New UK-SFB Service..

Fri Apr 23, 2004 1:13 am

Good news for CWL, at last 747's back at CWL on a regular basis!

Travel City Direct unveils peak-season flights from Cardiff to Orlando 22/04/2004

Travel City Direct has unveiled peak-season flights from Cardiff to Orlando for the 36,000 Welsh passengers still driving to Gatwick, Heathrow, or Manchester.

Boeing 747 jumbo-jets will be returning to Cardiff International Airport this Summer, for a new trans-Atlantic service to Orlando in Florida.

The UK’s largest independent Florida specialist – Swansea based Travel City Direct – has announced a new peak-season programme of 747 flights from Cardiff International, offering scheduled-flight standards at great value for money prices.

From 20th July, Travel City Direct will operate a weekly service to Orlando’s Sanford airport, using a 449-seat Boeing 747. This service will complement the popular annual summer season charter service to Orlando Sanford from Cardiff International Airport operated by My Travel.

Unique to this service will be Travel City’s commitment to offering scheduled airline standards at chartered-flight prices.

The 747 jumbo aircraft is fitted with leather seating in all three cabins – Economy (398 seats at 31 inch pitch, which is more generous than most charter airlines); Upper Deck (29 seats at 34 inch pitch), and Sunshine First (22 seats at 54 inch pitch – equivalent to most scheduled airlines’ business class).

With a wide range of packages available, including hotels, self-catering, twin-centre holidays, and simple fly-drives, prices have been held to £399 for a 14-night fly-drive and £499 for a two-week full package holiday.

An up-grade to “Sunshine First” costs just £299 – a fraction of the cost of a Club or Business Class seat on major scheduled airlines.

According to Travel City Direct director, Steve Boardman: “More than 36,000 Welsh passengers are still making the trek to Gatwick, Heathrow, or Manchester for their flights to Orlando.

“As a Welsh-based company, and the UK’s largest independent Florida specialist, we are bringing a new jumbo-jet service to Cardiff International to provide a time and cost saving alternative for those travellers”, said Mr Boardman.

“We have also ensured that our pricing, for this peak-season programme, is geared to eliminate the extra costs and supplements that other operators charge for high-season bookings, and for flights from regional airports”, said Mr Boardman.

“When you add in the fact that Cardiff International offers the lowest-cost airport car-parking south of Manchester - and that both Cardiff International and Orlando Sanford airports (both owned by Cardiff-based TBI) offer smooth and speedy check-in procedures, we can see no reason for Welsh holidaymakers to make the daunting and costly trip to Gatwick, Heathrow, or Manchester”, he added.

Sanford International Airport has fast gained a reputation with the main UK and European charter operators for its efficient and speedy throughputs of passengers, making the onward journey to the Florida resorts that much quicker and hassle-free.

Cardiff International Airport’s managing director, Jon Horne, said: “This new programme sees the return of Boeing 747 services to our airport – one of the few outside London which can accommodate a jumbo-jet.”

Any idea what airline they will use for these flights?

So, good news, eh?



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RE: New UK-SFB Service..

Fri Apr 23, 2004 1:15 am

Thanks for the update with their news, EGFFbmi! Which is flying out of MAN, BHX, GLA or LGW to SFB?

RE: New UK-SFB Service..

Fri Apr 23, 2004 1:21 am

Which is flying out of MAN, BHX, GLA or LGW to SFB?

Eh..? What are you on about?


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RE: New UK-SFB Service..

Fri Apr 23, 2004 1:47 am

My guess would be Air Atlanta. Considering the drive from Sanford to Orlando can take almost 40mins without traffic I wouldn't consider Saford to be that hassle free.
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RE: New UK-SFB Service..

Fri Apr 23, 2004 1:52 am

I would like to see Air Atlanta operate it..

Do they have any 744's?

At the moment there is a 1x weekly CWL-SFB route with MYT 763..

I'm sure that this service will work very well, I just wish they would open up some scheduled routes from CWL.. maybe CO next year to EWR!


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RE: New UK-SFB Service..

Fri Apr 23, 2004 1:57 am

Air Atlanta have just obtained 3 (I think) 744s - but these are already leased to Iberia
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RE: New UK-SFB Service..

Fri Apr 23, 2004 2:06 am

According to the website, it is Air Atlanta Europe.

We flew with them last year, albeit on the now defunct (or much smaller) European Aviation. Six hours late leaving LGW but ontime on the return journey. At-seat audio wasn't working for seats A-C in the rear cabin. But otherwise ok.

31" is the same as BA and Virgin AFAIK, so it is pretty reasonable for a charter.

However, the pre-booking of seats at £10 each way per person is a con. All they guarantee is that you'll sit together - you get no choice of seats. Nor did they honour a disabled person's request for a bulkhead seat (non-exit row), who then ended up with painful sores from his calipers, which were wedged into the seat in front.

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RE: New UK-SFB Service..

Fri Apr 23, 2004 2:15 am

Air Atlanta Europe using 747-200s.
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RE: New UK-SFB Service..

Fri Apr 23, 2004 2:21 am

Good news for CWL!

Talking about SFB - there's some very cheap last-minute flight-only deals from MAN to the airport. For example, for this Saturday for 7 nights, it's a mere 129 including tax. Tis very good.
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