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Excel Airline - Your Views?

Tue Jan 17, 2006 8:37 pm

Hi gang

I have a holiday/vacation coming up flying with Excel, I think they are a British Airline and am wondering if any of you can tell me what to expect.

Good,bad or indifferent ?

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RE: Excel Airline - Your Views?

Tue Jan 17, 2006 10:18 pm

Quoting ABfemme (Thread starter):
I think they are a British Airline

Depends on your definition of "British" - they are registered and based in the UK and operate to the UK's CAA standards but now majority-owned by an Icelandic consortium. However, the same could be said of Monarch (Swiss-owned) and VS (49% owned by SQ and 51% through offshore trusts).

Quoting ABfemme (Thread starter):
tell me what to expect

Typical UK charter airline service with perhaps a delay thrown in for good measure.

Seriously, XL is fine but standards have been dropping recently. It seems that they are now acquiring older aircraft (some of which are on an Icelandic registration), the interiors are beginning to look drabby, seat pitch is the normal 31", and cabin service is...adequate would be the best description. Apart from the fact that XL flights often appear to have more delays than normal, I would not have any qualms about flying with them.

One thing for which XL stands out from the others is its customer service. I once had to cancel a flight and although I expected to lose my money, I was surprised that XL allowed me to transfer to another date without any penalty.
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RE: Excel Airline - Your Views?

Wed Jan 18, 2006 1:35 am

Quoting ABfemme (Thread starter):
I have a holiday/vacation coming up flying with Excel, I think they are a British Airline and am wondering if any of you can tell me what to expect.

Where are you planning to fly?

I have flown Excel a few times, personaly I think they are average, but I think the 737-800 service was brilliant for charter standards (compared to the 757's)  Smile

I flew to Taba (TCP) in Egypt on the 737-800 from LGW, the crew were excellent and the food was pretty nice  Smile We received a free meal, but you could also purchase things from the on board shop  Smile

Quoting BCAL (Reply 1):
Seriously, XL is fine but standards have been dropping recently.

I agree, I think they were pretty good before the new XL.com branding  Smile (Previously had Excel Airways.com on the aircraft)

I have never flown the 767's from Excel, so I can't comment on that  Smile

I would reccomend travelling on Excel on the 738's as they are pretty new and in quite good condition compared to the older 757's and 737's  Smile


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RE: Excel Airline - Your Views?

Wed Jan 18, 2006 4:49 am

Quoting B742 (Reply 2):
Where are you planning to fly?

Mainland Greece - Kalamata A/P - then on to little place called Finikounda. Going from East Midlands. guess it'll be a 737, as you say hope it's a 738 !!

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RE: Excel Airline - Your Views?

Wed Jan 18, 2006 7:27 pm

Quoting ABfemme (Thread starter):
I have a holiday/vacation coming up flying with Excel, I think they are a British Airline and am wondering if any of you can tell me what to expect.

The only thing I know about them it's that January 2nd an Excel 767 from London to Luxor stop to communicate with the French and Italian ATC while it was flying over France.
Once entered in the Italian airspace it has been intercepted by an Italian F-16.
After a positive identification procedure done by the F-16 pilot, they were cleared to proceed to their final destination... (source: www.aeronautica.difesa.it)

Long story short: if you will fly Excel Airlines keep in your hand your digital camera... you could have the chance to get some nice in-flight pictures of fighters around the Europe... bigthumbsup  bigthumbsup  bigthumbsup 
 
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RE: Excel Airline - Your Views?

Thu Jan 19, 2006 2:06 am

Quoting ABfemme (Reply 3):
Quoting B742 (Reply 2):
Where are you planning to fly?

Mainland Greece - Kalamata A/P - then on to little place called Finikounda. Going from East Midlands. guess it'll be a 737, as you say hope it's a 738 !!

Hmmm... wonder whether XLA base one of their own aircraft or will they use one chartered from someone else on their flights?
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