easyJet loyalty scheme. Wind limit review.

easyJet to launch loyalty scheme

easyJetReuters report that British low-cost airline easyJet will expand its holiday business and add a loyalty scheme as new CEO Johan Lundgren seeks to make his mark on the company after reporting strong first-half results. easyJet said on Tuesday it would invest more in easyJet Holidays, with Lundgren positioning the company to better compete against his former employer holiday company TUI and its rival Thomas Cook . Lundgren also said he would focus on attracting business passengers and introducing a new loyalty programme, strategies which he believes will drive higher returns for shareholders. The frequent flyer program will be launched in the next financial year he said on the BBC this morning.
Bloomberg report that easyJet Plc’s new chief executive officer put his stamp on the company, moving to boost the discount airline’s holiday unit and attract more business travellers while posting a smaller-than-expected first-half loss. easyJet said its pretax loss narrowed to 18 million pounds in the six months through March 31. Analysts had predicted a loss of 74 million pounds, based on four estimates.
Lundgren, who became CEO after Carolyn McCall left to run ITV , said easyJet had one of its “best results ever in the winter trading period.” The demise last year of Monarch and Air Berlin together with insolvency proceedings at Alitalia, reduced competition in a traditionally weak travel season. The first-half loss narrowed from 212 million pounds a year earlier as the collapse of rivals helped easyJet lift ticket prices and an early Easter boosted revenue.  Excluding start-up costs for a new operation at Berlin Tegel airport the company would have posted a profit of 8 million pounds. Full-year pretax profit should be in a range of 530 million pounds to 580 million pounds, Lundgren said.

Airport wind limit review debated

Plane landing sideways at Madeira airportIt is urgent and legitimate to review the operational limits of Madeira’s airport, said the Vice President of the Regional Government, in the debate that is taking place in the Legislative Assembly this morning. Pedro Calado noted that “47 percent of the 500 flights that were affected already in the first four months of this year were only due to a difference of one or two knots in wind intensity.” Pedro Calado said he had some difficulty in understanding why it is that “with 15 knots of wind the airport is considered totally safe and with 16 knots is already dangerous”.
He said the regional government was “working on several fronts in order to find the best solutions that mitigate these constraints and translate into significant improvements for the economic context of our Region”. It also guarantees that “ANA, the entity that manages the airport of Madeira, is in perfect harmony with the Regional Government, and maintains that the revision of the wind limits is legitimate.”

6 thoughts on “easyJet loyalty scheme. Wind limit review.”

  1. The fact is that nobody want’s to be the one to put their cock on the block.

    If the remove the restriction and one day there is an accident !!

    The pilots should have the last say in whether it’s safe to land.

    All pilots know the golden rule. “You can always go around.”

  2. Good news for regular users of Easyjet. As for wind limits I feel it should be down to the jockey. He has the lives of around 200 pax as his responsibility, if he reckons he get get the plane down then he should.

    There must have been many occasions where approaching flights were told the wind speed was too high and they turn around or head for the Canaries when they could have made the landing.

  3. Everything has a limit = weight, speed etc. All arrived at through much testing and calculation. Aircraft wing icing temperature limits just one …. it would be madness to change the limit based on the wish to fly “strait through” dangerous cloud thereby saving time!
    Raising an aircraft related speed limit by 1 knot or 2, take off abort speed, take of speed and/or landing speed could cause a disaster….especially if the need is greed. Take off weight, landing weight, a/c type, captains ratings are all factors that go into SAFE flying…..as said previously, an aircraft captain knows his aircraft performance figures inside out and will always act safely within those and his limits, on the day, at the temperature, at the height, at the wind speed , at the visibility prevailing….it is not for some politician to decide!
    Captains decision, Air Traffic Advice on Mandatory local limits are also obeyed without question. To change these limits MUST involve a huge study, testing and evaluation of many aircraft types in many varied conditions – and the increased use of simulators is NOT (in my opinion) a reliable/trustworthy alternative. IF the wind limits were set before the runway extension then there may be an argument to revise …BUT the limits are for landing flying speeds, at the threshold, or flying speed (wind shear can reduce safe control speeds by over 20 knts for example – many aircraft have built in warning systems….)before, to maintain safe control of the aircraft, One Crash, 200 plus dead,,,,,,,,
    Leave it to the experts…politics and safety do not mix.

  4. This last, honest!
    Don’t forget that not all the problems are caused by approach/landing cross/wind/shear problems but take offs also…sometimes the take off runway cross winds are outside of the aircrafts safe limits and a wait or a return to dispersal is involved…..

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