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User currently offlineIl75 From Argentina, joined May 2001, 263 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1994 times:

Next week I will be travelling to Buenos Aires from Stockholm and for a change I will be flying Swiss which offered a reasonable deal and a suitable departure time for my needs.
In any case, I turned down a bargain with Air Plus Comet for this trip. When I said to the travel agent I had never flown with Air Comet before and I that I wanted to know more about the airline, he suggested that their A340 could have a charter configuration (reduced seat pitch and poor IFE) but he wasn't sure. I wonder: Is that the case?
I didn't want to take the risk and I ended with Swiss which I think will be fine. But I would like to know for the next time .

Regards
Erico

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User currently offlineStylo777 From Germany, joined Feb 2006, 2976 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1918 times:

Quoting Il75 (Thread starter):
Next week I will be travelling to Buenos Aires from Stockholm and for a change I will be flying Swiss which offered a reasonable deal and a suitable departure time for my needs.

LX doesn't fly to EZE, but I suppose you will connect at GRU to LH502 which also stops at GRU and goes on to EZE. The longest leg will be with LX and the seat pitch is good in my eyes.


User currently offlineIl75 From Argentina, joined May 2001, 263 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1828 times:

Thank you, Stylo777.
I am pretty sure I will have a nice trip with LX, and I am happy to complete the last leg to Baires in a Lufthansa 747-400.
What I was curious about was the comfort/ service offered by Air Comet. Taking into account that talk about "charter configuration", I didn't want to risk 11-12 hours flight between MAD-EZE with poor leg room and I went for Swiss instead.

Regards
Erico


User currently offlineStylo777 From Germany, joined Feb 2006, 2976 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1803 times:

Quoting Il75 (Reply 2):
I didn't want to risk 11-12 hours flight between MAD-EZE with poor leg room and I went for Swiss

very wise decision Big grin


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1788 times:

HA flies "regularly scheduled" Charter flights from ANC-HNL-ANC, for Hawaiian Vacations . . . I've flown their 763s several times, they are the same a/c used in scheduled revenue service. The a/c are great, the cabin crews are awesome, the service top notch, the destination of course exceptional.


It pays to check with the Charter company or with the airline when booking these "regularly scheduled" charters. It was simple enough to do with HA and these ANC-HNL flights. One short phone call, and it was confirmed, no configuration changes for the Hawaiian Vacations charters.

 bigthumbsup  to HA and their crews.


User currently offlineIl75 From Argentina, joined May 2001, 263 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1632 times:

Yes, ANCflyer. I could have phoned to Spain and tried to find out. But I was in a hurry since there were a few seats available and I had to make a decision.
In any case, I am not completely sure your good experience of HA can be transferred automatically to all mixed charter /scheduled flights airlines. I will now try to find out what they are like and give them a try next time. It could save me some SEK  Smile


Regards
Erico


User currently offlineEmptyarm From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 169 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1589 times:

Air Comet's A340's are OK about comfort; both of them are ex-VS (delivered 1993) and the only disadvantage is IFE.

The rest of their long haul fleet (2 A310's with a really uncomfortable charter configuration), is used mainly in the SDQ, JFK and VVI (stopping in TFS for refuelling) routes.

All the other routes (EZE, SCL, LIM and BOG) are usually served by the ex-VS A340's.


Regards


User currently offlineIl75 From Argentina, joined May 2001, 263 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1468 times:

Thanks, Emptyarm.
That was good news. Next time I hope I have the chance to fly with them. I can live without a top IFE, probably not the case with my kid, but I consider sitting comfort in such a long flight is crucial.
Incidentally, twice the last year I have had problems with the IFE (in an IB A346 and AR744) with no audio signal on my own rest and/or my seat row. And I survived thanks to a good book, my laptop and some hour sleep.
I welcome Air Comet flighs since the offer of non-stop flight between Buenos Aires and Europe is very thin.

Regards
Erico


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1417 times:

Quoting Il75 (Reply 5):
In any case, I am not completely sure your good experience of HA can be transferred automatically to all mixed charter /scheduled flights airlines.

You're quite correct.

I thought sharing my experience would allow folks to see that not every Charter flight is going to have 30 inch pitch in Y, a bag of peanuts and a half can of cola for a 10 hour ride.


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