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easyJet buys GB Airways

Old 29th Oct 2007, 18:40
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Mark D...all of them . Unlike the 320s which GB own ,the 321s are BA owned.
G-INFO shows:

IA is "Chartered" by GB Airways
IB is "Chartered" by GB Airways, and says "Potential change of Registered Ownership in progress"
IC, ID, IE, IF are "Owned" by GB Airways
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Old 29th Oct 2007, 18:49
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hand solo...

'If they tried to operate 787s and 737s on the same routes then that would be a mess'

thanks for that.

WexCan - IA and IB have been sold to Monarch. Easy are keeping the rest.
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Old 29th Oct 2007, 18:51
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So the 6 A321s referred to by easyJet include 2 on order?
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Old 29th Oct 2007, 20:05
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Thank you to all the EJ pilots for the warm welcome.
With this welcome it should be home from home
A P Thanks for all the support you gave the pilots at GB and i am glad things are going well for you.
For those who do not know AP he was the best CP you could wish for.
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Old 29th Oct 2007, 21:47
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"beauport potato man" not quite correct in that two have been sold to Monarch, GB only lease them and in Feb & Aug Monarch will in turn lease them from the owners.
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Old 29th Oct 2007, 22:23
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Great to hear from AP from the otherside of the world, to back up rivalino, AP was a fantastic guy who always backed up his pilots and offered a balanced view. He was sorely missed in the office. I do think Ezy is a god send and the people there sound very welcoming. Good luck to all at GB, it sounds like the transition will be so much more pleasant and friendly than others in the past.....( cityflyer/ EOG ) to name but one.
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Old 29th Oct 2007, 23:25
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32SQDN.....Thank you
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Old 29th Oct 2007, 23:54
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Should make for an interesting Xmas bash this year.....hecklers by invitation only ...the sale of the odd LHR slot should pay for the bar tab
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Old 30th Oct 2007, 08:37
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Just to add my bit on the whole subject. Obviously people are still feeling a little "tender" after the shafting last Thursday but as time moves on and l speak to more and more crew it appears that they are slowly warming to the idea. This is as more and more information filters out and we all start to look upon EZY as our future employers and not the enemy and l think the general feeling is that this is going to be ok.
Lets not look at GB through some rose tinted raybans here, we were steadily suffering a decline in our working conditions with longer days, early/late roster disruption and at best a low industry average salary to keep us happy as we completed 800 hours per year.
It seems that EZY work between 7-800 hours and get paid more........seems like a no brainer to me and the fixed roster will be an improvement on the standard late finish before 2 days off followed by 0615 start that GB were providing.
I recently spoke to the crew on the EZY aircraft which parked next to us and they were very welcoming and painted a bright picture. When was the last time that Nigel and his mates ever commented on how great it was having GB as a franchise partner?
I for one am looking forward to the move as l get the general feeling it will be a dynamic, secure company to work for and that makes a great change to the doom and gloom "its a tough market and yield is not good" comments from GB management!!
BRING IT ON
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Old 30th Oct 2007, 08:47
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I would just like to say how great it was having GB as a franchise partner. We are going to miss you guys. Good luck in your new venture......
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Old 30th Oct 2007, 19:55
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No-one's addressed the socio-cultural issues that come from this take-over.If Ryanair and easyjet continue at this pace then will the conventional airlines eventually all disappear?They have collared short-haul.How long before they ease the big carriers out of long-haul as well?Is it just healthy competition or a reflection of the chav society.After all demand dictates the supply.People want cheap travel.But wheres the style and mystique of air travel gone?Will we see a two-tier system in 10 years time?Low cost vs all-business class carriers with the big nationals consigned to the rubbish bin of history?And if you cant afford the Silverjet prices,what do you do?Shave your head,buy an ear-ring and change your name to Darren?They've taken away our right to smoke in pubs,theres nothing but chav reality shows on TV these days,you cant drive anywhere without speed cameras,and now if you have to fly somewhere chances are you will be rubbing shoulders with Kevin or Sharon as you tuck into your 3.99 sandwich.Last week a man got a couple of years for urinating on a dying woman.Have the chavs won?Discuss.
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Old 30th Oct 2007, 20:00
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was the last time that Nigel and his mates ever commented on how great it was having GB as a franchise partner?
You want Nigel to be masquerading as a luvvie? I don't think it's so remiss of him not to cross the apron to press a bit of flesh - certainly if that happened to me and I managed to be convinced that he wasn't taking the piss then at very least I'd consider it to be pretty condescending. I'd leave Nige out of this, his concern is his pension rather than fostering good relations.
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Old 30th Oct 2007, 20:15
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Great post ArcticLow. Spot on.
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Old 30th Oct 2007, 20:16
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ArcticLow,

Great post, and very well thought out. There is understandably a lot of emotion, and as you say there are a lot of people (primarily ground-based) for whom this is not welcome.......but I totally agree with your post, and had the operation continued then GB would progressively have been squeezed as they approached the 2010 franchise deadline, and who knows what beyond that.

Good luck to all affected, and hopefully for many there will be greater opportunities and long-term stability as a result.
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Old 30th Oct 2007, 20:50
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To SEAT1APLEASE

Well that's one less tw*t that the crew have to put up with!!
Keep up the good work easy, some people don't know how difficult our job is!

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Old 30th Oct 2007, 21:32
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Angry Cancelled

I have just cancelled all of my GB Airways operated flights for next year, as I was informed today that all of them would be opereated by Easy!!!
So, the Costas are now, until BA decide to operate the route, a completely no frills destination. Great!!
Has anyone checked ba.com - still selling GB Airways flights post 30 March 2008!
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Old 30th Oct 2007, 22:01
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To 10secondservey

Looks like a long car ride for you then mate!!!
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Old 30th Oct 2007, 23:30
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IainF1 you've canx all your flights. Is that because you wont get your "free" meal with GB on their flight or because you dont want to pay for pringles?

Its a name change and a lick of paint, but your still in a tube heading to spain, for peanuts in most cases.

Christ some people think we've just lost the keystone to avaition the way people carry on around here!
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Old 31st Oct 2007, 01:09
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Has anyone checked ba.com - still selling GB Airways flights post 30 March 2008!
Yes, and it'll probably stay that way until the sale is completed, just like you won't be entitled to a refund until the sale's completed (edit: unless flying from LHR). Also note that easyJet aren't yet selling the flights.
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Old 31st Oct 2007, 05:34
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IainF1 you've canx all your flights. Is that because you wont get your "free" meal with GB on their flight or because you dont want to pay for pringles?

Although I like easyJet and use the airline for some leisure flights, it is not like travelling on a full service airline if that is what one really wishes.

1) - no allocated seat - a far bigger issue for some pax than might be thought

2) - no Club option - some people like to pay for a little more space and service

3) - no BA lounge access (Priority Pass substitutes, but the BA lounges are better IMHO)

As a Maltese resident, I have used GB reasonably regularly over the past few years - I suspect that easy will not maintain the route, but for reason #2 above I wouldn't use the service anyway, as I am travelling to/from work on the flights and need the extra space to work with a laptop.

Final point, thanks to all the GB tech and cabin crew for providing a good service, you didn't 'feel' quite like mainline BA as you were friendlier and had your own less formal style, but the product was good and I will miss you.

I hope that things work out well for all of you.
 

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