BussinessFirst: EWR-NRT-EWR (pics)

Fri Mar 28, 2008 10:47 pm



Quoting AznMadSci (Reply 4):
Is that the unused T3 in the distance?

I dont really know, it was my first time in Manila.

Quoting AznMadSci (Reply 4):
It sure is and again I'm amazed at how clean and clear it is during your take off! Did you go for fun or for work?

It was both work and pleasure. It was clear probably because it was an early morning departure- 8AM if i remember correctly.
 
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RE: Continental BussinessFirst: EWR-NRT-EWR (pics)

Fri Mar 28, 2008 11:25 pm



Quoting Bentley55 (Reply 5):
it was my first time in Manila.

Glad you enjoyed your first time to Manila!  bigthumbsup 

Quoting Bentley55 (Reply 5):
It was clear probably because it was an early morning departure- 8AM if i remember correctly.

Yeah, the NW flights leave early in the morning with the NGO flight around 6AM and the NRT around 8AM. I comment about it being clear because usually the slight haze in the morning is the last thing I remember each time I take the NW flight and it makes me immediately miss the Philippines.  cry 

Thanks again for sharing!

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RE: Continental BussinessFirst: EWR-NRT-EWR (pics)

Sat Mar 29, 2008 1:56 am

Great report, my favorite airlines and alliance! CO and NW!!!
 
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RE: Continental BussinessFirst: EWR-NRT-EWR (pics)

Sat Mar 29, 2008 2:08 am

Gotta LOVE CO my Favorite Airline there Service and Crews are the BEST of any US carrier. Nice trip report looking forward to more to come!
 
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RE: Continental BussinessFirst: EWR-NRT-EWR (pics)

Sat Mar 29, 2008 5:09 am



Quoting Bentley55 (Thread starter):
I apologize as the pictures are not very good

Are you kidding me? The pictures are excellent! What camera/lens do you use?
Kids, you tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is, never try.- Homer Simpson
 
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RE: Continental BussinessFirst: EWR-NRT-EWR (pics)

Sat Mar 29, 2008 7:14 am

Great trip report! Glad you enjoyed your journey with CO, as I always seem to do.
BTW, you were very lucky to have the entire upper deck to yourself!!!
 
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RE: Continental BussinessFirst: EWR-NRT-EWR (pics)

Sat Mar 29, 2008 1:39 pm



Quoting UAopsMGR (Reply 9):
Are you kidding me? The pictures are excellent! What camera/lens do you use?

Yeah really! Usually photos from airplane windows don't turn out well, yours came out very well!
 
Bentley55
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RE: Continental BussinessFirst: EWR-NRT-EWR (pics)

Sat Mar 29, 2008 3:34 pm



Quoting UAopsMGR (Reply 9):
Are you kidding me? The pictures are excellent! What camera/lens do you use?

It is a standard Sony digital camera. I dont know the model number.

Yes, alone in the upper deck was very cool. I kinda felt like i had a 747 private jet!

But Iam glad you guys like the report/pics and I look forward to making more reports.
 
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RE: Continental BussinessFirst: EWR-NRT-EWR (pics)

Sun Mar 30, 2008 6:11 pm

Great first TR

The pics are really good.

Seems that you enjoyed your flight with CO really much,

next time it would be great with some pics of the food,



Thank you for sharing

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RE: Continental BussinessFirst: EWR-NRT-EWR (pics)

Sun Mar 30, 2008 6:23 pm

Hi there nice TR and pics. Being alone on the upper deck would be so cool. Would love also to see what the foods like next time.

Thanks

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RE: Continental BussinessFirst: EWR-NRT-EWR (pics)

Sun Mar 30, 2008 8:34 pm

Nice report and photo's, thanks.

Looks like the CO flights were pretty decent.

Re the NW lounge, this must be the best NW lounge in their entire network, sounds so unlike the usual US carriers lounges.

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RE: Continental BussinessFirst: EWR-NRT-EWR (pics)

Mon Mar 31, 2008 12:29 am

Dont worry, next time I will take pics of the food, lounge, seats etc.. I didnt take it when i took the trip because i was unaware of trip reports and the whole set of pics that go along with it.
 
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RE: Continental BussinessFirst: EWR-NRT-EWR (pics)

Mon Mar 31, 2008 7:06 am

the pacific routes are clearly a wide body paradise especially if you are flying upfront. Great trip report
 
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RE: Continental BussinessFirst: EWR-NRT-EWR (pics)

Mon Mar 31, 2008 9:18 am



Quoting Bentley55 (Thread starter):
I apologize as the pictures are not very good

No worries, the pictures were great.

Thanks for the report. I was just in NRT / Tokyo for business last week.
Keep on truckin'...
 
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RE: Continental BussinessFirst: EWR-NRT-EWR (pics)

Mon Mar 31, 2008 9:26 am

Your pics from the plane are what I really want to see and they were great
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RE: Continental BussinessFirst: EWR-NRT-EWR (pics)

Tue Apr 01, 2008 8:09 pm

Where does the NWA B744 continue on to? MSP DTW?
 
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RE: Continental BussinessFirst: EWR-NRT-EWR (pics)

Fri Apr 04, 2008 2:27 pm

Good TR!

Quoting Getdonnie (Reply 20):
Where does the NWA B744 continue on to? MSP DTW?

This one continues to MSP but from June this will change to LAX.
There's also a second daily flight on NW which goes to NGO and continues to DTW.

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