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User currently offlineAmwest2United From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 409 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4214 times:
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Just notice that there is a Thomsonfly 757 en-route to IAD from Lutton, any ideas why?

[Edited 2009-10-07 11:04:29]


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User currently offlineBY188B From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 710 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4028 times:

This is a luxury charter for TCS expeditions:

Departs Washington on the 08th for :

Lima - Easter Island - Samoa - Cairns - Cambodia - Chengdu - Tibet - Agra (India) - Tanzania - Luxor - Marrakech

Arrives back in Washington on the 31st



next flights : BD LHR-TXL J, FR SXF-STN Y, SN BRU-LHR Y, MA LHR-BUD Y, BA BUD-LHR J, BA LCY-SNN-JFK J, BA JFK-LHR J, BA
User currently offlineAmwest2United From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 409 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3966 times:
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Quoting BY188B (Reply 1):
This is a luxury charter for TCS expeditions:

Departs Washington on the 08th for :

Lima - Easter Island - Samoa - Cairns - Cambodia - Chengdu - Tibet - Agra (India) - Tanzania - Luxor - Marrakech

Arrives back in Washington on the 31st

WOW, cool.



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User currently offlineAlphaomega From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 577 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3856 times:

The TCS Around-the-World flights are done each winter from IAD and SFB using a 757 in an all business class layout (87-90 seats) with a chef on-board and they stop at multiple destinations around the world over 20-25 days.

The flight today was a ferry from LTN - when it arrives back at the end of the month it will ferry to SFB and start another flight.


User currently offlineGilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 3022 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3832 times:

It's approaching the end of the summer season now, and many of the UK charters will be leasing a large part of their fleets to other parts of the world where capacity is required there...

As LTN is Thomson Airways HQ and main maintenance base, most ferry flights to these leasing destinations will start from LTN. Especially if the aircraft has had to have some changes made to meet the leasing clients requirements - eg. seating re-configs or livery changes.

Canada is a popular destination for UK charter leasings, especially with their winter exodus to the Carribbean. Also Asia for Hajj flights.


User currently offlineFlyIGuy From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1113 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3747 times:

I don't know about Thomsonfly, but I saw a First Choice 757 land and park on the R ramp today...

Just my 0.02



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User currently offlineAlphaomega From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 577 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3722 times:



Quoting FlyIGuy (Reply 5):
I don't know about Thomsonfly, but I saw a First Choice 757 land and park on the R ramp today...

Just my 0.02

First Choice and Thomsonfly merged - they just haven't rebraded everything yet.

Its a First Choice 757 but its Thomsonfly


User currently offlineFlyIGuy From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1113 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3678 times:



Quoting Alphaomega (Reply 6):
First Choice and Thomsonfly merged - they just haven't rebraded everything yet.

Its a First Choice 757 but its Thomsonfly

Ok, Didn't know that...



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User currently offline71Zulu From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3081 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3625 times:

Here's the brochure for the trip,

http://www.alliancetravelpartners.co...Private%20Jet-Oct.8-31,%202009.pdf

$56,950 USD per person double occupancy plus your air fare to and from IAD.

The 757 seats 88 in a 2x2 configuration. Passengers are limited to 74 on this trip and there is a crew of 16 on board!

Must be nice to be able to afford to do something like this.



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User currently offlineDazbo5 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 2913 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3543 times:



Quoting 71Zulu (Reply 8):
Its a First Choice 757 but its Thomsonfly

Not to be picky, but it's actually Thomson Airways. Under the rebranding / merger, both First Choice Airways and Thomsonfly had the air operators certificates withdrawn, and replaced and operate under Thomson Airways as of 1st November 2008. They have 25x 757-200's in the fleet, 14 from FCA and 11 from TOM including 5 wingletted aircraft (4 FCA, 1 TOM). I think it's G-OOBF that's doing the TCS charters. It looks quite a trip!

Darren



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User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3822 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3477 times:



Quoting 71Zulu (Reply 8):
$56,950 USD per person double occupancy plus your air fare to and from IAD.

Personally I'd enjoy the trip more all alone booking my own accommodation and travel, probably at less than 10% of that price, but maybe that's because I'm young.

Quoting 71Zulu (Reply 8):
Must be nice to be able to afford to do something like this.

Actually, the first thing I thought was: Must be nice to work on a trip like this one! Imagine being one of the 16 crew. You get to see all the same places, probably stay at the same hotels, and even get paid! Now that would be awesome.

Soren  santahat 



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User currently offlineAAMDanny From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 356 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 3245 times:

My collegues wife worked this trip last year, she's a Purser for FCA... well TOM now.

She had an amazing time!


User currently offlineAPYu From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2007, 837 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2976 times:



Quoting 71Zulu (Reply 8):
there is a crew of 16 on board!

There isnt that many. There isnt room for that many. But they do go with extras in case any go sick on the trip



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User currently offline71Zulu From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3081 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2918 times:



Quoting APYu (Reply 12):
There isnt that many. There isnt room for that many. But they do go with extras in case any go sick on the trip

Well what does this mean then?

Quote:
This is like no other air travel you have ever experienced. The custom designed luxury jets redefine air travel. You will feel like you are coming home each time you board your private airplane. A TCS private jet vacation gives you access to expert lecturers in the comfort of your business class seat. You will be pampered by 16 crew members serving only 74 fortunate guests.

http://www.alliancetravelpartners.com/dreamescapes/tcsultimatetrip/



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User currently offlineSandroZRH From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 3428 posts, RR: 50
Reply 14, posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2876 times:



Quoting BY188B (Reply 1):
Lima - Easter Island - Samoa - Cairns - Cambodia - Chengdu - Tibet - Agra (India) - Tanzania - Luxor - Marrakech

wow, how I would love to be part of that flightcrew!


User currently offlineBorism From Estonia, joined Oct 2006, 431 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2864 times:

Quoting SandroZRH (Reply 14):
wow, how I would love to be part of that flightcrew!

Yeah! Pretty "sick" (in a good way) routing.

I'm just wondering, does 757 really have the legs to do some of the hops non-stop? Lima-Easter island is obviously non-stop, as there's nowhere to land in between  , but what about Agra-Tanzania or Cairns-Cambodia?

Edit: just looked into brochure and indeed Agra, India to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania is the longest flight at 7’ 45”, but IAD-LIM is second longest non-stop! Easter-Samoa is the longest with a fuel stop at 9h!

[Edited 2009-10-10 16:37:34 by borism]

User currently offline71Zulu From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3081 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2848 times:

From the brochure:

Flight Times

Washington, D.C. to Lima, Peru --- 7’ 20”
Lima, Peru to Easter Island, Chile --- 5’ 10”
Easter Island, Chile to Apia, Samoa --- 9’ 15” (with tech stop)
Apia, Samoa to Cairns, Australia --- 6’ 20”
Cairns, Australia to Siem Reap, Cambodia --- 7’ 15”
Siem Reap, Cambodia to Chengdu, China --- 2’ 50”
Chengdu, China to Agra, India --- 4’ 40”
Agra, India to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania --- 7’ 45”
Kilimanjaro, Tanzania to Luxor, Egypt --- 4’ 25”
Luxor, Egypt to Cairo, Egypt --- 1’ 10”
Cairo, Egypt to Marrakech, Morocco --- 5’ 45”
Marrakech, Morocco to Washington, D.C. --- 10’ 25” (with tech stop)



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User currently offlineAlphaomega From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 577 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2796 times:



Quoting Dazbo5 (Reply 9):

Quoting 71Zulu (Reply 8):
Its a First Choice 757 but its Thomsonfly

Not to be picky, but it's actually Thomson Airways. Under the rebranding / merger, both First Choice Airways and Thomsonfly had the air operators certificates withdrawn, and replaced and operate under Thomson Airways as of 1st November 2008. They have 25x 757-200's in the fleet, 14 from FCA and 11 from TOM including 5 wingletted aircraft (4 FCA, 1 TOM). I think it's G-OOBF that's doing the TCS charters. It looks quite a trip!

Thanks, didn't know that - I've heard it called TUI, Thomson, Thomson Airways, Thomsonfly....didn't know what it had really become.

Quoting APYu (Reply 12):

Quoting 71Zulu (Reply 8):
there is a crew of 16 on board!

There isnt that many. There isnt room for that many. But they do go with extras in case any go sick on the trip

There is 16 - 4 flight deck crew, 1 engineer, 1 chef, 1 coordinator (Thomson reps - 1 from Thomson or 1 from Starquest) and 9 cabin crew.

As far as the legs on the 757, a normally configured 757 sometimes doesn't have the legs but with 88 seats, its going the distance! Even the normally configured 757s from First Choice used to make it from LGW to SFB full non-stop, and even sometimes on the way back if the winds were weak.


User currently offline71Zulu From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3081 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2788 times:

Here's a long flight on an Open Skies 752 in a similar configuration,

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/A...0/history/20090926/0418Z/KORD/LSZH



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User currently offlineKGAIflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 4282 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2777 times:
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Quoting Amwest2United (Thread starter):
Thomsonfly 757 en-route to IAD from Lutton

Anybody know who is providing services at IAD?


User currently offlineBorism From Estonia, joined Oct 2006, 431 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2710 times:

Anyone has pictures of reconfigured cabin? There aren't any in brochure, and no floor plan either (yeas, I've read it's 2-2 config). What kind of seats do they install?

User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11655 posts, RR: 60
Reply 21, posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2673 times:



Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 10):
Actually, the first thing I thought was: Must be nice to work on a trip like this one! Imagine being one of the 16 crew. You get to see all the same places, probably stay at the same hotels, and even get paid! Now that would be awesome.

That's just what I thought - a month long paid vacation. Wow!

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 10):
Personally I'd enjoy the trip more all alone booking my own accommodation and travel, probably at less than 10% of that price, but maybe that's because I'm young.

Ditto - rtw ticket for about $2500, accomodation in hostels/overnights on planes perhaps $300, bit more for food, some more for sightseeing, I reckon it could be done for under $4000. Big grin



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User currently offline71Zulu From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3081 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2673 times:

Here's a small pic and more info but not much.

http://www.tcsandstarquestexpeditions.com/boeing757.php

http://www.tcsandstarquestexpeditions.com/system_files/library/154.pdf

88 seats now and dropping to 78 seats in 2010.

[Edited 2009-10-11 05:40:14]


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User currently offlineDazbo5 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 2913 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2586 times:

That interior looks amazing compared to what they normally have! Wishful thinking they might keep those seats in when I fly to Egypt on that aircraft in March  banghead 



This is what they normally have! Apologies for the poor photo, I was wedged in on that flight travelling on my own in a window seat (5F). The couple next to me fell asleep just after take off so I didn't manage to get out of my seat until we landed, 4.5 hours later!!!

Darren



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