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Excel Airways- Long Haul- What Are They Like?  
User currently offlineA340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4107 posts, RR: 51
Posted (10 years 6 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4941 times:

Hello,

Today recieved the news that VS are now not doing staff travel for my family to MCO in the Summer, so instead they booked Excel to SFB!

My head fell into my hands before I decided to visit the "XL", as they are now calling themselves, website. I printed out the Boeing 767-300 seat plan and was surprised to see 3 classes offered!

What I would like to know is on the LGW-SFB-LGW route, if it will be a B767-300 and also what the service, legroom (!), entertainment etc. is like. Each of the classes, but especially economy.

Cheers

Sam Smile


Despite the name I am a Boeing man through and through!
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User currently offlineAirplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2742 posts, RR: 38
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4893 times:

If it's anything like there 767-200's, expect a cramped ride  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


Simon - London-Aviation.com
User currently offlineA340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4107 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4863 times:

Eeek, not looking forward to it already!

Anyone got anymore info?

Sam



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User currently offlineGilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 3122 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4838 times:

29-30inch seat pitch on Excel's 763's, in Economy, and 2-4-2 abreast as opposed to scheduled carriers who usually operate 2-3-2.

One or Two of the 763's coming from Air Atlanta are likely to have leather seating which I am not a fan of on long flights as you get a sweaty arse and stick to the the seats.

Afraid the service is likely to be like any other charter carrier on flights of this length. Have you considered travelcity direct.

http://www.travelcitydirect.com

They operate 742's and sound like they offer a good service.


User currently offlineBhxforever From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2001, 564 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4833 times:

Economy:
http://www.xl.com/Customer_Info/additional_Econ.asp

Premium:
http://www.xl.com/Customer_Info/additional_Prem.asp

Excel One:
http://www.xl.com/Customer_Info/additional_One.asp

Hope this helps


User currently offlineA340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4107 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4817 times:

the seats are ergonomically designed for greater comfort and have a generous seat pitch of at least 32"(larger than most other airlines).

Can this really be true in Economy!?

Sam



Despite the name I am a Boeing man through and through!
User currently offlinePlanesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4137 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4807 times:

Well if it says that on the site, then it obviously is...

-Stephen


User currently offlineA340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4107 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4800 times:

It only says on their flights to the Caribean, they have nothing about long hauls except the Caribean so far,

Sam



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User currently offlineUKA330 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 78 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4732 times:
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I have flown with XL twice now and I'm 6ft 2'', so all I can say is book legroom!

The seats are ergonomically designed for greater comfort

Balls. Try sitting on them for over 4hrs!


User currently offlinePlanesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4137 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 1 day ago) and read 4660 times:

UKA330,

I'm guessing you flew on a B737-800 or B757-200? Well yeah they're only designed for short flights so they're not exactly going to offer a lot of legroom. They offer 29-30 inches, whereas the B767-300 has around 32 inches.

The Caribbean and Sanford flights will be operated by the same aircraft (B767-300), so they will be the same.

-Stephen


User currently offlineConcorde001 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 1231 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 1 day ago) and read 4633 times:

A 767 with 2-4-2 config?? Are you being serious?
How fo they manage to do that! Man thats got to be a one cramped flight.


User currently offlineUKA330 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 78 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 20 hours ago) and read 4572 times:
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Planesarecool

I'm guessing you flew on a B737-800 or B757-200?


No. Once was a 767-300 and the other a 767-200. The 300 to Sanford, and the 200 to Paphos.


User currently offlineBananaboy From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 1605 posts, RR: 21
Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 months 19 hours ago) and read 4549 times:

A 767 with 2-4-2 config?? Are you being serious?
How fo they manage to do that! Man thats got to be a one cramped flight.


Ummm. Easily.

Them and Britannia, and Airtours and First Choice all have 2-4-2 on the 767 (though First Choice wont be for long.)


Charters aren't the only ones squeezing the seats in.. even EK are at it!  Laugh out loud

In all seriousness, I flew a couple of long hauls in a BY 767 and seat width really didn't bother me. It was perfectly comfortable.. maybe a little snug, but nothing bad.

Mark



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User currently offlineA340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4107 posts, RR: 51
Reply 13, posted (10 years 6 months 16 hours ago) and read 4487 times:

No. Once was a 767-300 and the other a 767-200. The 300 to Sanford, and the 200 to Paphos.

Well I think your lying, or just do not know what airline you flew on. SFB is a new route from this Summer, so unless you can travel through time, you haven't been there with XLA Big grin,

Good to hear about the good legroom!

Sam Big thumbs up



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User currently offlineJamotcx From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1037 posts, RR: 23
Reply 14, posted (10 years 6 months 16 hours ago) and read 4479 times:

Well this is the interior of their 762's. Yes its 2-4-2.


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Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © James Matthews



I never made it onto a 763 last summer, so dont have any info on them.


Jamo


User currently offlineA340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4107 posts, RR: 51
Reply 15, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4391 times:

Cheers for the pic anyways, the cabin looks a bit dull,

Sam Smile



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User currently offlineUKA330 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 78 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4387 times:
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A340600

Your right it was not XL to SFB but BY (getting my holidays confused!)


User currently offlineA340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4107 posts, RR: 51
Reply 17, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4381 times:

Though it was odd, considering the route doesn't yet exist Big grin

Sam Smile



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User currently offlineUKA330 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 78 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4376 times:
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There is one good thing about XL. They have IMO very attractive F/A's!

User currently offlineA340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4107 posts, RR: 51
Reply 19, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4369 times:

What is the uniform like?

Sam



Despite the name I am a Boeing man through and through!
User currently offlineUKA330 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 78 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4348 times:
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If I remember correctly its a dark blue uniform with a turquoise bit around the neck. Kind of like the seats! Big grin

Ross


User currently offlineA340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4107 posts, RR: 51
Reply 21, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4329 times:

Sounds ok, there's nothing worse than a flight with bad F/A uniforms, just look at Flyniki!

Sam Laugh out loud



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