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Is EasyJet Really That Bad?

Sat Oct 30, 2004 7:49 am

Hello all,

I've just signed up at Airliners.net for a First Class Membership after being a frequent visitor for some time. Glad to support such an awesome site.

Anyway, I'm going to be travelling with EasyJet in March (with College) to Berlin and was wondering if any of you have flown with them. I watch "Airline" on ITV and of course, the bad situations are going to be shown on the programme, but what are your experiences with easyJet?

Thanks

Sam

PS. I sure hope this is in the right forum.
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RE: Is EasyJet Really That Bad?

Sat Oct 30, 2004 4:33 pm

Welcome to A.net!

I have flown with EasyJet many times. I'm not a fan - but thats no disrespect to the service - I just prefer the traditional airlines way of things (seating and meals etc)

That said, you get what you pay for. flights are pretty punctual and comfort is certainly not an issue as on Ryanair (here comes Pe@rson!).

Thinking back - they are absolutely fine. I just like to know where I'm gonna be seated and that I'll get a some rubber like panini to eat on the way!

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RE: Is EasyJet Really That Bad?

Sat Oct 30, 2004 5:57 pm

They are a LCC so you have to expect the basics. Be there on time or early for the flight and it should be OK. I've watched airline as well and I can say that bad things generally happen to 'short fused' passengers. So whatever you do, don't get angry (I'm not saying that you are an angry person by any means)
The main thing is that they get you from point A to point B safely.

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RE: Is EasyJet Really That Bad?

Sat Oct 30, 2004 7:10 pm

Thanks for the responses! I haven't flown "budget" before. Only ever flown on tour operator aircraft or scheduled flights so it should be interesting to say the least.

7LBAC: When you say that seats are not allocated, does that mean NONE of the seats are allocated? We're a party of 12 so could we be dotted around anywhere if we're not quick to seat?

ZKSU: I'd imagine we're going to arrive quite early. And you're absolutely right. These shows (Airline, Airline USA, Airport) don't thrive on happy customers willing to take delay after delay (not suggesting anything)! I only want to go from Liverpool to Berlin cheaply and safely!
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RE: Is EasyJet Really That Bad?

Sat Oct 30, 2004 7:48 pm

99.9% of passengers think easyJet is fine. The other 0.1% make it onto Airline - and even then they're playing up to the cameras.

I've been on about 20 LCC flights and never had a problem save one or two delays, all under an hour. That said, LCCs often have better on-time performance than full cost carriers.

Yes, turn up early to be in the first 30 passengers to board. Head for the back door if you can as less people tend to head that way.

Staff tend to be friendlier on LCCs, maybe because the average age is younger. Just be prepared to pay through the nose for on-board services (food, drink).

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RE: Is EasyJet Really That Bad?

Sat Oct 30, 2004 8:14 pm

"99.9% of passengers think easyJet is fine. The other 0.1% make it onto Airline - and even then they're playing up to the cameras."

Agreed.

'Comfort is certainly not an issue as on Ryanair.'

I bet you the seat pitch is the same, or very similar, on both airlines' aircraft. Both airlines' seats are comfortable for short-haul flights. Very few people seem to use window blinds anyway, so the fact that they have been removed from the newest 738s is quite unimportant. Moreover, the inability to recline one's seat could aid comfort, as it's often uncomfortable when the idiot in front carelessly and thoughtlessly reclines his or her seat. So I would say that the level of comfort is very similar indeed between the two airlines.
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RE: Is EasyJet Really That Bad?

Sat Oct 30, 2004 8:30 pm

Thanks for the tips. We're flying from Liverpool John Lennon Airport. Are there no walkways there? Having just moved, it's my first time flying from a Midlands airport.

Pe@rson, is it Ryanair that have disabled reclining seats? If so, that's a splendid idea! Other than babies or young children, this has to be a top annoyance on flights. I hope other airlines follow suit. I assume this isn't the case with easyJet, though.

Thanks for the responses, all. I'm loving this discussion board, already!  Smile
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RE: Is EasyJet Really That Bad?

Sat Oct 30, 2004 8:37 pm

Nope, no airbridges/walkways/jetways at LPL. (LPL isn't in the Midlands.)

Yeah, FR have disabled its seats.
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RE: Is EasyJet Really That Bad?

Sat Oct 30, 2004 8:43 pm

Thanks Pearson.  Smile I'm an idiot thinking Liverpool lies in the Midlands, however having moved from down South, it seems that way! It's so easy to catch a train to Manchester & Liverpool that it seems that much nearer.
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RE: Is EasyJet Really That Bad?

Sat Oct 30, 2004 9:09 pm

I flew easyJet last night  Smile They were fine.. I'll write a trip report in the TR forum soon  Big thumbs up (when I can be bothered..)

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RE: Is EasyJet Really That Bad?

Sat Oct 30, 2004 9:52 pm

I've flown with U2 so many times and I think they are a great airline. Never had a problem with puncuality, service and comfort (except on the ex-Go 733s). Another bonus is they fly into 'real' airports unlike competitors (ahem).

Though I have to say I've only flown with them out of LGW and LTN, so I couldn't comment on their other UK bases.

I'm sure you'll have a good time.

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RE: Is EasyJet Really That Bad?

Sun Oct 31, 2004 12:56 am

I've flown with them twice and they are OK : you have what you pay for!!
It's a convenient airline that fly to convenient airports (not too far from city centers), the fares are really nice if you book well in advance.
The only problems I see are the following ones :
- You do not have a seat number assigned.
- No staff to inform you in the terminal if the plane is on late. It's what I've experienced in Luton (3 hours late for the flight back to CDG).
Flying is amazing!
 
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RE: Is EasyJet Really That Bad?

Sun Oct 31, 2004 6:26 am

I flew them last week for the first time. Much better than RyanAir, but thats not really saying much. Their fares are low and you get what you pay for.
Luton is basically a carpark north of the london burbs.
You get the usual passengers running to get on the plane first.

They have brand new planes and I was impressed by the cleanliness of the cabin. Much cleaner than any other airline in the UK.

Enjoy

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RE: Is EasyJet Really That Bad?

Sun Oct 31, 2004 7:39 am

Mostly good news! Thanks for everyone's comments!  Smile Rather looking forward more to the flight now.

Sam
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RE: Is EasyJet Really That Bad?

Sun Oct 31, 2004 3:13 pm

I have flown with them and it was good, you get the product that you pay for.


After all, It could be much worse.
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RE: Is EasyJet Really That Bad?

Sun Oct 31, 2004 10:40 pm

I flew U2 for the first time a couple of weeks ago LGW-AMS-LGW and was very impressed. Boarding seemed to be carefully controlled at both airports (although from reading this forum it seems that others haven't been quite so lucky) so there was no scrum at the gate. Plus I was lucky enough to get an exit seat on both flights, so legroom wasn't a problem (and at 6'2" that's an important factor for me!). The cabin crew were very pleasant and friendly and the A319's they use on that route were shiny and spotlessly clean.

Altogether, a good flying experience.
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RE: Is EasyJet Really That Bad?

Wed Nov 03, 2004 6:26 am

Fanatic, welcome to Airliners.net!
I first flew easyJet some two weeks ago, you may be interested in my comments on their service I posted in this thread:

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/1789298

About free seating, I give you a trick: they divide the passengers into three groups according to when you check-in: if you check-in earlier, you'll be in the first group and you'll embark before the others, having all the choice of seats!
In reality this didn't work in the flights I got since everybody started embarking when the first group moved...but I think this was due to the plane being full of Italians!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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RE: Is EasyJet Really That Bad?

Wed Nov 03, 2004 8:00 am

Well a close friend of the family flies very heavily. If you know the BA Exec Club FFP he earns around 13,000 tier points a year. Back and forth to JNB in F twice a month and to and from Germany every week in Club Europe. When he flies down to his house in Cannes on his own dime he flies on Easyjet. Says it all really, but then I'd never touch EZY with a bargepole! I find if I book at the right time BA are more competitive on pricing and I get OW Elite benefits.

I have avoided it though after a friend told me about one of his flights on EZY which he subsequently posted on another messageboard:

Once, Luton - Mallorca (when my dot.com millionaire buddy refused to go Club on BA  Angry ) and never again...

I have tried to put it out my memory. But a few points remain:

-Undecipherable annoucements at LTN in sharon & tracy language

-Repeated use of that charming word "WHAT?" during on board service

-On landing, instead of the normal BA "ladies and gentleman, please remain seated with the belts fastened until the aircraft has come to a complete stop.... etc" we were told "Stop openin yer belts. I CAN HEAR YA!!!"

-Two gentlemen (hardly worthy of the word) standing at the front of the 737 drinking their pints from large plastic glasses using that bulge in the door as a table while they laughed and talked LOUDLY (they weren't even Americans  Big grin )....

-Bleached blond mother with three children of questionably consistent origin who constantly kicked and grabbed our seatbacks throughout the flight while she looked on oblivous...

-Plus ear popping and pressure behind the eyes that I'd not felt for years prior or at any time since... do they even skimp on cabin pressurisation??

It could just be the Mallorca route of course but I'm taking no chances Big grin

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RE: Is EasyJet Really That Bad?

Mon Nov 08, 2004 9:21 pm

I have flown many times on Easyjet from Bristol - never had any problems. Bit windy walking accross the tarmac but apart from that fine. Crew are always great, aircraft are fine and as already been said - they fly to main ariports.

 
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RE: Is EasyJet Really That Bad?

Mon Nov 08, 2004 9:49 pm

Easyjet are fine, really. It's an LCC, so don't expect the Orient Express, but I have flown on them 23 times now (!) and I think I've only had 2 or 3 significant delays on them (one was a rebook owing to strike action by ground staff at ORY). Their ground handling is a bit basic, especially in the UK (preprinted boarding cards - how 70's !), but by and large they get you where you're going (rather than to some portakabin airport 100 miles away) safely and pretty much on time (my last flight LTN-NCE arrived 20 minutes early).

P.S. Welcome to A.net. Don't worry about Pe@rson - we suspect he is Michael O'Leary's secret love child, so treat his paeans of praise for Ryanair with deep and abiding cynicism  Smile
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RE: Is EasyJet Really That Bad?

Thu Nov 11, 2004 6:27 am

Secrh through my tip reports, i've flown with them 6 times this year. 2x 737-700, 4x A319. They are a fantastic airline with in my opinion the best cabin crews that i know of. They makes jokes such as "We are now dimming the lights for takeoff, please keep your hands to yourself" (Taxiing out at AMS). The cabin is comfortable and leg room is actually quite good!

So I would say that the level of comfort is very similar indeed between the two airlines.

Have you tried sitting on an FR 732. If you are slightly overweight then i weouldn't want to be you on this aircraft. The seats were VERY narrow and legroom was certainly cramped. EasyJet however provide good legroom in my finidngs and I flew both airlines within the space of a a week to compare

Hope this helps,

Sam Big thumbs up
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