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What Is U2 Doing With The GB Fleet?  
User currently offlineCHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 62
Posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5204 times:

I know U2 bought out GB Airways last year - as I understand it, the latter had a bunch (nine I think) of A320s and six A321s as well - all V2500-powered.


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What is U2 doing with them? Does anyone know? Are they just mixed into the U2 network now? That cant last too much longer can it? Are they going to sell them off because they are V2500-powered as opposed to the CFM56 on the clouds of A319s and 73Gs they have?

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I've got three U2 flights planned in the next six weeks:

LGW-AGP-LGW this weekend for a villa party.
LGW-FCO-LGW in three weeks with the girlfriend for my anniversary
LGW-PRG-LGW work related.

Any chance of getting one of those nice shiny A320s or A321s? The Prague trip will be my thirtieth EZY trip all told and I am a little bit bored of the A319s now!  


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What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???
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User currently offlineFlyTUITravel From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 723 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5149 times:



Quoting CHRISBA777ER (Thread starter):
LGW-AGP-LGW

I'd say you have a fairly good chance of getting a 320/321 on at least one of the legs on this trip.
Can't confirm anything for you, sorry.

 Smile


User currently offlineEIEGAA From Ireland, joined Feb 2008, 206 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5131 times:

According to the fleet information page on U2's website, they only fly A319s and B737. Since 2003 they have reduced the number of 737s in service and increased the number of A319s.

I have flown more than 20 time with U2 and have always got a 737. I'm hoping I'll get an A319 next time!



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User currently offlineCHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 62
Reply 3, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5111 times:



Quoting FlyTUITravel (Reply 1):
Quoting CHRISBA777ER (Thread starter):
LGW-AGP-LGW

I'd say you have a fairly good chance of getting a 320/321 on at least one of the legs on this trip.
Can't confirm anything for you, sorry.

Just checked the tickets and they say I'm going from the North terminal - looks good!

Quoting EIEGAA (Reply 2):
According to the fleet information page on U2's website, they only fly A319s and B737. Since 2003 they have reduced the number of 737s in service and increased the number of A319s.

I have flown more than 20 time with U2 and have always got a 737. I'm hoping I'll get an A319 next time!

Their A319s are very nice actually, but they get a little boring after a while. I got a knackered old ex-Go 733 LTN-AMS in 2000 but every flight since then has been A319. I avoid FR like a dose of the clap and so fly U2 - A LOT!

Why cant they buy some nice ERJ195s? They are seriously lovely planes.



What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???
User currently offlineColumba From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 7057 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5078 times:



Quoting FlyTUITravel (Reply 1):
I'd say you have a fairly good chance of getting a 320/321 on at least one of the legs on this trip.
Can't confirm anything for you, sorry

Are any of those A320/A321 painted in U2 colors ?



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User currently offlineZBA320 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 122 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5021 times:

According to the U2 press release, all BA branding as been removed and replaced.

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http://www.easyjet.com/EN/News/easyjet_completes_gb_integration.html

easyJet has successfully completed the operational integration of GB Airways, with the enlarged airline being first major in Europe to operate under the new European operating certificates.

Overnight from Saturday 29 March to Sunday 30 March, all 15 of the GB Airways aircraft were successfully transitioned onto easyJet’s new EU-Ops Air Operators Certificate – a process that, on the night, involved more than 100 people at Gatwick and Manchester airports in removing all British Airways branding and flight operating materials from the aircraft and replacing them with those of easyJet.

The 157 aircraft in the newly-enlarged easyJet fleet have been operating smoothly under a single set of flight procedures since early Sunday morning.



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User currently offlineCHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 62
Reply 6, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 4999 times:

Didnt the GB Airways fleet have rather nice leather seats and 31" pitch? Presume thats a thing of the past now LOL

Still - much prefer the sound and feel of those lovely V2500s over the CFMs the U2 A319s have - they are the lowest rated MTOW versions IIRC and have much less oomph than the A319s that BA and BD have.



What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???
User currently offlineN14AZ From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 2690 posts, RR: 25
Reply 7, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 4970 times:

Maybe they need it for the next world tour:


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but wouldn't be a BBJ or a CJ enough? Do they really need a complete fleet?  duck 


User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 71
Reply 8, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4826 times:



Quoting CHRISBA777ER (Thread starter):
What is U2 doing with them? Does anyone know?

They are still crewed by the same GB people and fly the same GB routes at the moment as nobody else in U2 can at present.

Quoting CHRISBA777ER (Reply 6):
Didnt the GB Airways fleet have rather nice leather seats and 31" pitch? Presume thats a thing of the past now

You presume wrong my friend. The interiors are still pretty much the same minus for a wardrobe here and there and a few other things. They still have the drop down screens and are showing films on the longer flights.

Below you can see an example of the Easyjet schedule from LGW this Friday.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v373/myt332/u2_lgw_gt_mix.jpg

Quoting CHRISBA777ER (Thread starter):
LGW-AGP-LGW this weekend for a villa party.
LGW-FCO-LGW in three weeks with the girlfriend for my anniversary
LGW-PRG-LGW work related.

Any chance of getting one of those nice shiny A320s or A321s?

Malaga, possibly. Rome and Prague not a chance. Buckle up for another CFM powered ride for those two mate.  Wink



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User currently offlineCHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 62
Reply 9, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4802 times:



Quoting Myt332 (Reply 8):
Quoting CHRISBA777ER (Thread starter):
LGW-AGP-LGW this weekend for a villa party.
LGW-FCO-LGW in three weeks with the girlfriend for my anniversary
LGW-PRG-LGW work related.

Any chance of getting one of those nice shiny A320s or A321s?

Malaga, possibly. Rome and Prague not a chance. Buckle up for another CFM powered ride for those two mate

Last time I flew V2500-powered from LGW was on a MYT A320 to IBZ - full TOGA power departure. Felt like a 757! Dunno why but the V2500 always feels much more powerful than the CFM on the flights ive been on.



What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???
User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 71
Reply 10, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4790 times:



Quoting CHRISBA777ER (Reply 9):
Dunno why but the V2500 always feels much more powerful than the CFM on the flights ive been on.

You've probably just been getting countless 'Flex' takeoffs. It's not unusual.

Signed,
Tom Jones.



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User currently offlineSandyb123 From UK - Scotland, joined Oct 2007, 1071 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4732 times:
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Any pictures of A320 / A321 in Easy jet colours? Would the Ex-GB fleet be painted in Full Easy Jet colours to start with or will this be a gradual change?

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 8):
They still have the drop down screens and are showing films on the longer flights.

This seems a little odd? OK, if the air display is built in no reason not to continue using it but why would they continue the cost of refreshing movies, providing earphones (even if they are sold rather than given out) etc for such a small adopted part of their fleet?

Quoting ZBA320 (Reply 5):
The 157 aircraft in the newly-enlarged easyJet fleet have been operating smoothly under a single set of flight procedures since early Sunday morning.

Where are the 157 aircraft from? I thought GB had about 15 aircraft in their fleet? according to Wikipedia EasyJet have 156 aircraft. Does this mean;

1) that they are only keeping one of the GB fleet,
2) they're retiring old U2 737s (like the Ex-go ones) as part of the new AOC,
3) there is an error in the press release?

Sandyb123



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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19188 posts, RR: 52
Reply 12, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4712 times:



Quoting CHRISBA777ER (Thread starter):
LGW-FCO-LGW

Just to clarify, EZY serve CIA not FCO.



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User currently offlineKukkudrill From Malta, joined Dec 2004, 1123 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4659 times:

There were two Easyjet flights to Malta this am, both obviously ex-GB aircraft minus titles and still with blue undersides. One of them was an A321.

Charles



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User currently offlineEIEGAA From Ireland, joined Feb 2008, 206 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4659 times:



Quoting Sandyb123 (Reply 11):
Where are the 157 aircraft from? I thought GB had about 15 aircraft in their fleet? according to Wikipedia EasyJet have 156 aircraft.

According to easyJet website they have 137 (before the take-over): 107 A319s and 30 737s.



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User currently offlineRivet42 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 818 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4595 times:

Several of the 320's & 321's were operating their last 'BA/GT' flights in all white colours - took a while to realise whose they were from a distance! Look forward to seeing the 321's in full U2 colours, if they are indeed destined to stay in the fleet for the next few years...

Riv'



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User currently onlineGT4EZY From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2007, 1781 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4446 times:

The 320/321's will remain in the fleet for the forseeable future and a decision will be made as to what to do with ex GT routes next Winter. Many of GT's routes are beyond the range of the U2 319's and therefore a decision on routes such as MAN-TFS/PFO LGW-TFS/ACE/LPA/PFO etc will probably have an impact on what happens to the 320/321 fleet.

My assumption will be.....

a) Ditch the longer routes and the 320/321
b) Keep either 320/321
c) Keep routes and the 320/321
d) Keep routes and get rid of ex GT 320/321 and convert 319 orders.

As for IFE. IFE will remain on all routes that are ONLY operated by 320/321.

On short routes this will be silent video's and on the longer sectors, a feature length movie.



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User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 71
Reply 17, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4427 times:



Quoting GT4EZY (Reply 16):
On short routes this will be silent video's

Oh very retro 1920's!  Wink



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User currently onlineGT4EZY From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2007, 1781 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4252 times:

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Quoting Myt332 (Reply 17):
Oh very retro 1920's!

Alot of carriers do this, even GB themselves did. Air Berline shows, or atleast used to show, Mr Bean and Laurel and Hardy.



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User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7387 posts, RR: 17
Reply 19, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4083 times:



Quoting Rivet42 (Reply 15):
Several of the 320's & 321's were operating their last 'BA/GT' flights in all white colours - took a while to realise whose they were from a distance!

They started repainting them in mid February. Some, like G-TTOC, simply had the BA Union Flag tails, the 'BRITISH AIRWAYS' titles and BA Speedmarque painted out leaving them with the BA dark blue underside and engines:

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while others like G-TTOI were painted all-white:

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A 321, G-TTIG was delivered new by Airbus in all-white livery:

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User currently offlineRdwootty From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 902 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4052 times:

Amazing Easyjet can cope with an integration of the fleet without a problem and Ba cannot get T5 operating after a week! The speedy boarding would be good for the trip as you would get the "2" seats on the nearside which are not able to be a three!!

User currently offlineBoysteve From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 932 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4003 times:



Quoting Rdwootty (Reply 20):
Amazing Easyjet can cope with an integration of the fleet without a problem and Ba cannot get T5 operating after a week!

I hate to jump to BAA's or BA's defence but the 2 are completely different. Integrating a few A320's and A321's at LGW into an existing A319 fleet is much easier than opening a band new terminal for 30 million PAX/annum. Also at MAN there was no such fleet integration required, just a change of name!


User currently offlineMAN23R From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2007, 256 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3949 times:

let me get this straight, are both the ex-GB A320 and A321 getting painting in U2 colours?

scott


User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 71
Reply 23, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3878 times:



Quoting GT4EZY (Reply 18):
Alot of carriers do this, even GB themselves did.

I was subjected to it a few times. I don't really care though becauase I read when I fly. As such I prefered the map on the drop down screens. I was making fun of the original poster, that's all.  Wink



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User currently onlineGT4EZY From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2007, 1781 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3762 times:



Quoting MAN23R (Reply 22):
let me get this straight, are both the ex-GB A320 and A321 getting painting in U2 colours?

They will gain interim liveries shortly. From the renders given on internal memo's it will consist of an orange tail, blue belly (for those that have them still) and Easyjet.com titles just above the windows. Obviously this could change.



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