gilesdavies
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EasyJet: £10 Extra To Board Aircraft First!

Thu Feb 10, 2005 5:33 am

I heard on BBC Three Counties radio (that covers Herts, Bed and Bucks) today that easyJet is trialling a scheme at Luton Airport for this week only where passengers can pay £10 extra to 10 passengers who check-in and these passengers can board the aircraft first before the rugby scrum occurs for all other passengers to get their seats on the flight.

easyJet claim this could be of particular interest to business travellers who want to disembark the aircraft at the other end quickly, by allowing them to pick an exit seat. I can't see this idea catching on but seems an interesting concept and a novel way for easyJet to create extra revenue in the cut throat world of European LCC.

This is something I am surpised Ryanair havn't thought up and easyJet make no mention of this on their website and I think they are trying to keep the trial "hush hush" to avoid public scrutiny.

Link to BBC website:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4249751.stm

[Edited 2005-02-09 21:41:07]
 
ba319-131
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RE: EasyJet: £10 Extra To Board Aircraft First!

Thu Feb 10, 2005 5:36 am

Amazing!

£10 is a bit steep,£5 is more like it.

Why haven't FR thought of this? They are masters at charging for everything!
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Airplanepics
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RE: EasyJet: £10 Extra To Board Aircraft First!

Thu Feb 10, 2005 6:25 am


Why haven't FR thought of this? They are masters at charging for everything!


I rekon RyanAir will start charging at the door, by using a turnstyle - put in a £ and in you go!
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A340600
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RE: EasyJet: £10 Extra To Board Aircraft First!

Thu Feb 10, 2005 6:30 am

LOL Simon. Personally I find nothing wrong with EZY's boarding system, they are very organised, it's FR you need to watch out for!

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Gofly
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RE: EasyJet: £10 Extra To Board Aircraft First!

Thu Feb 10, 2005 6:36 am

Like you say, FR's boarding system is a mess, although easyjet's isn't great, its better.

£10 to board first!

Ok, cheap ticket + taxes + pay to board first + food = why not fly BA?

If it works then well done easyjet! Two birds with one stone. Extra revenue and you beat FR to it!

But now MOL will start charging for toilet use...... Big grin
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SNATH
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RE: EasyJet: £10 Extra To Board Aircraft First!

Thu Feb 10, 2005 6:41 am

Even though I don't fly LCCs, I can't see why they wouldn't actually adopt this scheme. It's extra money for them and I don't believe it would actually cost them anything. Good for them. But I still won't fly them.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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buckieboy
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RE: EasyJet: £10 Extra To Board Aircraft First!

Thu Feb 10, 2005 6:50 am

All,

If the extra revenue exceeds the cost to administrate and market, then EasyJet have succeded in my opinion.

Don't get me started on BA! However, I once flew ZRH to MAD with one of their alliance partners, Iberia, and because my travel profile lists a window seat, my view was whatever type of engine hangs off the back of an MD87.

Think about it!

Cheers

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RE: EasyJet: £10 Extra To Board Aircraft First!

Thu Feb 10, 2005 6:51 am

My only LCC experience so far is VolareWeb (SXF-HHN and back), and they had a system that the first 60 pax to check-in had the right to board first. Worked perfectly. I think FR had the same system at HHN. Does this exist anywhere else?

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RE: EasyJet: £10 Extra To Board Aircraft First!

Thu Feb 10, 2005 6:54 am

my view was whatever type of engine hangs off the back of an MD87.

Ahhhh the JT8!  Big grin

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RE: EasyJet: £10 Extra To Board Aircraft First!

Thu Feb 10, 2005 6:57 am

A350, many airlines use that scheme I think. MyTravelLite used to do it. They'd call boarding card numbers 1-60 first, then everyone else about 5 mins later. Worked quite well. However, MyTravelLite have now gone to the old methos of seat allocated at check-in. bmiBaby let you choose your seat when you book.... free!

At the end of the day if it works for easyJet then great!

[Edited 2005-02-09 22:58:37]
 
mika10021
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RE: EasyJet: £10 Extra To Board Aircraft First!

Thu Feb 10, 2005 7:25 am

Let's how it works.If U2 has 27 mil. pax a year and 10% use this service that's 2700000 pax.
Multiple that by 10 and you have 27000000 pounds a year.
I don't know any company that would say no to that.
 
QantasffCL
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RE: EasyJet: £10 Extra To Board Aircraft First!

Thu Feb 10, 2005 4:47 pm

Buckieboy,

How can you blame British Airways for giving you a bad seat on another airlines. On BA's system they have window. Due to your oneworld preference Iberia has window on their system. You got your preference. Iberia do not have a list of bad seats that they dont give to oneworld members.
 
rootsair
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RE: EasyJet: £10 Extra To Board Aircraft First!

Thu Feb 10, 2005 5:44 pm

Its funny to hear that businees men travel on Easy Jet !!!!
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RE: EasyJet: £10 Extra To Board Aircraft First!

Thu Feb 10, 2005 6:04 pm

Hmm... well, it has potential, but how will they ensure that these first 10 get onboard first? Will they just say 'those who have paid extra come forth' or what?

Isn't it odd how people say 'if it works for easyJet then great' and say 'Ryanair are just taking the mick' or whatever?  Wink/being sarcastic

"Its funny to hear that businees men travel on Easy Jet !!!!"

A lot of businesspeople fly U2 and FR. Fewer certainly fly FR, but quite a number fly between DUB and major UK cities and vice-versa.
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RE: EasyJet: £10 Extra To Board Aircraft First!

Thu Feb 10, 2005 7:01 pm

Sounds like a very clever idea to me.

And I am sure that there will always be some people, whom are willing to pay that extra money. I wouldn't be one of them, but that doesn't matter.

If some US mainline carriers had good ideas (of course in regards to mainline operations) like this, maybe they would be in a better situation.
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RE: EasyJet: £10 Extra To Board Aircraft First!

Thu Feb 10, 2005 8:07 pm

stupid question: what happens if nobody wants to pay to be the first on board?
They don't board the aircraft????
In this case, consumer can win the battle easily. They just have to be united by refusing to pay.
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jumpjet
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RE: EasyJet: £10 Extra To Board Aircraft First!

Thu Feb 10, 2005 9:01 pm

I've flown with Easyjet several times in the past and the boarding experience has left a lot to be desired. Whilst I understood about the boarding policy before arriving at the airport (BRS) and to be fair Easyjet did try to get things right, it ended up as a complete shambles.

I was travelling with my wife and 2 small children. We were all waiting in the departure lounge when we were asked to board first as we had the children with us. We walked out and onto a waiting bus. Then, all hell broke loose as a 737s worth of passengers also clambered on board seconds behind us. When we arrived at the aircraft, it was like a scene from Titanic , every man for himself! What a complete waste of time it was trying to get us out first.

To be truthful it put seriously me off the LCCs that don't allocate seats at check in. Whilst it might be OK for adult able-bodied passengers, it was a disaster for families like ours with small children. We're booked to fly with Monarch Scheduled from LGW soon and the fare prices are excellent value. I booked on line, and was able to choose our seats at the same time without paying an extra cent. This was a much, much better arrangement than that adopted by Easyjet.

So in reality, as a member of the travelling public, I don't think that paying an extra £10 is too much of an imposition. In fact it might, it might just temp me back to Easyjet in the future, but I'm certainly going to be trying Monarch Scheduled first!.

 
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RE: EasyJet: £10 Extra To Board Aircraft First!

Thu Feb 10, 2005 11:47 pm

If no one pays to board first they then just blow the cattle call and everyone races for the plane and a seat.

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RE: EasyJet: £10 Extra To Board Aircraft First!

Thu Feb 10, 2005 11:59 pm

GoFly,

Well, it will put into practice the thought of spending a penny, lol
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EZYAirbus
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RE: EasyJet: £10 Extra To Board Aircraft First!

Fri Feb 11, 2005 2:05 am

Well i dont seem to have any trouble boarding the aircraft, the fast track trial has finished now, not sure how succesful it was, to be honest i would of left the boarding system alone, worked fine without introducing this fast track bullshit.

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RE: EasyJet: £10 Extra To Board Aircraft First!

Fri Feb 11, 2005 2:32 am

the 'fast rtack bullsh!t" you refer to may yield millions in additional revenue. Sounds like gold, not bullsh!t.
 
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RE: EasyJet: £10 Extra To Board Aircraft First!

Fri Feb 11, 2005 4:55 am

To me the best policy would be, first, those passangers that need physical assistance, families with small (under 13 year old childern) and unaccompanied minors then then those whom payed the highest fares (mainly last minute business travelers) allowed onto the a/c first with non-assigned seating airliners. This could easlily be coded onto the bording pass from the ticket info. Those with the cheapest tickets would get on last. I know it may be a problem, but short of pre-assigned seating, with it's costs, this should be the policy, rather than add an additional fare/fee.
 
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RE: EasyJet: £10 Extra To Board Aircraft First!

Fri Feb 11, 2005 5:18 am

QantasffCL,

You seem to have completely misunderstood my post (if so, please accept apologies for my poor communication skills), although you have also made some assumptions about myself.

The travel profile that I referred to rests with BTI in Basel. It is nothing whatsoever to do with oneworld. Whether I have a oneworld freqent flyer card (or not), I have no preference for oneworld- quite the opposite. If you care to read my other posts, I prefer LH and the Asian carriers when travelling to and within Asia and if paying my own money where times aren't critical, EasyJet over BA or Swiss when travelling to the UK.

The salient point again: faced with being sat next to a noisy eingine, some people would pay GBP 10 to avoid this. And now that EasyJet have both 737s and Airbus narrowbodies, we shouldn't rule out them acquiring MD87s in the future. Although unlikely, I do admit.

Life is too short to argue with people on the internet.  Big grin

Cheers,

Buckieboy



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