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Old 25th Oct 2010, 08:46
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Racedo.... isn't that what I said? The strongest have survived.
Yes BUT I disagree that we have that we have reached maturity within the market place.
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Old 2nd Nov 2010, 09:50
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Speculation in the Sunday Times that Speedy Boarding is to be abandoned in favour of allocated seating, at a charge of course!
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Old 2nd Nov 2010, 11:03
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A rumour around the airline for months now and supported by a TTG article last week.
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Old 2nd Nov 2010, 14:31
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Confirmed by Customer Services yesterday, although they could not give any details.
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Old 2nd Nov 2010, 14:40
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First EDI-PFO flight tomorrow. Anyone know what a/c will be operating? Presumably will be a LGW based A320?
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Old 2nd Nov 2010, 15:09
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Presumably will be a LGW based A320?
Why do you presume?
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Old 2nd Nov 2010, 15:25
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Why do you presume?
Edinburgh doesn't have a based A320 so it must be coming in from somewhere else so I'm guessing LGW or LTN.
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Old 2nd Nov 2010, 15:47
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Aircraft operates LGW-EDI-PFO-EDI then nightstops and operates EDI-LGW the next morning.
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Old 2nd Nov 2010, 16:42
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Thanks GoEDI.

Thought I'd read that somewhere. Hopefully loads (or yields) will be good and help justify a based A320 at EDI
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Old 2nd Nov 2010, 16:55
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What about those who have paid for Speedy Boarding Plus up front?

They have always had a bum deal.
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Old 2nd Nov 2010, 19:23
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Hopefully loads (or yields) will be good and help justify a based A320 at EDI
The inaugural flight is very busy in both directions so proving popular already, hopefully that bodes well for the future as you say.
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Old 4th Nov 2010, 07:31
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What about those who have paid for Speedy Boarding Plus up front?

They have always had a bum deal.
I suppose it will depend on timescales of the rollout of this rumoured change.

The obvious answer would be to offer a conversion to allocated seating for existing speeding boarding ticket holders.

Has Ezy stated any dates for this excellent move forward?

Nice to see the new boss making some sensible changes

At last we can 'scrap the scrum'

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Old 4th Nov 2010, 09:11
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I think you will see an announcement on the 16th of November.
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Old 4th Nov 2010, 11:54
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20 min turn-round with allocated seating........not a chance
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Old 4th Nov 2010, 12:35
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They haven't been 20 minute turns for a long time. Plus each turnaround is to be looked at and timed according to specific stations regardless of how boarding takes place.

Ensuring pax are at the gate can be done by closing the gate earlier than they do now.
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Old 4th Nov 2010, 13:14
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20 min turn-round with allocated seating........not a chance
As already said, chocks on to chocks off, the majority of easyJet turnarounds are scheduled for 30 minutes.

bmibaby and Jet2 have allocated seating and very easily achieve 25-30 minute turnarounds with similar sized aircraft. It usually helps when the gate agents tell the passengers which door to use for boarding when using steps. This helps congestion in the cabin thus speeding up passengers finding their seats. e.g passengers seated rows 1-12 will be asked to use the front steps and passengers 14-25 will be asked to use the back steps on a 733.It's as simple as that and really effective. It usually works much better at UK airports than most overseas from experience, but if easyJet were to ensure these simple checks were done then there would be very little problem. Infact I would say allocated seating would help speed up some turnarounds for boarding.

Another benefit of allocated seating on turnarounds is if using an airbridge you are able to board specific seat row numbers only so to help reduce cabin congestion. Something that on free seating flights most people crowd around the front of the cabin making a blockage, thus slowing down the boarding process for everyone behind.. this despite constant calls from the cabin crew asking passengers to move towards the back of the aircraft too.
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Old 5th Nov 2010, 12:00
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I genuinely hope you're right and it works as i think it's the major negative for passengers.
If implemented correctly, with all infrastructure supporting then I guess it could over 30 min turn-rounds.
As you say, others do it so why not?
Once off piste though the turn-round default is still 20 mins and I can't see that. Hope to be proved wrong.
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Old 5th Nov 2010, 13:47
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Allocated seating worked well in Go. Unallocated is a royal pain in the backside when the last 4 getting on board is a family who all need to sit together and you have to ask people to move seats/rows. Complete faff. Faster with allocated in my view and I've used both.


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Old 5th Nov 2010, 16:03
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Not sure I agree, I find traveling with FR and EZY a dream as providing I get to the gate first (invariably I do) and there is not too many people who have bought priority boarding I always get my preferred seat at the front of the aircraft. I can then get my extra legroom (im 6'4) for no extra cost and I can get off first and on my way.

I imagine if this is implemented all emergency exit seats will be chargeable or even the ability to get an aisle / window seat allocated will be at an extra charge. With EZY cranking up prices for flights this will soon become an unavoidable 'extra' added to the price of the flight.
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Old 5th Nov 2010, 17:05
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I find nothing wrong with Easy Boarding and as a frequent user and plus card holder, I find allocated seating to be a retrograde and unnecessary step.

It is a selling point to business and frequent flyers and could well result in a loss of such business.

I think the "lady" has got it wrong and it will come back to bite her, as may Stellios.
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