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Old 5th Sep 2012, 18:54
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The original system worked fine - until they stopped implementing it. This was the alternative and it will raise revenue. Consequently, they were always going to take the option.
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Old 5th Sep 2012, 19:00
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I'm by charging for seats they are being "normal". Few airlines let you select seats well in advance for free. They may give you the option close to departure but most seats have gone to those who have paid or frequent flyers with status. Try booking an AA flight and the selection of seats months in advance is poor as they have gone to elites. EZ are giving you the chance to book in advance for a reasonable fee. An let's not forget with the current system you risk sitting in the middle if you are held up at security and are last to board. If you don't like it then pay the 3.

It's exactly the same set up as BA (only a lot cheaper). I've never heard many complains there.

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Old 5th Sep 2012, 19:07
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One of the major assumptions in much of economic theory, is that you have a bunch of people, each with a collection of different items, and each having different opinions as to how good or bad any single item is.
An example, is a group of kids in a school playground who have each been given different things in their packed lunch by their parents. One kid loves eating cheese (but was given a sausage roll by his mum), while the other loves sausage rolls (but was given a piece of cheese).

Economics then says, that the people in these groups then choose to swap, so that they get a mutually beneficial result.
Or in this case, the kids with the cheese and the sausge roll do a swap, so that each gets to eat the food they like for lunch.

Once easyJet implement allocated seating, will there be anything to stop people openly swapping seats before departure ?
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Old 5th Sep 2012, 19:27
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I believe the after takeoff PA includes something along the lines of "please remain seated in your assigned seat until the signs above you have been switched off". I know on Jet2 they stop people sitting in premium seats unless they hav paid for it.
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Old 5th Sep 2012, 20:42
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Major step backwards!
I don't see how you can say that if you can select the seats you want in advance and for free (as a cardholder).

I'm sure allocated seating will appeal to far more people who would not normally travel easyjet.
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Old 6th Sep 2012, 07:34
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You have totally missed the point!

A plus card holder can book a flight today for tomorrow and board first to take the seat he wishes. On the new system, this is denied to the plus card holder as non card holders will have already booked those seats by advance booking. It is a reduction in benefit of the plus card.
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Old 6th Sep 2012, 07:57
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IB4138;

You are correct that currently the easyJet pluscard holder can choose the seat that he wants when boarding, but the whole boarding process will become so much more relaxed and stress free when the assigned seating kicks in, as there will not be a stampede for the gate once the annoucement starts.

For me flying ex Belfast this is the distinct difference between EI and EZY and I find the EI experience so much more relaxed and pleasurable than the currrent EZY one.

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Old 6th Sep 2012, 10:11
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Allocated seating

I have no doubt tht this has been thought through, and whilst it will affect a few plus Card holders, the very concept will drive more pax towards Easyjet than the previous `herd stampede` ever did. All to do with yields and suchlike.
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Old 6th Sep 2012, 11:02
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Sounds good to me. Unfortunately Easy has almost abandoned Scandinavia, with the exception of a few routes to Copenhagen and one to Arlanda.
By the way, are there any plans to return to Finland? Pax might be slow to react here, but the flights were discontinued simply at too early stage to become popular.
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Old 6th Sep 2012, 16:19
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By the way, are there any plans to return to Finland? Pax might be slow to react here, but the flights were discontinued simply at too early stage to become popular.
My understanding is that Easyjet ran a London Gatwick-Helsinki route from 03 November 2008 to 22 June 2011
I believe the announcement of the route being cancelled was sometime in spring 2011

I admit to being disappointed that this route was cancelled as I'd been hoping to make use of it later in 2011, but if after two years a route can't establish itself as giving a good return on costs and capital deployed, then it's difficult to blame Easyjet for discontinuing the route

On a separate note, are Easyjet dropping their Lisbon-Barcelona and Stansted-Barcelona route effective Sunday 24 March 2013 ? Ignoring routes touching Berlin with the associated uncertainty as to whether the new airport will be open or not, STN-BCN and LIS-BCN are the only routes across the network that are not on sale beyond this date

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Old 6th Sep 2012, 17:17
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I see several people saying going allocated seating is a step backwards. But after seeing the results from the customers from surveys they completed after a allocated flt plus other surveys the results CLEARLY speak for themselves on what pax want, and how much more likely they are to travel with easyJet rather than other major carriers if we have allocated seating.
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Old 6th Sep 2012, 17:51
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Davidjohnson, the German press is hinting that the BBI will open in October 2013 instead of March now and some are speculating that this date will slip as well. However, it is only speculation.

For easyJet customers, the difference in location is not that great as the SXF terminals are just to the north of the runway opposed the terminals of BBI being just south of the (northerly) runway. However, the airline may postpone any capacity increase (if any) until the Tegel passengers are forced down south to BBI anyway.
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Old 6th Sep 2012, 17:52
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August

Monthly traffic statistics - easyJet plc

Passengers up 6% but load factor down 0.5%

I trust the next summers schedule will be a staggered release as per previous years?
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Old 7th Sep 2012, 02:37
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Am I right that unless I pay the 3, I just get any old random seat at check in and have no ability to select from what's left? That's not great, caught me out on the LTN-GLA trial.
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Old 7th Sep 2012, 03:02
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Am I right that unless I pay the 3, I just get any old random seat at check in and have no ability to select from what's left? That's not great, caught me out on the LTN-GLA trial.
Yes, I think so.

Unless
a) You're good at chatting up the girls at check in?
b) You have a Plus card, in which all seat selections are free
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Old 7th Sep 2012, 08:05
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Summer 2013

Hi- can anyone tell me when the summer 13(July/August) flights go on sale and what UK bases will fly to LCA?
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Old 7th Sep 2012, 09:29
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Yea that's it, they r going down the route of JET 2 where when u check in online it automatically put u into a seat which u can only change for a price, albeit a bit lower for choice of seat than jet 2.
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Old 7th Sep 2012, 14:37
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Thanks EcamSurprise. Looks as if only going as far as mid June at the mo?
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Old 10th Sep 2012, 17:13
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Interesting news

Press announcement,

Thomas Cook 'agrees easyJet deal'

(UKPA) – 1 day ago

Beleaguered holiday firm Thomas Cook has reportedly signed a deal to book thousands of seats on flights run by low-cost carrier easyJet.

The UK's second-biggest travel company will use the easyJet seats as part of its package holidays for next summer, the Sunday Times said.

The tie-up, which could reportedly be announced this week, will cover about 80,000 trips, representing 3% of Thomas Cook's capacity.

The group, which was recently forced to turn to its banks for an additional £200 million of loans, has scaled back the size of its own airline in the past year as it moves to slash costs.

While it is thought to be the first time that easyJet has sold seats wholesale to another company, Thomas Cook has regularly worked with other airlines, such as Monarch.

The group was plunged into crisis in November after it turned to its lenders for help, sparking fears of a collapse, and recently appointed former Premier Farnell boss Harriet Green to lead its turnaround as its chief executive.

Thomas Cook has so far sold part of its aircraft fleet, five Spanish hotels and its Indian arm as part of the strategy to reduce its £1 billion debt mountain.

Ms Green is currently undertaking a review of the business that is likely to lead to a broad overhaul - but the outcome will not be known until next year.

Developments at easyJet have been overshadowed in recent months by various spats between the airline's founder, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, and its directors.

Last month, easyJet fended off Sir Stelios's attempt to oust its chairman Sir Michael Rake, who is also deputy chairman of Barclays, after it failed to win the support of the majority of shareholders. Earlier this year, Sir Stelios was also defeated in his attempt to throw out a multimillion-pound pay deal for executives.
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Old 10th Sep 2012, 18:38
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I think this with TC is a good thing, guaranteed seats sold for EZY, TC win by not having to comit there own aircraft.
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