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Old 28th Aug 2007, 15:07
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FCA 767 is 2-3-2 with individual seat back IFE threwout either 36 or 33 inch pitch
TOM is 2-4-2 with 37 or 33 inch seat pitch

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Old 29th Aug 2007, 12:12
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Any chance that XL could be bringing in A330's from XL France to run the travel city direct flights? XL will only have 2x 767-300's from next year as apparently G-VKNH is onward to varig as PR-VAD.
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Old 1st Sep 2007, 15:31
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XL Info

There is a thread in the Cabin Crew forum with details of an internal memo for staff at XL regarding the withdrawal of the 757, 767 and 747 aircraft from the fleet asap.
What does this mean for the Travel City Direct programme with the withdrawal of the 747s?
Who will be operating the longhaul flights the group has already sold?
Anyone have anymore info on the plans for the future?
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Old 1st Sep 2007, 15:45
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aren't they getting some a330.

dont think they enter service until next november so they must be going to keep at least some big aircraft until then
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Old 1st Sep 2007, 19:34
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Perhaps they may bring in a couple of A330's from XL france ?
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Old 2nd Sep 2007, 16:17
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Perhaps the 330's, maybe even bringing 744's from Corsair? Travel City is only selling economy and premium seats for next year so the 747's are definatly off the menu. Does corsair's 744 have a 2 class layout? I would have thought there selling the amount of seats for the 743 so they would need that capacity.
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Old 2nd Sep 2007, 18:32
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XL

Heard today that TF-AME and the 767's 757's are all going or on the way out. AME's last flight is the 3/10/07 the MCO flights will flown by 767's until 14/11/07 when the route closes.

XL are going to replace its fleet with 737-900's and 330's not sure of a time frame, but can't be to far away.
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Old 2nd Sep 2007, 19:59
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SFB will be operated by 767-300..most likely to be G-VKNG in a 24/251 configuration.
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Old 5th Sep 2007, 20:48
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Travel City Direct @ Glasgow Airport

Hi, don't know if this is the correct place for this question so if it is not, please don't jump down my throat!!!!

I was interested to now why it is that the Travel City Direct Flight from Glasgow Airport to Sanford International on a Monday afternoon (3PM) never manages to take off on time.

Even if the plane is in well before 3PM it just never seems to take off on schedule - Does anyone know the reason for it? I was wondering if it was because Glasgow Airport is not used to handling Jumbo jets?

Many thanks for your help.
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Old 5th Sep 2007, 22:46
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Too much mayhem on disembarkation and boarding. Not enough ground staff for luggage etc. Often arrives late too. Glasgow punters refuse to follow polite boarding protocol. Rows 30-45 basicially means a free for all.
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Old 6th Sep 2007, 04:48
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the two TCD/XL 747's are going back to Air Atlanta on 15th November, other reports on here say the flights will be replaced with 767's
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Old 6th Sep 2007, 09:03
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so the reason it i late leaving is basically they cannot get it loaded quick enough?

I thought that perhaps Travel City really were not that keen on getting the plane to Sanford that early and were quite happy to see it go at about 4-5PM?

Are Travel City def getting new planes for the Florida flight??
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Old 6th Sep 2007, 14:58
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Get John Smeaton to "get in aboot them" baggage handler's at GLA and sort it out.
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Old 6th Sep 2007, 19:33
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It could be for any reason, the only people that will know are the handling agents or the airline. And maybe the pax on board if announcements are made.
TCD is notorious for being late at CWL when it comes in for 6 wks at peak summer.
This year however has been quite a success, i think the latest departure being 30 mins due an engineering problem.
CWL is certainly not built for a 747, its free standing and coached.

But with 500+ pax, whereby yes the handling agents may not be used to handling such a large a/c, it isnt easy trying to control the boarding!

Especially if u havent got the facilities to do so (decent boarding area and gates / coaches etc)
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Old 6th Sep 2007, 22:16
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Thanks for that.

Yes, on Monday just past the flight was 1Hr 45 Mins late on taking off - I have flown with them a few times from Manchester & Glasgow. MAN is almost always on time, but GLA for some reason is always late!!

Whats this about new planes? Does anyone have any more info?????
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Old 6th Sep 2007, 22:28
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Just got a brochure in from TCD.

Looks like they are getting shot of the Jumbos and going for 767's & Airbus A330's.

Anyone know any more?
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Old 7th Sep 2007, 10:23
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I thought TCD were getting -400s from ANA? - Then XL bought A330s a while back to replace the 767s.

You should search the forum. Theres quite a few threads about TCD and XL
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Old 7th Sep 2007, 14:08
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What bases are XL pulling out of as part of their restructuring? I know NCL is on where their operation will decrease, flights being operated by a third party carrier next summer. What will happen to the crew's at these bases? Will an agreement be reached with the third party carriers to give ex-XLA crews an advantage?
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Old 18th Sep 2007, 18:33
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Is XLA Airways going bust?

Does anyone know if XLA Airways are going bump? My partner flies as cabin crew on the B743 & B763 all the XLA staff have been given letters about redundancies and company streamlining? Apparently they are scrapping the B743's which are in the Travelcity Direct colour scheme! does that mean that holiday brand is being scrapped to? Seems they are focusing all there efforts on there B738 A/C's which without being harsh limits your capacities in regards to pax and cargo etc.
Also we hear that on top of this they have lost the MOD contract to an American carrier Omni Air who operate DC10's! how will the DC10 cope with the volume of pax and cargo that the current B743 takes out of BZZ to ASI and over to MPN? Is this really the beginning of the end for XLA are they suffering the same fate as European?
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Old 18th Sep 2007, 18:51
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Its my understanbding that they are replacing the 747's with 767's and eventually A330's
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