Horus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 60 Posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 8031 times:
According to reports, last week an Excel 747 had to be evacuated when an apparent power surge ignited an engine. All 519 passengers were evacuated safely on the runway. The flight had arrived from Manchester (MAN).
Jamotcx From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1037 posts, RR: 25
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 7613 times:
Quoting A342 (Reply 5):
The champion is SS: over 580 seats !
Which is where Air Atlanta/Excel got the planes. They were supposed to take a couple in the old Corsair config with 580 seats, but I left the company before that happened. Not sure what config MK is in?
SK736 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 510 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 7345 times:
Quoting FlyingColours (Reply 8): Why's that? because an engine caught fire so the crew chose to evacuate, that sounds like a sensible option depending on the circumstances.
Indeed it was sensible. But the point being made is that long delays are becoming the norm with Excel. It will be interesting to see the punctuality stats for charter airlines at the end of the season - I'm sure Excel will be at or near the bottom.
Steady Eddie From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 177 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 7245 times:
CWL Dude, stop speaking out of your *rse. The aircraft got stuck in SSH for several days, finally ferried to Europe for an engine change and is not yet back in service, pax were all protected inbound on two aircraft including what was probably a VERY expensive subservice to a European carrier. All in all Excel covered this tech issue very well and the reporting in the article is about 10% fact and 90% bull.
I guess it was Excels fault last weekend that some jerk left a bomb note on an aircraft which disrupted the whole weekend! but that will show in the stats and you will sit behind your pc and all the wannabe airline CEO's like you will start clucking on here again about how bad they are. At least SBE727 has seen sense and realised his own airline is even more of a shower.
Antonovman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 720 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 7116 times:
"ME and MJ are both 520 seats with 22F, 25C, 473Y"
OMG now that is a lot, i always thought they were all economy seating with such a high figure but with F and C its incredible
I remember doing the Hadj in Jeddah and we had 535 on an all economy 747 and we thought that was a lot
Litz From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1754 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6204 times:
This got me thinking ...
We all know that aircraft have to be tested for evacuations at their maximum capacity; eg. the A380 tested with 803 (or somewhere around there) pax, and I'm sure the high density 744 pax count was in the high 500s.
Is this the largest actual "in-service" evacuation, in terms of pax #s evacuated from a single aircraft? If not, what is?
I know they test these things, but it always amazes me when one of these evacuations happens in the "real world" and everything works properly - shows how well designed the aircraft are, and how well trained the cabin staff are.
Why, because an aircraft which just happened to be wearing XLA titles had an engine fire? One that's only been with them a year and will be gone before next summer? An engine fire can happen on any aircraft, and on this occasion it just happened to be one of XLA's.
Diesel1 From UK - Wales, joined Mar 2001, 1637 posts, RR: 11
Reply 22, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5121 times:
Your comment is complete rubbish.
Quoting Cwldude (Reply 7): Wouldnt be surprised if they put it out and did the return flight!
Take some advice.
Some would view a allegation of that type, possibly libellous, certainly made without any foundation or basis, and decide to take some action. Perhaps instruct that it be removed from a website, or maybe even consider commencing proceedings against the website or the author of the comment.
So... bear this mind when you post on websites - you could find yourself in a little bit of bother - especially as the rules here make clear, you are responsible for what you write...
The incident sounds not dis-similar to one that happened to a bmi A320 this week at MME - would you not fly them either?
Mel/Litz... the article says passengers were 'ushered' off the plane - it suggests to me this wasn't an evacuation usuing slides etc., but that passengers were deplaned as normal.
Overall, maybe not a non event, but hardly worth the hysteria that some on here, or indeed the newspaper have attached to what happened.
Manchesteruk From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 140 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4549 times:
i flew on excel airways on the 16th july, 757 g-vkna,our flight was manchester to zakynthos , we got to southern france an were told we had to head back due to engine trouble,fortunately we diverted to gatwick we waited for 7 hours until g-vknd came for us,