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Old 12th Jan 2010, 10:52
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The current connection from Gatwick to Vilnius is by AirBaltic via Riga
airBaltic have announced Vilnius - Gatwick direct today
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Old 12th Jan 2010, 13:26
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LGW-MAN?
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Old 12th Jan 2010, 13:37
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LGW-MAN?
Would use to see a team close to your heart
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Old 12th Jan 2010, 13:43
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11 minutes....much longer than I thought!

To be honest, you will find more people at OT on a Saturday having jumped off a plane from the green isle than you will from down south.

Would really p*ss WW off if U2 got onto LGW-MAN...
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Old 12th Jan 2010, 14:23
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Certainly won't see many Mancs there, they're all at City!
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Old 12th Jan 2010, 17:27
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Since EZY has got approval to fly into Russia I wouldn't be surprised if we see route(s) to Moscow and or St. Petersburg somewhere in the near future. With

QI pulling out of the CPH to LGW route we might just see an increase in daily flights there too.

Wouldn't mind seeing EZY flying to Stockholm and Oslo too and give Norwegian some more competition.
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Old 17th Jan 2010, 10:30
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Bournemouth ?

Post on the Bournemouth thread about 2 x base Easyjet A319 next July with a list of destinations, any truth in it ?
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Old 17th Jan 2010, 11:02
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I didnt think that EZY/FR could operate to Russia (hence why FR is flying to Finland close to the border). I would have thought that EZY would go after the sun routes in the summer with adding something like Antalya, Izmir, Tunis or Monastir (has this been sorted yet?), Varna/Bourgas and Chania.

What about chasing more traditional charter routes that can operate year round like Banjul, Taba or new resorts like Cape Verde or La Palma.
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Old 17th Jan 2010, 12:43
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toledoashley - are EZY / FR unable to fly to Russia at all, or would they be in practice limited to flying to Russia just from their respective home countries if they were to request traffic rights ? I can understand that the Ireland-Russia market is probably quite small, but a route like London-Moscow might have enough passengers for EZY - although not sure if it can sustain EZJ and 4 traditional airlines.

As to whether the Russian Govt would be ready to see EZJ taking passengers off Aeroflot and Transaero is another matter.
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Old 17th Jan 2010, 16:39
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Low Cost to Russia

As Russia is outside the EU and the agreement on flights to Russia means EZY could only operate to Russia from UK bases (ie country of registration) and FR from Ireland. This is the main reason why FR fly to an airport close the border but inside Finland.
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Old 17th Jan 2010, 17:20
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easyJet also have the convenience of holding two AOCs (UK and Swiss) which means they would also be able to connect from their base in GVA.

I think MAN would be very high on the agenda for easyJet if they were to get into Russia, however don't Lufthansa (now controlling BMI) have the rights for the route which they do no use or is that old news?

Is there a reason why there is no open-skies agreement similar to the EU-US with the EU and Russia? Are the Russian government just trying to protect their assets too much?
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Old 17th Jan 2010, 18:56
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Question EZY and GLA

Question time. Do EZY have a problem with GLA? Reason I ask is that the operation seems to have stalled in expansion after the arrival of aircraft 4, IIRC in Summer 07. This despite the obvious success of Berlin and Paris.

Also, I was half expecting them to jump in and increase services on the routes shared with GSM, and maybe even provide service on some of the others now uncovered by a LCC at GLA e.g BCN, TFS, LPA.

My suspicions about this have been further raised by the swapping of the evening LGW service to a GLA-based aircraft, in a slot tailor-made for a short European trip.

All thoughts gratefully received.
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Old 17th Jan 2010, 22:00
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easyjet

U could say the same about ncl and easyjet. Nothing really has happened there for a few years now!
In fact back to 5 based aircraft from 7 a few summers ago.
I know ncl was boeing aircraft until a few months ago so that may have been a reason
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Old 18th Jan 2010, 21:17
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I thought all (or at least the vast majority) of their A319s had 156 seats?
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Old 18th Jan 2010, 21:38
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I thought all (or at least the vast majority) of their A319s had 156 seats?
yup.. all of the EZY A319s have 156 seats from the time they are built.. from time to time theres the odd seat thats in-op

could be wrong but always thought it was:

737 - 149 seats
A319 - 156 seats
A320 - 183 seats
A321 - 210 seats?
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Old 18th Jan 2010, 21:56
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A320 has 180 seats.
About 10 A319 are having 6 seats blocked off at the front 2/3/4B/E bit like a table on the seat only from Lgw
and only having 3 crew. It's a trial for a couple of months
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Old 19th Jan 2010, 11:13
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"it a trial for a couple of months"

I doubt it easyboy22. Trial is EZY management speak for a policy already decided and introduced by stealth. Very soon we will be operating all 319's on 3 crew once engineering get round to removing the 6 seats that enables EZY to do this legally.

This idea has been doing the rounds for as long as I can remember. And where will the money saved on the extra crew member go? Management bonuses no doubt
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Old 19th Jan 2010, 11:38
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It will be 150 seats including a 3-row 'Comfort zone' at the front of the aircraft.
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Old 19th Jan 2010, 11:52
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I wonder how much EZY will be charging to sit in the "comfort Zone"?

No doubt that will be the next "trial" to increase ancillary revenue.

OMG I'm getting so cynical in my old age
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Old 19th Jan 2010, 11:54
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a 3-row 'Comfort zone' at the front of the aircraft.
For the use of only "plus card" holders, one wonders?
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