TF-ABP must have serious problems, it was badly delayed about 3 days ago and had maintenance and an engine run before departing. I came back from my days off yesterday and one of the two the LGW
flights was delayed again - same aircraft. I think it was supposed to depart around about lunchtime, at 8pm they thought the aircraft would be ok, even then there seemed to be some doubt.... thankfully they were able to board as many of the passengers were starting to get evil in the dep lounge. Today I see the return flight is not even due back until about 0730 tomorrow morning - I am guessing due to either crew operating hours or landing restrictions at LGW
?? Or maybe the heap of junk is tech again?? I start at 1200 tomorrow, I wonder if it will still be over the Atlantic then... or maybe in one of the hangers at LGW
. Reminds me of one of the MYT 767s last summer (G-DAJC)...
Anyway, to answer/confirm a few more queries, TravelCity used to use European for their SFB
charters (with EAF flt numbers), this summer they have switched to Air Atlanta Europe - who use EUK as their prefix, and curiously also 5A
(Air Alpine) - don't know where this comes from. TCY
may appear on flight coupons and info screens, but is purely "cosmetic!" Before Air Atlanta got the TCY
contract they also used to operate charters to SFB
on behalf of many tour operators, and also other to charters to many European destinations (LCA, SSH, DLM, TFS
, etc.). I remember last summer being shown round one of their 742s (ex CX
I think) and thinking it was in a pretty good state and a decent product for a UK charter. This summer their record seems to be mixed at best.