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Larnaca - Manchester MyTravel DC-10  
User currently offlineTopjet330 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 236 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 12 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4355 times:

Flight Details

Departure Airport: Larnaca

Arrival Airport: Manchester

Arrival Time: 23:45

Seats: 12, EFG.

check in

As usual at larnaca if you come by the laid on transfer busses you are in a large queue because, there would have been 375 pax for the DC-10-10. G-TAOS

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Gates at Larnaca are very limited as they are all far away from the terminals.
We actually boarded at Gate 4 and boarded a bus t take us to the aircraft.

Approaching the aircraft I saw the pilot looking strangely at the right engine, which had failed on our outbound journey from Manchester. See my previous MAN-LCA flight.

The cabin crew at the bottom of the stairs halted everyone whilst the pilot walked up. My first impressions of the cabin crew were very professional however I don't think they were by the end of my flight.

On Board

Confusion over seating, row 12 is Extra leg room medical. Ok its what we booked, however there are four seats in the middle, need I say there should be 3 but its charter. There was a woman who was sat in the row with my family all three of us. She snored throughout the whole 4 hours but the less said about her the better.

take off

Slow power up, and the plane took all the runway to take off, according to a friend on the ground who we had been to see as well.VERY VERY slow climb, must have took 45 minutes to get to seat belt release which I believe is 18000.

Inflight Bar

Ok I fancied a Tea, not the best thing to have on a plane, but there you go. So that's what I ordered, I wouldn't have done if I could have foreseen the problems. Actual dialogue.

"Can I have a PG tips tea please"


She disappeared for 5 minutes and came bag with it.

"that's £3.80 please"

"ok im not arguing must have been stressful making it".

they disappeared further up the plane, and I realized in the little bag they give you with a spoon, sugar and serviette, there was no milk.

"5 minutes of constant pressing of cabin crew call"

"how can I help you sir"

"could I get some milk for this tea please"

disappeared once again.

"there is only one little carton left sir"

it was half ful, talk about cut backs.

anyway most of it went down the vacuum suction of the nearby toilet.

Meal Time

On the DC-10 the trays came out of the arm, in two sections and then the second section folded over to make a table.

I spent 5 minutes searching for a second section to my tray, there wasn't one.


we started our decent over London, and the captain confirmed this over the p/a.

"Kestrel 141 decent and maintain FL 17000"

and then he spoke to us, quite good to hear live ATC over the p/a system.

"London centre this is Kestrel 141 descending 27550 for 17000"

"sorry about that ladies and gentlemen."

after a few dips and lots of shaking the plane was finally down, thank god.

Notes about MyTravel

The entertainment on the particular DC-10 and outbound were both 18 rated films, and there was many young children onboard, something like a Disney drama film would have been better.

DONT ORDER TEA unless you like it without milk.

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User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 57
Reply 1, posted (11 years 12 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4147 times:

I like the report style. Really good report!

If MYT are that bad then I guess I'll try and avoid them this summer. I've only flown with 2 charter airlines; Monarch and Brittania, the latter being the worst airline ever.


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User currently offlineTopjet330 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 236 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 12 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4080 times:

i found Britannia considerably better than Monarch

User currently offlinePlanesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4143 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (11 years 12 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4071 times:

Again, I'm sorry about your bad experiences, but G-TAOS is in the scrap yard now, so MYT's service should be better this summer. In my books, you are lucky. I would have loved to go on one of those MYT DC-10-10's and delays, service etc don't really bother me.


MyTravel will have a much better service this summer. Major delays were caused last year by the DC-10-10's going tech, B757's had to be shipped to/from LBA to make up the numbers, a tight schedule where almost all aircraft were in service all the time, so any faulty aircraft caused big problems. However this year, they have dumped the DC-10-10's and have aquired a few more (more reliable and brand new) A320's and A321's. If last year's anything to go by, there shouldn't be too many problems, however all aircraft whatever age and size can have problems, so you just may be on a flight that has a 24hr delay.


User currently offlineTrident2e From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 12 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4067 times:

Nice report. I flew on one of their DC10s last year and it was awful. Cramped seats, two hour delay, dreadful service and miserable cabin crew. No wonder MyTravel is in the state it's in. I'll certainly avoid them in the future, new aircraft or not!

User currently offlineTopjet330 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 236 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 12 months 2 days ago) and read 4054 times:

thanks for the comments

however i wouldnt avoid them if the flight was maybe cheaper.


Look out for my Thomas Cook flight to Cayo Coco report at the end of July.

User currently offlineSulman From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2041 posts, RR: 28
Reply 6, posted (11 years 12 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4027 times:

Sorry to hear you had a bad experience. MYT's charter arm has, operationally, a very good reputation in terms of professionalism and safety. In fact, they make rather alot of money. It's the rest of the group that ate up the money.



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User currently offlineJamotcx From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1037 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (11 years 12 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4026 times:

DONT ORDER TEA unless you like it without milk

I think the cabin crew member that served you was lazy. They get loads of the little milk cartons onboard. And the crew even get a few pints of fresh milk.


User currently offlineTopjet330 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 236 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 12 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4023 times:

i thought the same actually. The should have given at least 2 or three but there must have been other passangers in the same situation

User currently offlineDC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (11 years 12 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3979 times:

Nice report! You were pretty lucky to get on one of MYT's DC-10's.


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