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Easy Jet buys GB Airways
« on: October 25, 2007 »
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  • The future is bad, the future is Orange!

    News released today that GB Airways (BA) have been taken over by Easy Jet. The take over will be transitional but complete by summer schedules 2008.

    There is no firm news about flights to TFS at this stage but we will be keeping a close eye on the situation.

    My only experience of Easy Jet is through that programme Airline and I must say that I am not impressed. I do not mind missing out on food on the 4 hour flight or even the fact that I may have to pay for a drink on board but I am concerned about the standard of the staff especially when there is a problem. They seem to be unhelpful thus making customers irate.

    Does anyone have personal experiences of Easy Jet?

    tlg

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    « Reply #1 on: October 25, 2007 »
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  • have used Easy Jet on many occasions to the mainland and to Ireland and have experienced no problems.

    brunel400

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    « Reply #2 on: October 25, 2007 »
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  • We've used easyjet on a number of occasions and I appreciate what you mean about the lack of frills, but as we have never had any problems (touch wood), have found them nothing but good.  Not to mention cheap!  

    I do enjoy the flights with the less "formal" staff.  On a recent return journey to the UK the comment from the pilot was " we are now landing in the UK and are 10 minutes early - I don't know how we do it for the money"! Much better than some of the self-important staff you sometimes get on flights

    gibbo

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    « Reply #3 on: October 25, 2007 »
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  • i dont think easyjet are actually buying BA out.  I think they are taking over some of their routes.  Havent heard anything in the news...  Could you be mis-informed.  It would be great if easyjet came to tenerife, flights are soooo expensive at the mo.


    poolepirate

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    « Reply #5 on: October 25, 2007 »
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  • My original posting is correct in that Easy Jet have bought GB Airways lock stock and aircraft for just over 'a3100 million and will presumably be operating the routes currently covered by them including those to and from Tenerife.

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    Re: Easy Jet buys GB Airways
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  • the routes are not yrt confirmed if you are booked on gb after 30march 2008 you will be offered a refund or alternative flights with easyjet if they are doing said route.Its a great shame Ba /Gb were great 

    el observador

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    « Reply #7 on: October 25, 2007 »
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  • Yes indeed, it seems that my planned and booked flights for April 2008 have just disappeared into thin air !!

    We have used BA or Monarch over the last few years and usually went for the cheapest.

    Will have to see what develops on the London Airports to Tenerife routes as BA themselves seem disinterested.

    I hope that the future is bright if it is going to be orange ???

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  • they will be operating gb summer 2008 schedule which inc tfs check on easyjet website

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    Re: Easy Jet buys GB Airways
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  • Easyjet agrees to buy GB Airways 
     
    GB currently runs services under the British Airways brand
    Budget airline Easyjet has expanded further by buying UK carrier GB Airways for 'a3103.5m ($212m).
    GB Airways currently operates services under the British Airways brand to Southern Europe and North Africa under a franchise agreement with BA.

    GB services fly from Gatwick, Heathrow and Manchester, although the purchase by Easyjet does not include the Heathrow take-off and landing slots.

    The franchise agreement between BA and GB will come to end in March 2008.

    Changeover

    GB Airways operates a total of 39 routes - 28 from Gatwick, six from Manchester and five from Heathrow - and has a fleet of 15 Airbus aircraft.

    Easyjet said the deal was consistent with its expansion strategy and would improve its position at Gatwick.

     


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    "This is an acquisition which both strengthens our customer offering at London Gatwick, our biggest base with an attractive catchment area, and allows us to fully capitalise on the potential of the airport through a larger number of slots," said Easyjet chief executive Andy Harrison.

    GB's chief executive Kevin Hatton said the deal brought "an end to a period of uncertainty" about the future direction of the airline.

    "We will fulfil our outstanding obligation as a franchise partner to British Airways and then look forward to a smooth operational merger with Easyjet," Mr Hatton said.

    Franchises end

    British Airways said it would end its franchise agreement with GB Airways in March 2008 and then intended to start its own services on some of the routes operated under the franchise.

    "UK franchises have outlived their purpose," said BA chief executive Willie Walsh.

    "Easyjet has made an offer to buy GB Airways and this has enabled us to end the franchise agreement early. We had an option to buy GB Airways but we rejected it," he added.

    BA said that the deal between GB Airways and Easyjet was expected to be completed within eight weeks.

    During this period flights, will operate as normal. When the deal is completed, passengers can either rebook on Easyjet or will be entitled to a full refund.

    BA also said that it would be ending its franchise agreement with Scottish carrier Loganair from October 2008 and begin a codeshare agreement with the airline.








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    elroddis

    Re: Easy Jet buys GB Airways
    « Reply #10 on: October 26, 2007 »
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  • Crikey - I had just finished reading theis thread and I had an e mail from BA:-

    "Dear Customer,

    We are pleased to inform you that GB Airways is to be acquired by easyJet PLC. The purchase is expected to be fully complete within the next four to six weeks.

    From 30th March 2008, GB Airways will be integrated into easyJet's operation and will offer easyJet's product and service. Up until 30th March 2008, for the duration of the winter season, GB Airways will continue to operate as a British Airways franchise carrier. There will be no change to the GB Airways product, route network or schedule.


    Already booked?

    Customers who hold BA bookings on GB Airways flights between now and 29th March 2008 are totally unaffected. GB Airways will continue to fly its published schedule as a British Airways' franchise carrier until this date.

    If you are booked to travel with GB Airways next summer, and the deal goes ahead, your flight will be the easyJet product not the GB Airways/British Airways product. For more details on this please visit easyJet.com. On completion of easyJet's purchase of GB Airways, easyJet will contact you with details about your new flight

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    Re: Easy Jet buys GB Airways
    « Reply #11 on: October 26, 2007 »
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  • How good to see some informative and helpful posts on this message board.  Certainly makes a change from the usual drivel, particularly the slanging match about "sad" FM

    gigs

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    « Reply #12 on: October 26, 2007 »
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  • I'm sad to hear about the end of BA/GB Airways.  I have used them a lot on the Bristol - TFS route.  Their service was brilliant, especially no check-in queues.

    Easyjet are not taking over their Bristol and East Midlands routes to TFS, which were withdrawn permanently last week.  I have also heard that Globespan stopped their daily flights to TFS from Stansted this month. I make that a loss of 11 flights every week into TFS, which is a loss of something like 100,000 passengers every year to Tenerife.  Many of these will not be able to make suitable alternative arrangements, and will go somewhere else.

    Very bad news for Tenerife!