easyJet delays and information
easyJet Airline Company PLC, otherwise known as just “easyJet”, is a British low-cost airline with its headquarters in Luton, London. After Ryanair, this airline is considered the second biggest low-cost airline in Europe with 22 bases. It was founded in October 1995 by Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the son of a Greek shipping company owner. In order to found the company, Stelios Haji-Ioannou had to borrow five million pounds from his family. The first two aircrafts were Boeing 737-200 leased from British Airways, which flew the routes from London, Luton to Glasgow and Edinburgh. 5 years later, the airline established a second base at London-Stansted and got listed on the London Stock Exchange.
EasyJet was growing rapidly, and by 2002 the company’s aircraft fleet included 30 Boeing 737s flying 40 different routes throughout Europe. In the summer of 2002 the airline took over Go Fly, the low-cost airline daughter of British Airlines. This take-over brought another 27 Boeing 737s into the aircraft fleet. Despite this acquisition, the following year EasyJet decided to change its fleet from Boeing 737s to the Airbus A319-100. On May 28th 2004 the check-in of a whole aircraft was done for the first time with a self-service check-in device at Nottingham East Midlands, a new and groundbreaking technique at the time. Another mile stone in the airline's history was May 18th, 2005, when the 100-millionth passenger checked in. In May 2011 the airline received its 200th aircraft from Airbus; this Airbus A320-200 was painted specially for the occasion and was covered completely in orange.
Stelios Haji-Ioannou was named “London's Entrepreneur of the Year” in 1999 by London Electricity. In the same year, the airline was chosen as “Best Low Cost Airline” by the readers of the Business Traveler’s Magazine; “Marketing” magazine called the airline's foundation “one of the 100 biggest marketing events of the 20th century”. In May 2010 Stelios Haji-Ioannou left the airline's directorate because he did not agree with the company’s expansion strategy.
Connections and Performance
he airline has 22 bases in six European countries: Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Switzerland. From there, easyJet flies to several hundred destinations within the European Union, North-Africa, Turkey, Jordan and Israel. In contrast to other low-cost airlines easyJet uses many main airports like London-Stansted (STN), Berlin-Schönefeld (SXF), Glasgow (GLA), Lissabon (LIS), Prag (PRG) and Belfast International (BFS).
How reliable is this low-cost airline? If you want to get information about flight cancellation and delays, you can find them at FlightStats. According to this site, the airline does rather well: no flight cancellations and few delays at the 10 main departure and arrival airports monitored. Additionally, most delays are in the range of only 15 to 30 minutes late. Unfortunately, for those who have experienced significant delays with easyJet, the airline has received criticism for not following EU Regulations about passenger compensation.
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