History: British low-cost carrier EasyJet (U2) was founded in 1995 and is now the largest airline in the United Kingdom. It is headquartered at London's Luton Airport (LTN). It started flying with a Boeing 737-200 from London Luton to Glasgow and Edinburgh in November 1995. Within only one year as more jets arrived it expanded to Amsterdam, Nice and Barcelona. In 1998 it bought out Swiss operator TEA Basel and renamed it Easyjet Switzerland. By 2001 it opens new bases and inaugurates flights from London Gatwick LGW) creating direct competition with the flag carrier British Airways. By this time it flies more modern Boeing 737-300/700 planes. One year later it acquires rival GO and operates from London Stansted Airport (STN).
In 2002 announces a deal for 240 Airbus 319 aircraft receiving the first one in 2003. The airline opens numerous bases around Europe, including France, Germany and Spain where in 2007 it opened it's 17th base in Madrid Barajas Airport and competed with national airline Iberia, same year it also bought out GB Airways at London Gatwick and operated new routes to the mediterranean and north Africa.
In 2011 it orders more Airbus and it switches to the larger A320 and open more bases across Europe. With a dramatic growth level and set to become Europe's second major lows cost airline the airline continues to expand over Europe and reaching further away.
Operations: The carrier flies to about 135 destinations in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. This includes 17 domestic destinations as well as about 30 other countries. It flies as far as Tel Aviv and Egypt in the east and to Canary Islands, Iceland and Madeira in the west.
Fleet: EasyJet's consists of 136 Airbus A319-100 and 82 Airbus A320-200 aircraft. All are configured with a single Economy Class cabin.
|The airline offers good prices for one way tickets as long as you buy in advance.||Only one item of hand luggage is allowed, and it has a strict policy for any extra items.|
|Point to point service, with no connections Easyjet can achieve a more on time performance, enabling the airline to have a high on time punctuality record.||Online check-in available 24h before, but for a fee you can choose a seat or get a random seat for free.|
|No restriction on hand luggage weight as long as it fits the size! (however only one item allowed)||Tight Check-in luggage allowance, any kilo over could encourage excess payments.|
|Extensive network operation and good timings.||Food and Drinks only available for purchase.|
|If you arrive early and can get on an earlier flight Easyjet will transfer you free of charge.||Service is quick and at times informal.|