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easyJet grounds its entire fleet

easyJet today grounded its entire fleet.

The airline issued this short statement:

“As a result of the unprecedented travel restrictions imposed by governments in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the implementation of national lockdowns across many European countries, easyJet has, today, fully grounded its entire fleet of aircraft.

Over recent days easyJet has been helping to repatriate customers, having operated more than 650 rescue flights to date, returning home more than 45,000 customers. The last of these rescue flights were operated on Sunday March 29.”

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easyJet to ground majority of fleet from March 24

easyJet has made this announcement:

Following the country lockdowns, travel restrictions and changes to travel advice across its network, easyJet has taken the decision to ground the majority of its fleet of aircraft from Tuesday, March 24 onwards.

We will continue to operate rescue flights as required to repatriate customers and anticipate most of our rescue operations to be completed by Monday, March 23.

Details of the rescue flights we are operating to repatriate customers can be found here: https://www.easyjet.com/en/policy/coronavirus-rescue-flights.  If you are currently abroad, we urge you to rebook yourself onto a rescue flight prior to Monday.

In addition, we anticipate operating a minimal schedule of essential services on some routes. This will be a maximum of 10% of our usual capacity during this time of year and mainly routes to, from and within the UK.

We will continue to review our flight schedule on a weekly basis to ensure that it matches current demand. ​With recent guidance, we recognize many customers with existing reservations do not intend to travel, and so we would encourage them to change their tickets for free now, as this will allow us to best match our remaining flying to the demand.  easyJet continues to waive all change fees for customers who want to move their flight to a later date and they can now change up until February 28, 2021.  Customers will be contacted directly if their flight is cancelled and will be provided with their options.

Johan Lundgren, easyJet CEO, said:

“These are unprecedented times for the airline industry. We know how important it is for customers to get home and so are continuing to operate rescue flights over the coming days to repatriate them.  Significantly reducing our flying program is the right thing to do when many countries have issued advice to their citizens not to travel unless it is essential and the aircraft groundings will also remove significant levels of variable costs at a time when this remains crucial.”

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easyJet to suspend all flights to Spain on March 17

easyJet has made this announcement:

Spain is the latest authority to impose flight restrictions. We’re flying a full Spanish schedule on March 15-16 to help get people home but unfortunately will need to cancel flights from March 17 onwards.

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Etihad Airways and easyJet enter into a new partnership

Etihad Airways (Etihad), the national airline of the UAE, has become the most recent airline to partner with easyJet, one of the world’s largest airlines. This new partnership means customers can purchase tickets through the easyJet worldwide website connecting the two airlines’ networks and opening new and exciting possibilities for travel between Europe, Africa, the Azores and the UAE. The collaboration comes into effect immediately.

The partnership follows easyJet’s accelerated and successful roll out programme with world-leading flight comparison search engine, Dohop, which powers the easyJet worldwide website connecting its European network with longhaul flights. For Etihad, this has been achieved using the NDC (New Distribution Capability) platform providing technical capability for new partnerships previously not possible. The partnership with easyJet and Dohop is the UAE national airline’s first use of this technology and Etihad plans to add more airlines and travel partners to their NDC portfolio in 2020.

Customers will for the first time be able to purchase tickets on the easyJet website from 68 cities on the airline’s network in Europe to Abu Dhabi, connecting on to Etihad Airways flights from 10 European gateways in Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Rome, Geneva, Madrid, Manchester, Milan Malpensa, and Zurich. Both airlines plan to expand the partnership to include more destinations in the future.

Etihad Airways and easyJet enter into new partnership

easyJet announces four new destinations from Bordeaux

easyJet, Europe’s top airline by its network, is pushing ahead with its local commitment and investment, adding an Airbus A320 from summer 2020 and paving the way to the launch of four new lines from Bordeaux in 2020, bringing the total to 42 lines. easyJet will thus rank as the top airline in Bordeaux for the number of available destinations.

36 new cabin crew positions will also be created, bringing the total workforce to 200 employees, two years after opening its local base.

As from summer 2020, Bordeaux residents will have a choice of four new charming seaside destinations at affordable rates: Corsica and Sardinia with Ajaccio and Figari, and Olbia in the high summer season, and Fuerteventura (Canaries) all year round.

Starting this winter, Bordeaux residents will also enjoy more frequent connections and better scheduling to Lille, Marseille and Nice, and to European cities such as Berlin, Granada, Porto and Venice. Last but not least, Catania will be available year-round as from this winter, instead of only in high season.

Using the aircraft based in Bordeaux, easyJet can put out a top-quality, ever-improving offer from the capital of the Gironde region. By 2020, the orange network will boast almost 20% extra seats, with 3 million seats available in total, of which 1 million during the winter.

Growth sustained by the easyJet base opened in 2018 is also driving job creation with 200 direct jobs signed under French law in the past two years, including 36 new hires starting in summer 2020.

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easyJet and Airbus sign hybrid and electric aircraft research agreement

easyJet, Europe’s leading airline, and Airbus have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) related to a joint research project on hybrid and electric aircraft.

The MoU is an important step towards furthering the industry’s understanding of the operational and infrastructure opportunities and challenges of plug-in hybrid and full electric aircraft.

easyJet and Airbus will cooperate on three distinct work packages set to define the impacts and the requirements necessary for the large-scale introduction of next generation sustainable aircraft on infrastructure and every-day commercial aircraft operations.

Commenting on the partnership, Johan Lundgren, CEO of easyJet, said:

“easyJet has a long tradition of efficient flying and a long-term partnership with Airbus. Our priority is to continue to work on reducing our carbon footprint in the short-term while we work to support the development of new technology, including hybrid-electric planes which promise to radically reduce the carbon footprint of aviation.

 

“I am therefore delighted to be working with Airbus on a new hybrid and electric plane research partnership. The project will aim to identify the detailed technical challenges and requirements for hybrid and electric planes when deployed for short haul flying around Europe so that we can help shape the technology and airline networks of the future. We hope this will be an important step towards making hybrid electric planes a reality.”

 

“Environmental performance is a top-level priority for Airbus, and we are proud to have easyJet on board as a partner for our hybrid and electric aircraft research,” said Guillaume Faury, Airbus Chief Executive Officer. “Airbus is committed to meeting aviation’s decarbonisation objectives. By focusing our research efforts on hybrid and electric propulsion technologies, we are doing just that – playing a leading role, alongside our customers, in the development of clean and safe technologies for the sustainable future of our industry.”

 

This collaboration supports the work already underway with easyJet partner and US start-up company, Wright Electric, which will continue alongside the Airbus collaboration.

Wright Electric has set itself the challenge of building an all-electric commercial passenger jet capable of flying passengers across easyJet’s UK and European network within a decade. It has commenced work on an electric engine that will power a nine seater aircraft. Wright Electric partner Axter Aerospace already has a two seater aircraft flying, and the larger aircraft is expected to start flying in the coming weeks. The prototype propulsion system for the nine-seat aircraft is four times more powerful than the system installed on the two-seat aircraft.

 

In addition to these initiatives, easyJet remains focused on operating its fleet as efficiently as possible using modern fuel efficient engines which are quieter and burn less fuel as well as carrying as many passengers as possible in the aircraft.

 

Pioneering has always been a core element of the airline’s strategy and since 2000 easyJet has reduced its carbon emissions per passenger per kilometre by over one-third (33.67%).

 

easyJet, has also announced today that it will become the world’s first major airline to operate net-zero carbon flights across its whole network. The airline will achieve this goal by offsetting the carbon emissions from the fuel used for all of its flights, starting today.

 

easyJet orders 12 more Airbus A320neo aircraft

easyJet has exercised purchase rights to increase its fleet of Airbus A320neos by 12 new aircraft. The agreement takes the carrier’s total order for the A320neo Family to 159 aircraft and its overall orders for Airbus single aisles to 480 A320 Family.

easyJet currently operates over 1,000 routes with a fleet of 333 A320 Family aircraft (39 A320neo Family and 294 A320ceo Family) and serves over 155 European airports in over 30 countries. 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.

At the end of October 2019, the A320neo Family had received more than 7,000 firm orders from over 110 customers worldwide.

Photo: Airbus.