13 JULY 2020


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Article from BTNews 13 JULY 2020

AND FINALLY: easyJet and the 727

Someone has a black sense of humour.  These are very serious matters.

Why is 727 the number of pilots planned for redundancy at easyJet as noted by BALPA? (See in this week's BTN)  It is a famous number in aviation history.

The 727 was a tri-jet built by Boeing in the nineteen sixties, and said by many to be a copy of the de Havilland Trident, whose birthplace was at Hatfield, just down the road from easyJet’s Luton Airport headquarters.

Dark times we know but surely 717 would have been better.  It still flies for Delta.

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Philip Male,

Great to see some real class professionals (myself excluded of course) commenting on here!

andreas w. schulz, germany

Just to complete: Delta introduced first Boeing 727 in 1972. Last flight of this type in April 2003. They eventually aquired a total of some 184 aircraft during time of operation.

Malcolm Forrest , Paris

I don’t know what video you are referring to, but it was surprising that, in one episode of the TV EasyJet cockpit séries, much was made of the A321 being longer and nothing of the real significant change— the CFM Leap engines. All A320 operators have a choice of engines and I can assure you that the easyJet competition for the CFM56 was long and tough, with the airline obtaining spectacular terms. With the problems of the Pratt engine, continuing with the Leap was very sensible.

John Davidson, Paris, France

This is a very interesting story of several different aircraft. It seems though that there's a confusion about who (operators or manufacturers) chooses what. Surely the operators choose the engines they want on a plane. Also it's too bad that, as far as I got into the video, there's no mention of the CFM 56, surely the best-selling engine in the industry -- with an 80% market share in its category? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkFYD7R_Xig

Jock Bright, London

The last 727 was build in 1984. easyJet was founded in 1995