Continental Airlines Boeing B737 800 (14/141) seat review by Michael McAdam #26523

2011-05-06
4 of 5
Seat 2E
From Houston-George Bush Intercontinental(IAH)
To Caracas-Simon Bolivar International Airport(CCS)
Detailed ratings
Legroom 3 of 5
Seat width 5 of 5
Seat recline 4 of 5
Entertainment 3 of 5
Food & drink 4 of 5
Service 4 of 5
Overall, I was not impressed by CO's first class service. At the airport, I was told that my bag was over 50lbs and that I need to take some items out of the suitcase and put them into the handbag. Excuse my ignorance, but doesn't this leave the same net weight on the aircraft in the end?? Otherwise, check in was speedy as this is one of the last flights of the evening to fly out of CCS. The CO lounge at IAH is fine, with plenty of room at that time of night, although I am constantly frustrated that in US lounges, premium passengers are expected to pay for their drinks and refreshments when in Maple Leaf lounges, these are complimentary.

In any event, the flight back to Caracas was fine. The seat did not seem to have as much pitch as the emergency exit (14C) that I sat at on the way back. Overall, I didn't find the first class product terribly good value for money. In the future, I will probably go with buying the cheapest economy ticket I can with CO and then "upgrading" to the emergency exit row.
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