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May 1st, 2007, 09:55 AM
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Thanks mvor. We fly out with eurofly on thursday. We will be driving about 3 hours down to JFK and I want to be in the terminal for 6:00. Now I think I will get there for 5:30. How was eurofly about luggage? What did they allow you to carry on?
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May 1st, 2007, 10:05 AM
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My mom flew on Eurofly from JFK to FCO last Thursday. She got there at 7:30 for a 9:45 flight and was checked in by 7:40. She said there was no line. She did have to check in a bag that is normally a carry on because of the weight limit.
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May 1st, 2007, 10:07 AM
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Thanks, Anya. I thought I would have to check through. I hope that baggage claim at FCO is not too much trouble. I am used to carrying on.
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May 1st, 2007, 10:43 AM
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TexasAggie, glad to help...you'd have been proud of our pizza intake!

sandi_travelnut, I think we may end up like you! We used to spend each Thanksgiving in Paris but now we're lucky that my husband has a conference each June in Paris so it frees up Thanksgiving for someplace else..this year will be Buenos Aires.

opaldog, we carried on a laptop and a knapsack and checked our bags as we usually do. We waited about 15 minutes at FCO for our bags to come out (plus the 5-minute bus shuttle from the plane to the terminal). This was about the same time it took during our visit last February when we flew AlIitalia.

Leaving FCO the check in staff didn't seem too bothered with overweight luggage but that could have been since they were so busy. The attendant who helped us had trouble entering my alien card information so we waited about 20-minutes whilst that got that sorted so we entertained ourselves by watching the luggage of others (sad, I know). We always weigh our luggage ahead on the bathroom scale and travel w/an extra bag just incase.

Lastly, I meant to mention that departing JFK we were told boarding would begin at 8:15 pm for our 9:45 pm flight but it was probably closer to 9:15 pm when it really started but we left/arrived on time. There's a great independent sky lounge in Terminal 4--I'm not sure if you can buy a day pass but they honor SkyTeam elite, Delta Crown Room, NW World Perks, etc.

We're making Cacio e Pepe tonight with the Pecorino Romano we brought back...a little bit of Roma in Connecticut!
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May 1st, 2007, 01:45 PM
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mvor: Did you have any problems bringing the cheese back through US customs? I always wonder about bringing food back in.
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May 1st, 2007, 01:51 PM
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We brought back Parm from Parma in January. As long as it vacuum-sealed, there's no problem.
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May 1st, 2007, 02:05 PM
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You're allowed to bring back hard/cured cheeses according to the USDA but they must be declared. We bought our Parmesan and Romano in a hypermarket so it wasn't vacuum sealed (not a requirement per the USDA's website). We did buy cling film and wrap it and then put it into zip top bags to maintain freshness. Buying it vacuum-sealed would have been easier but we won out on quantity.

Have a wonderful trip!
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May 1st, 2007, 02:27 PM
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Thanks for the advice. I'm getting my usual pre-trip jitters.
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May 19th, 2007, 12:38 PM
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We have been back one week now from our trip to Rome and Paris. Eurofly was a fine airline and I would certainly use them again. I would hope that they offer the low fares next year. Our flight out was good. We arrived 4 hours early and were first on line and received exit row seats which were hard to wrangle out of the staff. On the return we were postponed for 4 hours in Rome. We think they kept us waiting because they decided to consolidate the Naples flight with the Rome flight. They did not tell us anything for at least 3 hours. That was frustrating, but they did give us food vouchers and we did get home, although 4 hours later. Even so I would give them a good rating. The food was average to below average. The flight attendants were efficient and polite. The entertainment was seatback screens with a choice of 4 movies.
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May 21st, 2007, 11:42 AM
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I see EuroFly has RT flights now for $529 (includes everything) NY to Italy. Also, good dates available (including the fall). Pretty nice.
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May 23rd, 2007, 12:10 PM
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We used Eurofly and didn't manage to get one of the exit rows. I'm only 5'6" and found the leg room was not sufficient for me; my friend who is shorter than me found the same. There was about 1" between my knees and the seat back in front of me, which decreased to zero when it was reclined. What uncomfortable flights. I certainly wouldn't use them again unless I could get a similar price--I would have been most unhappy if I'd paid the standard price for this route. My friend would not use them again even if they were giving away seats!

On the NY to Rome flight the seat in front of me was broken--it could only be in full upright or almost flat positions. When reclined, the top was halfway along my armrest. Fortunately, there was an empty seat next to me so I moved over. I think that was the only empty seat on the plane. I saw some men looking very, very miserable--cramped both in their legs and their shoulders, trying to get comfortable by turning a little sideways but not succeeding very well as the seats themselves were narrow.

The armrests were rather strange, too--they would not go all the way up--and when they did stay raised, which not all of them did, they were at half mast which meant not being able to learn up against your partner while sleeping.

The meals were reminiscent of the bad old days of airline food.

I'm used to getting a whole can of pop or bottle of water on the airlines I usually fly and could only get it by the plastic glassful. Fortunately, I'd brought on a partially drunk bottle of orange juice that I had purchased at the airport after going through security, so I asked for enough refills of my water to fill it up to sip on during the night. I also noticed that walking to stretch the legs is not encouraged.

The flight attendants were most pleasant, and had nice looking outfits.

My feeling is that they are still acting like a short-haul European airline. If they are going to succeed in the American market, they're going to need to adjust to the generally larger size of Americans vs Europeans. When I flew Southwest Airlines from Colorado to New York and back, they had three times the legroom!
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May 23rd, 2007, 01:08 PM
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I don't know, last time we flew to Europe on $1000 tickets (Delta I think) that perfectly describes the room we had in the seats -- zero. Very bad.
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May 23rd, 2007, 02:33 PM
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Being bored I looked up the Eurofly info vs other airlines (using Seat Guru on the others).

Eurofly uses the A330-200 for it's long haul flights. They cram in 256 coach seats. While only about 7 airlines use this plane, the next most crowded came from Northwest with 211 coach. Most run about 180.

Granted, eurofly only provides 26 biz class compared to an average of 40 biz class and 32 on Northwest.

What does this all mean, well with NW being the next most crowded, for 1 row of biz class, eurofly crams in 5 rows of coach. With other airlines, 2.5 rows of biz equals 10 rows.

While nobody tells you the exact number, looks like about a 28" pitch on Eurofly. No thanks.

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May 23rd, 2007, 03:27 PM
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Having just flown eurofly, with a great fare, I would definitely fly them again. I did luck out with an exit row on the way over, but I was in a regular seat of two on the way back. I didn't see much difference between eurofly and icelandair or aer lingus. If I had my choice I would fly Air France, but I always go with the lowest airfare. I'll be looking for some good fares from eurofly next year.
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May 25th, 2007, 08:49 AM
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That is some very interesting research you did, daveesl.

Usually fly BA going east (they fly nonstop from Denver, and then visit with friends in England on the way back from a trip). BA has a 31" pitch--what a difference 3" makes, though that is even a bit tight for my husband.

Like Opaldog, I'd fly them again with a $368/total fare, and knowing what I was getting into. I do worry a bit about DVT and on other airlines do the recommended exercises; however, there was not enough room on Eurofly to do this. I did occasionally wiggle my legs and feet but only when my legs started hurting, so as not to annoy the person in front of me by jiggling their seat with my knees any more than I had to. My friend wouldn't fly them again, she was way too uncomfortable.
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