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Following consultation with Moderators, we've made a slight change to the format of the what aircraft am I flying on? topic. I've put together the following quick reference guide detailing the aircraft types commonly used by the main holiday charter airlines, and some of the more popular scheduled airlines, and where to find further information. The aim is to provide a quick reference to frequently asked questions. The airline topics are still open for questions, but this quick reference guide will provide the basics. Airlines operate a variety of aircraft in many configurations so it's impossible to provide information for all airlines here. Below the quick reference guide are links to the airline topics. Please use this guide to provide the basic information regarding your flight. If you have any specific aircraft questions that are not covered or answered here, we'll try our best to provide the information on the dedicated airline topics. IFE = In-flight Entertainment. Thanks.

Thomas Cook Airlines (TCX/MT):
Long-haul: Airbus A330-200. Configuration: Economy 3-3-3 (rear 5 rows 2-3-2) with 33" seat pitch, Premium Economy 2-3-2 with 35" seat pitch. Seat back IFE throughout. Note; From Summer 2011, the premium economy cabin will be used as extra legroom seating only and the full premium economy experience will no longer be available. Please note that a former Bmi A330-200 will operate flights from Manchester commencing November 2013 to Cuba, Mexico, St Lucia, Barbados and Antigua. This aircraft is configured 2-4-2, all economy with 31" seat pitch and seatback IFE. The Boeing 767-300/ER fleet (see short haul) are used as rescue aircraft when an Airbus A330-200 is non-serviceable, for example a technical problem. Some Canadian flights (eg Toronto) are operated by Boeing 757-200 (ETOPS / 187 seats). Configuration: 3-3 with 34" seat pitch, IFE via CRT screens over the isle. Some flights in the summer season, eg Sanford (Orlando) are operated by Airbus A330-300. Configuration: Forward ecomony cabin 3-3-3 (rows 1-12) with 32" seat pitch. Centre and rear cabins 2-4-2 with 29" seat pitch. IFE provided via screens over the isles.

Short haul: Boeing 757-200/300, Airbus A320-200, Airbus A321-200. Configuration: All economy 3-3 with 28" seat pitch. IFE via ceiling mounted screens over the isle (757-200) or drop down LCD screens over the seats (757-300 / A320-200 / A321-200). Boeing 767-300/ER. Configuration: All economy 2-4-2 with 29" seat pitch, IFE via CRT screens over the isles (standby aircraft for long haul rescue flights). Airbus A330-300. Configuration: Forward ecomony cabin 3-3-3 (rows 1-11) with 32" seat pitch. Centre and rear cabins 2-4-2 with 29" seat pitch. IFE provided via screens over the isles. IFE will be shown on selected flights and aircraft types only, no IFE is shown on the Airbus A320-200 and only on the newer Airbus A321-200. Details are on Thomas Cook Airlines website.

For more information, refer to Thomas Cook Airlines. Seating plans for the aircraft types; Airbus A320-200, Airbus A321-200, Boeing 757-200 (235 Seats), Boeing 757-200 (187 seats), Boeing 757-300, Boeing 767-300/ER, Airbus A330-200 (Long Haul, short haul is high density), Airbus A330-300. Thomas Cook's in-flight magazine and IFE guides are here. Various cabin and IFE screenshots Airbus A330-200.
Also my trip report: Thomas Cook Airlines (TCX868K), Manchester - Dalaman, Turkey, Boeing 767-300/ER, 29th August 2008.


First Choice Airlines (FCA/DP): Now merged with Thomsonfly. See Thomson Airways (Thomsonfly) or First Choice website.


Thomson Airways (TOM/BY):
Long haul: Ex-First Choice Boeing 767-300/ER or ex-Thomsonfly Boeing 767-304/ER. Ex-First Choice aircraft configuration: Economy 2-3-2 with 33" seat pitch, Premium Economy 2-3-2 with 36" seat pitch. Seat back IFE throughout. Ex-Thomsonfly aircraft configuration: Economy 2-4-2 with 33" seat pitch, Premium Economy 2-3-2 with 37" seat pitch. Seat back IFE throughout. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner (schedules are here with the 787 flights highlighted). Configuration: 2-3-2 in Premium Economy (47 seats) with 38" seat pitch. Economy 3-3-3 with *33" or 34" seat pitch (244 seats, *further seating information here) and seat plan here. Seat back IFE throughout. For further updates, refer to Thomson Airways: Live the Dreamliner.

Short haul: Boeing 737-800. Configuration: 3-3 with 28" seat pitch. Extra space seating with 34" seat pitch are available on rows 3/4/5, in addition to extra legroom seating on rows 15 and 16. Boeing 757-200. Configuration: 3-3 with 28" seat pitch. Extra space seating with 34" seat pitch are available on rows 9/10/11, in addition to extra legroom seating on rows 12 and 32. IFE via ceiling mounted screens over the isle (757-200) or drop down LCD screens over the seats (737-800). Boeing 767-304/ER. Configuration: 2-4-2 throughout with 29" seat pitch. IFE via seat back screens. IFE was withdrawn on all short haul flights on 1st November 2011. PSP's are available for hire on mid-haul flights with a selection of movies and programmes for £7.50. 767-300's normally only show the flight map, no entertainment. Pre-bookable inflight meals were withdrawn on 1st November 2011 on short haul flights[/b]. Food is available for purchase onboard, example menu (Summer 2014) is here.

For more information, refer to Thomson Airways website. Seating plans; Boeing 737-800, Boeing 757-200, Boeing 767-304/ER (328Y / former Thomsonfly short haul), Boeing 767-300/ER (258 seats / former First Choice long haul), Boeing 767-300/ER (283 seats / former Thomsonfly long haul), Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. Photos of seats on the Ex-FCA Boeing 767-300/ER. Current IFE listing: May - July 2014. IFE screenshots. Thomsons Airways inflight retail range here. Also have a look at my flight reviews:

First Choice Airways (FCA048); Manchester - Varadero, Cuba, Boeing 767-300/ER, 3rd March 2006
First Choice Airways (FCA049); Varadero, Cuba - Manchester, Boeing 767-300/ER, 17th March 2006
First Choice Airways (FCA012); Manchester - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Via Orlando Sanford, Boeing 767-300/ER, 14th March 2007
First Choice Airways (FCA013); Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - Manchester, Boeing 767-300/ER, 28th March 2007
Thomsonfly (TOM3837); Manchester - Kitilla, Finland (Lapland): Boeing 737-8K5, 14th December 2008
Thomsonfly (TOM3838); Kitilla, Finland (Lapland) - Manchester: Boeing 737-8K5, 21st December 2008
Britannia Airways (BY154A); Manchester - St Lucia, Boeing 767-204/ER (no longer in fleet) 4th March 2005
Thomsonfly (BY154A/B); Manchester - St Lucia Via Barbados, Boeing 767-304/ER (old long haul configuration, current short haul), 18th March 2005


Monarch Airlines (MON/ZB):
Long haul: Airbus A330-200. Configuration: Economy 3-3-3 (rear 8 rows 2-3-2) with 30" seat pitch (seats A/B and J/K rows 37-43 are extra legoom, 34"), IFE via ceiling mounted CRT screens over the isles. Premium Economy 2-4-2 with 34" seat pitch, seat back IFE.

Short haul: Boeing 757-200. Configuration: 3-3 with 28" seat pitch, IFE via ceiling mounted screens over the isle. Airbus A320-200, Airbus A321-200. Configuration: 3-3 with 28" seat pitch, Monarch Plus 34" seat pitch, IFE via drop down LCD screens over the seats. Airbus A330-200. Configuration: Economy 3-3-3 (rear 8 rows 2-3-2) with 30" seat pitch, IFE via ceiling mounted CRT screens over the isles. Premium Economy (rows 1-7 sold as extra legroom only on short haul) 2-4-2 with 34" seat pitch, seat back IFE. IFE was withdrawn from all short / medium haul flights operated by narrow bodied aircraft from 1st June 2012.

For more information, refer to Monarch's website or their inflight magazine (Current IFE is on pages 124-127). Seat plans: Airbus A320-200, Airbus A321-200, Boeing 757-200, Airbus A300B4-605R, Airbus A330-200.


Onur Air (8Q/OHY):
Airbus A320/1-200. Configuration: 3-3 with 30" seat pitch. No IFE (cabin photo). Seating plan here. Odd flights, particularly towards the end of the season from regional airports McDonnell Douglas MD-88. Configuration: 3-2 with 30" seat pitch. No IFE.

For more information refer to Onur Air's website or have a look at my flight reviews: Onur Air (OHY380/379) Manchester - Dalaman - Manchester, Airbus A300B4-605R, September 2006


Ryanair (FR/RYR):
Boeing 737-800. Configuration: 3-3 with 30" seat pitch. Seating plan here. No IFE. For more information, refer to Ryanair's website.


Easyjet Airlines(U2/EZY):
Airbus A319/A320/A321 or Boeing 737-700 (being phased out). Configuration: 3-3 with 29-30" seat pitch. No IFE (exception - longer flights using ex-GB Airways A320/1). For more information, refer to Easyjet's website. Seating plans: Airbus A319-100, Airbus A320-200, Airbus A321-200, Boeing 737-700.


Bmi British Midland (BD/BMA): Chartered by some tour operators (short haul)
Short haul: Airbus A319-100, Airbus A320-200. Configuration: 3-3 with 30" seat pitch. No IFE.

Long haul: Airbus A330-200. Configuration: Economy: 2-4-2 (rear 5 rows 2-3-2) with 32" seat pitch. Premium Economy: 2-2-2 with 48" seat pitch. Business Class 2-2-2 with 80" seat pitch. Seat back IFE throughout.

For more information, refer to Bmi's website. Seat plans are on Seat Guru. My flight reviews:

Bmi (BD7365 -charter), Manchester - Dalaman, Turkey, Airbus A320-200, 3rd September 2005
Bmi (BD7366 - charter), Dalaman (Turkey) - Manchester, Airbus A320-200, 17th September 2005
Bmi (BD721); Manchester - Antigua, Airbus A330-200, 7th March 2008
Bmi (BD722); Antigua - Manchester, Airbus A330-200, 21st March 2008


Bmi Baby (WW/BMI):
Boeing 737-3/500. Configuration: 3-3 with 29" seat pitch. No IFE. For more information, refer to Bmi Baby website.


Jet2.com (LS/EXS):
Boeing 737-300 on short flights, Boeing 737-800 or Boeing 757-200 on longer flights, eg Canary Islands or higher density short flights. Configuration: 3-3 with 30" seat pitch. No IFE. Seating plans; Boeing 737-300,
Boeing 737-800, Boeing 757-200. Inflight retail range and snacks / drinks is here.

Jet2.com (LS761); Blackpool - Malaga (Spain), Boeing 737-300, 8th June 2007
Jet2.com (LS762); Malaga (Spain) - Blackpool (diverted Manchester), Boeing 737-300, 10th June 2007


Virgin Atlantic (VS/VIR):
Little Red (Domestic): Airbus A320-200. Long Haul; Boeing 747-400, Airbus A330-300 (selected flights from Manchester and Gatwick) or Airbus A340-300/600. Seating plans and further information is available on V-flyer.


Air Europa (UX/AEA): Chartered by some tour operators
Boeing 737-800. Configuration: 3-3 with 29" seat pitch. IFE via LCD screens over the seats.
For more information refer to Air Europa's website.

Other flight reviews you might want to refer to:
Air France / Air Mauritius (AF1669 / AF980); Manchester - Mauritius Via Paris, Airbus A320-200 / Airbus A340-300, 7th September 2007
Air France (AF963 / AF1468); Mauritius - Manchester Via Paris, Boeing 747-400 / Airbus A318-100, 22nd September 2007
Manx2.com / Flybe.com (NM107 / BE6795); Blackpool - Isle of Man - Blackpool, Let 410 / Saab 340B, 8th June 2009

Happy holidays :cheers :sun2 :wave:

Darren

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