AMS
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Wich Charter Airline Do You Like The Best?

Tue May 25, 2004 8:56 pm

There are many charter flights operating arroung the world, especially in West Europe, where many people fly to South European destinations.

Which Charter Company do you prefer the best?
My favourite Charter company is Martinair Holland.



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RE: Wich Charter Airline Do You Like The Best?

Tue May 25, 2004 9:26 pm

Hmmm, TCX is quite good.


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Also, Lauda Air, even they're not flying charters only.


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RE: Wich Charter Airline Do You Like The Best?

Tue May 25, 2004 10:15 pm

Of those I have tried I would say, Premiair/MyTravel. I especially liked their A330.


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RE: Wich Charter Airline Do You Like The Best?

Tue May 25, 2004 11:23 pm

Britannia! Never had any problems with them, they're great Big grin


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RE: Wich Charter Airline Do You Like The Best?

Wed May 26, 2004 12:47 am

Astraeus, I flew with them last year to AGP, great airline.  Big thumbs up


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RE: Wich Charter Airline Do You Like The Best?

Wed May 26, 2004 1:19 am

I'd have to say my favorite based on which had the kindest cabin crew would have to be

1) Tommy Cook
2) MyTravel
3) European Aviation / Asura (joint)
5) Excel / Air Atlanta (joint)
7) Britannia

This is based on during turnaround when I interacted with the crews srtng out catering figures etc with them.


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RE: Wich Charter Airline Do You Like The Best?

Wed May 26, 2004 3:02 am

I cast my vote for low cost and charter airline Niki.


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RE: Wich Charter Airline Do You Like The Best?

Wed May 26, 2004 9:05 pm

Totally, absolutely, 100% agreeing with Jaspike

Rule Britannia  Big grin


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Great crew and friendly service. Only 1 delay for me in over 20 years of flying with them.
 
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RE: Wich Charter Airline Do You Like The Best?

Thu May 27, 2004 12:03 am

LTU (Germany) offers a very strong product. It seems very solid and professional and not as 'cheapskate' as some of the UK ones.
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RE: Wich Charter Airline Do You Like The Best?

Thu Jun 03, 2004 12:24 am

Having flown with most of the UK charters, I would say in terms of service Monarch have the edge over the rest. Britannia come a pretty close second.
 
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RE: Wich Charter Airline Do You Like The Best?

Thu Jun 03, 2004 12:29 am

Worldoftui,

great you love BY, but delays more often than not are not the fault of the airline!

I get very annoyed but still smile when delays bcos LGW ATC / Slots/late pax etc... all get blamed on us and our airline.
 
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RE: Wich Charter Airline Do You Like The Best?

Thu Jun 03, 2004 4:54 am

I don't know for sure if Hooters is a CHARTER airline or not.


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RE: Wich Charter Airline Do You Like The Best?

Thu Jun 03, 2004 9:33 am

Until they were integrated into Thomas Cook it was CONDOR. Well they did perform good as well as "Thomas Cook powered by Condor". But they put in new seats and those were uncomfortable...
Hope to see Condor again in its own colors and not as an LCC !!!
 
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RE: Wich Charter Airline Do You Like The Best?

Thu Jun 03, 2004 10:14 pm

My best Charter airline expereinces were on Worldways Canada Ltd. and Rich International both long gone from the scene but not forgotten
 
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RE: Wich Charter Airline Do You Like The Best?

Fri Jun 04, 2004 2:59 am

Monarch by a long way,

great service, great food, what more do you want?
 
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RE: Wich Charter Airline Do You Like The Best?

Fri Jun 04, 2004 7:02 pm

For me it is for sure LTU. They have their base here in Dusseldorf and because I am a kind of "local patriot" I choose them for my charter flights whenever possible.
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RE: Wich Charter Airline Do You Like The Best?

Sat Jun 05, 2004 8:57 am

The best charter airlines I've flown in are Monarch and Lotus air



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RE: Which Charter Airline Do You Like The Best?

Sat Jun 05, 2004 10:58 pm

Having flown the majority of Western European Charter Carriers including most of the British ones, I would say that the answer to the original question - ie which one's the best - depends entirely upon the crew and not really such things as catering, seat pitch, aircraft flown etc. On this front, they're all much the same (ie cheap and nasty sometimes!).

Any airline whose material product is excellent can be let down by condescending, snooty and arrogant crew members in much the same way as sitting amongst a 29" seat pitch being served a Spartan and indigestible meal after a six hour delay can be redeemed by a crew who act courteously, professionally and in a friendly manner. In other words, a crew that is customer focused and treats its customers as it would wish to be treated is the most important element of any flight in my opinion.

I have always found Air 2000/First Choice Airways quite good on this front. Airtours/My Travel on the other hand have given me some bad experiences as despite providing a state-of-the-art aircraft and OK food, they've been badly let down by crew members in whose care I quite frankly wouldn't feel comfortable leaving a pet gerbil!

I have noticed that many charter carriers seem to lack the level of experienced (OK, so I mean old crew here) staff which can be found amongst scheduled carriers - particularly US carriers and good old BA. As a consequence, manners and etiquette can sometimes be missing. One exception to this which I have found is Monarch in the UK. Terrible seat pitch, poor food when I've used them, but always an OK crew.

Maybe it's just me.... I'm getting old and resentful of my missing youth.... or maybe I just prefer to be treated as a fare paying customer rather than an item sent along to disrupt someone's party in the Galley and to up their commission levels from duty-free and beverage sales.

There - that's my rant for the day!

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RE: Wich Charter Airline Do You Like The Best?

Thu Jun 10, 2004 5:15 am

Mine is Britannia Airways (in old livery)


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RE: Wich Charter Airline Do You Like The Best?

Thu Jun 10, 2004 5:37 am

Sammyhostie

great you love BY, but delays more often than not are not the fault of the airline!

I get very annoyed but still smile when delays bcos LGW ATC / Slots/late pax etc... all get blamed on us and our airline.


True Sammyhostie. A valid point. But the way that the airline is run also has an impact on punctuality too. As I understand it, Britannia is one of the few charter airlines to have stand-by aircraft even due the peak months.

But punctuality is not the main reason that they are my preferred airline. I was really referring to the overall travel experience with them. Check-in, IFE, Service and Food/bev service. Have found them superior to the competition.

Although this year, not happy to hear they have joined the rest and started charging for headsets  Angry

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RE: Wich Charter Airline Do You Like The Best?

Thu Jun 10, 2004 5:54 am

Of the airlines still in service today, my overall favourite (after many happy flights) is............Britannia.

My all-time favourite (but sadly long-gone) was Orion. Always enjoyed my flights with them.


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The one I'd like to try next is TCX, not sure why, just the way i feel.
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RE: Wich Charter Airline Do You Like The Best?

Fri Jun 11, 2004 5:45 am

TransMeridian Airways was excellent


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RE: Wich Charter Airline Do You Like The Best?

Sat Jun 26, 2004 2:45 am

In my experience, the best ever charter carrier was Caledonian, I always flew them every year to ALC and they were faultless. Spotless a/c, including the L-1011, spotless crew and excellent service with great food. As soon as BA sold them to Inspirations, the service went bad, the a/c went ropey and they retired the 757 in favour of the A320, and I went off them.

In terms of the WORST charter flight, it has to MON. I flew them on A300-600R G-MAJS from LGW to ALC and it was awful. Seats were uncomfortable, cabin smelt funny, food was terrible and the crew weren't very nice either. The seats were the old grey/blue ones with horizontal lines and a rubber headrest cover, and we were right at the back of the bus where the seats went 2-3-2.Very cramped.wouldn't like to do anything longer than 2 hours on one unless they have been drastically overhauled.
 
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RE: Wich Charter Airline Do You Like The Best?

Sat Jun 26, 2004 11:41 am

World Airways is my favorite, especially flying on the MD-11. Better service than any major US airline and plenty of legroom.

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RE: Wich Charter Airline Do You Like The Best?

Sat Jun 26, 2004 6:04 pm

Well, I've tried many charter airlines, including the greats Monarch, Brittania, Sabre????. But my absolute favourite is.................................


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EXCEL AIRWAYS

I flew them to Skiathos and they simply had everything, friendly staff, communicative pilots and very nice seats! (BTW: im not sure if communicative is a word so please don't have a go about it)! I will fly them hopefully to Innsbruck when I go and when I return to Skiathos. But I am trying out TCX in the summer so you will find out who are better when I do my trip report!

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