Already a fan of Excel after a delightful flight with them last summer (2004) to Dalaman on TF-ARD. Just a shame that they had so many problems at NCL this year which hasn't exactly made them look good.
Which reg will TF-ARD become btw, and does it still have the same "toilet" problem which delayed our flight to DLM?
When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
A340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4108 posts, RR: 49
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3717 times:
Good to see XLA are starting to shape up as promised from their management at a dinner of theirs I worked at recently. It is clear that they were willing to accept that the Summer wasn't the best organisation wise and the solutions brought up for the coming year were pretty good.
I flew with them LGW-SFB-LGW a few months back and found them to be pretty average, nothing to write home about, slightly delayed both ways. Saying that, I would fly them again, though on shorthaul,
Despite the name I am a Boeing man through and through!
Orion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3334 times:
As I would have expected.
I am worried that HUY might suffer a reduction in the number of charter flights/destinations now that DSA is up and running. Having said that, all the packages well (Thomson) seem to be much more expensive flying from DSA than from HUY.
I have been looking for a quick week in the Canaries and its funny how the same package holiday is much cheaper from HUY and even the usually expensive LBA than ity is from DSA.
DSA seems to be taking over from LBA as the most expensive airport to holiday from in this region. I did think DSA would offer cheaper deals but it appears not to be the case and I have checked across the board for various packages/accommodations with Thomson from DSA.
It seems ironic because many of the people in the DSA catchment area are on low incomes and will still travel up to MAN and HUY if DSA is so much more expensive.
Capital146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2125 posts, RR: 39
Reply 16, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3300 times:
Quoting Orion737 (Reply 14): I am worried that HUY might suffer a reduction in the number of charter flights/destinations now that DSA is up and running.
DSA opening seems to have had no detrimental affect on the number of charter flights operating out of HUY so far. Even before the Excel announcement to open a partial base next summer at HUY (which I understand will be a 738), the number of destinations offered by other tour operators for Summer 2006 did not seem to have been affected.
TUI have of course trimmed some services from LBA and HUY in favour of DSA, but the gaps left seem to have been filled by other carriers in the mostpart. I'd be very interested to see some figures on how well the BY charters are doing from DSA.
WhiteHatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3293 times:
Quoting Capital146 (Reply 16): DSA opening seems to have had no detrimental affect on the number of charter flights operating out of HUY so far.
Of course, Peel Holdings didn't think about the location being effectively in the middle of the competition...
Think of a triangle with 3 points. MAN, EMA and HUY. Between them they can cater for a huge catchment area.
All owned by MAPLC. So pricing deals can be adjusted if needed to make sure the three continue to thrive, and HUY can benefit from the many deals done with carriers in and out of the other two. Why go to DSA when you already have contracts with an existing operator a few miles up the road?