Saturday, August 20, 2011
If you look at history you will see that Pan Am, Eastern, TWA, United, Continental, Delta, and Northwest have all participated in major mergers and aquisitions. A few years ago American was the nation's largest airline. With the UA, CO, DL, and NW mergers they will soon fall to #3.
They have complimentary fleets and routes. Without this merger American will lose it's edge because of less routes and smalle aging fleet. US has already fallen due to those issues. A merger would allow US and American to better compete on the global scale. I wouldn't doubt it.
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Friday, August 19, 2011
Boarding: We boarded early and upon boarding were offered drinks and menus and the International service manager, basically a pursor, gave us a tour of the seat. Blankets, pillows, headsets, and amenities kits were already on the seat.
The Seat: The Continental Businessfirst seat on their 757 is a flatbed seat. The seats recline to a full 180 degrees. The seat cusion moves forward as it goes flat and connects with the footrest to make a fully flat "bed". The seat controls offer a button to make a bed, a button to sit up, two buttons for lumbar support, the footrest, and for the seat. When reclined you can also adjust using a separate seat control built into the shell behind your seat. Also on the shell is a reading light with three settings. Unfortunately it was too bright for normal use.
I was doubtful that the privacy screen would be effective but it
Was when reclined.
The most important discovery was one I made midway through the flight. The seat is very narrow compared to most First class seats. The solution I found was that with the push of a button I could put the armrest down. This adds inches to seat width. This is very valuable.
To be continued
Thursday, August 18, 2011
The new bag More stylish than the old classic blue, durable, reusable, Rating:8/10
Not as nice as most airline combsRating:5/10
Earplugs: good at blocking engine noiseRating:9/10
Eyeshades: work well, not very comfortableRating:7/10
Health products: decent but not high qualityRating:6/10
Socks: very comfortableRating:9/10
Mints: tasty but lacks a sealable container. I miss tic tacs Rating:6/10
A nice little plastic pen +2
Wipes are a nice addition: +3 points
Toothbrush and toothpaste are name brand and high quality Rating:9/10
Overall rating:65/80 or 7/10
Very good for an American Airline
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
The trip: the trains are very quiet and quite comfortable. The bathrooms are reasonably nice for a train. There was a bar car that seemed to have a reasonable selection
To sum things up:
Overall this was a very cfprtable train and I would definetly reccomend it.
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Monday, August 15, 2011
What it is: The TGV is a high speed train service operating throughout France
the seat:The size of a coach seat but possibly more padding. The seats had more space and armrest room than coach on an airline. The seats are arranged in rows of two with tables seating four intermixed.
For legroom and a larger table area book a table seat
The seats recline slightly and in the same manner as an American Airlines 737 coach seat( seat moves forward as it goes back so it doesnt imped on space in row behind)
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
To use less descriptive words: this place provides good soups for an airport place. My only gripe is that the bread isn't always great. Check it out and stay tuned for more airport food tips.
Monday, August 8, 2011
I recently visited the Newark President's club in terminal C for the first time in a while. Here are some pictures and notes on the lounge:
Very large and well staffed
Staff were courteous and friendly
Nothing was brand new but everything was nice and well maintained. Everything was the same as it was four years ago.
Very nice ambience and atmosphere compared to other lounges
Great view of the Tarmac
Free snacks, drinks, and newspapers are always a nice perk