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Old 9th Jan 2013, 14:42
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I recently made my first return EZY flights under the new allocated seating system.
At bag drop at both airports I was told to board via front steps.
However, both flights operated from a single airbridge.
Boarding is not done by seat rows. So the usual EZY boarding scrum continues.
All the people at the front get on first & it takes ages to board.
I am all for allocated seating, but on a full A320/ A319 why don't they board by seat rows?

On this score, I prefer Monarch, as boarding is by rows & also, people are not sent to the aircraft until it is ready to accept passengers.
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Old 9th Jan 2013, 14:56
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Mr A Tis - the most efficient way of boarding an aircraft is actually a surprisingly complex topic and certainly worthy of its own thread. Boarding people at the back first and front last is not necessarily the most efficient way of getting people into their seats
An introduction can be found here courtesy of the BBC

BBC News - Tests show fastest way to board passenger planes
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Old 9th Jan 2013, 15:16
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With respect that report is cobblers.
There is no way you can split kids up from parents to board window, centre & aisle separately.
A fine example of difference between theory & practice.

I can only speak from experience.
Boarding a Monarch flight is relatively civilised, an EZY flight is a messy scrum
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Old 9th Jan 2013, 15:30
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certainly worthy of its own thread
Mr A Tis - might I suggest adding your comments to the thread mentioned below, or alternatively setting up another thread within Airlines, Airports and Routes, so that all who are interested can contribute rather than just those interested in Easyjet ?

http://www.pprune.org/cabin-crew/365...d-seating.html

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Old 9th Jan 2013, 15:36
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I just prefered the days of Speeding Boarding. Pay a bit extra, to be amongst the first to board and choose your seat there and then. I don't like having to pay extra for a specific seat.

I understand the theory that people will not have that worry of being seperated from their group and/or not sitting in their prefered area of the plane. But I find 2 problems:

- There's nothing I hate more than thinking you'll reserve a window seat and once on the plane realise that your row is actually one of those between 2 windows so you can't see out very well.
- Also, as wind direction depends on which direction you fly out of an airport, I like to be able to choose which side to sit to get the best view, and you can't do that by seat reservation.

I like to be able to think for example, "OK, we're flying out on the westerly direction, so I'll sit on the right so I can see the city/sea/mountains/airport terminal/parked aircraft or whatever, in a seat that actually has its own window, and with Speedy Boarding, you could have that freewill of where you wanted to sit on that flight on that day under those circumstances.
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Old 11th Jan 2013, 08:16
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Please tell me you're joking!
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Old 11th Jan 2013, 09:36
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I`ve just booked FUE flights in April and the pick your seats, extra legroom seats, have worked out cheaper than the `old` speedy boarding. Suits me
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Old 14th Jan 2013, 10:20
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Has anyone worked out the details of how the seat allocation functions ?
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Old 14th Jan 2013, 11:02
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You can reserves seats when you book your flight/s or if you choose not to, you will be allocated seats at check-in and whilst EasyJet will try their best to sit your group together, it can't be guaranteed.

Unfortunately, in my experince, 27 of us went to Marrakech. The plane was very full and our group were all randomly placed throughout the whole plane where a maximum of 5 or 6 were able to sit together so I would say if travelling in a group larger than that, probably best to reserve although becomes expensive.
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Old 14th Jan 2013, 14:59
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I'm not being funny, but a group of 27 is hardly representative!
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Old 14th Jan 2013, 15:02
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the system deliberatley split such a large group

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Old 14th Jan 2013, 15:12
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I'm not being funny, but a group of 27 is hardly representative!
Yes I understand that. It was a trip which I didn't organise but I guess the point I'm trying to make is that generally it seemed that no more than 5 or 6 could sit together so if it were up to me, I'd be unsure whether to pay for anymore than 5 or 6 or just risk it.
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Old 14th Jan 2013, 17:11
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Originally Posted by FRatSTN
generally it seemed that no more than 5 or 6 could sit together so if it were up to me, I'd be unsure whether to pay for anymore than 5 or 6 or just risk it.
In December I've travelled with the group of 12 pax, got entire 2 rows for them. Possibly an early check-in did the trick (one month before the trip).
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Old 14th Jan 2013, 18:30
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Possibly. Our group did airport check-in 2 hours before.
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Old 14th Jan 2013, 20:17
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Did you honestly think you'd get 27 seats together 2 hours before departure!
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Old 14th Jan 2013, 21:47
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To my knowledge, passengers who haven't pre-selected a seat or checked-in online have a seat assigned to them by a computer algorithm that runs several hours before departure. Their seats are not just assigned by check-in staff when they arrive at the desk. The algorithm attempts to seat passengers in the same booking reference together.

I'm not sure how well it works if it finds a group of 27 pax under a single reference. Whatever logic they have worked into it, it seems to be fairly good at distributing the pax evenly between the three cabin bays onboard. Trying to seat 27 pax immediately together when seats have already been selected by other pax scattered throughout the cabin would be pretty difficult.
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Old 15th Jan 2013, 00:46
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Anyone know how advanced sales are going for the two summer NQY routes ?


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Old 15th Jan 2013, 08:46
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The way seat allocation at on-line check in works can surely not be so complicated as to be a complete mystery.

By now, somebody on this board must have tried to check in and decided that they did not like the seat they were allocated. Perhaps they could explain what they did next.

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Old 15th Jan 2013, 11:53
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Twice now I've left it to around T-6 to check-in online and been allocated an exit row seat. Granted one was a middle seat but once we were fully boarded the aisle remained free so I moved there.
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Old 15th Jan 2013, 15:24
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Did you honestly think you'd get 27 seats together 2 hours before departure!
Like I said, I didn't organise the trip so I wasn't sure whether we had reserved seats or not. The point is that 5 or 6 seats together seems to be the maximum you can get based on my experience.
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