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Experiences On Brittania!?

Sun Jul 09, 2000 9:33 pm

I was lucky enough to get on a Brittania 767-300 yesterday. And I could not believe my eyes when I saw the seats. It was 2-4-2, and the seats hardly had any pitch. How can anybody endure a 7 hour flight like that in the middle row!? I could barely get in between the seats. Has anyone on here been unfortunate enough to fly on them?
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RE: Experiences On Brittania!?

Sun Jul 09, 2000 10:12 pm

Britannia are OK. They are generally rated as the best charter airline in Europe, certainly in the UK (spiritual home of charter airlines). I think they are the biggest charter airline in the world, bigger than ATA, LTU or anyone else you or I can think of. BA operate their 777s in a 3-4-3 configuration on some routes to Florida, Cuba and the Caribbean, which is about the same.

Thing is, you can complain all you like about reduced seat width and pitch, but there are plenty of more comfortable options if you're willing to part with the big bucks. Most people (including myself) aren't.

Britannia's inflight service is generally excellent - although I last flew with them in 92, it was a two hour flight each way and we had a yummy hot meal with two drinks services on both flights. We were bang on time both flights as well, which is kind of unusual for European holiday traffic. Outbound was a spanking new 757, came home on a near-empty 737-200 that was very old but sprightly. There you go, a mini-tip report.

The smallest aircraft in the fleet is now the 757, although they might have ordered some 737NGs.
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RE: Experiences On Britannia!?

Sun Jul 09, 2000 10:28 pm

Britannia now have 5 B737-800s, 2 based in the UK and 3 in Scandinavia, plus a UK-based A320 operated by TransAer.

In my opinion Air 2000 and Virgin Sun are both better than Britannia. See these Trip Reports if you want to know why;

The Charter airlines do generally provide very good service, better than many US scheduled airlines, although legroom is tight you can upgrade on longhaul flights (for around £100-150 RTN), and on many Air 2000 shorthaul flights from next summer (for around £30-50 RTN) These supplements still make the flights a lot cheaper than scheduled services, with more legroom and better service!

If you pick your airlines and flight times carefully you should also manage to get away on time, or reasonably so, I'm not going to complain about a 20 minute delay!

Apart from the higher scheduled fares, on most holiday routes in Europe there is no direct scheduled service anyway, leaving you little option about choice of airline.
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RE: Experiences On Britannia!?

Mon Jul 10, 2000 3:50 am

Sorry but i have to disagree with you
You cannot say that squizzing 235 pax in a 757
is called excellent service.
It seems to me that almost all UK charter airlines have these configuration on their 757.
Ltu and Condor have a 210Y outfit which is more reasonable for the 757.
As for on time performance from my experiance
almost everybody seems to have a better record than UK charter airlines.

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RE: Experiences On Britannia!?

Tue Jul 11, 2000 1:57 pm

Well, I was also on that Britannia 763 and I can say, from first hand experience, that the flight attendants on that plane were extremely hostile. So hostile that one of them almost molested my buddy!
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