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3/8/2002 JOHNNY JET
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This week I got a terrific deal using miles.  I cashed in 35,000 Continental One Pass Miles for a LAX-EWR-SXM-ANU-EWR-LAX trip (total miles 8,498).  Ideally, I would've preferred going through Miami on the way back, but hey this way only cost $16 (taxes, security fee).  I fly United about 75% of the time so when I am on another airline, I'm out of my comfort zone.  I know most of the United terminals, employees, planes and ......  I'm lucky though because I am a Continental Elite Pass Member so I didn't have to wait in any crazy long check-in lines.  I just zipped in, and zipped out.  Security lines were light at LAX and the plane to Newark had 23 empty seats, one of those was next to me!
There's not much glamour flying from LAX-EWR.  Most of the planes that fly that route are 757's or smaller.  I prefer flying into JFK for a number of reasons but the main is because you're on an aircraft with 2 aisles.  Can you tell I'm a wide-body-kind-of-guy?
This was the first time since 9/11 that I've seen the overhead bins full.  I think it's because Continental (CO) doesn't use a baggage template at security and/or they're not that strict on the one carry-on rule policy.  To make full use of those nice oversized, overhead bins they should either have a video on how to properly store your rollers (length ways, wheels in first) by the gate or have the flight attendants tell passengers as they board.  It makes no sense to show "how to use the overheads" on the safety video when the plane is taxing down the runway.  It's a little late, don't you think?  Don't even give me the next time they fly excuse because it goes in one ear and out the other.

The flight was great except CO really does need to take American's lead and take some rows out.  My knees were pinned against the seat and I'm only 6 foot.  When I saw this 6' 9" dude walk past me I just started shaking my head and said, "Dude you're going to be bumming."  Before the meal service, the FA's walked down the aisle and gave everyone a hot, moist paper towel before lunch.  (That was a nice touch.)

It was chilly on the East Coast and my first stop was Connecticut.  My buddy, Mike, braved the NY traffic and picked me up at rush hour and then we went out to dinner with my Dad and his girlfriend.  This was my first time in CT since November, which was my longest absence since college.  I used to comeback almost every week when my Mom was around, but it's just too tough now, especially since my Dad has sold the house I grew up in.  It's weird to visit your hometown and not sleep in your home.  But, I am fortunate to have a great family.  My sister, Georgette, made up her guest room for me and I had an unexpected good night sleep.  She also had a cable modem which is now one of my favorite on-the-road amenities.  I hung out in CT for the day, spent some time with my family and friends and was off to NYC.

I had an early flight on Sunday and getting to Newark from CT is a nightmare so I decided to take the train into the city and spend the night there.  I also got to stop by my favorite pizza place.  :-)    I had a 5:50am pick up by Carmel 212-666-6666.  (Yeah, I gave them another chance, heck it was only going to be $34 plus toll and tip).  Well, they were 10 minutes late as usual and they had another passenger in the car.  That was cool with me because it lowered the price to a mere $22.

Flight 871 bound for St. Maarten departing from the C gates at 7:45am was on time.  They service that route with a 737-800 series plane.  (It has more leg room then the 757 I came over on) and we took off at 8am!  Flight time was a mere 3 hours and 10 minutes and we landed at 12:10pm (it's an hour time change). Flying into SXM (St. Maarten) has to be one of the nicest air strips around.  The beach is less than 50 feet away and the scenery with the crystal blue water and mountainous terrain are breath taking.  When you get off the plane, you have to walk down the stairs and board one of those transport busses.  From there you quickly go through customs (you need a passport or a US drivers license AND a copy of your birth certificate).  Baggage claim is tiny with a little bathroom next to it where I went to shed my winter clothes for a Johnny Jet T-shirt, shorts, and flip flops.

I wasn't stopping in St. Maarten for long.  I walked outside and jumped in taxi that cost $12  for the 15 minute ride to Marigot where the Anguilla ferry departs (every 30 minutes) from.   It was just leaving when I rolled up, a porter grabbed my bags and loaded them on (tip a dollar a bag).  BTW: St. Maarten is 37 square miles and half of the island is French and the other half is Dutch (that's why you will see two different types of license plates and spellings of St.Maarten/St. Martin).  It cost $2 for the departure tax and $10 for the 7 mile, seventeen minute ferry.  The seas were a bit rough so bring some Dramamine if you get sea sick easily.  I recommend sitting by the door on the left side because they keep that door open when it's rough and look at the horizon.  (BTW: Not one of the 20 passengers got sick.)

Next week we will have the full skinny on Anguilla and a funny story about Johnny Jet running out of gas.
 
 

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Following a massive evacuation last week at Los Angeles International Airport, officials have closed arrivals-level tunnels linking the
secure areas of Terminal 4 and 5, and Terminals 5 and 6. Departure level walkways connecting Terminals 6, 7 and 8 will remain open for
United Airlines passengers. Last Thursday (February 28), a metal detector in Terminal 4 was found to be unplugged, resulting in the
required re-screening of thousands of passengers from Terminals 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8. With the tunnel closings, any such incident in the future
should affect fewer passengers, airport officials said.

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The Longest-Distance Flights in the WorldBY DONALD L. PEVSNER
THE 8,000-MILE CLUB. It doesn't get more exclusive than this:
1. 8,434 Miles: Atlanta to Johannesburg, South African Airways Flight 212, using a Boeing 747-400 (Eastbound only).
2. 8,130 Miles: Atlanta to Capetown, South African Airways Flight 210, using a Boeing 747-400 (Eastbound only).
3. 8,042 Miles: New York/Newark to Hong Kong, Continental Airlines Flight 99, using a Boeing 777.
4. 7,980 Miles: New York/Kennedy to Johannesburg, South African Airways Flight 202, using a Boeing 747-400 (Eastbound only).
5. 7,922 Miles: Los Angeles to Melbourne, Qantas Flight 94, using a Boeing 747-400.
6. 7,793 Miles: Hong Kong to Toronto/Pearson, Cathay Pacific Flight 828, using an Airbus A340 (Eastbound only). This flight terminates on

March 15 and will resume during next fall's colder weather. That's because jet engines provide better performance on takeoff in colder, denser air. In hot weather, maximum takeoff weight must be reduced on very long-haul sectors, meaning that less fuel can be carried, and range is thus reduced.
7. 7,782 Miles: Chicago/O’Hare to Hong Kong, United Airlines Flight 895, using a Boeing 747-400.
8. 7,779 Miles: Taipei to New York/Kennedy, China Airlines Flight 012, using an Airbus A340 (Eastbound only).
9. 7,491 Miles: Los Angeles to Sydney, United Flight 815; Qantas Flights 12 and 108 and Air New Zealand Flight 015. All are operated using Boeing 747-400s.
10. 7,422 Miles: San Francisco to Sydney, United Airlines Flight 863, using a Boeing 747-400.
11. 7,291 Miles: Manila to Los Angeles, Philippine Airlines Flight 102, using Boeing 747-400s or Airbus A340s (Eastbound only).
12. 7,123 Miles: Frankfurt to Buenos Aires, Lufthansa Flight 526, using a Boeing 747-400.


 
 



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