Barcode From Switzerland, joined Dec 2001, 678 posts, RR: 12 Posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1077 times:
Well, my week in the sun is booked to Lesbos ( enough sniggering MX5BOY and CO ) , and I'm flying with Airtours from LGW on the 8th of August. Being a snob, I've never flown with a charter airline - so what should I be expecting ?
As my tickets are in the post, I don't actually know what type of a plane this is either. Ideas ?
What's the service like ? I'm afraid I seem to hear far too many negative things about this company; but since I am a poor student/harassed worker, I do not have the luxury of flying Olympic Airways who are charging twice as much.
Rick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 52 Reply 1, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1032 times:
Airtours International Airways are now called "My Travel Airways".
Thu 8th August 2002
London Gatwick - Mitilini
06:00 Departure Airbus A320-200
If you've never flown charter before then expect a cramped seat (180 seats on the A320 compared to 150 on a scheduled airline), reasonable delay (1 hour typical), and to pay for all your drinks on board.
I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...
Lyndon From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 129 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1019 times:
At the end of the day you get what you pay for ! If they get you there and back and you have a good holiday then who cares ? You might only get 31 inches of leg room but your not going to Sydney are you ! Pay for a few drinks and have a good holiday ! Ive flown withy them a few times and never had a complaint about them for a charter !!!
BFS From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 736 posts, RR: 2 Reply 4, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1015 times:
No no no no no no...not on their A320s. I think its 28 (!) but hey, its tolerable, and you will get a film and pleasant upholstery. I think. Airtours, sorry MyTravesty, have gone a bit mad recently and I don't know if they still give every passenger a seat nowadays. You may have to pay for a meal, definately for drinks. It should be okay though - have fond memories of nice, if slightly cramped, flights with AIH.
P.S. I noticed today in Going Places, the travel agency chain that mostly sells MyTravel packages, said beside most of the prices onthe late deals cards "Meal on plane extra". Crazy world this is.
WunalaDreaming From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 196 posts, RR: 1 Reply 10, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 981 times:
Being from Essex myself - I feel duty bound to inform you of the current status of this area!
Adverse to popular belief - Essex is one of the most affluent areas in the country. The area in particular which I reside within is called Rayleigh. Rayleigh is a nice town, which is fairly quiet and very expensive. Actually - in Essex, a lot of places have done a 180 since they days of shellsuits and are some of the most expensive and desired places to live in the country. (Which is why the centre of London is moving nearer and nearer Southend every second!)
Yes, being fair there are some right rough dives - just to highlight that Essexarians no longer wear shell suits - we sent those to Liverpool (tsk!!) Now every rude boy in the area is insistant on wearing anything with 'Moschino' plastered on it in 5inch lettering, which they probably bought frem 'Dagenham Dave' for £5 on Pitsea market. You will find them draped in what looks like gold, although it is actually hollow and gold 'coated' - bought from cash converters in Basildon. You will see them 'cruising' in their XR3 which is lowered so far that you can her it scraping on the ground and the windows blacked out for fear of people seeing their faces (complete with gold tooth).
You should be clear of these people going to Lesvos - they are all booked on an Aspro holiday to Marbella or Magaluf with their girlfiend Mandy (Pron. Maaaaaaaaandy) and their little kiddies, which they had when they were 14.
We're not like that in Rayleigh though, are we Go Canada! ? Most parts of Essex are desireable and respectable. It's just certain areas like Basildon, Grays, Dagenham, Barking and Southend-on-Sea which are 'as rough as your nan'!!!
There is only one thing worse than an Essexarian on a charter flight - and that is one on a scheduled flight - 'Gone up in the world now 'aven't we Maaaaaaaaandy?' - think they OWN the place!!!!
(Plus - I CAN say all this because I AM from ESSEX!!!!)
(Nicer part of Essex)
[P.s. - We don't live in gold plated bus shelters either!)
Englandair From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 2228 posts, RR: 3 Reply 12, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 966 times:
Believe me- take all that you just said about Essex, multiply it by ten and you'll find yourself in my area- Ali G Land, aka Staines!
Essex sounds nice in comparison.....!
The Mytravel Group does tend to cater for the lower end of the market, so they'll probably be a few rudeboyz and Kappa slappers on your flight, but they're normally not a problem at all- some of them can be quite nice! .....honest!
Donder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6659 posts, RR: 23 Reply 13, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 963 times:
Essex is indeed one of the wealthiest,if not the,part of the UK.However,it is rather noveau-riche so to speak!But where would be without Essex girls jokes?'
Moschino' plastered on it in 5inch lettering, which they probably bought frem 'Dagenham Dave' for £5 on Pitsea market
LMAO!This sounds SO much like Bromley!Chris RudeBoy fully accompanied with bad-man bop on the way to his bitches at the Glades
John Walton From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 117 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 938 times:
The seat pitch is the same on all Airtours ("MyTravel") flights, regardless of what aircraft type it is, and no there aint much room, but at least the A320 seats are wider than most which makes it more bareable. I flew on a Eurocypria A320 to Paphos just a few weeks ago, and it was quite comfortable, despite the low seat pitch. The flight to Lesbos is a good hour shorter than to Paphos so there should be no problem.
Oh, and by the way, if you've paid the Flight Only fare or the "Sundeal" packages, they won't give you a meal on-board. All part of this new "revolutionary" way of selling holidays, which will never last.
Go Canada! From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 2955 posts, RR: 11 Reply 17, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 899 times:
Essex is NOT noveau-riche , if you want noveau-riche got to hertfordshire(home of Victoria beckham) or Sandbanks in Bournemouth.
Bournemouth is the capitial of the noveau-riche , too many 18 year olds driving golf convertables because of daddy and are sent to any old private school in the hope of a decent education. If you want a noveau-riche holiday experience then book with Virgin.
with virgin holidays you get the same pikes as you would with 'mytravel' but insteead of being dirt poor, they actually have cash and dont they let others know it. They clikc their fingers at the cabin crew, shouted out for some 'bubbly' yet wont pay champange prices so they drink 'cava' or 'chadooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrryyyyy
and instead of reading a respectable newspaper they read the daily mirror and watch itv on a saturday night!
the 'rude boys' in essex all drive 306s or a silver citeron, buy five seasons old calvin klein wear in tx maxx and think just because they have one tope from french connection then suddenly they are fashionable!
Airtours holidays pax can be easily spotted by four simple tests:
1) They have a copy of the daily Mirror or the Mail
2) The woemn wear a top with karen millen plastered all over it and have eitther fake burberry orfake louis vitton bags(or maybe the real thing but its still too common, they shop shop in celine instead!)
3) the teenagers have an inability to string a sentence together that doesnt contain at least three glottal stops ( eg walha rather than water) nor contain the pharse 'wicked'.
4) the middle aged pax huddle together in groups and at least one of them has a bumbag and one has a pair of shades stuck on their head
If you are really lucky you might spot the 'middle class' airtours holiday maker, typically your thrity five year old frump with her husband stuart and her children 'milly' and 'barnaby', clutching the lastest Zadie smith novel or the daily mail. her husband has the lastest steven king or jon grisham novel and oen of her children has harry potter with the other reading 'horrible histories'.
avoid them at all costs and have a nice time on your pikey flgiht, im a student but id rather resort to ryanair' bargin bucket prices and bargin bucket service' then actually pay for airtours. Whether the airline and the company is repackaged as 'mytravel' or not, its still the same pikey hell hole with the same rude staff, same excuses and same lame airline.
It is amazing what can be accomplised when nobody takes the credit
WunalaDreaming From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 196 posts, RR: 1 Reply 22, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 885 times:
Yes!!! Hands up - I have flown with Airtours - one of the most colourful and interesting TransAtlantic flights I've taken. Blame that on my parents. Now I am an independant traveller - I choose quality. I.E, I am flying with Aer Lingus/British Airways to Dublin - rather than Ryanair!
Yes - TransAer was a terrible mistake - but again - not my fault - I booked a very respectable and expensive cruise with P&O Cruises - they just thought it funny to deposit me on and aircraft with a load of ceiling panels missing! They went bust shortly after - unsuprisingly.
And, as I HAVE flown with Airtours - I am able to comment on their 'service'.
WunalaDreaming From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 196 posts, RR: 1 Reply 23, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 879 times:
"Rayleigh is an ancient market town in the County of Essex, England. Its oldest church dates back to 1400-1500AD. It has a well preserved windmill, built around 1798, the mound of a Norman Castle, now owned by the National Trust and a circular 17th century 'Dutch' cottage, to name but a few of Rayleigh's attractions.
Today, Rayleigh has developed into a modern shopping area retaining an old world charm. It lies some 38 miles from London in an easterly direction along the corridor of the Thames Estuary and is 7 miles from the seaside town of Southend. Rayleigh is honoured to be twinned with Haltern in Germany."
Some Pictures of Rayleigh:
The Windmill in the centre of Rayleigh
The Dutch Cottage built in 1621
Rayleigh High Street By Night at Christmas
And NOT ONE gold plated bus shelter in sight. No RudeBoyz, no Shell Suits or XR3's!!
Jmc757 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2000, 1296 posts, RR: 7 Reply 24, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 880 times:
I flew in an Airtours A320 last year on my way back from TFS 9outbound was 757 due to A320 going tech). it was a nice tidy clean aircraft, friendly crew etc. overall quite good.
What you can expect this year is one of the most weird paint schemes you've ever seen. it will be a mash of AIH and MyTravel. i don't know why but MYT don't seem to want to paint aircraft one at a time. it seems that whenever a plane is on the ground they'll add another sticker, or pull one off, or get out the paint!!!!! heres an example of the number of schemes: