Teahan From Belgium, joined Nov 1999, 5275 posts, RR: 62 Posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1075 times:
What does everyone think of the latest concepts created by Stelios Haji-Ioannou, much respected founder of easyJet As always early bookings and people willing to travel/eat/cruise/view at off peak times get the lowest prices.
easyCinema: The only one of the above currently operating: a 10-screen cinema in Miltown Keynes. Cheapest prices start from £0.20 (€.0.35). However occupancy levels are struggling in the 20-30% range because distributors are refusing to give easyCinema first run films: discrimination says Stelios, pricing issues say the distributors.
easyCruise: Cruise ships sailing the Mediterranean in summer and the Caribbean during the winter starting in mid-2004 if a suitable (second hand) vessel can be sourced and refurbished. Aimed at young people and families with prices starting at £29 (€40) per person, “room” only (which you have to clean yourself). People will be able to start and end their cruise at any point.
easyDorm: A room (fibre glass unit) from £5 (€7) per night. While it includes a toilet and shower unit, you will have to clean it yourself (or be fined £20/€28) and bring (or buy) your bedding and toiletries. First one will likely be in the centre of London.
So what does everyone think? Some are more revolutionary than others, for example there is nothing that new about the hotel concept (thinking Formule1 and the pod hotels in Japan). Some of his other ventures including easyMoney, easyCar and easyEverything have only been mildly successful.
[Edited 2003-10-12 19:32:49]
Goodbye SR-LX MD-11 / 6th of March 1991 to the 31st of October 2004
DoorsToManual From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1036 times:
I've used easyCar before, and whilst I do like them (cheap & rent to under 21s), as Bob said, their network isn't that good, and you must return the car to the same location; in addition to this, some of the staff at the branch I used were acting like complete jerks with the cars, racing them around the car park...I'm sure Stelios wouldn't be impressed if he saw how his own staff treat those Mercs...
'distributors are refusing to give easyCinema first run films'
Fine by me, I usually only get round to watching films months after they are released...also, if they'd show art house/indie movies for those prices I would be a regular user...although they better expand outside of MK...
As for the rest, in the words of Dubya....bring 'em on
DoorsToManual From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1011 times:
EasyCruise: to me the whole idea of a cruise is the luxury, why should anyone want to cruise on what would amount to a ferry without the cars on?
The same could be said for airlines or hotel accommodation. Not everyone can afford a 14-night cruise around the Med on the Oriana....my parents just returned from a last-minute el cheapo cruise around the Greek islands and had a fantastic time.