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Wich Charter Airline Do You Like The Best?  
User currently offlineAms From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1691 posts, RR: 11
Posted (10 years 5 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 5784 times:

There are many charter flights operating arroung the world, especially in West Europe, where many people fly to South European destinations.

Which Charter Company do you prefer the best?
My favourite Charter company is Martinair Holland.



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User currently offlineINNflight From Switzerland, joined Apr 2004, 3767 posts, RR: 60
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 5771 times:

Hmmm, TCX is quite good.


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Also, Lauda Air, even they're not flying charters only.


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User currently offlineMerC From Sweden, joined Dec 2003, 590 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5769 times:

Of those I have tried I would say, Premiair/MyTravel. I especially liked their A330.


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User currently offlineJaspike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 2 days ago) and read 5767 times:

Britannia! Never had any problems with them, they're great Big grin


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User currently offlineRyanair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5765 times:

Astraeus, I flew with them last year to AGP, great airline.  Big thumbs up


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User currently offlineJamotcx From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1037 posts, RR: 25
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5760 times:

I'd have to say my favorite based on which had the kindest cabin crew would have to be

1) Tommy Cook
2) MyTravel
3) European Aviation / Asura (joint)
5) Excel / Air Atlanta (joint)
7) Britannia

This is based on during turnaround when I interacted with the crews srtng out catering figures etc with them.


Jamo


User currently offlineHBFly From Austria, joined Jul 2003, 110 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 5752 times:

I cast my vote for low cost and charter airline Niki.


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User currently offlineWorldoftui From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 5729 times:

Totally, absolutely, 100% agreeing with Jaspike

Rule Britannia  Big grin


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Great crew and friendly service. Only 1 delay for me in over 20 years of flying with them.


User currently offlineBA380 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1466 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 23 hours ago) and read 5720 times:

LTU (Germany) offers a very strong product. It seems very solid and professional and not as 'cheapskate' as some of the UK ones.


cabin crew: doors to automatic and cross-check...
User currently offlineWillo From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 1352 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5693 times:

Having flown with most of the UK charters, I would say in terms of service Monarch have the edge over the rest. Britannia come a pretty close second.

User currently offlineSammyhostie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5693 times:

Worldoftui,

great you love BY, but delays more often than not are not the fault of the airline!

I get very annoyed but still smile when delays bcos LGW ATC / Slots/late pax etc... all get blamed on us and our airline.


User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 11, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 5686 times:

I don't know for sure if Hooters is a CHARTER airline or not.


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User currently offlineHirnie From Germany, joined May 2004, 595 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 5676 times:

Until they were integrated into Thomas Cook it was CONDOR. Well they did perform good as well as "Thomas Cook powered by Condor". But they put in new seats and those were uncomfortable...
Hope to see Condor again in its own colors and not as an LCC !!!


User currently offline4jaded From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 248 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5664 times:

My best Charter airline expereinces were on Worldways Canada Ltd. and Rich International both long gone from the scene but not forgotten

User currently offlineLeigh Pilgrim From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2000, 392 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5658 times:

Monarch by a long way,

great service, great food, what more do you want?


User currently offlineTravelagent From Germany, joined Mar 2004, 89 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5648 times:

For me it is for sure LTU. They have their base here in Dusseldorf and because I am a kind of "local patriot" I choose them for my charter flights whenever possible.


Born to fly! It's more than a passion - it's a yearning!! At home in DUS(Dusseldorf)!
User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 59
Reply 16, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 5636 times:

The best charter airlines I've flown in are Monarch and Lotus air



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The worst has to be Brittania



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User currently offlineJerry1011 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 57 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 5631 times:

Having flown the majority of Western European Charter Carriers including most of the British ones, I would say that the answer to the original question - ie which one's the best - depends entirely upon the crew and not really such things as catering, seat pitch, aircraft flown etc. On this front, they're all much the same (ie cheap and nasty sometimes!).

Any airline whose material product is excellent can be let down by condescending, snooty and arrogant crew members in much the same way as sitting amongst a 29" seat pitch being served a Spartan and indigestible meal after a six hour delay can be redeemed by a crew who act courteously, professionally and in a friendly manner. In other words, a crew that is customer focused and treats its customers as it would wish to be treated is the most important element of any flight in my opinion.

I have always found Air 2000/First Choice Airways quite good on this front. Airtours/My Travel on the other hand have given me some bad experiences as despite providing a state-of-the-art aircraft and OK food, they've been badly let down by crew members in whose care I quite frankly wouldn't feel comfortable leaving a pet gerbil!

I have noticed that many charter carriers seem to lack the level of experienced (OK, so I mean old crew here) staff which can be found amongst scheduled carriers - particularly US carriers and good old BA. As a consequence, manners and etiquette can sometimes be missing. One exception to this which I have found is Monarch in the UK. Terrible seat pitch, poor food when I've used them, but always an OK crew.

Maybe it's just me.... I'm getting old and resentful of my missing youth.... or maybe I just prefer to be treated as a fare paying customer rather than an item sent along to disrupt someone's party in the Galley and to up their commission levels from duty-free and beverage sales.

There - that's my rant for the day!

Jerry.


User currently offlineAlcregular From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 5595 times:

Mine is Britannia Airways (in old livery)


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User currently offlineWorldoftui From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 5596 times:

Sammyhostie

great you love BY, but delays more often than not are not the fault of the airline!

I get very annoyed but still smile when delays bcos LGW ATC / Slots/late pax etc... all get blamed on us and our airline.


True Sammyhostie. A valid point. But the way that the airline is run also has an impact on punctuality too. As I understand it, Britannia is one of the few charter airlines to have stand-by aircraft even due the peak months.

But punctuality is not the main reason that they are my preferred airline. I was really referring to the overall travel experience with them. Check-in, IFE, Service and Food/bev service. Have found them superior to the competition.

Although this year, not happy to hear they have joined the rest and started charging for headsets  Angry

Mark


User currently offlineCapital146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2125 posts, RR: 44
Reply 20, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 5592 times:

Of the airlines still in service today, my overall favourite (after many happy flights) is............Britannia.

My all-time favourite (but sadly long-gone) was Orion. Always enjoyed my flights with them.


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The one I'd like to try next is TCX, not sure why, just the way i feel.



Like a fine wine, one gets better with age.
User currently offlineAirbus3801 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1089 posts, RR: 5
Reply 21, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5569 times:

TransMeridian Airways was excellent


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User currently offlineCKT523 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 161 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (10 years 4 months 21 hours ago) and read 5512 times:

In my experience, the best ever charter carrier was Caledonian, I always flew them every year to ALC and they were faultless. Spotless a/c, including the L-1011, spotless crew and excellent service with great food. As soon as BA sold them to Inspirations, the service went bad, the a/c went ropey and they retired the 757 in favour of the A320, and I went off them.

In terms of the WORST charter flight, it has to MON. I flew them on A300-600R G-MAJS from LGW to ALC and it was awful. Seats were uncomfortable, cabin smelt funny, food was terrible and the crew weren't very nice either. The seats were the old grey/blue ones with horizontal lines and a rubber headrest cover, and we were right at the back of the bus where the seats went 2-3-2.Very cramped.wouldn't like to do anything longer than 2 hours on one unless they have been drastically overhauled.


User currently offlineRen41 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1524 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (10 years 4 months 12 hours ago) and read 5505 times:

World Airways is my favorite, especially flying on the MD-11. Better service than any major US airline and plenty of legroom.

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User currently offlineLHRman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 398 posts, RR: 6
Reply 24, posted (10 years 4 months 5 hours ago) and read 5511 times:

Well, I've tried many charter airlines, including the greats Monarch, Brittania, Sabre????. But my absolute favourite is.................................


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EXCEL AIRWAYS

I flew them to Skiathos and they simply had everything, friendly staff, communicative pilots and very nice seats! (BTW: im not sure if communicative is a word so please don't have a go about it)! I will fly them hopefully to Innsbruck when I go and when I return to Skiathos. But I am trying out TCX in the summer so you will find out who are better when I do my trip report!

Thanks Dave Big grin



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