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easyJet and Virgin Atlantic become partners

easyJet has today made this announcement:

easyJet, Europe’s leading airline, has today announced that it has signed up Virgin Atlantic as a new airline partner to its unique connections service  ‘Worldwide by easyJet’

This means that from today easyJet customers can seamlessly connect through London Gatwick Airport between easyJet and Virgin Atlantic flights. This opens up new destination options via ‘Worldwide by easyJet’ which could see customers connecting from the likes of Barcelona through to Orlando and Edinburgh to Las Vegas.  Other Virgin Atlantic destinations now available also include Las Vegas, Antigua and St Lucia.

Worldwide by easyJet has been consistently growing, with more than 4,000 unique O&Ds which have been booked in combination with partner airlines.

Johan Lundgren, easyJet Chief Executive Officer said:

“We are really pleased to welcome Virgin Atlantic to ‘Worldwide by easyJet’. Given we both serve many popular destinations from London Gatwick, we are confident their addition to Worldwide will be very popular with our customers.

“We have been delighted with the appetite of partner airports and airlines to expand Worldwide across our network and continue to broaden our focus to launch more airline partners and add connectivity to more of our biggest airports. Tens of millions of connecting passengers travel each year with journeys which begin or end in Europe.

“Because of easyJet’s reputation for great customer service and our strong positions at Europe’s leading airports, a large number of different airlines as well as airports have been asking to work with easyJet for some time and we expect to announce more partners in the coming months.”

Craig Kreeger, CEO at Virgin Atlantic commented;

“Virgin Atlantic is committed to working with the best possible global partners, to offer industry leading choice and connections for our customers.  easyJet’s unbeatable Gatwick network, combined with a shared customer centric ethos, makes them the ideal fit for us.   We’re delighted that customers across the UK and Europe will be able to enjoy more choice when connecting onto our flights through Gatwick and we look forward to welcoming them on board very soon.”

This addition compliments easyJet’s existing relationships with Norwegian, WestJet, Thomas Cook Airlines, Corsair, La Compagnie, Aurigny and Loganair who are already part of ‘Worldwide by easyJet’.

Earlier this month easyJet announced that Singapore Airlines and its low cost subsidiary airline Scoot will join the ‘Worldwide by easyJet’ global connections service, connecting easyJet customers with South East Asia with Singapore Airlines via Milan Malpensa airport and with Scoot through Berlin Tegel. The service is expected to be available within the coming months.

easyJet will continue sign up other airlines to ‘Worldwide by easyJet’ during 2018, with talks progressing with middle and far-eastern carriers amongst others and the airline also plans to expand to other key easyJet airports in Europe.

Worldwide by easyJet explained

‘Worldwide by easyJet’ launched in September 2017 enabling customers to connect easyJet flights through London Gatwick to long haul flights, with launch airline partners WestJet and Norwegian.  This quickly expanded to Thomas Cook Airlines, Corsair, La Compagnie and Loganair and the connections platform was extended to Milan Malpensa airport in December 2017.

In March 2018 easyJet announced that it was extending its ‘Worldwide by easyJet’ connections platform to Berlin Tegel, Venice Marco Polo, Amsterdam Schiphol, Paris Charles De Gaulle and Orly and Edinburgh airports. Venice and Berlin Tegel are now fully operational meaning that, combined with the connections already 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.

It is the first global airline connections service by a European low fares airline. Worldwide by easyJet offers self-connect and sales partnerships through a digital, virtual hub simply and efficiently.

easyJet has leadership positions at more of Europe’s major airports and flies on more of Europe’s 100 largest routes than any other airline which makes it the most attractive European short haul airline partner. The introduction of this disruptive product opens up new 70m market segment for easyJet.

All of this connectivity has been enabled by technology partner Dohop whose innovative platform allows easyJet customers to book connections and forward flights on easyJet.com.  Worldwide by easyJet will also allow easyJet passengers to connect with other easyJet flights through partner airports.

Worldwide by easyJet does not impact easyJet’s punctuality, its asset utilisation or operating model. The airline will not hold flights for connecting passengers. Worldwide by easyJet is subject to a 2 hour 30 minute ‘Minimum Connection Time’, which will give customers plenty of time to transfer between flights and/or terminals. Should a passenger miss a connecting flight they will be transferred to the next available flight.

Photo: easyJet.

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easyJet flies record number of passengers for busiest day

easyJet welcomed over 330,000 passengers on its flights last Friday (September 14, 2018) in the busiest day in the airline’s history, with more than 1,941 flights taking off across its network.

This compared to 2017’s peak summer travel day on September 8, 2018 when more than 267,000 customers flew across the network.

In the UK alone, over 170,000 passengers flew to or from easyJet’s UK airports on over 1,007 flights setting another record for the most customers travelling with the airline on one day.

Barcelona, Faro, Malaga, and Palma de Mallorca topped the list of most popular destinations.

Photo: easyJet.

easyJet partners with Singapore Airlines to connect travellers between Europe and South East Asia with ‘Worldwide by easyJet’

easyJet (UK) Airbus A320-214 WL G-EZTT (msn 4219) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 943445.

easyJet has made this announcement:

easyJet has announced that Singapore Airlines and its low cost subsidiary airline Scoot will join the ‘Worldwide by easyJet’ global connections service, connecting easyJet customers with South East Asia with Singapore Airlines via Milan Malpensa airport and with Scoot through Berlin Tegel. The service is expected to be available within the coming months.

‘Worldwide by easyJet’ launched last year as the first ever low-fares carrier connection service and will now for the first time offer customers both a low-fares connection to Asia through Scoot, as well as the choice to connect with a full-service carrier through Singapore Airlines, named as the World’s Best Airline 2018. Singapore Airline group’s combined network connects over 135 destinations in more than 35 countries across five continents, with a combined fleet of over 180 aircraft.

Singapore Airlines and Scoot join other ‘Worldwide’ partner airlines Thomas Cook, Norwegian, WestJet, Loganair, La Compagnie, Corsair, Neos and Aurigny. 53 million easyJet customers a year will be able to book connecting flights with these airlines through the easyJet website to around 100 destinations across North America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Indian Ocean and soon to South East Asia with Singapore Airlines and Scoot.

Tens of thousands of easyJet customers are using Worldwide to connect through easyJet’s biggest European airport hubs including Gatwick, Milan Malpensa, Berlin Tegel and Venice Marco Polo, with the service due to go live in the coming months at Paris Charles de Gaulle, Paris Orly, Amsterdam Schiphol, Manchester and Edinburgh.

Worldwide by easyJet

‘Worldwide by easyJet’ is the first global airline connections service by a European low fares airline. Legacy airlines have traditionally offered connectivity through costly and complex interline and codeshare agreements and procedures.  With ‘Worldwide by easyJet’ these will be replicated by self-connect and sales partnerships through a digital, virtual hub which will offer the same sort of connectivity but more simply and efficiently.

easyJet has leadership positions at more of Europe’s major airports and flies on more of Europe’s 100 largest routes than any other airline which makes it the most attractive European short haul airline partner. The introduction of this disruptive product opens up new 70m market segment for easyJet.

All of this connectivity has been enabled by technology partner Dohop whose innovative platform allows easyJet customers to book connections and forward flights on easyJet.com.  Worldwide by easyJet will also allow easyJet passengers to connect with other easyJet flights through partner airports.

Worldwide by easyJet does not impact easyJet’s punctuality, its asset utilisation or operating model. The airline will not hold flights for connecting passengers. Worldwide by easyJet is subject to a 2 hour 30 minute ‘Minimum Connection Time’, which will give customers plenty of time to transfer between flights and/or terminals. Should a passenger miss a connecting flight they will be transferred to the next available flight.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by easyJet): easyJet (UK) Airbus A320-214 WL G-EZTT (msn 4219) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 943445.

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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.

Photos: easyJet.

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.

Photo: easyJet.

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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British Airways aircraft slide show: British Airways Airbus A320-251N WL G-TTNB (msn 8139) LIS (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 942707.

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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.

Photo: easyJet.