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Old 29th Mar 2006, 12:25
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Devil Excel Airways

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Old 29th Mar 2006, 16:06
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my guess would be 737-800 i recall they used that aircraft last summer on that route!!
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Old 29th Mar 2006, 17:06
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i wouldnt worry to much about the type whatever it is its bound to be tech!
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Old 29th Mar 2006, 19:20
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B757-200 has been operating this route over winter. May change for summer.
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Old 10th May 2006, 17:45
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B747-400's for Excel Airways

Excel airways are to operate 2 ex ANA B747-400 aircraft for Travel City.

The aircraft will replace existing B747-200/300 equipment.

(Source - Airliner World June 2006)
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Old 11th May 2006, 11:47
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Excel

On the subject of Excel, what does `V` stand for at end of flight number?
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Old 11th May 2006, 15:06
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Hi There,

If the flight number ends with a "V", then i am led to believe that this flight is a no-meal flight. So i presume that the "V" stands for .... value ?????

Hope this helps
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Old 11th May 2006, 19:04
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XLA208V/209V

Flights operated by B757-200 until 27th May.

Note: Return flight on 21st May only, arrives Manchester at 07.45 according to Flight Check.
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Old 24th May 2006, 16:56
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EXCEL AIRWAYS TO LAUNCH INTERNATIONAL AIRLINE IN IRELAND

For Immediate Release 24 May 2006
EXCEL AIRWAYS GROUP
EXCEL AIRWAYS TO LAUNCH INTERNATIONAL AIRLINE IN IRELAND


Excel Airways, a leading charter operator in the UK and part of Avion Group listed in Iceland, is pleased to announce the formation of a wholly owned subsidiary in Ireland with immediate effect. The subsidiary, which will represent the airline under the Excel brand, will base its headquarters in Dublin.

The new operation is being headed up by Bill Smith, Managing Director and Carol Anne O’Neill, Commercial Director. Both have worked for many years in the travel industry in Ireland. Bill Smith was one of the founding members of Falcon Holidays in Ireland and became managing director and CEO for Falcon/JWT. Carol Anne O’Neill has an extensive background in the travel business in Ireland and was the former Operations Director for Falcon/JWT in Ireland.

The company will provide short, medium and long haul charter services for Irish tour operators and travel retailers commencing in the May-October 2007 holiday season. Target routes from Ireland will include Florida, Mainland Spain, the Balearics, Canary Islands, Portugal, Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, Cyprus and Egypt. It is anticipated that at least two new routes will be introduced in the mid and long haul market. In the first year of operation, the company expects to carry in excess of 65,000 passengers.

Excel Airways has grown rapidly over the last six years, operating a core fleet of 17 aircraft with additional aircraft on lease during the peak Summer season. The airline flies to over 50 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America from 12 UK airports. Excel Airways Group was listed on the UK Stock Exchange prior to being acquired by Avion Group in 2004, an Icelandic investment company focused on global air, land and sea transportation worldwide. In 2005, Avion Group acquired Travel City Holdings and with Excel Airways Group, forms a significant part of Avion’s Travel and Leisure Division.

Commenting on the formation of the Irish Operation, Bill Smith said:

“We believe that the arrival of Excel Airways is excellent news for tour operators and travel agents in Ireland. The Irish public are taking more holidays than ever before and with Ryanair and Aer Lingus no longer providing a charter service, we believe that the arrival of Excel Airways will fill an important gap in the market.

We intend to offer real variety to tour operators and provide further opportunities to generate extra revenues for travel retailers.”

Magnus Thorsteinsson, Executive Chairman of Avion Group added:

“I am delighted to announce our entry into Ireland, one of Europe’s most successful economies representing a lucrative and attractive market for Excel Airways. It is very pleasing that our senior management is in place in Ireland and with their strong background in the travel industry, will be particularly welcomed by the tour operators and independent retailers in Ireland.

Naturally, it is our intention to offer real variety and greater choice for the general public.”
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Old 24th May 2006, 20:26
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Excel goes Irish !

Excel Airways to launch international airline in Ireland

Excel Airways, a leading charter operator in the UK and part of Avion Group listed in Iceland, is pleased to announce the formation of a wholly owned subsidiary in Ireland with immediate effect. The subsidiary, which will represent the airline under the Excel brand, will base its headquarters in Dublin.

Excel Airways, a leading charter operator in the UK and part of Avion Group listed in Iceland, is pleased to announce the formation of a wholly owned subsidiary in Ireland with immediate effect. The subsidiary, which will represent the airline under the Excel brand, will base its headquarters in Dublin.

The new operation is being headed up by Bill Smith, Managing Director and Carol Anne O’Neill, Commercial Director. Both have worked for many years in the travel industry in Ireland. Bill Smith was one of the founding members of Falcon Holidays in Ireland and became managing director and CEO for Falcon/JWT. Carol Anne O’Neill has an extensive background in the travel business in Ireland and was the former Operations Director for Falcon/JWT in Ireland.

The company will provide short, medium and long haul charter services for Irish tour operators and travel retailers commencing in the May-October 2007 holiday season. Target routes from Ireland will include Florida, Mainland Spain, the Balearics, Canary Islands, Portugal, Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, Cyprus and Egypt. It is anticipated that at least two new routes will be introduced in the mid and long haul market. In the first year of operation, the company expects to carry in excess of 65,000 passengers.

Excel Airways has grown rapidly over the last six years, operating a core fleet of 17 aircraft with additional aircraft on lease during the peak Summer season. The airline flies to over 50 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America from 12 UK airports. Excel Airways Group was listed on the UK Stock Exchange prior to being acquired by Avion Group in 2004, an Icelandic investment company focused on global air, land and sea transportation worldwide. In 2005, Avion Group acquired Travel City Holdings and with Excel Airways Group, forms a significant part of Avion’s Travel and Leisure Division.

Commenting on the formation of the Irish Operation, Bill Smith said:

“We believe that the arrival of Excel Airways is excellent news for tour operators and travel agents in Ireland. The Irish public are taking more holidays than ever before and with Ryanair and Aer Lingus no longer providing a charter service, we believe that the arrival of Excel Airways will fill an important gap in the market.

We intend to offer real variety to tour operators and provide further opportunities to generate extra revenues for travel retailers.”

Magnus Thorsteinsson, Executive Chairman of Avion Group added:

“I am delighted to announce our entry into Ireland, one of Europe’s most successful economies representing a lucrative and attractive market for Excel Airways. It is very pleasing that our senior management is in place in Ireland and with their strong background in the travel industry, will be particularly welcomed by the tour operators and independent retailers in Ireland.

Naturally, it is our intention to offer real variety and greater choice for the general public.”
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Old 24th May 2006, 20:31
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Not very good news for Eirjet
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Old 25th May 2006, 11:24
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I think eirjet will be worried, but they will be ok! they are owned by a tour operator, so they'll always have business! what aircraft will the new ''Green Excel'' operate?
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Old 25th May 2006, 11:32
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Are you sure? I understood Eirjet was privately held by a small number of individuals (including the management) and partnerships, not by a tour company. Which tour company do you think owns them?
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Old 25th May 2006, 12:41
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One of the investors in Eirjet owns tour operator Omnitours, a small operator
that would hardly have sufficient business to keep the Eirjet fleet flying.
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Old 26th May 2006, 14:15
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Question Excel to Rhodes

Anyone have any idea which aircraft Excel likely to use to Rhodes ex LGW 28 Jun, returning 5 Jul XLA5024/5? I was passing through Gatwick on Wednesday, and as I was boarding my 15.30 flight the 5024 (departure ~09.00) was still boarding......
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Old 26th May 2006, 18:22
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I never realised that eirjet flies so little for the omni tours/ malaga express etc group! They have a lot of flying for other companies, so this new greener excel, will be a threat!
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Old 26th May 2006, 20:37
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anyone got an idea of which aircraft type will go into Ireland, i can see a few applicants from DHL if 757
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Old 27th May 2006, 10:48
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This is a major threat for Eirjet.
The vast majority of their flying contracts are for other tour operators and given Eirjet's appalling performance track record it will be easy for Excel to pick off their business.
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Old 28th May 2006, 09:02
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Several of the other UK charter operators also have aircraft based in Dublin, do they bother with establishing an Irish subsidiary ? Within the EC nowadays there is no need to.

And so, regarding the "threat to Eirjet", what's the difference ? Monarch, First Choice, etc have been in this market for years, let alone the likes of Futura.
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Old 28th May 2006, 10:32
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All FCA flights are for their Irish tour operator business aren't they and therefore they shouldn't loose any flying to Excel
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