Boeing777/747 From Belgium, joined Dec 2001, 643 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4667 times:
Last Thursday easyJet celebrated it's 10th Anniversary. EZY's maiden flight took of from London Luton Airport on November 10th, 1995. easyJet has placed the biggest order for 1 type of Airbus ever seen in history. Is easyJet planning to keep on flying a mixed fleet of Boeings and Airbusses or will they head for a full Airbus fleet?
Really? I thought jetBlue are the record holder with their 160(?) A320s...
Or do you mean biggest number of airplanes ordered at one go? If so, you are right, EZY ordered 120 at one go, while B6 has ordered theirs in bulk (I think...)
To me it seems that having two different aircraft types is not that much of a drawback, I think the "fleet commonality" concept only applies if you have a small fleet of aircraft. EZY has around 40 x 73Gs - that's not a small fleet to me... EZY is also very profitable despite having a mixed fleet...
They currently have 32 737-700s, the first of which was delivered in October 2000. Leases on new aircraft are usually signed for 7 or 10 years, so the earliest easyJet could be expected to start retiring the bulk of the 73G fleet would be from late 2007.
The final decision will probably be made in early 2007 based on the market at the time. The A319s will continue rolling in; if the company is growing very strongly the new A319s arriving from late 2007 will be used for growth and the 73Gs will be retained for a few more years. If the arriving A319s would provide more capacity than easyJet thinks they would need then the 73G leases will not be extended and the arriving A319s will allow the company to transition to an all-Airbus fleet.
Lehovec From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 300 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (10 years 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 4005 times:
The plan is to get rid of all Boeing eventually. The last airport to get rid of them will be LTN. If I am not in wrong there is just one Boeing left at STN (my base) and some bases that didn't have Airbus are starting to slowly get them. Any new bases (such as MXP) will have Airbus only.
All European bases are Airbus only and crew there is only Airbus trained (they are actually dual trained but never did their familiarization flights on Boeing, so after six months they are not allowed to operate Boeing).
I just heard today that soon all recurrent training (you are suppose to do refresher every ten months) are going to be Airbus only.
Speaking from crew side I now that 99,99% of crew prefer to work on Airbus as it is much more crew friendly (wider aisles, FAP, doors...).
It is just rumor going around at LGW that EZY will get some A330 to do longhaul but I personally find hard to believe it. Also some rumors were that new deliveries will have 25 instead of 26 rows so they can get rid of one crew member.... but until I see it, I don't believe it.
WhiteHatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3873 times:
Quoting Jetset7E7 (Reply 14): I believe they have options to change some of their A319 options into A320's/A321's.
This is what I heard just after they placed their first order for A319's
you heard wrong. They work like WN and standardise on aircraft size. Larger aircraft would need larger cabin crews.
Their plan is to eliminate all the 737-700 aircraft as and when their leases expire. EZY does an aircraft trading system where new frames are sold to lessors on delivery, then operated under lease by Easyjet. Those leases will obviously have an endpoint, and will not be as long as some comparable leases with legacy carriers to maximise secondary lease value to the lessor.
The trading system makes EZY money as they sell for more than they pay at the Boeing and Airbus factory gate due to discounting. FR does something similar with their 738 deliveries.