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Old 1st Aug 2010, 17:50
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Thanks for the explanation ezydriver, I appreciate all that. However, as an ex customer, my point is: today there are no Ryanair cancellations showing up on their vast network. RYR fly through the same airspace as easy and nobody more that RYR has time critical turnarounds, but they are able to cope without mass cancellations. There is no doubt that this year there has been a change to how EZY operate, because this has never been a problem before for them.
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Old 1st Aug 2010, 17:53
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I have found a picture of the latest 757 with winglets looking very smart, sorry if this is already been posted but I haven't noticed it has. Air Livery Quicker turn-around than some schedules!
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Old 1st Aug 2010, 18:02
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Old 1st Aug 2010, 18:19
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Hi ezydriver,

When your flight is significantly delayed on departure from the UK, is it not possible to advise your handling agent at destination of your revised ETA and ask them to apply (at that stage) for a departure slot based on your new calculated ETD? In my experience, an early application for a slot revision has a much better chance of a pleasing outcome than one submitted very late in the turnaround process. If it is obvious that the return-leg slot is going to be unachievable, an early proactive response by your representative could result in you having a realistic revised slot awaiting you on arrival. Just a thought.

But beware the most common mistake. Crews can be over-optimistic in anticipating speed of turnaround. Maybe add on 10 minutes for the unexpected rather than *just* missing an over-ambitious slot and picking up a further 90 minute delay!

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Old 1st Aug 2010, 18:26
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Hi Shed,

All of that is handled by our operations at Luton. A very small team managing over 100+ fleet all with the same problem. In short they are overwhelmed! At Gatwick these days without fail the first the TCO knows about the slot is when I tell them, didn't used to be that way. Again this is where the undermanning that is being talked about is showing, it is not just the aircrew. Ryanair allready had built firebreaks into their programme, Easyjet did not, again, I don't do the planning, just the driving!

The subject of how long a turnaround should take has long been a subject of debate in EZY, in short crews don't guesstimate how long a turnaround will take, we are told from day 1 in Easyjet how long it WILL take under Easyjet rules, hence the "if your late we won't wait mentality". Crews are not allowed to question the reasonability of an allocated turnaround time and have slots applied for because we think a turnaround time is unachievable. Also we do not know about the return slot until arriving downroute when we get our clearance. Other people in the operation could find out about it and could apply common sense if they had the time or permission, but people who work on slot desks in Luton don't really have much experience of turning aircraft round!! They would also be aware only of the ETA of the aircraft on the ground, not problems with stand allocations, fuel, catering, wheelchair assisit, GPU and ASU starts, tech problems, filthy cabins, no shows at the gate with bags in the hold, and about 100 other things that can go wrong on a turnaround. What they do know is how long a "classic" EasyJet turnaround will take, therefore if the slot for the outbound gives more than that on the ground then there should not be a problem and they move on to the next crisis.

These are just the facts as I see them. I am attempting to keep my opinions to myself.

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Old 1st Aug 2010, 21:21
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One of the problems which most Airlines don't have, is operating 3 sectors, so if your first return is going to be late, your are out of hours maybe for the third.
easyJet & Ryanair operate this way on some flights l believe, other operators such as Jet2 & Monarch do not.
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Old 2nd Aug 2010, 13:00
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Doncaster - 2011?

Hi,

Does anyone know if EASY are going to be putting flights at Doncaster on sale after Christmas? Everything seems to stop selling end of December?

Be disappointing if they stop the services so quickly, but given the mess at Gatwick, hardly a surprise!
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Old 2nd Aug 2010, 16:46
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Does anyone know if EASY are going to be putting flights at Doncaster on sale after Christmas?
Am led to believe that services will cease on 31 December (which is strange, as you'd think that you'd plod on until early January to get people back from their Christmas hols, but there you go). No Palma from the end of the summer, Faro 3 x weekly, Barcelona 4 x weekly, Amsterdam daily and Prague 2 x weekly until then.
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Old 2nd Aug 2010, 16:52
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...and does anyone know when easy will publish a new update on their winter shedule? There are very big gaps (of 4 hrs and more) between the rotations e.g. in CDG, SXF, MXP, MAD...
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Old 5th Aug 2010, 13:15
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Happy to announce 3 new routes to our network - Edinburgh to Cologne (£25.99*) & Paphos (£31.99*) & Gatwick to Luxor (£89.99*) *one way

This a tweet from easyJet, does the EDI PFS mean there will be a based A320 or can the A319 manage that?
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Old 5th Aug 2010, 13:47
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@easyjet A321:

A 319 will manage this as it has a higher range than the A 320/A 321.
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Old 5th Aug 2010, 13:47
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EZY is stepping in for Germanwings (4U) on CGN-EDI. 4U flight ends end-Oct, EZY starts end-Nov, it's a 4x weekly late evening. Nice to see EZY slowly expanding again at CGN after they scrapped everything apart from LGW a few years back, and they also went for DUS for some interesting routes. CGN is a very good airport and deserves to keep EDI on its routemap.
BTW, was funny on my recent EZY SXF-LGW the crew proudly announced: "Welcome to this Berlin-based Easyjet !". First departure of the day so of course nicely on-time. EZY people at SXF must be very aware of the recent bad press for and tried to make a point that they are doing a good job. German press talked about BCN being especially poor from SXF.
 
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Germanwings are summer only these days so weren't pulling off the route all together, although this announcement might make them change their mind!

Also I believe EZY's A319s are actually weight restricted so their range is actually less than what can be achieved with the A320? Whether it's the difference for the A319 being able to operate EDI-PFO I'm not sure, but I'd imagine it'd be a close call.
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Old 5th Aug 2010, 17:25
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Nice to see that Gatwick - Luxor has been introduced, I was right on that one. How long before we see Taba and Alexandria?
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Old 5th Aug 2010, 18:17
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They have already applied for services to Cairo, 3 flights a week with the A320.
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Old 5th Aug 2010, 18:35
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Yes the EZY A319's are weight restricted. I'm not sure but I think they don't have a centre fuel tank which severely limits their range. Also they are artificially restricted to save on navigation charges but different aircraft in the fleet have different restrictions. Some of EZS's A319's are restricted to 62T while at the other end of the scale, some of the EZY A319's have a 68T weight limit. The rest of the fleet fall somewhere in between. Structurally however, I think all of the fleet is near enough identical. That's why they use the A320's on longer sectors.
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Old 5th Aug 2010, 18:48
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Here we go again!!! The EZY 319s are 22k thrust per engine with a ZFW/APS around about 41 tonnes, the 320s have 27k engines and surprisingly have a ZFW/APS around 43.5 tonnes if I remember correctly. The high 319 weight due to the 156 pax requiring a beefier centre fuselage with the extra overwings i.e. the same as the 320, just a fuselage plug missing because of the shorter length.

Thus the 319 is take off performance limited and fuel tankage has nothing to do with it. If the 319s had more thrust pinned in ( its the same engine after all) then they would have no trouble with the longer routes. The extra pax on the 320s are more than made up for by the 10 tonnes of extra thrust (156 pax against 180).

The 321s are supposed to depart this autumn - I presume a buyer has been found for them??
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Old 5th Aug 2010, 20:22
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The A321's are being sold back to Airbus in September sometime.
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Old 6th Aug 2010, 09:44
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Thus the 319 is take off performance limited and fuel tankage has nothing to do with it.
As I've said before, the weight restrictions do come into play sometimes. The A319s are certified at various MTOWs throughout the fleet - 62, 64, 66 or 68 tonnes. I remember operating a flight from the south of Europe where we had to offload about 6 passengers + luggage because we had a 64 tonne aircraft and an 80kt headwind component all the way back. If we'd had a 66 tonner, we'd have managed to carry the extra fuel and would have been OK.

The restriction was due to fuel capacity with the already high payload, it was nothing to do with performance restrictions, 22k or 27k engines or anything of that nature.
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Old 6th Aug 2010, 11:51
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Zippy, yes I agree with you that the restricted RTOW for EZY 319s mean exactly that, but if EZY wanted to the weight could be increased, but the 22k engine would then restrict the longer sectors due to performance. Remember the 319 sent to ACE and to CFU due to the 320 being u/s and resulting in a Tech Stop on the way back? After all you could have Tech Stopped on your trip back and take all the pax if that is what NMC had wanted.
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