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Monarch To Sierra Leonne

Thu Nov 18, 2004 1:26 am

i read in another forum that monarch airlines are planning to serve freetown from Gatwick airport..
layover of crew will be in Accra
Can anyone confirm this?
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RE: Monarch To Sierra Leonne

Thu Nov 18, 2004 2:11 am

From 7th December weekly departure on Tuesdays returning the following day planned as a B752

 
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RE: Monarch To Sierra Leonne

Thu Nov 18, 2004 3:40 am

I thought Monarch stopped flying to Freetown. Astreus Airlines now do the job?
 
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RE: Monarch To Sierra Leonne

Thu Nov 18, 2004 4:04 am

The flight will be operated by Monarch for Sierra National Airlines, in competition with the now very popular Astraeus. Hmmmm monarch 752 with 230 odd seats, or Astraeus 752 with 190 and 36" of legroom!

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RE: Monarch To Sierra Leonne

Thu Nov 18, 2004 8:51 am



Unless Monarch are MUCH cheaper, than sounds like an easy choice.
 
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RE: Monarch To Sierra Leonne

Fri Nov 19, 2004 12:34 am

First Choice Airways also will be operating a series of Gatwick-Freetown flights early in the new year on behalf of Sierra National, and are currently in the the middle of a 5 week series of Gatwick-Paris CDG-Djibouti flights on behalf of Dallo Airlines. All flights are operated by B757.

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RE: Monarch To Sierra Leonne

Fri Nov 19, 2004 6:47 am

Just a slight correction Crosswind.

First choice are in the middle of operating 6 weekly LGW-CDG-JIB flights for Dallo Airlines until AEU's second 757 G-OOOB is delivered, and G-OAVB undergoes its C check. Both aircraft will operate in a 192 34 to 35 inch pitch layout with BA World Traveller style seats. Astraeus will then operate this route for Dallo, a contract we've won from Excel.

AEU have contracted First Choice to operate a small number of flights on the LGW-FNA route over the Christmas and New Year period to provide additional capacity as demand is very heavy over that period.
 
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RE: Monarch To Sierra Leonne

Fri Nov 19, 2004 7:20 am

BWAflyer,
Obviously we couldn't offer that configuration for these flights - it's never going to be financially viable for any airline to re-configure an aircraft just for 1 weekly rotation...

This winter (for the 10th year) we have 2 757s configured with 92 First Class seats, plus 11 economy seats for the extra crew carried. However, these aircraft are mainly occupied on special charters, and are usually away from the UK for weeks at a time, so the special configuration is justified.

G-OOOB was one of the original pair of 757s that Air 2000 launched with over 17 years ago. Even though "oscar bravo" is getting on a bit, she's usually well behaved - look after her!

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RE: Monarch To Sierra Leonne

Fri Nov 19, 2004 7:22 am

Monarch operated the twice weekly LGW-BJL-FNA flights for Sierra National Airlines up to a little over a year ago. The flights were then taken over by Icelandia which had a 757 painted in the SNA colors.


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SNA suspended flights earlier this year, around the time Astraeus started the twice weekly LGW-FNA flights on their recently aquired 757's with 36" seating pitch - all economy. I will be on one of these flights in December.

Fares on both airlines are about the same - expensive! Around $1,200 for the 7 hour flight from Gatwick to Freetown.

I know SNA was talking to a South African/Ghanian company called "Gold Coast Avaiation" for resumption of the flights which would also include a weekly FNA-JNB flight with several stops along the way, don't know what ever came of that.

I heard SNA will resume flights in December, not sure with whom since they do not have any aircraft.

The situation in Sierra Leone has improved dramatically since the war ended three years ago. It is trully a beautiful country and worth a visit. Hopefully the airlines that pulled out will return (KLM, BA, MEA) and competition will bring the price down.

 
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RE: Monarch To Sierra Leonne

Fri Nov 19, 2004 6:50 pm

1200$ Isnt that bad to west africa British airways FULL fare reach soemtimes to £1090 peak time... go to any www and try and booka flight for christmas cheapest u can get those days are in a minimum of £950 (ex tax) economy
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RE: Monarch To Sierra Leonne

Sat Nov 20, 2004 3:27 am

True, Soups, but let us put this in context... for $1,200 I can fly from here (NYC) to Sydney, Australia.
 
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RE: Monarch To Sierra Leonne

Sat Nov 20, 2004 4:01 am

u r talking about west africa mate
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