Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 23169 posts, RR: 23 Reply 1, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 9336 times:
Quoting BAfan (Thread starter): Easyjet has been all over the news recently and the management has stated it has been having some issues with punctuality and crewing.
There have been at least 3 negative items on EasyJet problems in GVA newspapers over the past month or two, all involving cancelled and delayed flights and inconvenienced passengers. EasyJet is the largest operator at GVA accounting for about 35% of all passengers.
Coincidentally, I arrived in GVA on a KL flight from AMS on Sunday night around 2130. I looked at the arrivals screen and there were about 10 EasyJet flights scheduled to arrive in GVA that night. One was roughly on time, 3 were cancelled, and the other 6 or 7 were all between 1 and 3 hours late. By the way, my KL flight was 20 minutes early.
BasilFawlty From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 1290 posts, RR: 1 Reply 3, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 9243 times:
Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 1): I looked at the arrivals screen and there were about 10 EasyJet flights scheduled to arrive in GVA that night. One was roughly on time, 3 were cancelled, and the other 6 or 7 were all between 1 and 3 hours late.
An almost daily sight at easyJet Switzerland. One flight arriving on-time in the evening is actually very good.
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GSTBA From UK - England, joined Apr 2010, 435 posts, RR: 1 Reply 4, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 9108 times:
Quoting CRJ900 (Reply 2): Has the airline grown too fast and now they are feeling growing pains? Why is it so hard to get enough crews? Millions dream of being a flight attendant...
The main problem is they have beem ambitious with there expansion. Adding routes but not recruiting the crews to operate them. They have the applicants but at present not the training courses, A friend of mine got offered a job as crew ex LGW for EZY in May, but told they had stopped training for the summer and the next course was November.
leezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4041 posts, RR: 54 Reply 6, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 8970 times:
It's an absolutely crazy situation for them to be in.
They are only recruiting pilots from 2 sources, Oxford Aviation and CTC, and they are only taking on low houred cadets, when there are plenty of experienced pilots looking for work, or low houred cadets who trained elsewhere, other than CTC or Oxford..
The package on offer is not good either. YOU, the pilot have to pay £30,000 for the type rating and line training, and are on a very basic salary during that time, then your contract only guarantee's 75hrs flying, then they could kick you out. Not exactly got people falling over themselves to take up that offer !!.
So basically seems like a management screw up, lack of foresight in the recruitment and training department.
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KFlyer From Sri Lanka, joined Mar 2007, 1217 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 8947 times:
In fact it's what Stelios has been saying always ( too fast expansion ). I'm sure all of you have read his latest notice to easyJet warning to get punctual in 90 days. In fact nothing wrong with the expansion, but with crew hiring.
Just curious, does this mean FR is at a better level when it comes to matters like this ?
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okAY From Finland, joined Dec 2006, 603 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 8693 times:
Does anyone know about the 2 Air Finland 752 that are operating for EasyJet? How long will they stay with EasyJet? Which airport do they operate from and to which destinations? I assume this has something to do with the fact that EZY does not have the manpower to operate flights itself.
GT4EZY From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2007, 1752 posts, RR: 3 Reply 12, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 8206 times:
The current situation seems to be base specific. i.e affecting certain bases to a much greater extent than others. The trigger for the current problems is often, but not exclusively, the industrial action taken across much of Europe this Summer. ATC strikes in France, ATC work to rule in Spain and general strikes in Greece. These are causing delays straight away at first wave and continual slot restrictions make it very difficult to catch up throughout the day. This then appears to trigger the fundamental problem......crew shortage. Crews are going out of hours but there is not always enough crew on standby to recrew multiple "situations". Obviously, someone has done their maths wrong when establishing crewing numbers for the Summer. The use of existing standby crews on one day can also then affect crewing levels the next day regardless of whether there are strikes or not.
IMO, i don't believe that the current issues are a product of over expansion. It is simply a result of someone who believed that they could sustain the current programme with X amount of crew. The amount of crew this Summer is probably enough to operate the programme but in ideal conditions. In other words, the establishment figures aren't robust enough when widespread disruption such as ATC strikes occur. This is why Easyjet are having a hard time recently.
With the new CEO comes short term alleviations including"firebreaks" in the schedule, planned cancellations and greater flexibility for flight crews to fly faster.
Morale within the company is low at the moment. It's been a difficult 18 months and I think if things do not improve within the next six months, more will leave. Would I go on a new BA contract though? Not in a million years........Easyjet crew doing this would effectively be taking a pay cut. That said, it goes to show that cash rumuneration isn't everything. I do think that the new CEO will have a positive impact so heres to hoping for the future.
vandenheuvel From Netherlands, joined Dec 2008, 471 posts, RR: 2 Reply 13, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 8183 times:
I've made a request for a refund nearly two weeks ago. Still there is no response from this airline. They do mention on their website that due to recent problems the response time might be a bit longer than usual.
This is about a 14 hour delay at FCO because there was no crew available!
HBGDS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 14, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 8055 times:
Stelios just gave an interview to a Swiss-French newspaper in which he tells his side of the story. He blames the departing manager, who was just replaced. The guy who left not only wanted to increase routes, but also proceeded to save money by letting go early of some seasonal employees last fall. In the spring, many were called back too late (no refresher training and many had found other jobs), thus adding to the stress of existing staff.
I am not doubting what he says, but I am sure there are other factors involved. Remember Stelios got egg on his face with that Ryanair add that followed the release of punctuality figures out of LGW...
Anecdote re: crew: I was on an EZS out of Nice in mid-July when we were informed on our way to the tarmac that ATC had just blocked us for three hours due to overcrwding in French airspace (technically not allowed once engines are running according to EU rules, said the captain, but this is SOuthern France...). Unlike their Ryanair counterparts, cabin crew proceeded to bring out water cups and made their galley service available on the ground while the pilot kept the AC on, even though he had to shut down the engines off the runway. He kept us informed, as did the chief purser. Fifteen minutes later, he came back on and said his co-pilot was working the numbers to change the flightplan. We ended up waiting another twenty minutes thinking we'd head back t the terminal (the flight had already left the blocks an hour late), but flew to GVA via Italy, thus avoiding the French slowdown as well as that three hour extra-delay. I know EZS mgt is in the toilets, but that crew went above and beyond on all counts.
acelanzarote From Spain, joined Nov 2005, 805 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 7956 times:
This is what happens when the bean counters get to call the shots and in the long run
for the second year running its cost easyjet a lot of money, I don't know how
many planes they have hired in or even tempy painted in their colours but
better planning would certainly have saved some of the money being wasted
trying to fill holes and pay claims etc.
Flyglobespan got into a mess trying to do too much with their planes on paper
and while eayjet are hardly likely to follow their path continued bad press
will not do them any favours either.....
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SSTsomeday From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 1276 posts, RR: 1 Reply 19, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 6698 times:
Quoting leezyjet (Reply 6): The package on offer is not good either. YOU, the pilot have to pay £30,000 for the type rating and line training, and are on a very basic salary during that time, then your contract only guarantee's 75hrs flying, then they could kick you out. Not exactly got people falling over themselves to take up that offer !!.
If this is true it should be illegal. I'm shocked that such a policy could be allowed.
Nobody should have to pay to get a job. That means somebody with money can get a job over somebody who can't afford to pay for the privilege. This is a huge step back to the times when workers were not protected by employment laws, like in Charles DIckens' novels when they each had to bring a few pieces of coal to warm the office.
This is the same thing as apartment managers taking bribes from new tenant applicants. That is considered corrupt and illegal (at least in the U.S.)