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User currently offlineAirplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2739 posts, RR: 40
Posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3258 times:

**Hey, this is my first trip report, so forgive me if it is not up to scratch.**

Excel Airways
Flight 5806
Registration – Unknown
Departure Airport – LGW
Departure Time – 5:55 AM
Actual Departure Time – 6:20 AM
Arrival Airport - ACE
Arrival Time – 10:20 AM
Actual Arrival Time – 10:00 AM
Flight Time – 3hr 40min


Me and my family checked in at about a quarter to four, we had left enough time to allow for breakfast and to stretch our legs before our medium haul flight to the Canary Islands. At check in, I was very surprised that the Excel Agent didn’t ask us any security questions, I didn’t say anything and he gave us our boarding cards. We had been given Seats 2 G+H and 3 G+H. This was the furthest forward in the cabin I had ever sat.
We were the last people to board the Aircraft as they started with the back rows and made there way forward. Finally when they called the last remaining seat numbers there was an eruption of cheer from the remaining passengers. We boarded the aircraft at about ten to six. I now knew that we were going to miss our scheduled slot. As we boarded a steward directed us to our seats, (there want much directing involved though, as we were in the 2nd row! :P ) Through my previous experience s with Excel I knew they don’t offer much leg room, and I was very cramped. This year was no exception. But I can’t really complain as it was a Charter flight, and we only booked it 2 weeks ago.
The doors were closed at 6:05, and we started the long taxi to the runway at 6:10. We raced another Excel 767 which was also going to Arrecife. We pulled out in-front of it, so it must have been following us for the remainder of the taxi and flight. At 6:20 we finally got onto the runway. The captain powered up the engines to full power, we were finally on our way.
We thundered down the runway for what seemed to be a long time, but I suppose it was adequate for a wide body aircraft.
I was amazed how long it took for the flight crew to turn off the seat belt sign, it went out after five minutes – Must be a new record!

(Oh and I forgot to point out, this report will not contain the famous toilet test as Signapore_Air had carried out on one of his Many travels! :p)

I am a bit biased when it comes down to Airline food, as I dislike all of it! Breakfast consisted of a hash brown, sausage in some kind of sauce. This was served with a roll, a raspberry muffin and the usual small cartoon of Orange Juice. What cease to amaze me is that Airlines call the food all of these posh names that know one has ever heard of and its only something simple like Beans on Toast!
One thing I do like about Excel is that they have good entertainment for a Charter Airline. Last years flight to ACE that I was on had Spiderman which had only just been released in the UK. This flights movie was an animation from the makers or Monsters Inc, called Finding Nemo. When I read the review in the in-flight magazine it said it didn’t come out till October 2003!
I think the planes entertainment system had broken as the film and programmes kept cutting out. The captain kept us well informed about our progress. He came over the PA frequently with latest weather reports and our distance from ACE.
The duty free came around quite late, for once I didn’t purchase anything, as I had already bought a model on last years flight. They offered the usual duty free; Cigarettes, Alcohol and Perfume etc. After duty free, the crew came round with the drinks trolley one last time before we made our descent into ACE. I bought a can of coke for £1.00; I thought ‘what a rip off’ as it was only one of the very very small cans.
After we had begun our decent we quickly passed through the very high cloud that was above the Atlantic Ocean. Usually the approach just takes us over the Atlantic but this time we flew over Lanzarote and then flew out to the ocean and turned for finals.
We made a very smooth landing on Runway 03; the usual line up of British Charter Flights could be seen at the gates of the airport. Once we vacated the runway we followed a ‘follow me’ car, which is standard practice in Lanzarote. It only took us a few minutes to get to our gate which was 04. As we were near the front we were the first ones off of the aircraft.

As this was my third experience with Excel, I knew what they were like so there wasn’t much surprises during the flight but I was pleased on getting so close to the front. I do recommend excel for British charter flights, but only short haul as it does get rather cramped. On the way back from ACE I flew with Futura of which I really recommend.

*So, there it is my first trip report. Let me know what you think of it, Ill take a bit of constructive criticism :P **


[Edited 2003-08-31 13:31:05]


Simon - London-Aviation.com
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User currently offlineDoorsToManual From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3168 times:

Thanks for the write-up.

Two weeks is quite short notice, for charter flights isn't it?

I didn't realise Excel charged for drinks, I thought they were free on most UK charter airlines? Indeed, £1 for a small can of coke is a bit too much - I have yet to fly on an airline that charges a reasonable price for these things (amongst those who do charge for food/drinks).

Also, a 0555 flight - yuck! I'm quite fussy when it comes to flight times, and although I don't mind late-night flights, I detest anything that leaves before 1000!  Laugh out loud

rgds


User currently offlineAirplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2739 posts, RR: 40
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3173 times:

lol, yep it was 2 weeks, we just wanted to book somewhere up.

5:55 is ok, you get the rest of the day by the pool :p

And, yes, all British Charter airlines that I know of charge for there drinks.



Simon - London-Aviation.com
User currently offlineCapital146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2125 posts, RR: 43
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3155 times:

Thanks for an interesting report, Airplanepics.

I've heard Excel Airways are one of the better UK charter airlines, hope I'll get to fly them at some point.

I do think their c/s looks nice on the 762's!


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PS, will you be posting a trip report for your return flight on Futura?



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User currently offlineUN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4289 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3160 times:

The record is SU, that 777 must have had the sign on for 10 minutes..and I needed to use the bathroom. KLM does it really quick after takeoff. And really late into approach. So if you need to use the toilet, or have overactive bladder, fly K L M.


What now?
User currently offlineJaspike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3127 times:

Great report Big thumbs up The staff at check-in should ask security questions such as "Did you pack your bags yourself", "Has anyone asked you to carry something on their behalf" etc. They also usually ask under 16s their date of birth and check it on the passports.

Food on planes is great!! How could you leave it?! Laugh out loud Big grin

Can't wait for the FH report Big thumbs up

Josh


User currently offlineAirplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2739 posts, RR: 40
Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3110 times:

Not sure if im going to do one, ill think about it though

Glad you liked it.

Simon



Simon - London-Aviation.com
User currently offlinePlanesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4124 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3011 times:

Nice report, my friend did the same route except to Tenerife, same time, except on a friday (in easter sometime) and he was very please with his flight.

Btw what was the date of the flight?


User currently offlineAirplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2739 posts, RR: 40
Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3011 times:

14th of August

Why?



Simon - London-Aviation.com
User currently offlinePlanesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4124 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2913 times:

I was just wondering, sorry.

User currently offlineAirplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2739 posts, RR: 40
Reply 10, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2903 times:

lol, you dont have to apologise  Big grin


Simon - London-Aviation.com
User currently offlineLBA From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2841 times:

Good report. I'm flying to Sharm el Sheikh for Xmas with Excel, so this gave me an idea of what to expect. You say it was cramped, any idea of the seat pitch, or was it the usual 28 inch?

User currently offlineKevin752 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 729 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2822 times:

I am glad to hear something about Excel airways. I wanted to hear what people thought of them. I would like to hear about your return flight with Futra Airlines.


"Keep Climbing"
User currently offlineAirplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2739 posts, RR: 40
Reply 13, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2822 times:

Not sure about the seat pitch, but it was cramped, not sure if it was less then that (if thats possible And i t doesnt help that they have big leather seats.
Quite a lot of people want to here about Futura, ill have to think about it, because I can renember much about it. I was too tired!  Big grin


Simon



Simon - London-Aviation.com
User currently offlineNG737PSR From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 305 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2791 times:

LBA - the Sharm El Sheik flights are mainly operated by B737-800 aircraft with a seat pitch of 30", and although not the best for a 5hr flight it is more comfortable than our own B767-200s at 28/29", or other charter airlines B757/A300/A320 aircraft.

Should you find that you are on the B767 the plus point is that there is more room to get up and walk around and use drinking fountains etc. Have a good flight LBA - we look forward to seeing you - who knows maybe I'll have that priviledge!


User currently offlineAirplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2739 posts, RR: 40
Reply 15, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2801 times:

NG737PSR,
Do you work with Excel?

Simon



Simon - London-Aviation.com
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