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User currently offlineSoups From Ghana, joined Jun 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 14
Posted (10 years 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1936 times:

i read in another forum that monarch airlines are planning to serve freetown from Gatwick airport..
layover of crew will be in Accra
Can anyone confirm this?


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User currently offlineSukhoi From Sweden, joined May 2006, 373 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1870 times:

From 7th December weekly departure on Tuesdays returning the following day planned as a B752



User currently offlineKamboi From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 145 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1807 times:

I thought Monarch stopped flying to Freetown. Astreus Airlines now do the job?

User currently offlineHUYfan From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 1413 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1796 times:

The flight will be operated by Monarch for Sierra National Airlines, in competition with the now very popular Astraeus. Hmmmm monarch 752 with 230 odd seats, or Astraeus 752 with 190 and 36" of legroom!

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Mike


User currently offlineBENNETT123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7766 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1724 times:



Unless Monarch are MUCH cheaper, than sounds like an easy choice.


User currently offlineCrosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2601 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1662 times:
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First Choice Airways also will be operating a series of Gatwick-Freetown flights early in the new year on behalf of Sierra National, and are currently in the the middle of a 5 week series of Gatwick-Paris CDG-Djibouti flights on behalf of Dallo Airlines. All flights are operated by B757.

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User currently offlineBwaflyer From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 690 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1571 times:

Just a slight correction Crosswind.

First choice are in the middle of operating 6 weekly LGW-CDG-JIB flights for Dallo Airlines until AEU's second 757 G-OOOB is delivered, and G-OAVB undergoes its C check. Both aircraft will operate in a 192 34 to 35 inch pitch layout with BA World Traveller style seats. Astraeus will then operate this route for Dallo, a contract we've won from Excel.

AEU have contracted First Choice to operate a small number of flights on the LGW-FNA route over the Christmas and New Year period to provide additional capacity as demand is very heavy over that period.


User currently offlineCrosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2601 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 week 5 days ago) and read 1547 times:
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BWAflyer,
Obviously we couldn't offer that configuration for these flights - it's never going to be financially viable for any airline to re-configure an aircraft just for 1 weekly rotation...

This winter (for the 10th year) we have 2 757s configured with 92 First Class seats, plus 11 economy seats for the extra crew carried. However, these aircraft are mainly occupied on special charters, and are usually away from the UK for weeks at a time, so the special configuration is justified.

G-OOOB was one of the original pair of 757s that Air 2000 launched with over 17 years ago. Even though "oscar bravo" is getting on a bit, she's usually well behaved - look after her!

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User currently offlineVC10BOAC From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 407 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 week 5 days ago) and read 1551 times:

Monarch operated the twice weekly LGW-BJL-FNA flights for Sierra National Airlines up to a little over a year ago. The flights were then taken over by Icelandia which had a 757 painted in the SNA colors.


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SNA suspended flights earlier this year, around the time Astraeus started the twice weekly LGW-FNA flights on their recently aquired 757's with 36" seating pitch - all economy. I will be on one of these flights in December.

Fares on both airlines are about the same - expensive! Around $1,200 for the 7 hour flight from Gatwick to Freetown.

I know SNA was talking to a South African/Ghanian company called "Gold Coast Avaiation" for resumption of the flights which would also include a weekly FNA-JNB flight with several stops along the way, don't know what ever came of that.

I heard SNA will resume flights in December, not sure with whom since they do not have any aircraft.

The situation in Sierra Leone has improved dramatically since the war ended three years ago. It is trully a beautiful country and worth a visit. Hopefully the airlines that pulled out will return (KLM, BA, MEA) and competition will bring the price down.



User currently offlineSoups From Ghana, joined Jun 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1466 times:

1200$ Isnt that bad to west africa British airways FULL fare reach soemtimes to £1090 peak time... go to any www and try and booka flight for christmas cheapest u can get those days are in a minimum of £950 (ex tax) economy


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User currently offlineVC10BOAC From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 407 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1399 times:

True, Soups, but let us put this in context... for $1,200 I can fly from here (NYC) to Sydney, Australia.

User currently offlineSoups From Ghana, joined Jun 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1382 times:

u r talking about west africa mate


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