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Best And Worst Charter Airline  
User currently offlineIbe1238 From Spain, joined Mar 2001, 134 posts, RR: 1
Posted (15 years 2 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3584 times:

According to your opinion, what's the best charter airline?And the worst?.
PS.: Please, if the company it's not well-known, tell us the country to it belongs.

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User currently offlineAIR757200 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1579 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (15 years 2 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3500 times:

ATA-American Trans Air (US) is the best airline for charter services!  Smile

AIR757200.DTW (ATA)

User currently offlineAlle From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (15 years 2 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3468 times:

Britannia Airways, based in the UK but they also fly from Finland, Sweden, Norway (?), Denmark (?) and Germany. I've flown 11 hrs (ARN-NAT, NAT-LPA-ARN) in their B767-300, IT WAS HELL ON EARTH!!!

Alexander Holst
Helsinki, Finland
ICQ 94604005

User currently offlinePHLFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 851 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (15 years 2 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3469 times:

Canada 3000-Best
Allegro or Nations Air(if they are still in existence) worst

User currently offlineTg 747-300 From Norway, joined Nov 1999, 1318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (15 years 2 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3457 times:

I think Premiar (scandinavian branch of Airtours) was good (haven't flown them since 1997, and i have heard that the new A330 are too cramped and uncomfy)
Their Dc10 were spacious and the food were far better than on britannia.

tg 747-300

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User currently offlineGib From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 286 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (15 years 2 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3434 times:

Sun Country is pretty much TERRIBLE for a US based charter. Let's just say that after a burner 72S trip on SY in WX/fog, I'll never do it again. Fortunately, I've never had the pleasure of experiencing the others that my airliners.net friends have previously posted.

I do seem to remember an article in Travel Agent or Business Travel Weekly a few years back about the Aer Lingus 330 that was XLD out of JFK. They brought in some flying death charter L10 and packed everyone aboard. Carry-on's were so heavy that they were actually stacked in front of the exit doors. The pics of the interior of the a/c were incredible.

User currently offlineSamspain From Spain, joined Feb 2001, 121 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (15 years 2 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3447 times:

Hi Ibe1238... From my experience I like LTU and Hapag-Lloyd. Futura and Arkia are O.K as well. Corsair has great prices (good) but a louzy service.
Hope this help.

User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 25347 posts, RR: 54
Reply 7, posted (15 years 2 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3420 times:

I thought Air Scandic were great as were most of my charter experiences but the best one had to be Air 2000. Worst one probably Air Europa.

When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineAirsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 31
Reply 8, posted (15 years 2 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3411 times:

I´ve been on Hapag-Lloyd, LTU, Condor and Condor Berlin. All more or less the same; but Hapag and Condor put 3-3-3 in the Airbus, LTU only 2-4-2.

Daniel Smile

User currently offlineSR 103 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1748 posts, RR: 37
Reply 9, posted (15 years 2 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3399 times:

I have only flown LTU and Condor and I have to say that LTU is much better than Condor and even better than many scheduled airlines.

SR 103  Smile/happy/getting dizzy  Smile/happy/getting dizzy  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineSevenair From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 1728 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (15 years 1 month 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3365 times:

Best-NCL-IBZ, Britannia 757-British
worst-NCL-ATH, Andalucia Directo-Spannish, or, MAN-IST, Sunways MD-83-Turkish

User currently offlineJeDa From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 52 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (15 years 1 month 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3361 times:

Well, what makes a charter airline bad or good. Friendly F/A´s, good food, but never keep their schedule and cramped seating ?
Britannia (of Sweden) seems to be running late quite often, that´s what I call a bad airline. At the moment BLX158 from Monastir to Stockholm (ARN) is running some 5 hours late. Scheduled to arrive ARN 0155, expected 0655...

JeDa Yawn

User currently offlineGyro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (15 years 1 month 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3358 times:

"I´ve been on Hapag-Lloyd, LTU, Condor and Condor Berlin. All more or less the same; but Hapag and Condor put 3-3-3 in the Airbus, LTU only 2-4-2. "

Would you care to elaborate on that... Only Airbus Condor has is the A320!!! And what Hapag Airbus are you refering to,the A310??? I personally liked Condor, hated Lauda and loved Spanair. Heard good things about LTU and horrible things about Martinair....

Regards: Sven

User currently offlineAmerica West From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (15 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3318 times:

ATA is the best.

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User currently offlineIronminds From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 556 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (15 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3325 times:

Onur Air out of Turkey. Once paid about $100 to get IST to LGW, but it was delayed about 6 hours, no assigned boarding routine, what seemed like 29 inch pitch. One of the most uncomfortable travel days of my life.

User currently offlineSafeFlyer From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 627 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (15 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3316 times:

I'll have to say that the best charter is Canada 3000! I took a flight this March and the service, food were outsanding! (See my trip report) C3 has a great seat pitch (31 or 32 in...like any scheduled airline, great!) and I was pleased to see all the legroom offered (I'f I compare with Air Transat, they have nearly double the legroom)! Their A320's are configured in a 174 single- class layout that removes a row from the max seat. of 180... Also, I know that their A332 have a 2-4-2. That is pretty good though(Like LTU). Friendly FA and clean planes... always on time (or at least from Montreal or Ottawa cause they have some delays from Toronto but never as bad as Air Transat)...
Worst Air Transat... you know why, and I'm sure that Europeans also know what I'm talking about... Never Going to fly them again after my Canada 3000 flights Smile

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