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easyJet launches first flight to Bordeaux from London Southend Airport, will hire 1200 cabin crews

easyJet has launched its first flight from London Southend Airport to Bordeaux in South West France. The route took off on July 25 is the first of four to launch this summer and will be supported by the arrival of a new aircraft at the base.

Operating three times a week, easyJet expects to carry out more than 30,000 passengers on the new Bordeaux route operating on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

easyJet is also set to launch new routes from Southend to summer holiday favourites Prague, Pula and Dubrovnik this summer helping to ensure the airline will carry over one million annual passengers to and from the airport for the first time this year with a 25% year on year rise in passenger numbers.

easyJet now operates 20 destinations from London Southend.

In other news, easyJet has also announced that it is to recruit more than 1200 new permanent and fixed term cabin crew positions, over half of which will be based in the UK.

The airline, which flies more than 300 aircraft on over 1000 routes in 33 countries, will offer its new cabin crew positions at some of easyJet’s largest bases across Europe. New recruits will fly on a modern fleet of Airbus, including the A321neo, and will have access to a number of rewards, high quality training and opportunities for career development.

The recruitment announcement follows the recent launch of easyJet’s cabin crew apprenticeship scheme, offering 25 apprentices a year-long programme combining training at easyJet’s Gatwick academy and on the job experience. easyJet was the first airline in the UK to offer apprenticeships under the new Government apprenticeship standards.

easyJet currently employs over 8,700 cabin crew who are at the forefront of the airline’s operations, ensuring the highest safety standards are met and providing friendly service for easyJet’s 90 million passengers every year.

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easyJet passengers can now check-in luggage from home

easyJet, Europe’s leading airline, has launched a partnership with home bag drop service AirPortr, giving passengers travelling from London Gatwick the option to check their luggage in online and then have it collected from their doorstep by friendly, professional drivers and taken directly to the airport

Research shows that over three quarters of travellers would prefer to be luggage free for the day of their flight, which is why easyJet and AirPortr have partnered to provide this service allowing travellers start their trips at home.

AirPortr will pick up luggage from the passenger’s doorstep, and safely deliver it to easyJet’s bag drop before it is flown to one of the airline’s 110 destinations from Gatwick. Customers can then collect their baggage at their destinations baggage reclaim.

Since 2016, AirPortr have collected over 69,000 bags, skis and bikes which have been checked-in and delivered to more than 320 destination airport baggage reclaims around the world. easyJet is confident this new service will help make travelling even easier for its passengers.

The service is available for flights to any of easyJet’s destinations across Europe from London Gatwick, the airline’s biggest UK base. The premium product allows passengers to check in a piece of luggage and choose a 1 hour pick-up time slot for as little as £30. Alternatively, a £40 value product offers tremendous value for money, and includes collection of up to 4 pieces of luggage within a 3 hour window.

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IAG, Ryanair, easyJet and Wizz Air submit French ATC strikes complaint to European Commission

A320neo, delivered on April 25, 2018

International Airlines Group (IAG), Ryanair, easyJet and Wizz Air have submitted complaints to the European Commission against France as its air traffic controllers’ strikes restrict the fundamental principle of freedom of movement within the EU.

The airlines are not questioning the right to strike but believe France is breaking EU law by not enabling flights over the country during strikes. Passengers on overflights are being denied their fundamental freedom to travel between member states not affected by strike action.

So far this year, French ATC strikes have increased by 300 per cent versus 2017. Last month, the French Senate confirmed that France alone is responsible for 33 per cent of flight delays in Europe. The Senate states also that the right to strike has to be balanced against the obligation to provide public service. (*).

Willie Walsh, IAG’s chief executive, said: “The right to strike needs to be balanced against freedom of movement. It’s not only customers flying in and out of France who are affected during French ATC strikes. Passengers on routes that overfly France, especially the large airspace that covers Marseille and the Mediterranean, are also subject to delays and massive disruptions. This affects all airlines but has a significant negative impact on Spain’s tourism and economy.”

The complaints state that there is a legal precedent to this case. In 1997, the Spanish complained to the European Commission after they suffered for many years when French farmers prevented their fruit and vegetable exports into the EU. The European Court ruled against France as the French authorities didn’t address the farmers’ actions and failed to ensure the free movement of goods (**).

Michael O’Leary, Ryanair’s chief executive, said: “Europe’s ATC providers are reaching the point of meltdown with hundreds of flights being cancelled and delayed daily either because of ATC strikes or because Europe’s ATC don’t have enough staff. When Greece and Italy have ATC strikes, overflights continue as normal. Why won’t France do the same? ATC providers (especially in Germany and the UK) are hiding behind adverse weather and euphemisms such as “capacity restrictions” when the truth is they are not rostering enough air traffic controllers to cater for the number of flights that are scheduled to operate. These disruptions are unacceptable, and we call on Europe’s Governments and the EU Commission to take urgent and decisive action to ensure that ATC providers are fully staffed and that overflights are not affected when national strikes take place, as they repeatedly do in France.”

Johan Lundgren, easyJet’s chief executive, said: “We fully respect the right to strike and have been in constructive dialogue with the EU and the French government to address the issue of ATC strikes. Unfortunately, our passengers have felt little progress so far, which is why we felt it is necessary to take this next step – particularly given the sustained industrial action this year which has totalled 29 days to date.”

József Váradi, Wizz Air’s chief executive, said: “The failure of French air traffic control authorities to ensure a continued and adequate service has already caused massive disruption to the travel plans of thousands of passengers across Europe, with airlines left to pick up the pieces. Addressing this issue must be a priority for the European authorities to ensure European citizens and businesses are no longer held hostage to national industrial relations issues.”

According to Eurocontrol, more than 16,000 flights had been delayed by June this year due to ATC strikes, affecting more than two million passengers.

Last summer, the European Commission said that since 2005 there have been around 357 ATC strikes in Europe. That’s the equivalent of roughly one month per year when the EU skies are disrupted.

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easyJet takes delivery of its first Airbus A321neo

easyJet has celebrated the delivery of its first A321neo aircraft, marking the milestone with a flight into Farnborough International Airshow on July 18, 2018. The new type previously went into revenue service on July 16, 2018.

easyJet CEO Johan Lundgren was joined by UK Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling, Airbus CEO Tom Enders and President of CFM International Gaël Méheust at Farnborough to celebrate the delivery of the A321neo which – with a 235 seat configuration –  is easyJet’s largest capacity aircraft now in its fleet. The aircraft was flown into the airshow by an all-female flight crew.

Just over a year ago easyJet announced an agreement with Airbus to convert 30 existing A320neo orders to the A321neo aircraft with a 235-seat configuration, part of the existing easyJet Airbus agreement dating from 2013.

The first easyJet A321neo is based at London Gatwick Airport and will fly to popular destinations such as Malaga, Alicante and Palma. The aircraft has around 30% more seats on board compared to an A320 and 50% when replacing an A319.

The A321neos are powered by CFM’s LEAP-1A engine which means the aircraft will deliver up to 15 percent savings in fuel burn and CO2 emissions, and a reduced noise footprint of 50 percent on take-off and landing phase, compared with previous generations of the aircraft. The A321neos comply with ICAO Chapter 14 regulations and their NOx emissions will also meet the ICAO CAEP/8 regulations.

Since the delivery of easyJet’s first Airbus A320 family aircraft 15 years ago the airline has  taken over 300 new aircraft deliveries, which means that easyJet has now grown to operate Europe’s largest A320 family fleet. With 100 neo aircraft on order the airline is one of Europe’s largest customers for this revolutionary new aircraft.

easyJet’s total fleet on July 18, 2018 comprises 308 aircraft, split between 156-seat Airbus A319s, 180-seat A320s, 186-seat A320s and now the 235-seat A321.

The airline’s A319s are being progressively replaced by A320s, with 40 already replaced.

easyJet has also completed the up-gauging of 49 of its existing 180-seat A320s to 186 seats.  In the last six months easyJet has taken delivery of nine A320neo aircraft which provide a per seat cost saving of 7% to 8% compared to the A319 (and an equivalent improvement) through economies of scale, efficiencies in crew, ownership, fuel and maintenance.

Over the coming years easyJet will continue to reduce operating cost per seat and its passengers’ carbon footprint by improving its fleet mix and ownership structure.

Since 2000 easyJet has reduced its carbon emissions per passenger, per kilometre by over 32%. Its current target is a 10% reduction from its 2016 financial year performance by 2022, which would be a 38% improvement from 2000. In the 2017 financial year easyJet’s carbon emissions per passenger kilometre were 78.62 grams, down from 79.98g per passenger km in the prior financial year.

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easyJet adds its 1,000th route

easyJet (UK) Airbus A320-251N WL G-UZHC (msn 7802) (NEO) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 942644.

easyJet on July 12 reached a key milestone with the launch of its 1000th route. The 1000th route, is from Manchester to Bordeaux.

The new routes commencing in winter 2018 are:

Belfast to Fuerteventura

Belfast to Prague

Belfast to Salzburg

Bristol to Larnaca

Bristol to Are Ostersund

Bristol to Sofia

Glasgow to Venice

Liverpool to Toulouse

London Luton to Gibraltar

London Luton to Krakow

Manchester to Lanzarote

Manchester to Barcelona

Manchester to Bordeaux

Manchester to Faro

Manchester to Innsbruck

London Stansted to Hurgharda

The easyJet brand is now operating over 300 aircraft to 150 airports across 33 countries.

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easyJet supports the expanded Heathrow Airport

2nd easyJet Airbus A320neo, delivered on July 10, 2017

easyJet issued this statement:

easyJet, the UK’s largest airline, confirmed at the Heathrow Connectivity Conference that the expansion of Heathrow Airport would allow the entry of low cost carriers to the airport at scale for the first time.

Passengers would benefit from the increased competition to legacy carriers and would enjoy fares around 30% lower on routes to existing UK and European destinations.  The new entrants would also launch flights to UK and European airports not currently served by Heathrow providing important economic connections to the UK’s only hub airport.

easyJet encouraged UK airports and their local, regional and national Governments and other business and development agencies to make the most compelling case for their airport to be connected to Heathrow.

The decline of UK and European flights from Heathrow

Passengers flying to and from Heathrow Airport have seen a sustained reduction in routes and flights to the UK and Europe.  From 2000 to 2017 total passengers at Heathrow grew by 21% and flights across Europe as a whole grew by 91%.  However, at Heathrow during the same period there has been a:

– 40% decrease in number of domestic flight seats

– 13% decrease in European flight seats

– Reduction in UK destinations served from 14 to 8

That’s 200,000 fewer short haul seats per week today compared to 2000 – the equivalent to the population of York or Dundee.

Due to its constrained capacity Heathrow’s passengers have been denied the benefits of the low cost aviation revolution and routes today remain dominated by expensive, inefficient flag carriers.

Low cost v legacy airline

Typically when easyJet enters an airport in competition with legacy airlines it can offer fares around 30% lower. This is because easyJet’s low cost operating model delivers a cost per passenger significantly lower than those airlines – and Heathrow would be no exception.

This is driven by a range of factors – such as using one type of aircraft which easyJet buys at a very competitive rate and which all its pilots, crew and engineers can operate, higher seat density and higher load factors. The airline is obsessed with reducing waste and weight on its aircraft and has light weight seats, carpets and trollies. Being low cost is in easyJet’s DNA – almost all passenger contact is on line and its HQ is in an aircraft hangar.

Robert Carey, easyJet’s Chief Commercial and Strategy Officer, outlined the airline’s views on Heathrow at the Heathrow Connectivity Conference, Olympia London:

“easyJet supported the Airports Commission’s clear and unanimous recommendation and agrees that expansion at Heathrow will provide the greatest passenger and economic benefits, including lower fares by opening up the airport to increased competition.

“Expansion at Heathrow will bring significant benefits to all parts of the UK and is in the best interests of all passengers – both business and leisure, long and short haul.

“This expansion would enable low cost airlines like easyJet to operate from Heathrow (in addition to existing London bases) allowing them to provide new routes and increased competition on dozens more UK and European routes.

[p”easyJet’s costs are significantly lower than legacy airlines so easyJet’s fares on these services would be lower than those paid by passengers today.[/p]

“We look forward to engaging with the UK’s regional airports and their Governments and other local organisations to work out which regions will enjoy the largest growth in passenger demand and economic benefits from new connections to Heathrow and the rest of the world.

“Expansion at Heathrow must be delivered sustainably.  Local noise and environmental impacts need to be addressed and easyJet supports the Commission’s recommendations on these issues.

“easyJet will bring our long term environmental strategy, a key element of which is the next generation Airbus A320 neo aircraft. These aircraft produce 15% less carbon emissions and are 50% quieter than current generation aircraft.  We are taking delivery of 130 of these aircraft and all will be flying with easyJet before the new runway opens at Heathrow.

“Expansion at Heathrow will bring significant economic benefits to all of the UK and that’s why we urge MPs to support the Government’s National Planning Statement so that work can start to increase the aviation capacity for the UK. ”

easyJet’s operations at Heathrow

The airline has been working closely with Heathrow for a number of years and has been able to confirm that low cost operations would be viable at Heathrow.  This would include easyJet’s requirements for its ‘walk in, walk out’ boarding process and 25-minute aircraft turnaround time.  easyJet and Heathrow Airport agreed an Indicative Operating Framework in 2015 on these practicalities.

An easyJet base at Heathrow would be in line with easyJet’s strategy of flying between Europe’s primary airports with strong demand from leisure and business passengers.  easyJet already operates successfully from other hub airports such as Amsterdam Schiphol and Paris Charles De Gaulle.

Worldwide by easyJet

easyJet would also look to connect passengers to long haul destinations at Heathrow by using ‘Worldwide by easyJet’ – the first global airline connections service by a European low fares airline.

Launched in 2017, it enables customers to connect easyJet flights to long haul flights with a number of airline partners. easyJet is extending Worldwide to Berlin Tegel, Venice Marco Polo, Amsterdam Schiphol, Paris Charles De Gaulle and Orly and Edinburgh airports. This means that, combined with the connections previously announced through London Gatwick and Milan Malpensa, over half of the airline’s flights – and 53 million easyJet customers a year – will be able to connect to airline partner services and other easyJet flights in a single booking through easyJet’s digital booking portal.

Reducing easyJet’s environmental impact

easyJet has a strategy to progressively decarbonise and reduce noise from aviation operations. Since 2000, easyJet’s emissions have reduced by over 31% from 116.2 grams to 79.98 grams per passenger kilometre in 2016. easyJet has a carbon emissions target of 72 grams by 2022, which would be a 10% reduction from today’s performance and a 38% improvement from 2000.

A key driver of this is the Airbus neo aircraft which is bringing a step change in aircraft performance, bringing significant environmental and operational benefits – a 15 percent saving in fuel burn and CO2 emissions, and a reduced noise footprint of 50 percent on take-off and landing providing a benefit to airport neighbourhood communities.

easyJet has taken delivery of five A320neo aircraft (pictured above) to date, with 95 on order for delivery by August 2022.  In addition, easyJet has 30 A321neo aircraft on order, with the first delivery expected in July 2018. These aircraft have a 235 seat configuration. The A321neo aircraft will enable easyJet to reduce its CO2 emissions as it provides an increase in seats per flight of around 30% compared to an A320 and 50% when replacing an A319 while benefitting from the lowest operating costs in the single aisle aircraft category.

Beyond that, easyJet believes that for the first time the aviation industry can now envisage a future which isn’t wholly reliant on jet fuel, and its harmful CO2 and NOX emissions, and where its noise footprint is significantly reduced for all flights and completely eliminated for many.

The decarbonisation of other forms of transport like road and rail is advancing quickly and could now be matched by aviation. easyJet is already using electric ground equipment and is to trial new onboard hybrid technology which could lead to the removal of carbon fuels and all noise from airport operations.

Even more significantly, easyJet has formed a partnership with Wright Electric to develop, build and operate an all-electric commercial passenger jet which could be flying across the airline’s UK and European network within a decade.

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easyJet salutes its growing Bordeaux hub with a new logo jet

Salute to the growing Bordeaux hub

easyJet carried 18.8 million passengers to and from France in 2017, with 1.7 million to and from Bordeaux.
The inauguration of seven new routes will bring the total number of destinations served by the “orange airline” from Bordeaux to 29, consolidating its position with 28% of the French market. 
easyJet has operated in Bordeaux since 2006, and the opening of the Bordeaux base and the arrival of three aircraft this spring 2018 will bring the total capacity to nearly 22 million seats in France, including more than 2.2 million in Bordeaux, which is an increase of approximately 21%.  These changes will mean an additional 400,000 seats during the summer period alone. The new base will also allow easyJet to recruit 110 staff in Bordeaux.
easyJet is saluting this growing presence with this new logo jet.
Javier Rodriguez reporting from Spain.
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