easyJet (UK) has been granted slots at Frankfurt (FRA) according to Fraport and Reuters. This is a result of the takeover of Airberlin’s Berlin (Tegel) (TGL) operations. The slots are likely to be use for services between FRA and TGL.
easyJet on October 27, 2017 signed an agreement with Airberlin to acquire part of its operations at Berlin Tegel Airport for a purchase consideration of €40 million. This excludes potential start-up and transitional operating costs. The acquisition is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to close in December 2017.
The acquisition will result in easyJet entering into leases for up to 25 A320 aircraft, offering employment to Airberlin flying crews and taking over other assets including slots. easyJet has launched a recruitment campaign to attract around 1000 of Airberlin’s pilots and cabin crew who will be recruited over the coming months and will then be trained on easyJet’s safety and operating procedures. In line with easyJet’s business model they will be employed on local, German contracts under collective labor agreements negotiated with ver.di.
This agreement is consistent with easyJet’s strategy of purposeful investment in strong number one positions in Europe’s leading airports (or number two to a legacy incumbent). This will enable easyJet to operate the leading short haul network at Tegel connecting passengers to and from destinations across Germany and the rest of Europe. This is in addition to easyJet’s existing base at Berlin Schönefeld and would mean that easyJet would be the leading airline in Berlin.
easyJet will make announcements on the new routes and services to be flown to and from Tegel in due course. easyJet will operate a reduced timetable at Tegel during the winter season but plans to operate a full schedule from the summer season 2018.
easyJet looks forward to building on the strong, customer focussed platform it already has in Berlin to fly more passengers, employ more people and support more economic growth in both Berlin and Brandenburg.
With Brexit, its is likely the new Tegel operation will be put under easyJet (Europe).
Top Copyright Photo: easyJet (UK) Airbus A320-214 G-EZTG (msn 3946) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 933720.
easyJet (UK) has announced that it will launch a new base in Bordeaux, France in the spring of 2018. The airline has flown to and from Bordeaux since 2006.
The opening of the Bordeaux base with its three Airbus A320 aircraft will bring easyJet’s total capacity in France to 22 million seats including 2.2 million seats in Bordeaux. This represents a 21% increase in growth locally.
easyJet operated its first flight to France in 1996 with its London Luton – Nice route and is now the second largest airline in France for international and domestic short haul flights. easyJet has placed the French regions at the heart of its network by opening 6 bases: Paris Orly, Paris Charles De Gaulle, Lyon, Toulouse, Nice and now, Bordeaux. The airline operates thirty aircraft in France and offers more than 220 routes locally. In 2016 almost 17 million passengers flew with easyJet to and from France including 24% of business passengers.
Airbus on June 14, 2017 delivered easyJet’s first A320neo, which is also the airline’s 300th A320 Family aircraft, at a ceremony in Toulouse involving Carolyn McCall, easyJet CEO, Gaël Méheust, CFM international CEO, Tom Enders, Airbus CEO, and other senior executives.
The aircraft, powered by CFM LEAP-1A engines, is configured in a comfortable 186 seat layout. To mark the occasion and to distinguish the NEO fleet, the aircraft has a specially designed NEO logo on the fuselage. easyJet’s NEO fleet will be based out of London Luton Airport and operate its first commercial flights in June to Amsterdam, Madrid and Edinburgh.
From its first A320 Family delivery in 2003, easyJet has grown to operate Europe’s largest A320 Family fleet and is also Europe’s largest customer for the NEO. Environmentally, the NEO has significant benefits with a 15 percent reduction in fuel burn and CO2 emissions rising to 20 percent by 2020. The noise footprint is also reduced by 50 percent.
In May 2017, easyJet upsized orders for 30 A320neo with 186 seats to the larger capacity A321neo with 235 seats for growth at slot constrained airports.
Photos: Airbus. Airbus A320-251N G-UZHA (msn 7646) was handed over on June 14, 2017.
easyJet (UK) has signed a firm order for a further 36 Airbus A320 Family aircraft taking its cumulative order for the type to 451. The agreement for six A320ceo and 30 A320neo makes easyJet one of the world’s biggest airline customers for the A320ceo Family with 321 ordered and also for the A320neo with 130 on order.
In the year that easyJet celebrates its 20th anniversary, earlier in April 2015, the airline took delivery of its 250th A320 aircraft. As with other recent deliveries to easyJet, the A320 is equipped with the latest technology and fuel-saving Sharklets.
The airline flies on more than 750 routes to over 130 airports across 31 countries.
easyJet operates Europe’s largest and the world’s fourth largest Airbus single aisle fleet. Since easyJet took delivery of its first Airbus aircraft (an A319) in September 2003, Airbus has delivered an aircraft on average every 16 days to easyJet since the first delivery.
Top Photo: Airbus. Airbus A320-214 D-AVVO (msn 6587) became G-EZOM on the handover on May 6, 2015.
Below Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-111 G-EZDL (msn 3569) arrives at EuroAirport.
Fiona Cincotta, a senior market analyst at www.finspreads.com commented on the updated profit forecast of easyJet (London-Luton):
easyJet impressed the market by increasing its profit forecast from a range of £620 million to £660 million to £675 million to £700 million on the back of a very strong summer and continued weakness in oil prices.
In August they carried 7.1 million passengers, a monthly record, whilst the proportion of occupied seats on each flight also reached an all time high of 94.4%.
This is great news for easyJet, who have staged an impressive recovery since earlier in the summer. Back in May easyJet issued a profit warning after air traffic control strikes in France led to a series of cancelations, which combined with the impact of two fires at Rome´s Fiumicino airport, resulted in the company wiping £25 million off its full year guidance.
Its definitely been a turbulent year for the budget airline and this has been reflected in the share price which slumped 17% following the profit warning in May. However, today’s news has seen the share price jump over 6% as investors become more confident in the future of easyJet.
Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-111 G-EZDA (msn 3413) arrives at EuroAirport in the new look.