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EasyJet’s online system is so frustrating for Flight Club or Plus members…

In 2019 I have travelled more with easyJet than I ever before, and that was really a choice – convenience of flying from my local airport than travelling to the other side of London (at least most of the time). In all honesty, easyJet are fine. They get you to where you are going mostly […]

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Could EasyJet introduce ‘Business Class’?

EasyJet and ‘Business Class’ are not what you expect to find next to each other in a sentence, but it could be happening as part of a wider push to create loyalty which includes a new loyalty scheme. EasyJet already has three products, confusingly easyJet Plus both refers to the onboard ‘upgraded’ product and the […]

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Mint to the Core…

It should come as no surprise that JetBlue are launching service to London, the worst kept secret in the airline and travel industry, after several years of speculation. Yes, I did call it that the announcement would be small, forced by the need to convert orders to the A321LR from the regular neo, along with […]

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Cheaper doesn’t mean better

People often ask me why they should book with a travel agent, when booking online is cheaper. Its the same as people asking me if I do ‘deals’, in which my response is no, I ‘do’ holidays. Neither is it the case that travel agents should be cheaper as there is so much more than […]

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My take on flyBe/Virgin/Stobart – ‘A little less convolution, a little more action please’

It has been a few days since the announcement that a consortium which includes Virgin Atlantic and the Stobart Group disclosed they are to purchase flyBe. While not unexpected following a bid last year, the price they are expected to pay is and there in lies a problem. Flybe have been in trouble for a […]

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The next shift in keeping costs low

There has already been a backlash following the ‘cuts’ imposed by British Airways, likened to the kind of service you would get with a low-cost carrier, but in reality, it is an airline keeping a competitive advantage in multiple markets. Yes, the shift to buy-on-board food on domestic and European flights for those in economy […]

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The UK deserves a ‘challenger airline’

Britain has a history of small challenger airlines, beating against the door of the establishment and opening new markets. We have seen these come and go over the years – British Caledonian/Caledonian, British Midland, Air UK and Air Europe, all household names at points in time. In several industries, most notably in banking, new challengers […]

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Behind the Scenes at Thomas Cook Airlines

Those who know me would say that I wouldn’t miss type opportunity to look around the facilities of an airline. So, that is exactly what I did, thanks to Thomas Cook Airlines at Manchester Airport, the main base of the airline in the UK. You might think that it really isn’t a ‘proper’ airline, stuck […]

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Post ATOL fiasco, Monarch should stick to its roots – Leisure

Monarch Airlines has a fantastic brand, extremely well respected in the UK as being a quality carrier to the sun. Yes, that is right, as an independent airline the biggest asset is the brand, one which is looked upon by the public as one of the better leisure carriers for their yearly break. A lot […]

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It’s Virgin mate, but not as you know it!

It is well know that the invention of low cost airlines over the last 20 years has severely dented the power of full service airlines in Europe. Those weaker ones including Malev, Sabena and Swissair have disappeared, some to be replace by versions, some not. Those which have been left have found a survival of […]