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, 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 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.
By Marco Finelli reporting from Italy.
Near the airport of Milan Malpensa, the CAE Training Center was inaugurated on October 10 in the presence of easyJet CEO Johan Lundgren.
It is the third training center opened after those in London Gatwick and Manchester. It is located in the area of the World Trade Center at the Tornavento district built by Avioport BV, a Schipol Airport company.
The continuous qualification of the crews is a fundamental and essential element for flight safety. The need to open such a structure is due to the large number of based pilots at Milan Malpensa, the largest of the British budget carrier outside the United Kingdom.
In addition to the bases of Venice and Naples, in total, there are 34 aircraft based in Italy, which operate 500 daily operations and about 20 million passengers transported each year.
For this reason, Lundgren said “easyJet is the third largest carrier in terms of passenger volume among those operating in Italy, at Milan Malpensa wehave transported over 70 million passengers since the start of operations in 2006. Today there are 21 based aircraft”. He adds, “We need to qualify over 1400 pilots and flight attendants working with Italian contracts. In the last 10 years we have always invested with a long-term and sustainable approach to create value for all local stakeholders “.
Nick Leontidis – President of the CAE Aviation Training Solutions Group – expressed himself at the new CAE center in Milan Malpensa. With this new addition to its network, CAE will be able to train over 35,000 pilots of commercial flights in Europe, including more than 2000 pilots per year at the new CAE training center in Milan Malpensa ”.
After the speeches of the representatives of the CAE and easyJet, the Councilor for transport of the Lombardy Region and then the Ambassador of Canada. Then the ribbon was cut and a simulator was programmed to perform a dance session to the rhythm of house music through its six axes. Following guests did simulation sessions with a 20 minutesflight each.
The CAE training center in Milan Malpensa is an avant-garde structure composed of modern training classrooms, dedicated spaces for briefing and subsequent debriefing with the most sophisticated technologies available on the market.
Currently three CAE7000XR full motion simulators have been installed, designed for the Airbus 320 family aircraft. They are equipped with the CAE Tropos 6000XR vision system. Next December a CAE600XR static simulator will be installed, equipped with the collimated CAE Tropos 6000XR visual system and an adjoining area dedicated to instructors. easyJet will be the first airline to train its pilots on the CAE 600XR, thanks to the use of a simulator with the highest accuracy available on the static training market.
EasyJet’s 10-year investment for the three centers run by CAE and over 170 million Canadian dollars with the supply of 10 full motion simulators, in addition to three FTDs. All the centers were opened in these ten days, first Gatwick, then Manchester and then Milan.
Each simulator works by performing 5 daily sessions of 4 hours each for a total of 20 hours total. Each session consists of an hour and a half of briefing before the flight, the 4 hours of flight and a subsequent hour of debriefing.
All photos by Marco Finelli.
easyJet has announced that it will launch six new routes for this winter from the UK.
The new routes are;
- Manchester to Hurghada (Egypt), Rovaniemi (Lapland) and Verona (Italy)
- Belfast to Marrakech
- Bristol to Hurghada
- Liverpool to Tenerife
The new route to Hurghada starts on October 30, 2019 and will operate twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays
Verona flights will operate twice a week on Mondays and Fridays commencing October 28, 2019 on an A320 aircraft.
Flights to Rovaniemi, the home of Santa Claus start on November 21, 2019 operating twice a week on Monday and Thursdays.
The new route from Bristol Airport to Hurghada will operate twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the winter and flights will begin operating from October 30, 2019.
Flights from Belfast International Airport to Marrakech will take off from October 30, 2019 and operate twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the winter.
easyJet’s new route from Liverpool to Tenerife starts on October 30, 2019 and will operate twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Top Copyright Photo: easyJet (UK) Airbus A320-251N WL G-UZHY (msn 8920) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 946991.
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