Orion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 9 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3583 times:
These premium cabins are only the equivalent of a scheduled airlines economy cabins. I flew to the Caribbean with TCX and was desperate to try and get a premium seat, knowing how arduous the flight would be in a 3-3-3 A330 but the premium cabin was full.
After deplaning and seeing the 'premium' cabin for myself, Im glad I didnt bother. I have also read trip reports and spoken to friends who have travelled in the premium cabins of Monarch and TCX and they say, apart from the free drinks there is little difference service wise either.
I think they are a rip-off and I think First Choice has the right idea with their 767s putting them in a 2-3-2 unlike BY with their 2-4-2s
SignalOne From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3559 times:
Quoting Orion737 (Thread starter): I think First Choice has the right idea with their 767s putting them in a 2-3-2 unlike BY with their 2-4-2s
I think that have the right idea too.
In 2004 my family went on a First Choice A321 and so got to sit in Premium, now I thought it was great, there was a 4" difference in seat pitch, and you received 2 free drinks, headphones, reserved seating and priority baggage.
It cost £29 each including a meal, which we didn't pay for either.
If you add these things up individually, it would come to about £40, so it was worth it.
Longhaul though, looking at Britannia's Premium and Thomas Cook's, it doesn't seem worth the extra £279 each or whatever it may be. If you added these extras up separately, it would probably come to less than the price you paid.
NCLairport From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 240 posts, RR: 2 Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3553 times:
I really dont think that the Premium Cabins are the equivalent of the scheduled economy cabins. I saw TCX's premium and it had wide leather seats with a leg rest and quite a substantial recline with 36" legroom and a PTV..... non of which you would get on lets say AA 767 TransAtlantic!
NCLairport From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 240 posts, RR: 2 Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3536 times:
yeah i would agree its expensive. However I think Air Transats upgrade is reasonably priced and good value.....wide leather seats/4" extra legroom/food served in proper plates (with a plastic knife) v friendly service and only 4 rows of seats. Nice flight from NCL to Toronto all round!
A321fly From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 59 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3484 times:
Having experienced every singal Premium Cabin in the UK charter business expect for Excel, which is a new service. I have the following opinions;
Thomas Cook +
This was good value for money as the upgrade was cheap (special offer, offered by travel agent wanting business). Free drinks, ammenity kits, upgraded meals, couple of cabin attendants for the 45 seats, extra baggage and select a seat. 34" Seat Pitch and 2 - 3 - 2.
My Travel PremiarGold
Again very good, this was at the time they were experiencing problems with the games on the IFE and it crashed a couple of times but apart from that very much the same as thomas cook, ammenity, free drinks, upgraded meals and extra baggage. 35" Seat Pitch and 2 - 3 - 2.
Im not too keen on Monarch Premium as a whole, dont get me wrong it was good, however the seating is 2 - 4 - 2 which is a scheduled airline config, no leather seats, free drinks, newspapers and meals as well as reserved seating. IFE was good, not as good as MyTravel and Thomas Cook but still existant. 35" Seat Pitch and 2 - 4 - 2.
Britannia Airways Premium
The distinct lack of acceptable personal entertainment isnt a problem for me but for passengers with yuong children it would be. There was a problem with the Seat back system, theybrought a few dvd players but not enough for everyone. Free drinks, upgraded meals, reserved seating, priority check in and extra baggage. 34" Seat Pitch and 2 - 3 - 2.
First Choice Classic Premium Longhaul - BEFORE UPGRADE!
This was the same as Britannia really the first few rows of the front cabin, mini entertainment systems, free drinks, meals reserved seating and generally the same as the rest. Seats were a little torn and in need of TLC. Seat pitch 34" and 2 - 3 - 2.
First Choice Premium Service Shorthaul
As previously mentioned the 4" extra leg room is welcomed on a flight to LCLK and the 2 free drinks, darker seats, no extra width, first 4 rows and extra luggage allowance were all great. 3 - 3
I think that premium cabins are worth the upgrade when they are less than £200, i no some go right up to £329 and that it just ridicous.
It seems to me that Tour Operators dont advertise there premium cabins very much, in most brochuers its just a small box at the bottom of the page. (First Choice the expection). If it were me i would have images on there and lots of information. Maybe even Testomonials.
SignalOne From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (8 years 9 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3448 times:
Quoting A321fly (Reply 5): in most brochuers its just a small box at the bottom of the page. (First Choice the expection). If it were me i would have images on there and lots of information. Maybe even Testomonials.
I don't know if anyone has noticed, but in the tour operators brochures there is hardly ever any information on the Airline. (Exept FCA) In recent years the amount of pictures + info has got less and less.
A321fly From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 59 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (8 years 9 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3440 times:
Quoting SignalOne (Reply 7): I don't know if anyone has noticed, but in the tour operators brochures there is hardly ever any information on the Airline. (Exept FCA) In recent years the amount of pictures + info has got less and less.
I dont know why really they want to cut the amount of airline information down. Some people do actually want to look at it.
I remember Airtours used to have a big picture of the interior of there A330 with the PTV's now its a 4 * 4 cm box.
NCLairport From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 240 posts, RR: 2 Reply 13, posted (8 years 9 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3260 times:
hahaha i used to cut out the pics as well. I would get my mam to take me into town to the travel agents so i could get brochures and look at the planes. I was particulrly obsessed with BY between the ages of 6-12 as I wanted to fly on them so much and we kept getting Dan Air!!!!
ALCregular I did not mean that they flew all year round I meant it was a nice flight! "a nice flight all round" i.e. i had no problems with the flight.
SignalOne From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 14, posted (8 years 9 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3238 times:
A few memories coming back!
I remember, as me and my parents nearly always went on holiday with Airtours, cutting the picture of Airtours International Aircraft out of Airtours Summer Sun 1997, and being disappointed the year after when the picture in the next brochure was exactly the same!
I even framed the little picture! Here it is below, I am sure this is the picture that Airtours used to use for their old brochures!
It's probably in the loft somewhere with my old stuff!
Jmc757 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2000, 1296 posts, RR: 7 Reply 19, posted (8 years 9 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3173 times:
I obviously missed out on the whole brochure cutting scene . Think Cosmos still run a page on Monarch in their Summer Sun brochure. I remember one year when the Airtours Florida brochure had a double page on "Fly our Jumbo Jet to Florida" the year they leased the Air New Zealand 742.
I think the reason the brochures have backed off promoting the airline is, especially on short haul, they use a wide variety of carriers. Ok, the vast majority will be 'in-house' but a good share are other carriers. It is nice though when brochures list the airline codes in the back. Thomson always have done, always felt cheated by Airtours/Direct Holidays they don't usually!!