Excel Airways LGW-SSH and SSH-LGW

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We left home at 9.35am for Gatwick. We travelled past LHR and saw a BA A319 take off and leave its wheels down for a number of minuites :eek: ! Then a BA 777 and then a LH A321. We arrived at LGW at 11.00 and boarded the plane at 12.45. As Green had said on this forum it was tacky TF-ARK 757, there was hardly an leg room as you will see from ther pic below :mad: The captain introduced himself as Mark Murry and he told us about the route we were going to fly, infact it was the same route i flew on flightsim the following day from LGW to SSH. He gave us the flight time of 4 hours 50 mins. We began taxi to 26L and we were infront of an Easyjet A319 and a Air France ERJ-145 was behind us. We thundered onto the runway and immediatly turned to head to Germany. The headsets were bought around for £2.50. The inflight movie was Oceans 12 but before the film started we had to watch an exercise fil which was mega boring! We flew over the alps in Italy then over Greece and Croatia. By this time i was so bored, the film was really boring and anyway the tv kept changing colours, the sound quality was awful so i really couldnt listen to anything else and my dad had the ipod :mad: I actually really wanted to get of this plane for a change, to make things worse i had a splitting headache. I amused myself for a bit watching a 747 fly beside us for a bit but then we lost it behind us. The flight seemed to go on for ages when at last some food arived :D it was Sasauge and mash and i dont even like that at home and it was nice! Another 2 hours passed and we began our desent, by this time sunset had arrived and it was amazing to see. The captain made an announcentment to say we were going to land in 25 mins by this time it was pich black. We lined up with the runway i think it was 4L but im not sure. The landing was a bit bumpy, we flared for a second but the nose was lowered all of a sudden making it very uncomfortable! We exited the runway off the last taxi way, we dissembarked and got onto a bus and got our luggage which took about 30 mins! This airport was the most disorganised ive ever been to! We left the airport and waited for a taxi which didnt turn up so we got into this broken down old thing with an old man, this has nothing to do with the flight but this is funny, the doors were cellotaped together and he had a fish on the front seat along with a tv and his shopping :p ! We arrived at the hotel and found alot of security due to the King on Bahrain and the Priminister staying in oue hotel! For this flight i would give Excel: 9/10 for comfort 9/10 for service 10/10 for being on time Return review to come and lots of pics in main forum! And now some pics to go with the report from the flight ....
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Great report it made very enjoyable reading :D Good pics aswell you seem to complain about leg room but still give Excel 9/10 for comfort and we can all tell what kind of mood you were in when that picture of your face was took lol.
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LOL, the reason i gave 9/10 was because of the seats being comfortable but the leg room was horrible!
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Ok so it was time to go home :(. We arrived at Sharm Airport at 7.20 for the 9.10 departure time. We checked in and asked what time the flight was leaving just to make sure, he said 8.10! But on the tickets it said 9.10. We immediatly went to the gates, there was no need to rush really we had to wait an hour to board! We watched the Excel flight to MAN board their buses to their plane then i looked at the departures board and it said we had departed :confused: !? This was so confusing, no one knew what was going on and to make things worse there was no staff anywhere! About an hour later we began to board yet again the same 757 TF-ARK, the reason for the delay was due to headwind on the way from LGW the pilot told us, we couldnt really hear what he was saying due to the PA not working proplery so i didnt catch his name. We were parked next to the Excel flight to MAN which was a 767 reg G-BOPB. Everyone was finally on board but then the captain announced that there was a problem with the number of passengers, 20 mins later we began taxi. We didn't push back we just turned around on the apron. We took off from runway 4L and immediatly turned to head north to Cairo. We flyed right over the city and it was amazing but my crap camera didnt pick up anything out of the window :o. Light snaks were bought around and then the captain spoke to us again he told us that the flight was going to take 4 hours 55 mins, 5 mins more than on the way due to headwind. There was ALOT of turbelence (Spelling???) which made the ride very bumpy. Food was bought around and yet again it was sasuage and mash, i ate abit of it then slept. I woke up with an hour to go, i watched Recess and My Family then we began to line up for 26L for landing,the landing was very smooth and we taxied off past a few cargo planes along with alot of charters and easyjets. When we walked to the end of the plane to the door the captain was standing there behind a cabin member he waved to my mum and i said why is he waving to you and she said becuase he goes to my gym! LOL! he came down the steps to talk to my mum and she was having a short natter to him :p. For this flight i give Excel: 9/10 for comfort 10/10 for service 6/10 for being on time Thanks alot for reading guys :D !
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By this time i was so bored, the film was ....
But just remember that the crew turn round and operate back to the UK...and no inflight movie!!
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yer so whats your point?
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yer so whats your point?
Nothing really.....just that it is the longest two sector day that can be legally rostered for UK based flightcrew.....seems to go on for ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever on the way back...and no inflight movie!
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LOL ok
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Great report mate :)
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Nice report Will.
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Cheers guys!

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Nice report. Excel's B757s are a bit knackered to say the least! ;) They have loads of problems with them. Meal looks nice, sausage and mash is my favourite meal on an aircraft! :D Flex 35
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and no inflight movie!
Are you not allowed to watch movies on a portable DVD player or laptop on the flight deck?
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I think they can have portable dvd players on long haul flights when they arnt busy but im not sure.
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Are you not allowed to watch movies on a portable DVD player or laptop on the flight deck?
In a single word, no.

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Great report with nice pics
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Great report and pics Will.