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Old October 16th, 2007, 12:49 PM   #1441
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^ Yeah but's it's only semi lowcost. Germanwings, Vueling, Wizzair, Sky Europe, Jet2 etc are all 100% lowcost airlines.
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Ryanair and easyJet's traffic volumes are quite ahead of the other competitors, although there are a number of upstart carriers such as Wizzair getting on the radar these days.
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Old October 17th, 2007, 01:59 AM   #1443
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^ But they're not so new. I've been aware of Sky Europe, Wizzair, and Germanwings for years already. Wizzair and Sky Europe had an advantage because the existing national carriers in central European countries had dated fleets and relatively little experience of competing in the modern aviation industry. Those markets were ripe for takeover by dynamic young airlines with newer planes and a successful business model in tune with new market trends. It also doesn't hurt that so many young Europeans from those countries are working abroad in other parts of Europe. This gives them a reliable and steady flow of traffic from exactly the kind of cost conscious consumers that are inclined towards LCCs in the first place.
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Old October 17th, 2007, 04:48 AM   #1444
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I heard rumours about LYS in france, MUC and LIS...

It's definitely Lyon. They updated their site a couple of days ago.

So far they are only flying to London, Madrid and Rome from Lyon. The next couple of months will see additions of routes to 9 new cities.

France: Bordeaux, Toulouse
Portugal: Lisbon, Porto
Morocco: Marrakech, Casablanca
Spain: Barcelona
Germany: Berlin
Italy: Venice


Does anybody know if Easyjet has any plans for future routes out of Amsterdam. I would like to see them add new routes that aren't served by LCCs yet such as AMS-LIS, AMS-WAW, AMS-IST or AMS-RIX.
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^ Yeah but's it's only semi lowcost. Germanwings, Vueling, Wizzair, Sky Europe, Jet2 etc are all 100% lowcost airlines.
Vueling does not consider itself a low cost airline.
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Vueling does not consider itself a low cost airline.
Bullshit. Look at their meta tag:
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"Vueling Airlines is one of the fastest growing low cost airlines in Europe. Offers cheap flights among european capitals."
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It's definitely Lyon. They updated their site a couple of days ago.

So far they are only flying to London, Madrid and Rome from Lyon. The next couple of months will see additions of routes to 9 new cities.

France: Bordeaux, Toulouse
Portugal: Lisbon, Porto
Morocco: Marrakech, Casablanca
Spain: Barcelona
Germany: Berlin
Italy: Venice


Does anybody know if Easyjet has any plans for future routes out of Amsterdam. I would like to see them add new routes that aren't served by LCCs yet such as AMS-LIS, AMS-WAW, AMS-IST or AMS-RIX.
They publish the start dates of their new routes on their website. There don't appear to be any planned expansions from Amsterdam in the immediate future but they add to the list all the time:
http://www.easyjet.com/EN/About/Info...routeinfo.html
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Old October 20th, 2007, 12:45 AM   #1448
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Bullshit. Look at their meta tag:
http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en...e+Search&meta=

"Vueling Airlines is one of the fastest growing low cost airlines in Europe. Offers cheap flights among european capitals."
They call themselves: new generation airline, never low cost airline in Spanish.
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EasyJet buys GB Airways
26 October 2007
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Low cost carrier, easyJet, yesterday strengthened its position at London's Gatwick airport by buying GB Airways for pounds 103.5m.

The deal will see the end of GB's 10 year franchise agreement with British Airways and will give easyJet 24% of Gatwick's slots at a time when airport capacity in the south east is tightly constrained.

"One of the analysts has described this as an infill acquisition," easyJet chief executive, Andy Harrison, said. "That's quite a good way of looking at it. London is pretty much at capacity. This gives us lots of slots at a good price."

The deal, with the privately owned Bland Group, does not include GB's slots at Heathrow. Mr Harrison said easyJet could have bought them, but had decided against doing so because of the time taken to turn round aircraft there. GB's 15-strong Airbus fleet serves 31 destinations in southern Europe and North Africa. It flew 2.8 million passengers and made a profit of pounds 2.6m in the year to the end of March.

Some analysts have suggested easyJet could switch the aircraft to more profitable routes, but Mr Harrison saidit would not decide how to deploy its new slots and fleet until well into the new year.

"We expect the acquisition to be earnings positive in our current financial year and in the longer term we will transition GB Airways operation to easyJet's cost base and operating margin levels."

British Airways chief executive, Willie Walsh, said the company's UK franchises had served their purpose. "Franchising in your home base does create confusion in the mind of the customer and this allows us to concentrate on our core activities."
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Old October 26th, 2007, 03:00 PM   #1450
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Vueling Airlines is one of the fastest growing low cost airlines in Europe. Offers cheap flights among european capitals."[/i]
I didnt realise Alicante, Barcelona, Bilbao, Bologna, Granada, Ibiza, Jerez, Malaga, Milan, Naples, Nice, Pisa, Santiago, Seville, Valencia and Venice were capital cities lol
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Old October 31st, 2007, 06:13 AM   #1451
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Boeing Delivers 150th Next-generation 737-800 To Ryanair
October 31, 2007 10:14 AM




Ryanair, Europe’s largest low-cost carrier, took delivery on October 26 of its
150th Boeing Next-Generation 737-800. Shown here, the 146th, 147th,
148th, 149th and 150th 737s for Ryanair are parked in formation at Boeing
Field in Seattle, where they underwent flight testing prior to delivery to
Ryanair. The successful European carrier operates a fleet of 737-800s
around Europe and northwest Africa. Pic courtesy of Boeing Commercial
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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 31 (Bernama) -- Ryanair, Europe's largest low-cost carrier, took delivery on October 26 of its 150th Boeing Next-Generation 737-800.

The 146th, 147th, 148th, 149th and 150th 737s for Ryanair underwent flight-testing prior to delivery to Ryanair.

The successful European carrier operates a fleet of 737-800s around Europe and northwest Africa.

From its inception, Ryanair has relied on the 737 - first the 737 Classic and now the Next-Generation 737 - to help it meet strenuous efficiency, environmental, cost and reliability targets that are critical to the success of its business model.

Ryanair has replaced all of its older 737 Classics with the newer Next-Generation 737 and has achieved a 50 percent reduction in CO2 emissions per passenger kilometer since 1998. An additional 121 737s remain to be delivered to Ryanair.

The last 737 Classic was phased out in January 2006. Ryanair operates the second largest 737 fleet in the world, after Southwest Airlines in the United States.

-- BERNAMA
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Ryanair profit soars, but outlook turbulent

DUBLIN, Nov 5, 2007 (AFP) - Ryanair said Tuesday that net profit surged by almost 26 percent during its second quarter, as the Irish budget airline flew millions of additional passengers across Europe.

However the group warned that net profit would be "significantly lower" during the third quarter compared with the same three-month period in 2006 owing to cheaper ticket prices.

Net profit jumped by 25.9 percent to 268.7 million euros (388.6 million dollars) in the three months to September 30, compared with the same period last year, Ryanair said in an earnings release.

The Dublin-based carrier added that passenger numbers grew 20 percent to 26.6 million people, while revenue climbed 25 percent to 861 million euros during the third quarter.
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EasyJet Signs Deals To Boost Business Passenger Nos
5 November 2007

LONDON (Dow Jones)--U.K. budget airline easyJet PLC (EZJ.LN) said Monday it has signed distribution deals with two corporate travel booking specialists to boost its business passenger numbers.

The company said it's targeting the $90 billion European corporate travel market through deals with Amadeus IT Group SA and Galileo, which is part of Travelport GDS.

Corporate travel agencies will be able to view and book easyJet flights within a booking network known as the Global Distribution System alongside other carriers. The GDS system currently mainly includes services operated by full-service network airlines.

EasyJet said it aims to expand its proportion of business passengers, which is currently around 20%. The airline will retain its direct selling strategy over its Web site and the telephone.

"This is a major step forward in our strategy to attract more business passengers," said easyJet Chief Executive Andrew Harrison.

At 1028 GMT, EasyJet shares were down 24.5 pence, or 3.7%, at 634.5p in a broadly lower London market.
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EasyJet, Ryanair see more pain for European rivals

LONDON, Nov 5 (Reuters) - Heavy fuel costs will heap further pressure on some European shorthaul airlines that are already suffering from low ticket prices, the bosses of easyJet and Ryanair said on Monday.

Oil has climbed about 40 percent since the summer and reached a record high above $96 a barrel last week, adding to the costs of struggling airlines like Spain's Vueling, which has issued two surprise profit warnings this summer and slashed back expansion plans.

"It's a tough business, and easyJet and Ryanair are the only people making any money on a worthwhile scale," easyJet Chief Executive Andy Harrison told Reuters in an interview.

"I think oil prices will put more pressure on weaker airlines," he added. "Time will tell. I'm not going to try to predict the body count. Airlines tend to hang on for a long time on life support."

While their European rivals are suffering, both Ryanair and easyJet have recently upgraded their full-year profit forecasts. Both companies have very low cost bases, allowing them to ride out tough markets.

Harrison said the weakening yields that started in February this year, ending a short period of growth, should be seen as a longterm reality rather than a cyclical downturn.

Yields are average revenues per passenger and roughly equate to ticket prices.

"Our business has been about reducing fares... so we live in a world where yields are flat or declining. The thing that was unusual was that yields went up in 2006."

Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O'Leary earlier told reporters that a combination of higher oil prices and his own airline's expansion was making life difficult for rivals operating in Spain.

"Our expansion in Spain this winter, in Valencia and Alicante, has put significant pressure on Vueling, Air Berlin and Clickair," he said.

"These airlines are of no interest to us," he added when asked whether Ryanair would look at buying troubled rivals.

EasyJet, which last month agreed to buy rival GB Airways, is also unlikely to buy any other European budget airlines, said Harrison.

"Acquisition is not a priority for us," he said. "We have 120 Airbuses due between now and 2012. Any acquisition would have to be for very good reasons."

EasyJet announced two new partnerships in the corporate travel market on Monday with Amadeus and Galileo, and Harrison said the group aimed to increase its proportion of business travellers to 25 percent from 20 percent.

"They produce 30 percent better yields because they book later," he added. "We don't anticipate a big change in load factor, but there will be a small uplift in overall yields.

"We're in a busines where an extra 50 pence on 40 million passengers is well worth having." (Editing by Rory Channing)
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Ryanair suing European Commission over Lufthansa

LONDON, Nov 14 (Reuters) - Irish budget airline Ryanair said on Wednesday it was suing the European Commission for failing to investigate an arrangement between Munich Airport and Germany's Lufthansa .

"Lufthansa is... receiving substantial state aid at Munich airport, which distorts competition," said Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O'Leary. "Ryanair has been left with no alternative but to challenge the Commission's inaction."

Europe's biggest low-cost carrier said in July it planned to sue the Commission for not taking action against governments it believes are giving illegal state aid to national flag carriers such as Air France, Lufthansa, Alitalia and Olympic Airways.

Last week, Ryanair said it would sue the European Commission for not tackling the French government over reduced domestic airport charges which the airline believes favour Air France .

The group also lodged a complaint last month with European Union Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes accusing rivals Deutsche Lufthansa and Air France of price fixing of fuel surcharges, an accusation both companies deny.
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Air France Files Suit Against Ryanair
15 November 2007

PARIS (Dow Jones)--Air France, one of the two partner airlines of Air France KLM (3112.FR), said Thursday it is filing a lawsuit against low-cost airline Ryanair Holding PLC (RYAAY), citing "slanderous accusations" by the Dublin-based carrier.

Ryanair has said recently it plans to engage proceedings with the European Commission over what it alleges was collusion between Air France and two other European airlines to fix prices.

Air France said in a press release that Ryanair "is basing its complaint on the mere fact that Air France and the two airlines concerned increased their fares on the same day, a few hours apart, following implementation of a fuel surcharge."

Air France described Ryanair's allegations as "pure fabrication" and said they are slanderous because they were deliberately leaked to the media.

Air France said it intends to seek damages from Ryanair.

Ryanair has had a long-standing feud with Air France over what it considers unfair protection of Air France by the French state. Earlier this month, it filed a lawsuit against the European Commission, saying it has failed to act on what it estimates is about EUR1 billion of state aid to Air France.
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Why are easyjet so slow at releasing there summer 2008 flights? The amount of advanced bookings they must lose to Ryanair and other airlines because of this must be prety high.
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easyJet full-year profit up 62 percent with double-digit gain in passenger numbers
20 November 2007

LONDON (AP) - Budget airline easyJet reported Tuesday that full-year profit was up 62 percent as passenger numbers grew by 13 percent.

The company reported a net profit of 152.3 million pounds ($313 million) in the year ending Sept. 30, compared with 94.1 million pounds in the previous 12 months.

Revenue rose 22 percent to 1.8 billion pounds ($3.7 billion). Passenger numbers were up 13 percent to 37.2 million, but the load factor was down from 84.8 percent in the previous year to 83.7 percent, reflecting expansion of the company's network.

Shares in easyJet were up 0.9 percent at 585 pence ($12.00) in London.

Andrew Fitchie, analyst at Collins Stewart, said the airline's profit growth was not sustainable.

"easyJet's profit growth was entirely driven by the fleet financing switch from off-balance sheet to on-balance sheet," Fitchie said.

"Alongside this, tangible fixed assets grew 24 percent. Whilst this will continue to benefit the group as it moves more assets on balance sheet, this is not sustainable profits growth."
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EasyJet issues warning
Full-year net rose, but growth to slow; airport prices cited

21 November 2007
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LONDON -- EasyJet PLC warned of slower earnings growth this financial year after posting a sharp jump in full-year profit, thanks to cost controls and strong demand.

The U.K.-based airline, Europe's second-largest low-cost carrier after Ryanair Holdings PLC, said underlying pretax profit in the year ending Sept. 30, 2008, is likely to rise 20%, after jumping 48% the previous fiscal year. Underlying profit strips out items such as gains or losses on investments or disposals.

Net profit rose 62% in the year ended Sept. 30 to GBP 152.3 million ($312.2 million) from GBP 94.1 million, boosted by a lower tax rate and a GBP 10.6 million gain from the reinstatement of easyJet's investment in air-traffic-services provider Airline Group.

Pretax profit jumped 56% to GBP 201.9 million from GBP 129.2 million. Analysts had predicted a rise of about 51% in pretax profit after easyJet said last month that it expected to improve its forecast, which called for a 40% to 50% jump.

Sales rose 11% to GBP 1.8 billion from GBP 1.62 billion as passenger numbers rose 13% to 37.2 million.

Load factor -- a measure of how full the company's planes are -- was 84%. Unit operating costs excluding fuel were down 6.4% to GBP 26.55 a seat. But fuel costs rose to GBP 425.5 million from GBP 387.8 million.

EasyJet said it expects total revenue per seat this winter to be broadly in line with last year's levels and to be higher in the summer. The fuel remains challenging, and higher costs are expected, it said.

The carrier's profit was helped by a fleet financing switch from off-balance to on-balance sheet, said brokerage Collins Stewart, adding that it recommends investors take profits.

Chief Executive Andrew Harrison said the carrier is seeing pressure on its cost base because of rising airport prices, but will look to drive efficiencies elsewhere. It has benefited from the retirement of older, less efficient planes, he said.

In a move that will make it the largest carrier at London's Gatwick Airport, easyJet last month said it agreed to buy U.K. carrier GB Airways Ltd. for GBP 103.5 million. The acquisition will boost easyJet's share of runway slots at Gatwick to about 24% from 17% and is expected to be positive for earnings per share in the current financial year. The outlook excludes this acquisition, which hasn't been completed.

EasyJet shares were unchanged yesterday, closing at 580 pence each in London. The stock has fallen nearly 9% since the start of the year, hit by fears that rising oil prices and intense competition will hurt the company's results.

Separately, German budget carrier Air Berlin PLC posted a 19% increase in third-quarter net profit, driven by a rise in passengers and fuller planes. The company said net rose to 60.8 million euros ($89.2 million), its highest quarterly profit, from 50.9 million euros a year earlier. Sales climbed 7.2% to 858 million euros. The number of passengers rose 12% to 8.08 million, while load factor improved to 83.7% from 81.5%.

But management said it wasn't entirely satisfied with that. It said the cost savings from the acquisition of charter airline LTU didn't reach their full potential, owing to a delay by German regulators in approving the purchase, and the company had to take a charge of 13.2 million euros.

Jan Hromadko in Frankfurt contributed to this article.
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Winds boost record flight times
Tail winds are contributing to the fastest ever flight times between Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Passengers on the Glasgow Prestwick to Belfast air route have made the distance in as little as 18 minutes.

It is understood that a Ryanair plane bound for George Best Belfast City Airport recently did just that.

In the past week, the airline clocked up 20-minute flights three times on its Glasgow to Belfast route.

The speed was partly due to a following wind. But the normal flight time block is up to 45 minutes.

Peter Sherrard, Ryanair's head of communications, said: "We've had three flights that arrived in 20 minutes in the last week.

"Last month, 98% of our flights to the Belfast base arrived on time. This is an extremely high figure.

"We are using a modern fleet which is under two years old."

The airline launched new services to four UK airports from George Best Belfast City Airport on 30 October.

The airline flies to London Stansted, Liverpool and East Midlands, as well as Glasgow Prestwick.

It expects to carry up to 200,000 passengers to and from its Belfast base every year.

It has based a new Boeing 737-800 aircraft at the airport and has said it is committed to widening its route portfolio from Belfast.
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