Looks like Eayjet might be doing away with Speedy Boarding if the trial works.
Low-cost carrier easyJet is to trial allocated seating from spring next year.
During this trial all passengers will be allocated a specific seat and passengers will pay in advance if they want to secure an exit or front row seat with extra legroom.
Carolyn McCall, easyJet CEO, said: “This is another example of easyJet trying to do all it can to make travel easy and affordable for our passengers. We look forward to seeing how our passengers respond and how the trial works. We will roll it out further only if it works operationally, from a revenue perspective and increases passenger satisfaction. If it doesn’t, we won’t.”
The move will mean that the Speedy Boarding option will no longer be available.
Message posted by Eileen on 15 November 2011 at 1:06pm - IP Logged
Not quite true! What you are referring to is to ensure that each seat actually has a row number and seat number on a plane! Not all airlines actually have them, especially the smaller ones overseas.
With regards to EZY offering to pre-pay for actual seats, it is long overdue and they have missed a trick as even with Speedy Boarding it can often be a scrum to make sure that you get a decent seat which, being 195 cms tall, I always have to.
Message posted by Elliemay on 15 November 2011 at 3:32pm - IP Logged
Angela, my explanations of 'extra seat baggers are---Mr & Mrs board the plane---take up a window seat and an isle seat in the hope that no one will want to sit in between them if the plane isn't full, hoping they will find another seat. No point in asking the couple to shove up as they don't want to be stuck in the middle seat, I've seen this situation happen, Mr& Mrs refuse if asked and quote Easy Jets free seating policy.
On a different airline recently---a speedy boarder put his coat on the row of seats behind him, another speedy boarder asked if the coat could be removed as he wanted to use that seat, the reply from the coat owner was---he was keeping the seats for his friends, cabin crew came to investigate---told the speedy boarder who asked for the coat to be removed was instructed to find another seat!
The second speedy boarder felt miffed saying he was going to write to the airline, the next we knew, two policemen came onto the plane and the miffed speedy boarder were escorted off the plane.
I thought the cabin crew were at fault and should have moved the coat for this speedy boarder, but, it might have been that they feared a midflight arguement.
Good news from Easyjet.
Message posted by BruceAndMaria (Born again CTG member) on 15 November 2011 at 4:54pm - IP Logged
This is good news re seat allocation, it will take away my anxiety re boarding. Of note, my husband returned yesterday from Corfu after flying with Ryanair. He had no problems whatsoever and both he and his friend gave Ryanair the thumbs up. I am very pleasantly surprised, and will give this company another try next year, especially as they fly from Stansted.
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