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Charter Airlines & The A321  
User currently offlineCtflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 89 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3258 times:

Has anyone flown on an A321 operated by any of the following charter airlines - Monarch, Air 2000, My Travel, LTU, Aero Lloyd, and Spanair.

Please share your experiences and include comments on seating comfort.


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User currently offlineNa From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 11588 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3235 times:

Time pressure put me onboard an A321 (not sure about the reg, but it carried the logo of German football champion Bayern Munich on its tail and a sticker at the front, most likely D-ALAM) on a flight to Malaga about two weeks ago.

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I´m not a fan of long single-aisle planes, and this was no exception. The A321 is my least liked type in the LH fleet already, and Aerolloyds A321 is worse. I would seriously warn everybody taller than 1,80m to fly with it. One of the most cramped airplanes I´ve ever been on. And surprisingly noisy as well (more than I know it from LH). Food was so-so, didn´t expect any wonders, didn´t experience one. Also bad: smoking was allowed on board.

Vote: not recommended!

PS: Just see Global S.S. B747-400F G-GSSA landing in FRA from my office! If weather is improving slightly, spotters might be able to take a nice shot later.

User currently offlineRick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3195 times:

I have flown on a Monarch A321 and an Airtours (as they were then) A321. Both were 220 seat layouts I recall.

No different whatsoever from any other UK charter airline in terms of seat comfort, 29-30" pitch which is comparable to the 757/A320. Prefer the Airbus slightly over the 757, "computer driven magic" feels like it flies on rails....

Saves the airlines money too over the 757 on a similar trip, only drawback is the 15 fewer seats on the 321.

I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...
User currently offlineCaptain.md-11 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 704 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3185 times:

2 years ago I flew on a wet leased BMI A321 flying for Air 2000. The Captain left the cockpit door open during taxi and take-off, so I could see right down to the flight deck. It was quite an awesome sight as it was a night flight (was mean to be afternoon but you know UK Charter airlines  Wink/being sarcastic ) and the panel was fully lit up by the instrument lights. The flight itself was as good as can be expected, I was quite impressed though as it was my first Bus ride and the aircraft looked quite new. It didn't quite go up like a 757/777/MD-11, but it wasn't exactly slow on the ground run either.

Safe Flying

Twins,twins, everywhere.... but where are the three holers?
User currently offlineDiesel1 From UK - Wales, joined Mar 2001, 1642 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3085 times:

Probably should be in trip reports, but here's details of my flight with Airtours on A321 G VOLH during October 99 from CWL-HER

Flight was on nearly new Airbus A321. Was generally smooth, but some strange noise and vibration on climb out of Cardiff.

Inflight film (4 Weddings & a Funeral) helped time pass more quickly.

Food and cabin crew were OK, nothing special.

Return flight a fortnight later was uneventful once we got away

Same A321 as outbound.

Start up was accompanied by clouds on condensation through air conditioning - some wondered whether it was smoke at first.

On taxi out to end of runway there was a lot of clanking noises coming from the undercarriage, these didn't sound good and I've never heard anything like this on the many times I've flown - I thought this was a plane that needed its maintenance at the end of a busy season.

Once we took off, the flight was OK.

I don't like signatures...
User currently offlineJoni From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3056 times:

I think that people over 1.8m height are cramped on charter flights reagardless of the plane's make. I'm 1.88m and flying on Airtours (IIRC a 752) caused me constant physical pain.

Finnair's 321 was much better, but as I said the operative words here are Airtours and Finnair, not 752 and 321.

User currently offlineAndreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 30
Reply 6, posted (13 years 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3011 times:

Same here: Charter planes are a constant threat to the health of people my size (1,90m), and probably even much smaller ones. So that doesn't count really.

And before someone starts another A vs. B war: I flew FRA-PMI on a brandnew Condor 757-300, one of the most beautiful aircraft in the skies nowadays, and on the inside it was....my legs immediately start hurting again just from the memory!!!

Recently I was on a 738 of Hapag-Lloyd (TUI), and it was somewhat better, same with their A310's, so you have to be very picky when choosing your holiday carrier!

I know it's only VfB but I like it!
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