Leezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4042 posts, RR: 53 Posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 6889 times:
I've finally after many many years taken the plunge and booked myself and the other half on a Lo-Cost carrier in the UK.
We are flying from LGW-GNB-LGW on Easyjet next week.
I've only flown on one low-cost airline before and that was Kulula.Com in South Africa frmo CPT-JNB. Aside from the fact that you had to buy things on board, it was no different from a regular airline. We had allocated seats too, so no Ryanair type brawling.
Is Easyjet pretty much the same - just like a normal airline but without a free service ?.
I must say that after watching Airline, it had severely put me off flying Easyjet, as the staff are so rude and unprofessional (Myself and my GF both work in the industry and both cringe at the way they treat some of their passengers - the staff seem to get off on winding the pax up to make them angry so they can refuse to deal with them), but as the only other alternative to get to where I am going was a 12 hour drive from the UK, I have given in and booked.
Also are LGW flights all on A319's now ?.
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DTManiac From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 689 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 6879 times:
I flew DTM-CIA on an A319 in 2004 and have to say that I was very pleased with my experience with EZY.
They dont allocate seats so I would just try to show up at the check-in as early as possible. When I flew them they had three boarding groups. If youre check in early you should be in the first group to board the plane. If youre lucky you can get an emergency exit seat for more legroom then.
The staff was very friendly and helpful.
Summa767 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2566 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 6867 times:
I flew LGW-MJV (Murcia) and back just last month. It was both on A319s, which were in fine condition. My outbound A319 was very new, and it had non-reclinable seats (I don't mind at all for a short flight). At 156 seats on the A319, leg room was not generous, but nor did it feel particularly cramped.
Look out for the touch screen at the front, where the crew control cabin lights, pre-recorded announcements etc.
Cabin crew were young, but they were friendly and efficient enough. Both flights were on time.
Seating is not allocated, but on the boarding card they allocate you a boarding group: A to E, according to how early you check in, or if you pay the premium for priority boarding.
On the A319, I like that plane. On landing I really felt the smooth dumping action of the undercarriage when landing.
A319XFW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 6745 times:
I flew EZY for the first time this year BRS to HAM in a 737-700 and must say was impressed with it all.
The legroom was similar to that of an equivalent LH flight and the crew was friendly and regarding the safety brief I would even say they emphasized it more than I've ever seen on any other airline.
Runway25 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 122 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 6741 times:
I've flew EZY on a few occasions mainly NCL - ALC - NCL with no problems to report. Overall I like the airline.
OK the normal a/c on board facilities (i.e. video screens, etc) were not available on this low cost operation but so what as it is a relatively short flight & when you purchase a low cost ticket you can't loose.
However if the ticket price is "high" then the value for money dissipates against the service & other airlines (subject to availability) may be advisable if you want that value for money.
As for the television "coverage"... Well I flew in & out of several airports on many occasions last year where EZY operate and I seem to have missed all the negative hype.
FlyKev From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 1385 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 6695 times:
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EasyJet aren't half a bad airline in my opinion. I've had worse experiences with charters, much worse.
I flew to AMS, from STN and both ways arrived early, and found the staff friendly enough.
Im pretty sure the baggage policy is 20KG, however you are free to take a bag which is as heavy as you want (within reason I guess) on board with you.
Oh and this is my first post here, and Ill say that Im glad to be part of this site.
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TriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4695 posts, RR: 42
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 6681 times:
It is a lot like public rapid transit - you queue and scramble on board, sit down, get transported from A to B and the leave the vehicle. Usually clean cabin, basic service at a fair price. Not more, but certainly also not less.
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Goinv From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 264 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 6679 times:
Quoting Pilot kaz (Reply 4): I have flown EZY a number of times, Staff have been fantastic, Clean aircraft and a good time performance. But then again Lee, if your used to VS, don't expect much from EZY
I would rate easyJet cabin crew as better than Virgin. In fact, I would rate easyJet as better than Virgin - full stop.....
I've had some bad delays with easyjet....and yes there can be a bit of a scramble when it's time to board..."would passengers in group A only come forward" - and everybody and their granny lines up to get on (even those in group B, C, D....).
Overall though, I think they're good. Never been on an easy A319 but have flown their 737-300 & 737-700.
Just my point of view.....
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BCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6670 times:
Normally I avoid the LCCs but as U2 and FR were the only airlines operating LGW to Shannon, I thought that I would try them when I flew over the Christmas holiday period - at least the flight was only 50 minutes long and it would take twice as long as this to get to LHR from which Aer Lingus was the only airline operating on the route.
I had visions of cabins full of drunk chavs/chavettes (like on the 'Airline' series), inexperienced and unprofessional cabin crew, chaotic check-in, mad scramble to get on board (ambulances picking up passengers who are crushed in the stampede), and even jokes about having to bring your own oxygen, parachute and goggles! I have to put up my hands and admit that my visions were very wrong.
U2 is perfectly sufficient for short-haul flights. Their aircraft are brand new and clean, their cabin crew friendly and professional, their time-keeping is good (only 30 minute delay in one direction), and (because there was no IFE box under the seat in front) I found that the legroom on their seats was better than that on VS. I have to say that I was impressed with U2 and would now have no qualms about flying with them again.
Drawbacks? Well I did miss my free meal/drinks but even some legacy carriers have done away with these services. Even so, you can purchase snacks and drinks on board.
Check-in and boarding were the main disadvantages. Check in opens 2 hours, and promptly closes 30 minutes, before scheduled departure time. So no early check in and time for a meal in the airport restaurant, and if you turn up late you are denied boarding. Boarding is normally by groups - Priority Boarding first followed by Group A, then Group B and finally Group C (if you are not bussed to the aircraft or use a gate that does not have a waiting area). The earlier you check in, the higher your group and therefore the better your seat selection. So there is a little scramble to get on board as soon as you can and grab the best available seats.
There were only two toilets abroad their A319s, so if the flight was over 2½ hours queues must probably develop.
In conclusion, I would say that my experiences on U2 were better than four experiences on VS - the easyJet crew came across as far more professional and more friendly than all the VS cabin crewmembers that I have encountered.