Kazzie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2523 times:
PMI had been having a bad day with delays!
Our Thomsonfly flight suffered a 6 hour delay today after the captain hit stairs while pulling onto stand in G-CDZM (737-800)
We managed to charter a Futura 734 which departed 6 hours after the original departure time, the GRO was also delayed by an hour as ZM was also due to operate this flight, luckily the aircraft was deemed fit for service and departed an hour late, any later and it would have been CXN until the morning due to the runway closing!
Do you mean C-GTDG? Just had a look for C-FTDG and can't find anything on that registration. It is quite confusing with the MYT and FCA Canadian registrations quite similar C-GTDK C-GTDG C-GTDM.
I was meaning to ask a question about C-GTDG (ex G-OOAS), is this Aircraft likely to gain its UK registration again? Or is it no longer with First Choice and now a Skyservice Aircraft? CAA saying it de-registered in 2004, so I guess unlikely to be back on UK register again.
Quoting Cosmic (Reply 6): is this Aircraft likely to gain its UK registration again?
Presumably it is easier to bring Canadian registered aircraft into the UK to operate with Canadian flight deck crew, then to re-register the aircraft back to the UK, and then operate the a/c with the Canadian crew on a UK registered a/c...?
Cosmic From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2271 times:
Quoting Diesel1 (Reply 7): Presumably it is easier to bring Canadian registered aircraft into the UK to operate with Canadian flight deck crew, then to re-register the aircraft back to the UK, and then operate the a/c with the Canadian crew on a UK registered a/c...?
I'm not sure, though I would think that it would be easier not to change the registration. I was comparing them to MYT, where the Aircraft change registration. I'm not sure about the flight crew though? Would the MYT aircraft from Skyservice have Canadian flight crews in the summer? I'm sure there are some First Choice 757s which change registrations.
Can anyone clarify things?
Quoting Mogget (Reply 8): It certainly is. I got some nice footage of it departing Manchester on runway 24L last Saturday
It's nice to have the two B767s back with MYT again. Anyone know what there reliability has been like?
Sausageandmash From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2215 times:
FCA and Skyservice have an agreement which operates year-round.
The aircraft are all still part of the FCA fleet.
For winter 2006/2007, 2 A320s - GOOAS (CGTDG) and GOOAT (CGTDH), and 6 757s - GOOBB (CGTBB), GOOBH (CFOBH), GOOBG (CFUBG), GOOOZ (CGOOZ), GCPEU (CFLEU) and GCPEV (CGOEV) - go to Canada. Also, GOOOC (CFTDV) stays in Canada year round.
When in Canada, the aircraft all fly exclusively for the tour operator Signature Vacations, which is part of the First Choice Group, therefore First Choice controls the flying programme.
FCA send some pilots to Canada in the winter, who operate the aircraft alongside Skyservice flight deck crew.
In the summer, all aircraft with the exception of GOOOC return to the UK. They revert back to their UK registration, with the exception of the two A320s and 757 CGTBB.
The A320s currently operate out of Cardiff and Belfast, and the 757 in Dublin. All are crewed by SSV pilots (with one FCA captain in BFS). In BFS and CWL, SSV are in charge of the engineering, but in DUB it is the FCA Engineers who maintain the aircraft. Cabin Crew are all FCA - but they have to undergo five days of conversion training to operate to Transport Canada regulations.
Jetset7E7 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 1090 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2056 times:
Quoting Sausageandmash (Reply 11): For winter 2006/2007, 2 A320s - GOOAS (CGTDG) and GOOAT (CGTDH), and 6 757s - GOOBB (CGTBB), GOOBH (CFOBH), GOOBG (CFUBG), GOOOZ (CGOOZ), GCPEU (CFLEU) and GCPEV (CGOEV) - go to Canada. Also, GOOOC (CFTDV) stays in Canada year round.
G-CPEV has always been on the UK register, its G-OOOK which is leased out, as C-FLOK.
The A320's AS and AT, and 757's BB, OC stay C reg all year, as its far cheaper to keep them flying under C marks during our summer season, it costs a fair bit to transfer registrations back and forward, and if your doing that twice a year for each aircraft it adds up.
When you lease to a Canadain operator the aircraft can only fly under C marks, but in the UK it doesn't matter.
So these 4 aircraft are kept under C marks, as FCA know they well be going back next winter. Over the past years the other 757's have followed, and an extra one has gone each year.
Its the same with Excel keeping 2 738's in C marks, as they will be going back to Sunwing at the end of summer.
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