Would you like some nuts with that? EasyJet launches home-delivery trolley service with Deliveroo

has launched a home-delivery trolley service that will see the airline’s uniformed cabin crew wheel an in-flight trolley right up to customers’ doorsteps.

Members of the public will be able to book a slot online to be served their favorite airline drinks and snacks, with gin and tonic, chilled Prosecco, nuts, and olives all available on the menu.

The two-day trial, which is being run in partnership with food-delivery app Deliveroo, will take place on Dec. 17 and Dec. 18. The service is complimentary, but customers will be asked to make a donation to Age U.K., the charity for older people.

said the trolley service was a “fun way to keep the cabin crew ‘match-fit,’” ahead of flights getting back to normal next year.

EasyJet plunged to a £1.27 billion loss in the 12 months to the end of September, highlighting the extent of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the low-cost carrier. Shares in easyJet, which have fallen more than 40% in the year to date, were down 2.16% in early morning London trading on Thursday.

Airlines worldwide have come up with myriad initiatives, including “flights to nowhere” and selling their corporate art collections, amid an unprecedented slump in demand for air travel.

Read: American Airlines and British Airways trial free COVID testing on trans-Atlantic flights in boost to travel

On Wednesday, industry body the International Air Transport Association said that the recovery of international passenger demand continued to be disappointingly slow in October, down 87.8% compared with the same month in 2019. Capacity was 76.9% below previous year levels, and load factor shrank 38.3 percentage points to 42.9%.

IATA Chief Executive Alexandre de Juniac said fresh outbreaks of COVID-19 and governments’ continued reliance on heavy-handed quarantines resulted in another “catastrophic month” for air travel demand.

“While the pace of recovery is faster in some regions than others, the overall picture for international travel is grim. This uneven recovery is more pronounced in domestic markets, with China’s domestic market having nearly recovered, while most others remain deeply depressed,” said de Juniac.

Read: Tycoons and sports stars to be exempt from quarantine in controversial English travel rule

Last month, International Consolidated Airlines
-owned British Airways launched a sale of onboard items, including slippers, crockery, tableware, and trolleys from retired B747 aircraft, in an attempt to raise cash.

Read: Why Qantas Airways is selling this yellow cashmere sweater

In October, Australia’s Qantas Airways
 launched a limited-edition line of athleisure-wear, collection, designed by leading Australian fashion designer Martin Grant, which included cashmere sweaters priced at A$425 ($305), hoodies costing A$275 ($197) and beach totes for A$350 ($251).

Days earlier, Singapore Airlines
 launched a waiting list for onboard meals on two of its grounded Airbus A380 double-decker jumbo jets, after tickets sold out within 30 minutes of bookings.

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easyJet set to charge passengers up to £34.99 to use overhead lockers

easyJet passengers have been left fuming with the news that the airline is set to charge passengers who want to use the overhead lockers on its flights.

The airline has unveiled a new cabin bag policy this week in which passengers who book a standard seat will only be able to bring one small bag onboard free of charge – and it must be able to fit under the seat in front of you.

If you want to bring a bigger bag to put in the overhead locker, you’ll need to pay extra for an Up front or Extra legroom seat.

According to the easyJet website, prices to add these seat choices can vary from £7.99-£34.99 (it depends on various factors including your flight time and route).

An Up front or Extra legroom seat allows you to bring you small cabin bag as well as a second larger bag (56x45x25cm) which can be stowed onboard.

EasyJet announced the new cabin bag policy today

Alternatively, passengers who want to bring a second bag can pay £7 each way per person for the airline’s ‘Hands Free’ option which lets you check a larger cabin bag into the hold at Bag Drop. Those who already have a flight booked departing after February 10 will be offered the Hands Free package at no extra cost.

Under the new rules, passengers can bring a small bag measuring max 45x36x20cm including handles and wheels.

However, this nearly halves the allowance for holidaymakers in terms of volume. That’s because currently you’re allowed one free bag onboard easyJet flights which up to 56x45x25cm. The average 56x45x25cm bag has a volume of approximately 63 litres, while the new 45x36x20cm restriction is approximately 32 litres.

It’s worth noting that under both policies easyJet doesn’t have a weight limit for bags, although the airline does ask that passengers be able to lift and carry their own bag.

The new policy will apply to flights from February 10 2021.

There are no changes for easyJet Plus cardholders and FLEXI fare customers who will continue to have an additional large cabin bag included in their booking – although if there is no space they may need to place these in the hold.

easyJet says the change comes in a bid to manage the limited overhead locker space on aircraft including delays caused by excess cabin bags being put in the hold.

The airline warns those hoping to chance it with a second bag that “if you bring a large cabin bag to the departure gate without the correct seat selection, it can’t go in the cabin and we’ll have to check it into the aircraft hold for a charge”. The same goes for a bag that exceeds the maximum size available with your booking.

You can find out more on the easyJet website.

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EasyJet offers passengers cheaper COVID-19 tests to encourage travel

FILE PHOTO: A general view shows a plane ready for departure, as EasyJet restarts its operations amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at Gatwick Airport, in Gatwick, Britain June 15, 2020. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra/File Photo

November 30, 2020

LONDON (Reuters) – UK airline EasyJet said it would partner with COVID-19 testing companies to offer passengers discounted tests to try to encourage more travel, following similar moves by Wizz Air and London’s Gatwick Airport.

Travel rules in England will change from Dec. 15 so that if a traveller receives a negative test result from a self-funded test, they can reduce their quarantine from 14 to 5 days.

Desperate to stimulate the travel market after months of restrictions, airlines and airports are teaming up with testing firms to make it easier and cheaper to get a test.

EasyJet, whose finances have come under severe pressure during the pandemic, said on Monday that passengers will receive a reduced rate of 75 pounds per home test with Confirm Testing or with CityDoc, 100 pounds per home test or 150 pounds per in clinic test.

The 75 pound rate is cheaper than the 85 pound rate available to Wizz Air passengers. Both are more expensive than Gatwick Airport’s offer of 60 pounds per test for passengers who use its drive-through testing facility.

EasyJet said that the two companies it was working with aimed to provide results within 48 hours.

There is also demand for tests prior to travel as some popular destinations like Spain and Italy require passengers to show a negative test on arrival.

(Reporting by Sarah Young; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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Easyjet looking at financing options, not against state aid

EasyJet CEO Johan Lundgren poses at check in before boarding a flight to new Berlin-Brandenburg Airport (BER) in Schoenefeld, taking off from Berlin Tegel (TXL) airport in Berlin, Germany, October 31, 2020. REUTERS/Klaus Lauer

October 31, 2020

BERLIN (Reuters) – EasyJet <EZJ.L> is considering options to bolster its finances, and is not against state support to help the airline get through the coronavirus pandemic, chief executive Johan Lundgren said on Saturday.

“We have a number of options of financing. We are reviewing that all the time,” Lundgren told Reuters in an interview ahead of the opening of a new airport in the German capital.

“I am not against state aid,” he said. “It is very clear that the crisis has been to that extent that you can’t expect the industry and its players to cope with it all by themselves.”

With travel across Europe at very low levels, most airlines are bleeding cash, but easyJet’s finances have come under particular scrutiny amid media reports that it has signalled to the UK government it may need more financial support.

The airline has warned it will make an annual loss of as much as 845 million pounds ($1.09 billion) for the 12 months that ended in September.

To survive the impact of the pandemic, it has raised more than 900 million pounds from the sale and leaseback of aircraft, taken a 600 million pound loan from the government, cut 4,500 jobs and tapped shareholders for 419 million pounds.

Tightening coronavirus restrictions across Europe mean that easyJet, which before the pandemic was the fifth biggest airline in Europe by passenger numbers, is planning to fly just 25% of capacity for the rest of 2020.

(Reporting by Emma Thomasson)

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