21 NOVEMBER 2011


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Article from BTNews 21 NOVEMBER 2011

easyJet to trial allocated seating

Allocated seating may be the way ahead for easyJet and with it a charging system for where you sit on the aircraft.  Ryanair already has very limited reserved seating on 22 routes.

Currently, easyJet operates an unreserved system whereby passengers simply choose which seats to occupy as they board the aircraft with those having purchased speedy boarding or travelling with young children boarding first and thus having the first choice. 

On trial flights, all passengers will be allocated a specific seat. 

easyJet expects demand for certain seats such as the front row seats and seats with extra leg room like those on the over wing exit rows.  Those passengers who wish to guarantee one of these seats – or any other they prefer – will be able to purchase them in advance. 

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." www.easyjet.com

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