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  • Jon Taylor
    Manchester International
    • Sep 2005
    • 459

    #21
    it will most probably be the TF-AME from Manchester which isd the one im on the 747-300

    Jon

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    • LBA-EGNM
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Jan 2006
      • 328

      #22
      i went on the 747 and the leg room was good, shame about the TV it was like a projector at the front of the section of cabin
      cheers Steve


      When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.

      Leonardo da Vinci

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      • Jon Taylor
        Manchester International
        • Sep 2005
        • 459

        #23
        LBA-EGNM you did the same route as what i am doing what was the service like and would the leg room be good for a 6 footer? also whats the seat layout because im not sure on the 300 is it the same as the 400 or 200?

        Jon

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        • Sunjet757
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Mar 2006
          • 60

          #24
          Not quite Travelcity Direct but I travelled back with Air Atlanta Europe from TFS to MAN last year (aboard TF-ARS). The flight was delayed by 2 hours inbound from MAN due to 'baggage problems at Manchester'. We then had to sit on the aircraft whilst the majority of the bins were taken off and unloaded next to the aircraft. I lost count of how many baggage trucks appeared with suitcases for the return journey. We then sat for nearly an hour and watched all the bins being reloaded, however there was a problem. All the bins had been filled and there was still three baggage trucks left! The Captain announced that we should be airborne soon, just awaiting the baggage handlers to throw the last couple of suitcases in the rear baggage hold. After another half hour or so all the suitcases had been loaded. I was however rather worried as the check-in staff didn't weigh any cases and there must have been nearly 500 passengers on that plane. I knew we were over on all four of our cases and had expected to have to shell out some cash. To say that aircraft used every inch of the runway was an understatement. The captain nearly ran over the marker lights at the start of the runway positioning the beast and then the fence at the other end appeared around two seconds after the main wheels lifted off. The flight and cabin crew were not the most professional or friendy I've experienced although like other people of said if you book the cheapest.....

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          • LBA-EGNM
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Jan 2006
            • 328

            #25
            Well i will tell you my story which i did Manchester to Sanford in november... arrived checked in ( couldnt organise how 2 get drunk in a pub) finaly got checked in and we went through. i saw the a/c been towed past the window to the stand. it got to 12.00 when we were due to go and it said wait for further information and did that till 9.00pm finally mr air atlantic finally came down and said the plane havin engine problems:S at this time we watched it out on a remote stand all day. well any ways finally got in to the radison which they payed for for 500 pax and the rep people came to visit us. next day arrived got food tickets for sum food, time came for boarding FINALLY got on and waited 1 hr 30 mins cos it took ages to get baggage on. randomy some people got up and said they wanted to get off so they did and so then they had to find their baggage!! back to the story we finally went at 12.00 24 hrs late. leg room was good but leather seating so it got a lil sweaty lol ( no need 2 know that) tv's were them silly projecters at the front of your section of cabin ( i was on row 14) and also the captain was sayin they were having problems with the navigational device:S lol "Ladis and gents wer some where over the atlantic its dark and were lost:P" good thing is on retrn we followed morning all the way home so people were asked to put blinds down and they turned off the lights but i got a plane white air atlanta on way home (same as TCD (travel city direct) as in tv is a silly projector. cant think of any mor to write it is rather random but hoped it help (sorry about poor english)
            cheers Steve


            When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.

            Leonardo da Vinci

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            • LBA-EGNM
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Jan 2006
              • 328

              #26
              i forgot the crew are nice lots of males:S lol ( joke), when i went in 2003 (november again) we were delayed again because they couldnt get the baggage containers on the a/c so we were sat there for a hour, when we arrived at sanford they couldnt get them off lol :S any mor questions? just fire away
              cheers Steve


              When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.

              Leonardo da Vinci

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              • steve rowell
                Expat Geordie
                • Apr 2003
                • 13281

                #27
                I think the nay's have it on this one
                Best Regards Steve

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                • Jon Taylor
                  Manchester International
                  • Sep 2005
                  • 459

                  #28
                  I think so, erm so im expecting delays now.. lol

                  Jon

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                  • LBA-EGNM
                    Rank 5 Registered User
                    • Jan 2006
                    • 328

                    #29
                    nay's?
                    cheers Steve


                    When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.

                    Leonardo da Vinci

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                    • Jon Taylor
                      Manchester International
                      • Sep 2005
                      • 459

                      #30
                      basicilly means no, lol and ive just been browsing there website and there getting a Boeing 767 not to sure of the size (200/300) probably from excel airways

                      http://www.travelcitydirect.com/Anit...WSINFO_OURFLTS

                      Go to Introducing Travel City Direct flights, read it and it will explasin

                      Jon

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                      • Hugh Jarse
                        Senior Member
                        • Feb 2005
                        • 193

                        #31
                        I'm pretty sure they are talking about the fact that this winter Excel have been operating the LGW SFB services on the 763. This ends the end of this month when one of the 743's returns from operating Hajj charters. Should there be extra flights going, I have no doubt we will do them on the 763.

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                        • Jon Taylor
                          Manchester International
                          • Sep 2005
                          • 459

                          #32
                          Yer well also if you read IMPORTANT INFORMATION

                          it says that the flight code for travel city direct 5A is changing to XLA

                          Jon

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                          • Hugh Jarse
                            Senior Member
                            • Feb 2005
                            • 193

                            #33
                            AAE and XLA are merging. TCD was bought by the Avion Group last year and the flights have been operated by AAI and AAE crews for some time now anyhow and never operated on their own callsign. Since November last year the crews became solely AAE. With the merger AAE will cease to exist and so will the 5A/EUK/Snowbird identifiers hence the change from 5A to XL.

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