tombezza
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EasyJet To Operate 747 This Summer!

Sat Mar 06, 2004 9:28 pm

Airliner World threw me when it arrived this morning, with an article reporting that easyJet will be using leased 747 Classics this summer on routes to the Med. The article claims that the aircraft will be leased from Italian company Dodo Air, whose operations are due to start on April 1st.

Interesting, and it certainly had me puzzled for a minute, until it clicked that I was reading next months issue of the magazine. Doh!

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Pe@rson
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RE: EasyJet To Operate 747 This Summer!

Sat Mar 06, 2004 9:37 pm

Hmm... seems a bit odd, but then AW isn't always accurate (remember Caledonian Wings?). Still, interesting.

While there's very little point indeed to operating the vast majority of transatlantic services on a low-cost basis - it'd go against the principle of aircraft and staff utilisation (only one roundtrip would be possible every day) and airfares to the USA during the winter are already low to very low (£160-180 to the east coast) - there would be the potential of launching summer-only long-haul USA services. Acquire some old classic 747s or some DC-10s in a large capacity configuation, fly to the 'major' places at a low price and bingo, especially as flying to the USA during the summer is normally very expensive - normally over £500 to the west coast, and over £400 to the east. But what would you do with the staff and aircraft during the winter, when such a service wouldn't be viable? Big problem, especially seeing leasing aircraft is normally expensive, so the best option would be to purchase them - but this would bring about the problem of what to do with the machines when they're not in use.
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RE: EasyJet To Operate 747 This Summer!

Sat Mar 06, 2004 9:39 pm

Pe@rson - hint RE next month - April  Big grin

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RE: EasyJet To Operate 747 This Summer!

Sat Mar 06, 2004 9:41 pm

Very good from a great magazine  Smile/happy/getting dizzy  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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Pe@rson
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RE: EasyJet To Operate 747 This Summer!

Sat Mar 06, 2004 9:42 pm

Aahhh yeah, trying to drum up more attendees - got about 23 now tho!
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RE: EasyJet To Operate 747 This Summer!

Sat Mar 06, 2004 9:56 pm

If this story isnt bollocks do you reckon they will operate one from Luton? 2 747s at Luton this tuesday coming (09/03/2004) by the way on football charter, I believe they will be Corsair 743s

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mrwayne
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RE: EasyJet To Operate 747 This Summer!

Sat Mar 06, 2004 9:58 pm

It ain't gonna happen guys, get real.

Because:-

a) LTN cannot cope with 747's,
b) EZY are not even going to bother with 747's.
 
Horus
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RE: EasyJet To Operate 747 This Summer!

Sat Mar 06, 2004 10:00 pm

Also according to the article founder and chairman, Stelios Haji-Ioannou purchased a cruise liner recently (for an easyCruise venture), the 747 will be used to transport passengers to the ship. There was also a mention that the 747 might also be used to initiate direct flights between the UK and the Falkland Island.
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mrwayne
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RE: EasyJet To Operate 747 This Summer!

Sat Mar 06, 2004 10:02 pm

LOB

Work out what that means! Its EZY!!
 
A3204eva
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RE: EasyJet To Operate 747 This Summer!

Sat Mar 06, 2004 10:05 pm

I got Airliner world mag this morning, couldn't believe Easyjet will have a 747.
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RE: EasyJet To Operate 747 This Summer!

Sat Mar 06, 2004 10:09 pm

mrwayne i think you will find that Luton can cope with 747s as it has done on many previous occasions so i cant see no reason why it cant again
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mrwayne
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RE: EasyJet To Operate 747 This Summer!

Sat Mar 06, 2004 10:11 pm

You would only need a 73 to transport the pax to this "ship"



Check out www.easycruise.com for a picture of this magnificent vessel!
It looks like the Isle of Wight hopper ferry.

It can carry 250 pax max! Not really a job for a 74.......

Plus, there a recruitment section! Roll on the orange cabin boy suits, I bet the bedding is orange and grey too....Plus the towels, if you get them! (for a supplement)

Theyll even put a bowl of fresh oranges in your cabin...

Dress code for the Captains Cocktails....ORANGE! Tango suits....fake tans...






























 
SegmentKing
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RE: EasyJet To Operate 747 This Summer!

Sat Mar 06, 2004 10:17 pm

an EasyJet 747...

... lets imagine this....

3 lavatories.

No IFE.

probably a 3 x 5 x 3 interior config.

2 aisles on the upper deck :P

FA jumpseats are removed, FAs must strap themselves to the floor :P

Cargo converted to passenger seats, but no windows (must pay extra for a window seats).
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mrwayne
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RE: EasyJet To Operate 747 This Summer!

Sat Mar 06, 2004 10:19 pm

Very good Segment King!!

Perhaps seatbelts would be extra too?
 
mrwayne
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RE: EasyJet To Operate 747 This Summer!

Sat Mar 06, 2004 10:25 pm

This must be the latest 747 for EZY on it's way to LTN!!

http://www.cardatabase.net/modifiedairlinerphotos/search/photo_search.php?id=00000041

Check it out!



 
tombezza
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RE: EasyJet To Operate 747 This Summer!

Sat Mar 06, 2004 11:03 pm

Just to clarify, the article is an April Fools wind-up a little early. U2 aren't getting any 747s.
 
Leskova
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RE: EasyJet To Operate 747 This Summer!

Sat Mar 06, 2004 11:12 pm

Oh, come on now, Tombezza - why'd you have to ruin the fun so soon... Big grin

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mrwayne
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RE: EasyJet To Operate 747 This Summer!

Sat Mar 06, 2004 11:13 pm

LOL!

Horus is going to be most disappointed!

"Also according to the article founder and chairman, Stelios Haji-Ioannou purchased a cruise liner recently (for an easyCruise venture), the 747 will be used to transport passengers to the ship. There was also a mention that the 747 might also be used to initiate direct flights between the UK and the Falkland Island."

Bless him. Where the hell did he get that from?!


He had all these ideas about the 74 being used to transport pax to the ship!
 
tombezza
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RE: EasyJet To Operate 747 This Summer!

Sat Mar 06, 2004 11:23 pm

Perhaps I should've left it a little longer! Maybe the giveaway in the initial post was a little too subtle, but I could no longer cope with some folk thinking that easyJet were going jumbo. It did throw me when I opened up the magazine, though, probably a lot to do with yesterday being my birthday and getting a little sozzled last night!

Mrwayne, I think Stelios should ask David Dickinson along to the Captain's dinners, he's most definitely been Tangoed!
 
mrwayne
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RE: EasyJet To Operate 747 This Summer!

Sat Mar 06, 2004 11:24 pm

TomBezza,

Very funny, very funny!!

LOL

Keep the wind up's coming!

Have you looked at the easycruise site though, it is very funny!
 
tombezza
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RE: EasyJet To Operate 747 This Summer!

Sat Mar 06, 2004 11:42 pm

Yes, the bright orange ship looks... interesting. I am a bit dubious about some of the latest easy ideas. The hotel and bus ideas seem okay, but the 'cruise' and pizza projects seem a bit risky. But hey, that's what entrepreneurship is all about, taking risks.

Actually, I think I know what the ship looks like... plain hideous! And it's not much of a cruise ship, more like a big yacht (admittedly a very big yacht, but not a cruise ship. A small ferry, perhaps).

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Horus
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RE: EasyJet To Operate 747 This Summer!

Sun Mar 07, 2004 12:01 am

Mrwayne

It's all in the Airliner World magazine article. Have you read it? I know its unlikely but, I'm simply mentioning what was in the aritcle. I no way see enough demand between the UK and the Falklands to operate a long range 737 let alone a 747.
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tombezza
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RE: EasyJet To Operate 747 This Summer!

Sun Mar 07, 2004 12:04 am

Horus, the article was a joke. It's in next month's issue and mentions that Dodo Air will begin flying on April 1st - it's a April Fools prank, so no orange 747s in the sky.

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mrwayne
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RE: EasyJet To Operate 747 This Summer!

Sun Mar 07, 2004 12:07 am

Tombezza

Bless the Horus!

English humour is a bit bizzare tho sometimes...
 
Leskova
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RE: EasyJet To Operate 747 This Summer!

Sun Mar 07, 2004 12:09 am

MrWayne, Tombezza - or anyone else: please tell me that EasyCruise also falls into the category of April Fools prank... or are they really serious about that???

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mrwayne
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RE: EasyJet To Operate 747 This Summer!

Sun Mar 07, 2004 12:10 am

Unfortuntaley not Frank!
 
Horus
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RE: EasyJet To Operate 747 This Summer!

Sun Mar 07, 2004 12:14 am


Ahh, the great British humour at it again. Well it got us all talking about it.  Laugh out loud
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pilot kaz
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RE: EasyJet To Operate 747 This Summer!

Sun Mar 07, 2004 12:19 am

WOW!

U2 747's? never thought id see the day, lets hope the rumors are true!
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mrwayne
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RE: EasyJet To Operate 747 This Summer!

Sun Mar 07, 2004 12:20 am

Pilot kaz,

Have you not read this post?!
 
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RE: EasyJet To Operate 747 This Summer!

Sun Mar 07, 2004 12:22 am

Mrwayne,

yes i have, im just joking with u lot lol
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RE: EasyJet To Operate 747 This Summer!

Sun Mar 07, 2004 12:32 am

I can understand some of our overseas members believing this as they may not know about April Fools jokes, but how on earth did any of you British folks fall for it!

It was obvious from the first post that this was a joke! EasyJet B747's, leased from "Dodo Air", commencing 1st April.........please! How much more obvious did you want it to be before you realised it was a wind up! Embarrassment

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Horus
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RE: EasyJet To Operate 747 This Summer!

Sun Mar 07, 2004 12:36 am


You a have point there, though you have to admit it was funny Big grin
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gilesdavies
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RE: EasyJet To Operate 747 This Summer!

Sun Mar 07, 2004 5:07 am

I would like to see U2 do a 25 minute turnaround with a 747.

Next were be reading U2 has converted some of it's A319 orders with airbus to the A380!

I don't think this quite fits in with easyJets growth stratagy!

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