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Why EasyJet Not Bigger Planes?

Mon Feb 05, 2007 7:23 pm

Hi folks,

Easyjet is constantly gaining success. Here in GVA, for example, EasyJet Switzerland is the number one operator and has almost as many destinations from GVAin Europe than Swiss does from ZRH.
Still with the GVA example, EasyJet planes are fully packed according to EAZYAirbus, especially when it comes to ski charters. All this leads me to ask.
Why does EasyJet not get bigger a/c like the A320. It seems to work well for the LCC's with the A320 like Clickair , Vueling , Air Berlin to name a few. I know EZY leased a 757. Has EasyJet considered this seriously(I've only heard rumours about it). Perhaps EZY connoisseurs like EZYAirbus have info about it.

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RE: Why EasyJet Not Bigger Planes?

Mon Feb 05, 2007 7:25 pm

The A319s are a little too large really, with 1 row too many requiring an extra cabin crew member. Oooops
 
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RE: Why EasyJet Not Bigger Planes?

Mon Feb 05, 2007 7:26 pm

Its probably better to operate a smaller aircraft at capacity all the time and add frequency than it does to operate a larger aircraft at potentially less than capacity at the same frequency.

Spare planes can be moved around, spare capacity on a plane cant. Once youve increased the size of the aircraft, you are limited in options.
 
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RE: Why EasyJet Not Bigger Planes?

Mon Feb 05, 2007 7:27 pm

Though there have been rumors in the past of Easyjet taking some A320s or even A321s, I suspect that, in true LCC style, they will just keep on increasing frequencies to grow capacity.
 
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RE: Why EasyJet Not Bigger Planes?

Mon Feb 05, 2007 7:33 pm

Quoting Richardw (Reply 1):
The A319s are a little too large really, with 1 row too many requiring an extra cabin crew member. Oooops

Not an oooops at all. This was considered indeed by U2. They judged that the added revenue from seven extra seats (149 + 7) plus the added onboard sales gained from an extra F/A (remember on short flights this can be important) would more than cover the cost of an extra FA.

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RE: Why EasyJet Not Bigger Planes?

Mon Feb 05, 2007 7:36 pm

Keep in mind that easyjet puts around 150 seats on a plane, that is more than competition and slightly less than A320. I think in a well packed A319 you get really low cost per km, but surely not as low as it would be in packed A321
 
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RE: Why EasyJet Not Bigger Planes?

Mon Feb 05, 2007 7:38 pm

Quoting RootsAir (Thread starter):
It seems to work well for the LCC's with the A320 like Clickair , Vueling ,

The 320 is also popular with Asian discount carriers, like Air Arabia, Jazeera Airways, AirAsia (hoping to operate about 400 320s, Tiger Airways, Jet*Asia, Valuair, etc. And then there is, of course, those new U.S. and A carriers which intend to operate the 319 or 320 or both, like SkyBus and Virgin America, not to mention existing U. S. and A airlines, like JetBlue, that operate the 320. Who knows what U2 will do?

Quoting RootsAir (Thread starter):
Still with the GVA example, EasyJet planes are fully packed

Not surprising, seeing it operates 9 flights on Saturdays during the winter from LGW to GVA.

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RE: Why EasyJet Not Bigger Planes?

Mon Feb 05, 2007 7:55 pm

I remember seeing an easyjet 747 in Airliner World a couple of years back. Can anyone confirm this?? I think it was a 742 on lease from Air Atlanta.

To answer you question I guess its a matter of "if its not broke dont fix it". Easyjet are one of the most profitable airlines in Europe, if not the world. Why change a business model that is so successful??

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RE: Why EasyJet Not Bigger Planes?

Mon Feb 05, 2007 7:59 pm

Quoting EGBJ (Reply 7):
I remember seeing an easyjet 747 in Airliner World a couple of years back. Can anyone confirm this??

April fools.  Big grin

Quoting EGBJ (Reply 7):
To answer you question I guess its a matter of "if its not broke dont fix it".

I dislike that: everything can always be improved. Now, I'm certainly not saying that the 320 would improve it, but the willingness and ability to change, whether due to changing demand, to take advantage of new opportunities or to increase efficiency or whatever, is essential.
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RE: Why EasyJet Not Bigger Planes?

Mon Feb 05, 2007 8:07 pm

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 8):
April fools.

Lol yeh it probably was Big grin

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 8):
everything can always be improved.

True, but necessity breeds invention and I can't see U2 buying bigger planes just for the sake of it. If they are making healthy profits with a low capacity/high frequency philosophy then they will continue to buy A319's.

Maybe in the future when they serve every city in Europe and look further afield to places like North Africa and the Middle East then we will see bigger planes....maybe with IFE Big grin

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RE: Why EasyJet Not Bigger Planes?

Mon Feb 05, 2007 8:11 pm

Quoting EGBJ (Reply 9):
look further afield to places like North Africa and the Middle East then we will see bigger planes....maybe with IFE

CMN and RAK are already on the U2 map http://www.easyjet.com/EN/routemap
 
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RE: Why EasyJet Not Bigger Planes?

Mon Feb 05, 2007 8:17 pm

Quoting EGBJ (Reply 9):
True, but necessity breeds invention and I can't see U2 buying bigger planes just for the sake of it. If they are making healthy profits with a low capacity/high frequency philosophy then they will continue to buy A319's.

As I said:

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 8):
I'm certainly not saying that the 320 would improve it

Perhaps it would be sensible to look at why WN operates 479 737s, namely the 733, 735 and 73G. Why did they not select the larger 734 or 738? WN does, on the whole, operate high-frequency routes. Would a larger aircraft mean it'd have to reduce its frequencies, thus perhaps reducing its overall consumer convenience, usability and flexibility? That might be just one of the explainations...
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RE: Why EasyJet Not Bigger Planes?

Mon Feb 05, 2007 8:23 pm

Quoting Richardw (Reply 10):
RAK

Ras al-Khaima?

The A319s that U2 have dont have the legs.
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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RE: Why EasyJet Not Bigger Planes?

Mon Feb 05, 2007 8:39 pm

I think RAK is MarRAKech
 
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RE: Why EasyJet Not Bigger Planes?

Mon Feb 05, 2007 8:45 pm

Sorry I got mixed up - RAK is RAK Airlines - as in - Ras Al-Khamia.
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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RE: Why EasyJet Not Bigger Planes?

Mon Feb 05, 2007 8:46 pm

I believe this question has merit when considering that U2's closest rival, FR, operates the 189-seat 738...
 
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RE: Why EasyJet Not Bigger Planes?

Mon Feb 05, 2007 8:48 pm

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 6):
not to mention existing U. S. and A airlines, like JetBlue, that operate the 320. Who knows what U2 will do?

Interestingly enough U2 put 156 on an A319, while B6 put 150 on their A320s!(It started off as 162 and then became 156 and now down to 150) B6 removed the last row to give pax more comfort and then later decided the extra FA was not wort the costs


Quoting EGBJ (Reply 7):
I remember seeing an easyjet 747 in Airliner World a couple of years back. Can anyone confirm this?? I think it was a 742 on lease from Air Atlanta.

It was a photoshop. Typical LCC bull!
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RE: Why EasyJet Not Bigger Planes?

Mon Feb 05, 2007 10:07 pm

Quoting EGBJ (Reply 7):
I remember seeing an easyjet 747 in Airliner World a couple of years back. Can anyone confirm this?? I think it was a 742 on lease from Air Atlanta.

I remember seeing that too. I think they were proposing to use it to transfer passengers to the cruise ship Stelios bought a couple of years ago. Don't think it materialised though.
 
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RE: Why EasyJet Not Bigger Planes?

Mon Feb 05, 2007 10:24 pm

Quoting BrianDromey (Reply 16):
It was a photoshop. Typical LCC bull!



Quoting Rineanna (Reply 17):
remember seeing that too. I think they were proposing to use it to transfer passengers to the cruise ship Stelios bought a couple of years ago. Don't think it materialised though.

Did you not read... ?

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 8):
Quoting EGBJ (Reply 7):
I remember seeing an easyjet 747 in Airliner World a couple of years back. Can anyone confirm this??

April fools.
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RE: Why EasyJet Not Bigger Planes?

Mon Feb 05, 2007 10:28 pm

Quoting Diesel1 (Reply 18):
Did you not read... ?

Yes I most certainly did, but I was just adding what I read about the 747 in that same article in AW.
 
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RE: Why EasyJet Not Bigger Planes?

Mon Feb 05, 2007 10:42 pm

Quoting Rineanna (Reply 19):
Yes I most certainly did, but I was just adding what I read about the 747 in that same article in AW.

easyJet proposed nothing... it was an April Fools joke from Airliner World - it was a wind up - nothing was ever going to materialise...

Still you, and many others clearly fell for it  Smile
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RE: Why EasyJet Not Bigger Planes?

Mon Feb 05, 2007 10:56 pm

Quoting Diesel1 (Reply 20):
Still you, and many others clearly fell for it

I seem to recall a lot of A.netters fell for it - even after the giveaway registration (i forget what it was - something like A-FOOL) of the said photoshopped aircraft was highlighted numerous times.....
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RE: Why EasyJet Not Bigger Planes?

Mon Feb 05, 2007 11:01 pm

Quoting Diesel1 (Reply 20):
Still you, and many others clearly fell for it

Big whup  sarcastic 
 
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RE: Why EasyJet Not Bigger Planes?

Mon Feb 05, 2007 11:09 pm

Now, now, children. Milk time. No, not from Cornish's right boob.
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RE: Why EasyJet Not Bigger Planes?

Mon Feb 05, 2007 11:10 pm

Ok guys lets get back to the main topic
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RE: Why EasyJet Not Bigger Planes?

Tue Feb 06, 2007 2:43 am

Quoting Cornish (Reply 21):
I seem to recall a lot of A.netters fell for it - even after the giveaway registration (i forget what it was - something like A-FOOL) of the said photoshopped aircraft was highlighted numerous times.....

And they still do... even after it has been explained to them earlier on in this thread, they still quote the AW article to say what was supposed to 'materialise'...

RootsAir... back to your thread.  Smile

Another reason for just the A319 (as the 737s are being phased out), easyJet will have a single type fleet - thus simplifying training, maintenance, crewing, spares etc..

Adding another type (i.e. a larger aircraft) would add more cost into the operation.

I'd also expect that the by operating the A319 that there is scope to sell more seats at a higher price, thus getting more yield.
No point in having a larger aircraft if you're giving the seats away?
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