HUYfan From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 1397 posts, RR: 3 Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1578 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!
Crosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2592 posts, RR: 59 Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1444 times:
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.
Bwaflyer From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 686 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1353 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.
Crosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2592 posts, RR: 59 Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1329 times:
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!
VC10BOAC From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 395 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 month 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1333 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.
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 $1,200 for the 7 hour flight from Gatwick to Freetown.
I know SNA was talking to a South African/Ghanian company called "Gold Coast Avaiation" for resumption of the flights which would also include a weekly FNA-JNB flight with several stops along the way, don't know what ever came of that.
I heard SNA will resume flights in December, not sure with whom since they do not have any aircraft.
The situation in Sierra Leone has improved dramatically since the war ended three years ago. It is trully a beautiful country and worth a visit. Hopefully the airlines that pulled out will return (KLM, BA, MEA) and competition will bring the price down.
Soups From Ghana, joined Jun 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 14 Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1248 times:
1200$ 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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