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Old 16th Aug 2012, 13:42
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Sorry to disappoint but no plans for extra aircraft into SEN at the moment....
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Old 16th Aug 2012, 14:40
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I've been hearing rumours of a sixth based a/c for BFS for ages now. Surely a 320 over the winter to make the Canaries routes vacated by EI is almost a mustdo!
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Old 16th Aug 2012, 14:43
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I thought there already was 6 ac based at Belfast
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Old 16th Aug 2012, 15:02
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6 in summer, 5 in winter at BFS
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Old 16th Aug 2012, 16:18
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For Spring 2013, the plan is that MAN will have an extra 2 based aircraft. One of which was initially ear marked for 2012 which is testament to the fact that things change.

Elsewhere in the Orange Kingdom. New recaro seats being trialled in the Hanger will be on new aircraft deliveries from April 2013 provided an issue with CAA certification is sorted out. New seat covers and carpets being looked into.

Also a one off UNICEF aircraft is being planned along with (apparently) a livery refresh. I wouldn't expect anything radical from the latter but interesting nonetheless.
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Old 16th Aug 2012, 18:13
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Only thing with the livery I can think of is the tail would incorporate the orange design now used in branding but who knows.
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Old 16th Aug 2012, 18:35
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Only thing with the livery I can think of is the tail would incorporate the orange design now used in branding but who knows.
Which is what i thought and maybe 'easyjet' on the belly which is very much in vogue at the minute. IMO, smaller titles would be nice with an orange cheatline below the windows but I can't see that happening.
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Old 16th Aug 2012, 21:09
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I reckon they should paint more like the 'carrot' 320. much nicer colour scheme imho.
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Old 16th Aug 2012, 21:15
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The 'carrot' is nice as a one off but the entire fleet would be a bit gharish. Carolyn McCall seems to be taking the airline upmarket and less in your face so I can't see anything with that much orange. Besides, it would cost a fortune in paint and dare I say, fuel.

Re: BFS and A320's. I'm quite sure that BFS will receive an A320 in the short/medium term. Not necassarilly because they want to do Canaries etc but because the type is gradually filtering through the entire network not only for longer distance services but also to increase capacity at a time when aircraft aren't being added to the fleet as thick and fast as they once were.
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Old 16th Aug 2012, 21:21
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easyjet.com isn't the only distribution channel now, so the internet .com doesn't have to be as visible. An introduction of more charcoal grey and the 'Europe by easyjet' branding would tone down the orangeness. Something like the current Thomson 'tui' scheme wouldn't be surprising (but in White, Grey and Orange).
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Old 17th Aug 2012, 03:08
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It all sounds very corporate.

Necessary evolution of the brand, or a mistake waiting to happen?

Will they start offering free snacks and then business class or eco plus?

Its a slippery slope from there... no?

As long as they remain true to their core values I'm all for evolving the brand.
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Old 17th Aug 2012, 14:20
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Or simply the new livery if there was to be one would be incorporated on to new aircraft which are to be announced following the fleet review at the end of Sept.
But saying that deliveries of those A/C would not be 2015.
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Old 18th Aug 2012, 10:10
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Re: pre-allocated seating

Can someone explain to me how the Easy allocated seating system will work (as it seems to now be going ahead)? If I don't pre-reserve a seat am I randomly allocated a seat when I check-in online? Or will there be the usual find-a-seat-when-you-board thing?
Personally, I've always been quite happy with the latter as I nearly always get the seat area that I prefer and would begrudge now having to pay for that. Shouldn't they just charge a premium for certain seats (exit row / front row) and let everyone allocate their own seat when they check-in online?
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Old 18th Aug 2012, 13:57
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I'm being told that the decision has been made re: allocated seating and this will be announced before end of the month. Come the autumn you will all have a seat number on your boarding card.

As has been explained before. You get the opportunity to pay to choose your seat with a premium on the exit rows. For night before the flight departs passengers who have elected not to choose a seat are preallocated one. For those booked on the same booking reference, every effort will be made to allocate seats together. Given that even on a full flight with free seating only 3 or 4 people don't get to sit directly next to each other, so it won't be a case of everyone being sat apart...... that some are predicting.
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Old 18th Aug 2012, 16:56
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So if I book in online well in advance of the flight date, which seats will be allocated first? Is there likely to be any advantage in checking in as early as possible or leaving it until very close to the flight date?
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Old 18th Aug 2012, 17:02
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As far as I know there will be no advantage as to when you check in online in relation to how you are allocated a seat. Put simply I think you'd be unlucky to split from your party. The choose your own seat thing as I understand will primarily be aimed at those who want specific seats as opposed to the 'sit together' marketing at charter carriers.
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Old 18th Aug 2012, 18:24
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I personally welcome seat allocation, I think its a step forward. Must say though I will miss the antic of the `herd` stampede at boarding time....some of those granny elbows were lethal
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Old 18th Aug 2012, 19:22
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Yes it should be a much more dignified experience.
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Old 25th Aug 2012, 18:32
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No need to worry, and there never has been:

Know your 'rights'.

From CAP789, Requirements and guidance material for operators

8 Seat Allocation for Family Groups
8.1 The separation of family groups, especially children, may lead to problems in
emergency situations. During emergency evacuations, group members separated
from other members of the family or party might seek each other out during the
evacuation process. Such actions could have an adverse effect on passenger flow
rates towards emergency exits and might seriously affect the outcome of an
evacuation. Additionally, infants and young children would need assistance from
adults in the donning of oxygen masks during decompression.
8.2 Operators' procedures in respect of seat reservations, seat allocation, check-in
procedures and cabin crew duties should take into account the following factors:
a) Children accompanied by adults should ideally be seated in the same seat row as
the adult. In wide-bodied aircraft, children and accompanying adults should not be
separated by more than one aisle.
b) Where the above is not possible, children should be separated by no more than
one seat row from accompanying adults.
c) Seat allocation procedures for family groups, including adults, should reflect the
above.
d) When large parties of children are carried, operators should take into account the
principles of the above criteria and apply suitable seating arrangements.
e) Whenever small numbers of infants and children are travelling together, the
operator should make every effort to ensure that they are allocated seats where
they can be readily supervised by the responsible accompanying adult in both
normal and abnormal conditions.
8.3 Operators who operate a free seating policy should have procedures in place to
ensure that family groups are seated in accordance with these criteria.
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Old 26th Aug 2012, 02:02
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I can't speak for Ryanair but easyjet never allows young children to be say apart from their parents. This is covered in the cabin crew manual. Families do get split up if they are literally the last to board a full flight but the children aren't split from parents.

Either way allocated seating, I'm told, will be announced by months end. Anyone who works for an airline will know that whilst it will be a step forward, you can rarely satisfy everyone's seating preferences on a full flight.
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