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Air 2000 763s... What Are They Like?  
User currently offlineRick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 51
Posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2484 times:

Quick question for any of you who have travelled as a passenger on any of Air 2000's 767-300 aircraft (longhaul preferably).

Going "bucket and spading" with the other half in a couple of weeks to Puerto Vallarta. Would imagine the service / comfort is similar to that of Britannia?

I always swear to myself I will never travel longhaul on a charter airline, but this was just too good a deal!!  Smile

Thanks for any responses.

Rick.


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User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24811 posts, RR: 56
Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2464 times:

Looked pretty big when I seen one at NCL last summer  Big grin
Probably same size as BY 763s  Laugh out loud



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User currently offlineCrosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2597 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2438 times:
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Think they'll be pretty similar to yours - seat C38Y274

Air 2000 are rolling-out leather seats accross the fleet but no B767s have them yet. As far as I know only 4 B757s, 1 A320 and 1 A321 have them at present, the rest of the fleet is being refurbised over the winter.

Air 2000 do sell upgrades at check-in to Air 2000 Premium and exit row seats if there is any space available. Would think that Puerto Vallarta being one of the longest charter flights would fill up in Premium well before departure.

Regards
CROSSWIND


User currently offlineRick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2427 times:

Crosswind,

Yeah Premium is already fully booked, would definately have paid the extra if it were available! May try for an exit row on the day, though to be honest it normally involves being right next to the toilet which wouldn't be too much fun for 14 hours... That's the case with extra legroom on our 763s anyway.

Our longhaul 763s actually have C31Y284 (315 total). Air 2000 763s as you say obviously have C38Y274 (312 total).

Whilst I fly on these planes almost daily, the thought of being stuck in the back for such a long time just fills me with dread!! Should have gone for that Gran Canaria deal after all methinks!!



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User currently offlineCrosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2597 posts, RR: 58
Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2418 times:
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I've done Orlando on a 757 and it wasn't too bad. The stop at BGR outbound broke the journey into 2 shorter flights (6h20 and 3h00) and gave me a chance to strech my legs. Return was non-stop to Manchester 7h40, and was fine.

Not sure how the SFB stops work on the PVR run, but I'm sure they'll let you off the plane while it's refuelled and the crew changes over, not humane to keep everyone on a charter B767 for 13 hours! I remember Caledonian used to fly MAN-LGW-BAH-BKK-HKT-BAH-LGW-MAN with a B757 - the MAN-HKT route having an elapsed time of over 18 hours  Wow!

Regards
CROSSWIND


User currently offlineRick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2365 times:

Yeah not too sure myself how the 1hr stopover @ SFB will work... will ask around but have the sneaky suspicion we will not be allowed to deplane. For a start it would be a bit of a logistical nightmare offloading and reloading 312 people... and also I think for immigration reasons the US wouldn't like it? But on the other hand a crew change will be necessary....

The return should be non-stop to LGW anyway, last 3 weeks running has been direct (10:50 or so in each case) with the nice tailwinds and the winter schedule (Nov-Mar) has non-stop returns all season (due to the more southerly jetstream).

Anyone else have any experience with AMM longhaul, or this route in particular? There must be some more of you!! Thanks.



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User currently offlineDC10Tony From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1012 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2329 times:

Rick767-

A little over a year ago, me and one of my frineds who works on the ramp with me flew from SFB-LGW on Air 2000, standby.

On the outbound flight, there was only one seat left on the plane, so I got to ride the cockpit jumpseat and my friend took the last seat on the plane, then we switched after 4 hrs. Riding the jumpseat was SO AWESOME, the pilots were really cool, and the plane's performance was spectacular. I'll say about 2 min. after takeoff, the flight was so smooth it felt like we weren't even flying.

The Air 200 service was good too. From LGW-SFB my friend and I rode in the cabin because there was plenty of seats. The seat size isn't too bad, but it's no living room recliner. The food was decent, but the portions could have been bigger.

All-in-all, for 45 pounds ($65), it was the best trip I've ever taken and would do it again if I had the time.


User currently offlineCrosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2597 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2304 times:
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My Orlando flight was Air 2000, we did deplane at Bangor and were given "Transit" boarding passes on the jetway as we deplaned. These were laminated and numbered boarding passes of the type used by easyJet, and you just handed them back in when you reboarded.

We didn't clear US customs in Bangor, there's no requirement to complete immigration formalities at the first point of entry since everyone on the aircraft was continuing their journey to Orlando we cleared US customs and Immigration there.

Things may have changed in the light of the events of September last year...

Regards
CROSSWIND


User currently offlineLuxair66 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 74 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2297 times:

Flew on one of the Air2000 763's 4 years ago from the States to the UK when they were still part of the Leisure International fleet. Most uncomfortable flight I have ever experianced, worse than the Air Atlanta 741 we flew out on. We actually left the UK on a Leisure 763 also, but we had a birdstrike on leaving LGW, and had to return, followed by a 45hr delay before finally leaving on the Air Atlantic shed, (ex Air France and on its last legs, scrapped the following year), hence my only experiance of tranatlantic charter is far from typical!

The Britannia 763's I've flown on were better, as were the Air2000 752's, although these flights were shorter (4hrs vs 9hrs).

Enjoy your holiday.


User currently offlineKarliboy From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 254 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2267 times:

evening Rick....flew to ACE on G-OOAL(not long-haul i know, but the only difference would be flight duration) this july and flew in Classic premium.....!!

mmmmmmm....economy were just packed together....premium was only OK....nothing special, although i did like the fact that my head didn't loll over the back of the seat when i wanted to sleep as it usually does on a charter flight (over 6ft you see...just). Meals the same as everyone else's.....and the footrest might as well have not been there...waste of time!

However i would rather have been in premium than with the great unwashed at the back.....good luck chuck...you're gonna need it!

have a great time

best regards

karl


User currently offlineRick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2208 times:

Thanks for all responses with this one.

May well have my first go at a trip report when I return at the end of the month...

Regardless of what the flight is like I'm looking forward to some time on the beach in Mexico!! Well deserved I think after a hectic Summer of work and moving house...

Thanks again guys Big grin



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User currently offlineDavid_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7329 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2198 times:
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Rick

Not letting you off just yet! Why did BY seem to use OM A300s fortnightly this year on some services (I think they were the 402A/B and/or 444A/B) - did the BY flight-planning department do this deliberately or was it a case of covering for maintenance on the 763s?

David


User currently offlineRick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 51
Reply 12, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2197 times:

David,

You don't miss a beat do you?! Big grin

Well all I know is that on a few occasions (fortnightly perhaps, as you suggest) the 444A/B Rhodes service has been sub-chartered to Monarch A306 aircraft, operating on our behalf.

Whilst I have no definate idea about the circumstances surrounding this I think we have a standing agreement with MON about such occasional services. I would suggest perhaps a crewing, rather than aircraft availability issue, is the reason... but I didn't tell you that  Laugh out loud



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