Sausageandmash From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 65 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3521 times:
Asides from the Sanford, Puerto Plata and Varadero routes from Bristol announced yesterday, First Choice have today announced they are launching the first ever direct flights from the UK to Costa Rica. Flights will take off from London Gatwick in May 2007, and resorts featured will be Gulf of Papagayo, Playa Conchal and Tamarindo.
The company is also offering, in another first, flights direct into the area of Samana, located on the north eastern coast of the Dominican Republic. Flights will be fortnightly from Gatwick and Manchester.
The Gran Bahia Principe Levantado hotel is situated on Cayo Levantado, often referred to as ‘Bacardi Island’ after the island was used in the famous Bacardi rum commercials.
Obviously all flights will be on First Choice Airways' fleet of refurbished Boeing 767s offering the award-winning Star Class and Star Class Premier cabins.
A strong indicator that First Choice really is First Choice for longhaul now! Such a shame that MyTravel et all are still so poor on their longhaul service.
I wouldn't say that they are poor looking at passenger reviews and comments. You could say they are poor compared to what FCA are offering before you get on the Aircraft I suppose, even though I wouldn't think that. That said, some people still enjoy their flights even if they don't have the frills First Choice are currently offering. I know that many people have enjoyed their long haul flights with MyTravel for example.
Apart from that, the long haul service offered by these other carriers is set for improvements in the future. I've heard that MyTravel have plans to upgrade the Aircraft cabins and it has also been told that Thomsonfly are upgrading their Aircraft soon with similar offerings to First Choice as far as entertainment is concerned.
edit: Also, Thomas Cook are introducing three classes for Long Haul in Summer 2007, TC Traveller, TC Traveller Plus and TC Premium. More details here, Reply 11 (TCXDegsy).
I do agree though that First Choice appear to be offering the best service for Charter Long Haul at the moment. There does seem to be a shift in the kind of new destinations they are offering into the long haul area. MyTravel seem to be joining in too.