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User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24824 posts, RR: 56
Posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3272 times:

Date: 28th June 2004
Scheduled Departure time: 0800

The weather at MAN was looking good when I arrived at terminal 2 for check in for my Excel Airways flight to Dalaman, which would be my first flight on the airline, and also my first flight on a 757, so I was looking forward to it  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
After checking in, I proceeded to go through to the departure lounge, and upon arrival there, decided to have a pint of stella before the flight  Smile/happy/getting dizzy And this was just after 5am in the morning.
So I sat with my pint sitting next to the large windows at T2, looking out on the apron, and seen an AF A320, KLM B737, OK B737, 2 x XLA 752s & 1 x 762, a VS 742 (another arrived from Orlando about an hour later), an Air Atlanta 747, loads of First Choice a/c inluding A320s, B757s with a 767 arriving. Other arrivals at T2 before I boarded the a/c to Dalaman inluded CO 777, SQ 777, and over at T1 a MYT DC-10, BA 767, AY A320, 757 (op for Air Scandic) amongst others.
We were bussed out to TF-ARD which was parked on a remote stand oposite T2, unfortunatly on boarding the a/c we were informed that there would be a slight delay due to the a/c dumping it's bowels out on the airport tarmac  Laugh out loud
Must have had too much curry or something the night before  Wink/being sarcastic
Anyway, I got seat 14A, and noticed that there were extraordinarily hot FA's on this flight today  Big thumbs up
Pushback commenced after a PIA 742 had taxiied in to T2 and we taxieed to the runway 24L for our departure, passing Concorde on the way, which unfortunatly was on the other side of the a/c from me  Sad

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Takeoff was very quick, and the climbout very steep (just like others have said, the 757 is one hell of a rocket  Big thumbs up ).
After take-off, we turned right heading up towards Newcastle, before turning down onto a heading for Amsterdam, Munich, Austria, the Balkans, Greece and Turkey.
Flight time was due to be 3.5 hours, and the film was 50 First Dates, which I thought was pretty crap after watching it, so after that had finished decided to listen to the radio.
The seating onboard this 757 was very comfortable and the legroom was not a problem at all  Smile
Descent into Dalaman commenced and as was approached the airport we flew in a spiral pattern to be able to lose height for landing. Landing was good and we taxied into Gate 3 at DLM airport.
Overall, Excel Airways were a great airline, they apologised for the delay and the onboard service was great.



When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
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User currently offlineMYT332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 71
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3135 times:

Stella at 5 am?! Oh yea your Scottish!  Laugh out loud

Good lil read, Excel still sound like they're not too bad an airline apart from dumping on my beloved MAN!  Big grin

Oh yea, look what your a/c once did, kinda cool!


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User currently offlineTopjet330 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 236 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3129 times:

very well written trip report

User currently offlineJamotcx From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1037 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2997 times:

and noticed that there were extraordinarily hot FA's on this flight today

Yeh I have to agree I havent actually come accross a bad one yet, although I would trade the looks to have Tommy Cook back

Glad you liked the flight, some of the 757's are starting to stink a bit. How was the meal?


Jamo


User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24824 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2959 times:

"How was the meal?"
Crap  Sad



When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineFlySwiss From Switzerland, joined Jul 2003, 443 posts, RR: 44
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2929 times:

Graham, it looks like you had a great flight....., waiting to get some more details about the f/a......

I'm flying this weekend as well for the first time with a B757 from BHP to AYT.

Enjoy your holiday



Simle at the world and the world smiles back :)
User currently offlineBa319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8430 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2870 times:
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"decided to have a pint of stella before the flight And this was just after 5am in the morning"

Nothing wrong with that.When you can drink Sella at 5am, you are on vacation! Smile

I cannot believe that was youir first 757 flight! - what have you been doing? Smile

Rgds

Mark



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User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24824 posts, RR: 56
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2863 times:

Lets see...
A300,A310,A320,B733,B734,B742,B752(At last  Smile, -300 in October  Big thumbs up), DC-10,MD83,L1011
Not too bad  Big grin



When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineRick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2869 times:

Glad you enjoyed the rocket (757). I miss it  Crying


I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...
User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24824 posts, RR: 56
Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2859 times:

Yes, I see why it was called the rocket.
Must be boring stuck on the 737 at BRS?  Big grin



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User currently offlineRick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2851 times:

You said it.

I can't complain too much of course, but taxying out behind a Britannia 757 doing an afternoon Palma when I'm on my first sector of 4 (Copenhagen then boring Glasgow), it hurts man...

I think to myself "what am I doing?" rather than when I was on the 757 thinking "when am I next going to the Dominican Republic?". Worlds apart... anyway bring on the airbus, that will keep me going!



I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...
User currently offlineFlySwiss From Switzerland, joined Jul 2003, 443 posts, RR: 44
Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2701 times:

Due to high demand BHP changed the aircraft from B752 to B762.
So still waiting for my first flight with a B757.

@Graham
How was your return flight or y're still in Dalaman.

Greetz
Stefan




Simle at the world and the world smiles back :)
User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24824 posts, RR: 56
Reply 12, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2682 times:

Stefan, was great. Flew back on Air Scandic, there's a report about somewhere  Big grin


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