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MyTravel A333 On Round-the-World Flight

Sat Apr 15, 2006 7:59 am

Danish charter operator Spies is celebrating its 50th birthday by bringing 400 people on a round-the-world tour with a MyTravel A330-300, flight DK 1956, with 405 seats. They will also bring their own mechanics.

In 21 days, the airplane will visit 11 destinations on four continents. Spotters will be able to see the bird in such uncommon locations as:

22 Apr: Copenhagen - Hamilton, Canada (arr 14:05)
23 Apr: Hamilton - San Francisco (arr 19:00)
25 Apr: San Francisco - Honolulu (arr 19:10)
27 Apr: Honolulu - Rarotonga, Cook Islands (arr 05:20, 28 Apr)
30 Apr: Rarotonga - Sydney (arr 12:55, 1 May)
03 May: Sydney - Sandakan, Malaysia (arr 05:30, 4 May)
04 May: Sandakan - Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia (arr 12:15)
06 May: Kota Kinabalu - Ho Chi Minh City (arr 11:00)
08 May: Ho Chi Minh - Agra, India (arr 17:15)
09 May: Agra - Muscat, Oman (arr 18:50)
11 May: Muscat - Cairo (arr 15:20)
12 May: Cairo - Copenhagen (arr 21:25)
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RE: MyTravel A333 On Round-the-World Flight

Sat Apr 15, 2006 10:47 am

Thats awesome! Does anyone know if something like this has ever been done before by any airline for an anniversary? How would one get on something like this?
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RE: MyTravel A333 On Round-the-World Flight

Sat Apr 15, 2006 10:54 am

Why would they take it into YHM when MyTravel flies into YYZ for regularly scheduled service? Any ideas?

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RE: MyTravel A333 On Round-the-World Flight

Sat Apr 15, 2006 11:06 am

Quoting Cruiser (Reply 2):
Why would they take it into YHM when MyTravel flies into YYZ for regularly scheduled service? Any ideas?

Cost.

YYZ is too expensive for an over-night stay.

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RE: MyTravel A333 On Round-the-World Flight

Sat Apr 15, 2006 1:31 pm

Maybe they are just going to Niagara and the airport is nearer|?
 
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RE: MyTravel A333 On Round-the-World Flight

Sat Apr 15, 2006 4:07 pm

Quoting DeltaMD88 (Reply 1):
Does anyone know if something like this has ever been done before by any airline for an anniversary?

I've heard rumors that the Concorde was also used for these kind of flights, but I don't know for sure.

Quoting DeltaMD88 (Reply 1):
How would one get on something like this?

It's fully booked by now, but the tour was open for bookings from anybody. The price was DKK 39,995 including hotels, excursions and most meals.

Quoting Cruiser (Reply 2):
Why would they take it into YHM when MyTravel flies into YYZ for regularly scheduled service? Any ideas?

Rdwooty is correct, they're going to Niagara. The airplane arrives at 14:05 on the 22nd, and leaves at 17:00 on the 23rd. So if you deduct the time spent in passport control, waiting for baggage, check-in, and security, they will have less than 24 hours outside of the airport.
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RE: MyTravel A333 On Round-the-World Flight

Sat Apr 15, 2006 5:04 pm

Some pretty cool routings. However, I wouldn't fancy spending that much time on an A330 with another 400 pax - not much room. crowded 
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RE: MyTravel A333 On Round-the-World Flight

Sat Apr 15, 2006 5:11 pm

405 people on a A333? The 2-class planes CX use has 311 seats, 3-class only 251. Im not sure I'd like to pay 39k DKK for this when you can get a Star Alliance Round-the-World in Business Class on SQ (and others) for less  Smile
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RE: MyTravel A333 On Round-the-World Flight

Sat Apr 15, 2006 5:25 pm

The MYT A330-300 I came back from Cancun on in summer (OY-VKG) had 370 seats arranged 2-3-2 in premium and 2-4-2 in standard. How have they managed to get an extra 35 seats in?
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RE: MyTravel A333 On Round-the-World Flight

Sat Apr 15, 2006 5:35 pm

Quoting Bjornstrom (Reply 7):
405 people on a A333?

The Danish division of MyTravel (DK) has three A333s with more than 400 seats. During the summer, they usually fly from CPH, ARN, OSL and other Scandinavian cities to destinations in Spain, Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Cyprus, or other places close to the Mediterranean.

Quoting Bjornstrom (Reply 7):
Im not sure I'd like to pay 39k DKK for this when you can get a Star Alliance Round-the-World in Business Class on SQ (and others) for less

I totally agree with you. But you also have to remember that included in this price is hotels, most meals and excursions for three weeks.

[Edited 2006-04-15 10:37:35]
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RE: MyTravel A333 On Round-the-World Flight

Sat Apr 15, 2006 5:43 pm

Quoting FLYtoEGCC (Reply 8):
The MYT A330-300 I came back from Cancun on in summer (OY-VKG) had 370 seats arranged 2-3-2 in premium and 2-4-2 in standard

According to www.mytravelairways.dk (see url below) OY-VKG and the two other A333s have 405/408 seats, while the single A332 has 360 seats, 49 in royal and 311 in tourist class. The A333 normally does not have any royal class. When it's flying in a one-class configuration, it has 3-3-3 seating in the front cabin.

http://www.mytravelairways.dk/index....ays.dk/main.asp%3FArticleID%3D2197
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RE: MyTravel A333 On Round-the-World Flight

Sat Apr 15, 2006 5:55 pm

Quoting RedChili (Reply 9):
I totally agree with you. But you also have to remember that included in this price is hotels, most meals and excursions for three weeks.

The CRTWSTAR1 with 15 stops / 24 flights on any Star Alliance carriers in Business Class is about DKK32000 (could not find the exakt price on a quick search) which still gives you more than $1k USD for hotels and meals.

Sure - its about the same price but compare flying a packed A333 with charter tourists with relaxed life in a SpaceBed on second floor 744 with SQ service  Wink

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RE: MyTravel A333 On Round-the-World Flight

Sat Apr 15, 2006 8:55 pm

Quoting Cruiser (Reply 2):
Why would they take it into YHM when MyTravel flies into YYZ for regularly scheduled service? Any ideas?

Cost and closer to Niagara Falls

Quoting RedChili (Reply 5):
Rdwooty is correct, they're going to Niagara. The airplane arrives at 14:05 on the 22nd, and leaves at 17:00 on the 23rd. So if you deduct the time spent in passport control, waiting for baggage, check-in, and security, they will have less than 24 hours outside of the airport.

They should be faster on their way than going trough YYZ as YHM is about
45 min. closer to the falls.

Quoting Scbriml (Reply 6):
Some pretty cool routings. However, I wouldn't fancy spending that much time on an A330 with another 400 pax - not much room.

Agree 100 %........

Quoting RedChili (Reply 5):
I've heard rumors that the Concorde was also used for these kind of flights, but I don't know for sure.

If I remember right back in the early 90's, but it was quite expensive.

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RE: MyTravel A333 On Round-the-World Flight

Sun Apr 16, 2006 12:04 am

Concorde definitely did round the world charters. They too carried their own mechanics.
 
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RE: MyTravel A333 On Round-the-World Flight

Sun Apr 16, 2006 12:55 am

Surely they would use less fuel flying the opposite way round the world. Meaning less time for all on the aircraft and it would be a bit cheaper too!
 
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RE: MyTravel A333 On Round-the-World Flight

Sun Apr 16, 2006 1:49 am

Quoting RedChili (Reply 10):
According to www.mytravelairways.dk (see url below) OY-VKG and the two other A333s have 405/408 seats, while the single A332 has 360 seats, 49 in royal and 311 in tourist class. The A333 normally does not have any royal class.

Thanks, interesting... in that case, is it possible that they re-fitted it slightly to make it compatible with the UK fleet? (As far as I know it was on lease to MYT UK all last summer.) I flew outbound on an A330-200, so it would seem that the -300 would need to be interchangeable on routes with the -200. I could have sworn it had the Premiair Gold cabin, but I could be mistaken... but the MyTravel inflight magazine definitely stated it as having 370 seats.

Also, they have no PTVs in standard like the -200s do... grrrr!  grumpy 
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RE: MyTravel A333 On Round-the-World Flight

Sun Apr 16, 2006 3:25 am

Quoting Rdwootty (Reply 4):
Maybe they are just going to Niagara and the airport is nearer|?

 checkmark  or hopefully they are not going to Toronto and hence no point flying to YYZ.  Big grin

Quoting Boysteve (Reply 14):
Surely they would use less fuel flying the opposite way round the world. Meaning less time for all on the aircraft and it would be a bit cheaper too!

Yes, but this would mean a lot of redeye flights and people tend to better adjust to longer days than shorter days, at least when on vacation.
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RE: MyTravel A333 On Round-the-World Flight

Sun Apr 16, 2006 3:42 am

Wow, 39,995DK, thats not bad, It's 6,400 US, not bad considering all you get... If I only had the $$...
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RE: MyTravel A333 On Round-the-World Flight

Sun Apr 16, 2006 5:08 am

Nice to see they are using the right aircraft  bigthumbsup   Smile
 
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RE: MyTravel A333 On Round-the-World Flight

Sun Apr 16, 2006 6:15 am

Quoting Lnglive1011yyz (Reply 3):

Cost.

YYZ is too expensive for an over-night stay.

1011yyz

So they picked SFO as well? In a C172 just landing costs you $118.00. Crazy ass prices here in the Bay Area.

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RE: MyTravel A333 On Round-the-World Flight

Sun Apr 16, 2006 6:39 am

Quoting Scbriml (Reply 6):
Some pretty cool routings. However, I wouldn't fancy spending that much time on an A330 with another 400 pax - not much room.

Thats the first thing that I thought of, doesnt sound very comfortable to me.

Several tour operators do custom round-the-world trips with a dedicated aircraft.......usually these are superluxury arrangements with very, very comfortable aircraft equipped with biz class seats......say 60 to 70 persons on a 752. Obviously, the price card is very different and the tour being discussed here is very good value for the money, but again, thats an awful lot of time on an airplane with an uncomfortable seating configuration.
 
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RE: MyTravel A333 On Round-the-World Flight

Sun Apr 16, 2006 6:51 am

Back in the old days, PanAm 01 used to travel the globe on 707s with plenty of stops to your heart's delight. I believe the charge was about $10,000, or maybe even less. Somewhere along the line the flight number was changed to PanAm 02 before arriving back at Idlewide (JFK) today.
 
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RE: MyTravel A333 On Round-the-World Flight

Sun Apr 16, 2006 8:55 pm

Most the charter airlines in the UK that operate the A330, don't just deprive you of seat pitch they also deprive you of your seat width too!

They operate them in a 3-3-3 accross as opposed to the 2-4-2 on most scheduled carriers operating this type!

Im surprised MYT-DK operates theres in the 2-4-2 config.
 
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RE: MyTravel A333 On Round-the-World Flight

Mon Apr 17, 2006 6:43 pm

Quoting Gilesdavies (Reply 22):
They operate them in a 3-3-3 accross as opposed to the 2-4-2 on most scheduled carriers operating this type!

Im surprised MYT-DK operates theres in the 2-4-2 config.

I'm not 100 percent sure of the numbers, but I do believe that the A333 is certified for maximum 410 passengers (approximately). So if DK has 3-3-3 in the forward part of the cabin, and 2-4-2 in the middle and rear part, and they can still get 405 seats into the airplane, then there's really no reason to put another seat into each row.
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RE: MyTravel A333 On Round-the-World Flight

Tue Apr 18, 2006 1:48 am

I have heard that this charter is for gamblers. They plan to hit as many casinos as possible, such as Fallsview and Casino Niagara.

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RE: MyTravel A333 On Round-the-World Flight

Sat Apr 22, 2006 2:13 pm

Andy gonna get some shots for us.
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RE: MyTravel A333 On Round-the-World Flight

Sat Apr 22, 2006 8:52 pm

HI Andy,

Are you guys handeling the baby or is it WFS??

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RE: MyTravel A333 On Round-the-World Flight

Sun Apr 23, 2006 9:59 am

Quoting Fly_yhm (Reply 25):
Andy gonna get some shots for us.

The fog here is pretty bad. Visibility is at 0.2km as of 20:00 EST.

So when I drove up to see it, I never even bothered to get out my car for the pictures. hehehehe, lazy me. Here they are anyways:


http://www.yyzmeet.org/mytravel1.jpg


http://www.yyzmeet.org/mytravel2.jpg

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RE: MyTravel A333 On Round-the-World Flight

Sun Apr 23, 2006 11:36 pm

Quoting WhyWhyZed (Reply 27):
Here they are anyways:

Nice fog  Smile
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RE: MyTravel A333 On Round-the-World Flight

Mon Apr 24, 2006 12:18 am

Quoting Breiz (Reply 28):
Nice fog
And the reg is...?

OY-VKH

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RE: MyTravel A333 On Round-the-World Flight

Mon Apr 24, 2006 1:11 am

Quoting WhyWhyZed (Reply 29):
Quoting Breiz (Reply 28):
Nice fog
And the reg is...?

OY-VKH
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RE: MyTravel A333 On Round-the-World Flight

Sun Apr 30, 2006 3:14 am

Spies has a journalist on the tour. He's writing a sort of blog, including pictures, about all places they're visiting. It's in Danish, and there are not many pictures available of the airplane itself, but anyway it's available on:
http://www.spies.dk/dynamic/dynamicText.aspx?Dynamic_Id=26017

Some pics:

Captain Bent Thomassen and the crew in San Francisco:
http://www.spies.dk/slgimages/siteid.../newscamp/_MG_9472_Crew_Frisco.JPG

http://www.spies.dk/SLGImages/SiteId...Newscamp/IMG_1703_Gitte_Bredal.JPG

http://www.spies.dk/slgimages/siteid11/newscamp/Poul_Vinter.jpg

http://www.spies.dk/MYTimages/siteid11/news/JR_check2.jpg

Hamilton:
http://www.spies.dk/MYTimages/siteid11/news/JR_hamilton.jpg
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RE: MyTravel A333 On Round-the-World Flight

Sun Apr 30, 2006 5:32 am

Quoting RedChili (Reply 31):
Some pics:

RedChili, on the pic taken at Hamilton, it looks like there is some sort of a sticker on the white mid-fuselage. Any clue?
 
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RE: MyTravel A333 On Round-the-World Flight

Sun Apr 30, 2006 6:06 am

Quoting Breiz (Reply 32):
it looks like there is some sort of a sticker on the white mid-fuselage.

I have no idea. The pic is too small, and the journalist covering the tour is obviously not a spotter, since he has so far neglected to comment this essential fact!!!
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RE: MyTravel A333 On Round-the-World Flight

Sun Apr 30, 2006 9:02 am

Quoting Breiz (Reply 32):
it looks like there is some sort of a sticker on the white mid-fuselage. Any clue?

They are 2 decals with the number 50. I'm assuming that it has to do with the 50th anniversay of Spies. One is a maroon color with number 50 and the letters AR under the zero. The other one is a gold circle with the number 50 and wording abover the 50. I didn't notice the decals until I got home and reviewed the pictures on my computer. Here's a picture of it on it's stopover in HNL:

http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/160/2431/1600/oy-vkh-27apr06.0.jpg
 
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RE: MyTravel A333 On Round-the-World Flight

Sun Apr 30, 2006 10:52 am

This french Tour Operator was the pioneer.
http://www.tmrfrance.com/qui_sommesnous/

Every year they would charter Concorde for 21 days. A grand trip with stops in the best hotels for 80 privileged PAX.
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RE: MyTravel A333 On Round-the-World Flight

Sun Apr 30, 2006 6:12 pm

Quoting Ha763 (Reply 34):
They are 2 decals with the number 50. I'm assuming that it has to do with the 50th anniversay of Spies. One is a maroon color with number 50 and the letters AR under the zero. The other one is a gold circle with the number 50 and wording abover the 50. I didn't notice the decals until I got home and reviewed the pictures on my computer. Here's a picture of it on it's stopover in HNL:

Thanks a lot Ha763.
Spies being Danish, the letters "AR" under the zero of 50 are in fact "ÅR (A with a small circle on top)" which means "year" in Scandinavian.

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