The choice of Norwegian is obvious: that's the lonely airlines to offer correct prices from Guadeloupe to USA (east coast). In fact, from French West Indies, there was "only" 4 ways to go to USA. But all are very expansive. You can choose the AF flight which do PTP-MIA via PAP, 5 hours flight from PTP, 7h from FDF (stop at PTP and PAP). The AA flight (from FDF and PTP), 3hours flight, it's direct but only twice a week. You can stop at Saint-Martin and San Juan. It was the only 4 ways, but 2 years ago, Norwegian came to broke the prices. With 3 destinations : JFK, BOS and IAH at the beginning, you can have a round-trip or only $200! The flight leave at 8a.m from PTP and arrive at noon in the USA. It's just perfect to continue with an other flight to west coast in the same day. At the time of the report, the destinations have changed. It's JFK, FLL and Providence. BOS and IAH have been deleted. Now, it's changed again !!! It's JFK (6 times a week !), FLL (4times) Cayenne (Guyana) (3times) and Montreal, CA (3 times too). So 4 destinations!
Now, the report:
The flight leaving at 8am, we have to go to the airport at 5:30am. We awake at 4:30am, leave from the house at 5am. At this hour, the traject is quick, and at 5:25am we are at the airport. When we arrive, it's the dark night. We go to Terminal 2. Flights to Caribbean Islands, USA and Canada leave from here. There is nobody in the terminal, except the passengers for AF flight To French Guyana (Cayenne, CAY).
View of T1 and 2. I like the architecture of both. The Terminal 2 is colorful, as the island of Guadeloupe!
Now let's go to the police, where only two agents were presents. Still fast, and 10minutes after we are on the other side. But instead of going to Terminal 2 Airside part, we go to Terminal 1 airside part. I don't know the utility of that. But at the T1 we have a better view on the airplanes.
Fids and controls.
We have to find the arrows.
Go to T1
So we have to go up, and we arrive in boarding area, without passing by duty-free.
There are only three planes. Two norwegian B738, one for JFK, one for FLL and the third plane is the Air France a320 to Cayenne (Guyana).
Our plane, EI-FJU is 1,4years and alwaysbelonged to Norwegian. The plane is very recent, like all norwegian's boeing.
some pics during the waiting. We arrived early at the airport, but it's better.
The boarding is started on time It's 7:20am, so one hour before our take-off. I tell myself that we gonna be on time or in advance, one hour for a B737 is more than enough, but it's without counting that the majority of the passengers should participate in "The slowest passenger of Guadeloupe". Everyone had differents ways to retard the boarding. Some wanted to move to an other seat, some took 10minutes to put one luggage in the storage… After 1hour15m (what must be a record for a 737), everybody is sitting. It 8:35AM, and at 8:40, we push-back. Sometimes, early in the morning, we can take-off from east to west (it was the case for the AF A320 to Guyana 1hour30m before us) but this time it will be a normal take-off, from west to east.
Going to the runway
Thurst, and Take-off!
Here you can see the new industralized area of Abymes city. Now it's totally ended, with a cinema, and markets (Monoprix for example). On the right, the little building, it's "South-Providence high school"
Now we fly over the inland of the east island ("Grande-Terre"). It's what we call "Les grands-fonds" which are constitued by little hills with many vegetations and very humid.
The airport in the background
And we leave Guadeloupe
The pitch is very good for a 4hours flight.
The roof, vomit bag (2) and safety card
the belt is not signed.
Oh, by the way, I have not spoken yet about the negative point that will disturb my pretty flight to the big apple … I want to talk about Mr.7A .. A young child not to exceed 6 years old, who did not stop kicking and punching my file. At first it does not bother me, he is young, must certainly be bored. After an hour, it becomes annoying, but the height is when he gets up and starts pulling my (with a remarkable strength for his age) hair. I turn around, and ask her mother, sitting in 7B if she can not calm her child a bit.. This one answers me, that the "the poor has nothing to do". I say that she can easily find other sources of entertainment on a plane than my hair, after which, she gets into a furious anger, and told me that if I'm not happy, I had only changed places. I answer, trying as best as I can to remain calm, that in a plane full 100% it seems difficult. Still yelling, she she tells me that otherwise I do not take plane, and this kind of person (like me) she has enough, that it is called "good-banners" … I I was so stunned that I really thought I had misunderstood (the dialogue was in English) and asked him to repeat. She did not seem to take the fact that I asked her to repeat and turned her attention to her magazine. I turn around, and I continue to undergo the child's tricks, until JFK. In itself the fact that he gesticulates does not bother me, he is small, but he pulls my hair, it's not very nice …
In Atlantic Ocean, between Bermudas and USA
Arrived at Washington's lattitude, the weather is deteriorating. It does not surprise me, it's planning fod and snow at New York C. with only 3°C (37°F)
Beginning of the descent a 11:30 am (New York local time : -1h). It shakes a lot, but I saw worse. After the moment that we enter on cloud layer, we will not see anything until we land, at noon.
Sorry, with melted snow, my smartphone was focusing on drops of water, and no the background..
we are waiting for some planes to take off 767 Delta
Let's go to Terminal 1
My seat for this 4 hours
Japan Airlines and EVA AIR.
Then go to the border police for entering in us territory. I don't know if there was a heating problem, but it was a polar cold in the corridors .
And the surprise! We cross formalities in 20min, I never saw that, even if JFK's control are less strict than in Miami…
We recover our luggages.
Then, let's take the AirTrain to go to Terminal 5 to continue our jounrey to Albuquerque with Jetblue ( avalible here in english). We have to cross the road, it's very hard, between the traffic and the weather (close to 32°F)… But view from the train are pretty. We pass in front of terminals 2 and 4 (3 doesn't exist yet).
737 Copa (what a long flight in 737 ! Of course better than the 8h flight between Panama and Buenos Aeres but still long!).
That's the end of the report, let me apologize of my english translator level. See you next flight!
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Pointe-à-Pitre - PTP
New York - JFK
A very good flight to conclude.
DY: Low-cost, but with very intersting prices. The free Wi-Fi during all the flight is very great, is why i put 9.5 in entertainment.
PTP : Both terminals are nice, but there are not enough services, even if the airport is not very big.
JFK (Terminal 1): Very surprised about the rapidity of US autorities at the border police. However, for a JFK's Terminal, there are not enough services! Only one Starbucks to eat, and only 30minutes of free wi-fi by 24h. I think they should improve the "quality" of the Terminal, as example, Terminal 1 at PTP is better than Terminal 1 at JFK...
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