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Easyjet Allocated Seating Announcement

Tue Aug 28, 2012 10:53 pm

I'm led to believe that the announcement for this will be tomorrow (29th). It's expected to say that the trial has been a success and that allocated seating will be rolled out across the Easyjet network within the next couple of months.
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RE: Easyjet Allocated Seating Announcement

Wed Aug 29, 2012 6:52 pm

No announcement? Has it been postponed or cancelled?
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RE: Easyjet Allocated Seating Announcement

Wed Aug 29, 2012 6:59 pm

This thread is, in effect, an announcement of an announcement. :-P
Quoting flybehubby (Reply 1):
No announcement? Has it been postponed or cancelled?


Anyway, this explains it:

Quoting GT4EZY (Thread starter):
I'm led to believe that the announcement for this will be tomorrow (29th).
Quoting GT4EZY (Thread starter):
It's expected to say that the trial has been a success and that allocated seating will be rolled out across the Easyjet network within the next couple of months.


[Edited 2012-08-29 12:00:03]
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RE: Easyjet Allocated Seating Announcement

Wed Aug 29, 2012 7:06 pm

Wasn't this made official about a month ago?
 
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RE: Easyjet Allocated Seating Announcement

Thu Aug 30, 2012 8:27 am

Quoting alggag (Reply 3):
Wasn't this made official about a month ago?

No. A newspaper stated it but easyJet had not publicly mentioned it.
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RE: Easyjet Allocated Seating Announcement

Thu Aug 30, 2012 9:21 am

Not sure why the announcement wasn't made, egg on my face I guess. The info was credible, coming from a commercial manager within the business. Either way, an announcement is imminent. The reason why next Summers schedule isn't on sale yet is that easyjet would rather wait until after the announcement. The business will Inevitably be taking a hit due to the delay of the programme for next year so a decision won't be far away at all.
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RE: Easyjet Allocated Seating Announcement

Thu Aug 30, 2012 1:39 pm

Possible system problem? I doubt easyJet would delay the announcement for a small reason, especially if it's affecting sales
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RE: Easyjet Allocated Seating Announcement

Thu Aug 30, 2012 6:50 pm

Quoting flybehubby (Reply 6):
Possible system problem?

germanwings is using the same reservation and check-in system with seat allocation now for years.
 
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RE: Easyjet Allocated Seating Announcement

Thu Aug 30, 2012 7:09 pm

I thought easyJet's reservation system was bespoke?
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RE: Easyjet Allocated Seating Announcement

Thu Aug 30, 2012 8:14 pm

Quoting debonair (Reply 7):
I thought easyJet's reservation system was bespoke?

To be honest we don't know that there are any issues with res system, so let's not start rumours.

Anyway, it has been said many times that the decision will be made by the end of August and there is still one day to go.
I am pretty confident it will be announced tomorrow, first internally and then externally (I have got gut feeling it will be announced internally around midday tomorrow).  
 
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RE: Easyjet Allocated Seating Announcement

Thu Aug 30, 2012 9:02 pm

It was simply a question rather than a rumour. As I said in my original reply I doubt easyJet would delay selling flights for next summer for a small reason - with the flights not due to operate for many months I could only think that the res system is a potential reason for the delay.

Let's see what tomorrow brings.
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RE: Easyjet Allocated Seating Announcement

Thu Aug 30, 2012 9:05 pm

No system problems that i'm aware of. The reason why the summer 2013 schedule isn't on sale yet is that it would have been a bit of a nightmare having so many bookings to communicate the new seating policy to. It would also, i imagine, lose 'sales' of choose your own seat if they had to e-mail everyone.
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RE: Easyjet Allocated Seating Announcement

Thu Aug 30, 2012 9:11 pm

I'm hoping that the delay represents a major re-think based solely on my personal preference for unassigned seating and opposition to allocated seating. However, I am realistic enough to recognise that I am unlikely to be the main influencer of Easyjet's decision on this matter  
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RE: Easyjet Allocated Seating Announcement

Thu Aug 30, 2012 9:40 pm

The problem is that whilst most people are indifferent to the seating policy, there are far more who feel strongly against free seating that those who champion it.
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RE: Easyjet Allocated Seating Announcement

Fri Aug 31, 2012 1:17 am

Interesting, I know it's been mooted for a while now. Is this an experiment for them? Or has that been and gone, and this is final?
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RE: Easyjet Allocated Seating Announcement

Fri Aug 31, 2012 8:13 am

Allocated seating is expected to be rolled out across the network over the next few months. A trial has taken on selected routes since April and by all accounts it's been a success.
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RE: Easyjet Allocated Seating Announcement

Fri Aug 31, 2012 8:28 am

Will the first bookers be able to freely choose their seats?

During the trials, which seat numbers were given boarding priority?


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RE: Easyjet Allocated Seating Announcement

Fri Aug 31, 2012 8:39 am

Quoting flyingturtle (Reply 16):
Will the first bookers be able to freely choose their seats?

I suspect you either pay for a specific seat, e.g. to guarantee or a window or aisle seat or for an exit seat, or the computer allocates a seat for you for free. Clearly, we ought to wait to see what is announced.
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RE: Easyjet Allocated Seating Announcement

Fri Aug 31, 2012 8:46 am

I imagine it will work like Norwegian for example where you can book and pay for a seat of your choice in advance (great opportunity for ancillary revenue) or you can choose your seat when you check in at the airport.
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RE: Easyjet Allocated Seating Announcement

Fri Aug 31, 2012 8:50 am

Well it will avoid silly scenes that I've witnessed with Easyjet flights, i.e. rather aged people running across the tarmac to bag a seat while running the risk of a heart attack.
 
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RE: Easyjet Allocated Seating Announcement

Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:34 am

Quoting G-CIVP (Reply 19):
Well it will avoid silly scenes that I've witnessed with Easyjet flights, i.e. rather aged people running across the tarmac to bag a seat while running the risk of a heart attack.

So true.  
Quoting flyingturtle (Reply 16):
Will the first bookers be able to freely choose their seats?
Quoting SKAirbus (Reply 18):
I imagine it will work like Norwegian for example where you can book and pay for a seat of your choice in advance (great opportunity for ancillary revenue) or you can choose your seat when you check in at the airport.

During the trial (and I would imagine once it's rolled out) when booking your flight you could select your seat for a fee (£3, £8 - front couple of rows, £12 - extra legroom). If you chose not to pay for the seats then system assigned seat for you, the night before your flight. During the trial if you haven't paid for the seat it was impossible to change it at the airport so you were pretty much stuck with what the system gave you.
Mind you, it did work well so there were no middle seats given to sole travellers if window/aisle were left.

I understand both pro/anti - assigned seating, it does not solve all the problems of separated famillies, couples etc but it does help. I know that the most businessman are gonna hate it, I spoke to quite a few of them who love the fact that they can just get on and choose seat they like.
 
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RE: Easyjet Allocated Seating Announcement

Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:38 am

Quoting G-CIVP (Reply 19):
Well it will avoid silly scenes that I've witnessed with Easyjet flights, i.e. rather aged people running across the tarmac to bag a seat while running the risk of a heart attack.

Yeah.   Boarding an Easyjet plane can be quite demeaning. One one hand you don't want to part of the seatrushing mob, on the other hand you don't want to end up between the two fat blokes in the last row. So what you do is, you suspiciously eye your "opponents" at the barrier, try to move into an advantageous position while appearing blasé about it, walk to the plane as fast as you can while still "walking", and feel ashamed about the whole ordeal only minutes later.  

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RE: Easyjet Allocated Seating Announcement

Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:14 am

Quoting GT4EZY (Reply 13):
The problem is that whilst most people are indifferent to the seating policy, there are far more who feel strongly against free seating that those who champion it.


Count me among those who'd like to reserve a seat in advance. If it goes ahead, I'll probably start taking advantage of the direct EDI-GVA flights instead of my usual stopover in London or Paris with BA and AF. Too late for this year's trip, though.  
 
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RE: Easyjet Allocated Seating Announcement

Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:59 am

Quoting David L (Reply 22):
Count me among those who'd like to reserve a seat in advance.

Me too....I hate the rugby scrum to get to the plane first and the fastest....and dont get me even started on FR, paying fro the priority lane and then they dont enforce it!
 
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RE: Easyjet Allocated Seating Announcement

Fri Aug 31, 2012 3:42 pm

Quoting Rara (Reply 21):
you don't want to end up between the two fat blokes in the last row

I suggest that allocated seating is much likely to result in this than unassigned seating - certainly in my, extensive, experience.

This summarises it for me:

Quoting Lehovec (Reply 20):
I know that the most businessman are gonna hate it, I spoke to quite a few of them who love the fact that they can just get on and choose seat they like.

Unfortunately, despite saying that they want to focus on growing their business travel portion of their business, Easyjet are pandering to the one return trip a year pensioners with allocated seating, not the 50+ flights a year business people.

Anyway - here some facts from my most recent EZY experience:
EZY LTN-EDI (unallocated): I got seat "A", "B" was empty, another businessman in "C" = I'm happy
EZY EDI-LTN (unallocated): I got seat "F", "E" was empty, another businessman in "D", screaming child is about 15 rows- away = I'm happy
EZY LTN-AMS (allocated seating trial): I have been allocated "B", it remains to be seen what I am sat next to = I'm not happy
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RE: Easyjet Allocated Seating Announcement

Fri Aug 31, 2012 3:56 pm

I think that is a bit unfair. We have a hell of a lot of frequent flyers who don't fly on business and who don't like free seating. Also, whilst I have always said that allocated seating appeals more to non-business passengers, I think you are slightly over estimating the average business pax feelings. Allocated seating is far from a new concept and they are fully versed to it. From my experience they don't feel that strongly about it even if they have a slight preference. Meanwhile, you have alot of people, both frequent and infrequent travellers, who dislike free seating and at the extreme of that you get a small amount of people who don't fly easyjet because of it. Admittedly their views probably wouldn't be quite as strong if they tried it.

Free seating isn't flawed, don't misunderstand me, but for many people they just can't hack it and dislike it. Flyers often complain of being 'herded' when flying. IMO it is often needed and this is proof.
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RE: Easyjet Allocated Seating Announcement

Fri Aug 31, 2012 6:16 pm

Iv heard that it will be rolled out across the network
In October .

The management didn't want to impact this summer
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RE: Easyjet Allocated Seating Announcement

Tue Sep 04, 2012 5:54 pm

Looks like the seat allocation is live; I have just been able to reserve seats on my flight from LGW to SXF in January.

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RE: Easyjet Allocated Seating Announcement

Tue Sep 04, 2012 6:12 pm

Quoting flykev (Reply 27):
Looks like the seat allocation is live; I have just been able to reserve seats on my flight from LGW to SXF in January.

I've just done three random dummy bookings - BFS-NCL, FCO-MXP, MAD-LIS - for flights in Feb and seat allocations didn't appear.

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RE: Easyjet Allocated Seating Announcement

Tue Sep 04, 2012 6:19 pm

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 28):
I've just done three random ummy bookings - BFS-NCL, FCO-MXP, MAD-LIS - for flights in Feb and seat allocations didn't appear.

On the other hand I have been able to select seats for my flight in March. ..



 
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RE: Easyjet Allocated Seating Announcement

Tue Sep 04, 2012 6:23 pm

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 28):
I've just done three random dummy bookings - BFS-NCL, FCO-MXP, MAD-LIS - for flights in Feb and seat allocations didn't appear.

Interesting - I just tried a dummy LGW-BFS flight for February and indeed there are no seat allocations, the same with a NCL - AGP flight.
However some bookings for other flights from LGW, STN and SEN do show seating as an option - so perhaps they are going for a slow rollout method rather than all flights straight out?

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RE: Easyjet Allocated Seating Announcement

Tue Sep 04, 2012 6:49 pm

Quoting flykev (Reply 30):
perhaps they are going for a slow rollout method rather than all flights straight out?

Could be!

Quoting visualapproach (Reply 29):
On the other hand I have been able to select seats for my flight in March. ..

  I did check LGW-SXF (not because I didn't believe him but because I wanted to see how they did it).
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RE: Easyjet Allocated Seating Announcement

Tue Sep 04, 2012 7:41 pm

I checked BSL - NAP for flights in March 2013 and I was able to select my seats for a surcharge.


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RE: Easyjet Allocated Seating Announcement

Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:06 am

3 routes are going live in October from LGW (not known which ones) and will be full roll out in November, not sure wether that is for LGW or network wide. (Sourced from email sent to allocated seating champions today)
 
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RE: Easyjet Allocated Seating Announcement

Wed Sep 05, 2012 6:05 am

The rollout, after announcement, will be 'very quick' which seems to suggest network wide from the start of Winter.
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RE: Easyjet Allocated Seating Announcement

Wed Sep 05, 2012 8:31 am

It's official .... from an email all employees received this morning :

Quote:
Phased roll out
Allocated seating will continue on the trial routes with the majority of other routes being introduced during November. This is our quietist period of the year and will help ensure that we make the change to allocated seating as smooth as possible. We will de-risk Gatwick, our biggest airport, by phasing in routes even earlier starting next month. The key dates in the roll out across easyJet’s network are:

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Gatwick flights to and from Amsterdam, Malaga, Alicante, Glasgow, Marrakech, Sharm El Sheikh, Rome Fiumicino, Palermo & Zurich 11 and 16 October

Rest of Gatwick South, Luton, Stansted, Southend, Bristol and Glasgow 13 November

Rest of Gatwick North, Milan Malpensa, Rome Fiumicino and Paris Charles de Gaulle 20 November

Belfast, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Basel, Geneva, Lyon, Nice, Toulouse, Paris Orly, Madrid, Lisbon and Berlin Schönefeld 27 November

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