Bucharest - Antalya - Bucharest with Air Bucharest (charter flight) - Antalya infotrip (ep. 1)
During the period 13-20 May 2013, at the invitation of Prestige Tours, I was in an infotrip on the Turkish coast, in the area of Antalya. On this occasion I experienced the charter flight with Air Bucharest, a Romanian airline established in 2010 and specialized in charter flights. It is owned by Hasan Yapici, the founder of Kusadasi Agency.
I start by telling what a charter flight means. Air Charter means renting a plane with all the services offered on board the aircraft and operating it to a desired destination. There are airlines that operate regular commercial flights to different destinations, but occasionally offer charter aircraft (eg TAROM, Blue Air) for hire, but there are also specialized operators on charter flights such as Air Bucharest.
Air Bucharest has only one aircraft - Boeing 737-300. The plane can carry up to 148 passengers and operates charter flights from the airports "Henri Coandă" Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Iași, Sibiu and Timișoara.
The aircraft is about 18 years old, but it handles well and is maintained ok. It is configured in a single class, in 3-3 format, providing enough foot space. I was pleasantly impressed by the cabin crew (cute girls, always with the smile on their lips and friendly), by the way the pilots communicate, but also by the service.
The flight duration from Bucharest to Antalya to Bucharest is approximately one hour and 40 minutes per segment. It flies at an average cruise altitude of 10 000 meters, and the speed is about 870 km / h.
On both flights I had the catering included. Refreshments, water, coffee, but also snacks were served. At the shower was a sandwich, and on the return there was hot food. I didn't quite understand what was on the menu and it didn't look great, but it was ok to taste.
I also had very good weather, which made me very happy and I managed to photograph from a height.
When it comes to airline tickets and check-in, it is advisable to inform the travel agency where you buy the tour package. We were about 2 hours before at the airport to do check-in at the counter. We included a hold luggage (maximum 23 of Kg) and a cabin luggage (maximum 7 Kg). It is good to comply with these limits so you do not have to pay other baggage fees.
Air Bucharest upon landing at Henri Coanda International Airport
Did you fly with Air Bucharest? I'd love to read about your experiences on different charter flights, so feel free to leave comments.