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  • Minnesota Trip on Continental (Pt 1) Pics

    INTRODUCTION-
    The basis for this trip was because my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and I needed get home to spend time with her and my family in Minnesota. I had found a really good deal on tickets and jumped on the opportunity, however that meant leaving a week later than planned. My wife had to work with very few vacation days so only me and my daughter were traveling on this trip.

    The day of travel I checked online to change seats and found a good deal in F/J on the IAH-MSP segment and upgraded.

    ARRIVAL-
    We arrived at the Airport rather early since my wife dropped us off on the way to work.

    CHECK-IN & SECURITY-
    The Airport wasnít busy nevertheless we made our way to the elite security line and were through in no time.

    AFTER SECURITY-
    We had plenty of time to grab Breakfast and get a shoeshine before finding our gate. The only thing I dislike is the lack of power outlets to charge my laptop so we used the one power station at the gate along with everyone else.

    SAN-IAH Pics-
    https://picasaweb.google.com/1159879...sFlightSANIAH#

    There was a small backlog effect from the prior arriving Continental flight which delayed our boarding and takeoff time.

    Date: Tuesday April 12, 2011
    Segment: SAN-IAH
    Flight: CO 374
    Registration: N38443
    Load Factor: 100%
    Class: Economy
    Equipment: Boeing 737-900ER
    Cruising Altitude: 37,000 feet
    Cruising Speed: 444 kts
    Duration: 2 hours 21 minutes
    Distance: Direct: 1,301 sm Planned: 1,401 sm Flown: 1,380 sm
    Departure Gate SAN: Terminal 2 / Gate 35
    Arrival Gate IAH: Terminal C / Gate 39
    Scheduled Departure: 11:20AM PDT
    Actual Departure: 11:40AM PDT
    Route: POGGI2 IPL J18 GBN J50 ELP J2 FST J138 SAT SEEDS HAMMU1
    Scheduled Arrival: 04:27PM CDT
    Actual Arrival: 04:01PM CDT
    Seat: 8A

    Flight Routing-
    http://flightaware.com/live/flight/C...820Z/KSAN/KIAH

    Takeoff from SAN
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=799eW4laMbU

    INFLIGHT-
    Service was normal as could be expected, however there werenít any PTVís or Overhead TVís for this flight.

    MEALS/SNACKS-
    I ordered the Angus Burger from the Buy on Board Menu it was ok however tasted just like it came from the microwave as the bun was really dry.

    BOB Menu-
    http://www.continental.com/web/en-US...nomy/menu.aspx

    Landing in IAH
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnzrkzz30Ys

    We made our way over to Terminal C and had a 2 Ĺ hour layover.

    While at the Airport we walked around and grabbed a snack, I had plenty of time to do work on my laptop during our wait.


    IAH-MSP pics-

    https://picasaweb.google.com/1159879...sFlightIAHMSP#

    BOARDING-
    They called for First Class boarding and we made our way to our seats.

    Date: Tuesday April 12, 2011
    Segment: IAH-MSP
    Flight: CO 616
    Registration: N77520
    Load Factor: 95%
    Class: First/Business
    Equipment: Boeing 737-800
    Cruising Altitude: 36,000 feet
    Cruising Speed: 454 kts
    Duration: 2 hours 18 minutes
    Distance: Direct: 1,036 sm Planned: 1,069 sm Flown: 1,092 sm
    Departure Gate IAH: Terminal C / Gate 34
    Arrival Gate MSP: Terminal 1 / Gate E3
    Scheduled Departure: 07:10PM CDT
    Actual Departure: 07:20PM CDT
    Route: LOA7 BYP TUL MCI FOD TWOLF2
    Scheduled Arrival: 09:59PM CDT
    Actual Arrival: 09:38PM CDT
    Seat: 1A

    Flight Routing to MSP-
    http://flightaware.com/live/flight/C...010Z/KIAH/KMSP

    Takeoff Video-
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sj3r6db9AFI

    ONBOARD ANEMITIES-
    We received hot towels and were given our choices of meal selections at this point. Pasta or Chicken. We had the overhead TVís for this portion which was nice.

    DINNER ENTR…E-
    Manicotti Pasta stuffed with Feta cheese covered with Marinara Sauce
    Dinner Roll
    Cream of Mushroom Soup
    Garden Salad with toppings.
    Glass of Chianti Wine

    The meal was good and a safe choice, the wine paired rather well with the meal offering. The Mushroom Soup was really tasty. My daughter picked the Herbed Breasted Chicken sided with sautťed vegetables.

    Plates were removed promptly and then we were served desert

    DESSERT-Apple Pie with Coffee

    Along the route we passed over the Oklahoma wildfires

    LANDING-
    Before we knew it preparations were made for landing was time and landed a little early in the Twin Cities. We grabbed our bags and made our way to train which takes you the Car Rental facilities.

    SUMMARY-
    The overall service on Continental was decent however I wish they had a TV on the SAN-IAH segment. They are still in the process of retrofitting the 737-900ERís with TVís. The attendants in F/J Class IAH-MSP were excellent and very attentive; however the drinking glasses had chips on the rim making it easy to cut someoneís lip

    Any comments, questions, and feedback are welcome .

    Regards, Mike
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