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ArkeFly, How Are They?  
User currently offlineKappel From Suriname, joined Jul 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 17
Posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3348 times:

Since I am planning a trip to the Bahama's that most likely will involve a flight with either ArkeFly or MartinAir, I was wondering from people with experiece with them how they found the experience. I'm not very keen on MartinAir, so I am kind of weary of flying with ArkeFly. What is their cross-section in economy? 2-4-2 or 2-3-2? Thanks in advance for any responses.


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User currently offlineRdwootty From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 902 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3340 times:

The one they have kindly lent to BMI is 2-4-2

User currently offlineCrosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2598 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3328 times:
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Quoting Rdwootty (Reply 1):
The one they have kindly lent to BMI is 2-4-2

It isn't - both their economy and premium economy cabins are 2-3-2.

Quoting Kappel (Thread starter):
I was wondering from people with experiece with them how they found the experience.

We wet leased an aircraft from Arkefly when they were still called HollandExel in early 2005. The technical reliability of the aircraft (PH-AHQ) was poor - with several technical delays over a contract that only lasted a couple of weeks. Passenger reaction to the aircraft was very poor, despite it being in a more comfortable layout than our own 767s at the time. Onboard the crew were completely disinterested and onboard service was disorganised and very slow - meal services took hours and we had reports of bar services involving passsenges being forced to que in the aisles for drinks as opposed to taking the carts down the aisle to the passengers in the normal way.

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Can't comment on how things have changed under the new ownership.

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User currently offlineKappel From Suriname, joined Jul 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3296 times:

Hmmm, doesn't sound too promising. Maybe i'll fly CO or BA instead. I'd prefer CO being from SkyTeam, but it seems on the inbound flight I have to fly via EWR and FLL and on a Beech 1900 to Nassau. That's not really ideal. (not so much the 1900 as the 2 stops). Anybody have a better idea?


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User currently offlineManchesterMAN From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 1224 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3290 times:

Quoting Kappel (Reply 3):
Hmmm, doesn't sound too promising. Maybe i'll fly CO or BA instead. I'd prefer CO being from SkyTeam, but it seems on the inbound flight I have to fly via EWR and FLL and on a Beech 1900 to Nassau. That's not really ideal. (not so much the 1900 as the 2 stops). Anybody have a better idea?

This is a.net - the more stops the better  Smile



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User currently offlineKappel From Suriname, joined Jul 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3287 times:

Quoting ManchesterMAN (Reply 4):
This is a.net - the more stops the better

If I were alone, no problem. But as I'm flying with my wife and 6-year old daughter, that's a different story. I have flown AMS-CDG-CAY-PBM-CAY-CDG-AMS, and that was no problem. I got to fly on a 763, a320 and DC9-50. But I was alone.



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