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EasyJet Airline Company Limited (styled as easyJet) is a British airline headquartered at London Luton Airport. It carries more passengers than any other United Kingdom-based airline, operating domestic and international scheduled services on 500 routes between 118 European, North African, and West Asian airports. The parent company, EasyJet plc, is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: EZJ) and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index. As at 30 September 2009, it employed 6,666 people, based throughout Europe but mainly in the UK.

EasyJet has seen rapid expansion since its establishment in 1995, having grown through a combination of acquisitions and base openings fuelled by consumer demand for low-cost air travel. The airline, along with franchise airline EasyJet Switzerland, now operates over 180 aircraft, mostly Airbus A319. It has 20 bases across Europe, the most important one being London-Gatwick. In 2009, EasyJet carried 45.2 million passengers and is second-largest low-cost carrier in Europe, behind Ryanair.

EasyJet was featured in Airline series broadcast on ITV which followed the airline's operations at London Luton and later at other bases. EasyJet's founder, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, was featured heavily in the series.
In March 2010, Easyjet Announced that Current CEO Andy Harrison will be replaced by Carolyn McCall.

History
The airline was established in 1995. It was launched by Stelios Haji-Ioannou with two wet leased Boeing 737-200 aircraft, initially operating two routes: London Luton to Glasgow and Edinburgh. In April 1996, the first wholly-owned aircraft was delivered to Easyjet, enabling its first international route, to Amsterdam. Until October 1997, the aircraft were operated by GB Airways, and subsequently by Air Foyle as EasyJet had not yet received its Air Operator's Certificate.

Strategy
EasyJet, like Ryanair, borrows its business model from United States carrier Southwest Airlines. Both airlines have adapted this model for the European market through further cost-cutting measures such as not selling connecting flights or providing complimentary snacks on board. The key points of this business model are high aircraft utilisation, quick turnaround times, charging for extras (such as priority boarding, hold baggage and food) and keeping operating costs low. One main difference EasyJet and Ryanair have from Southwest is they both fly a young fleet of aircraft. Southwest have a fleet age of 14.1 years where as easyjet's fleet age is just 3.4 years.

While the two airlines share a common business idea, EasyJet's strategy differs from Ryanair's in a number of areas. EasyJet flies mainly to primary airports in the cities that it serves, while Ryanair often chooses secondary airports to reduce costs. For example, EasyJet flies to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and Paris Orly, the primary airports in Paris, while Ryanair flies to the smaller Beauvais-Tillé Airport, a 75 minute bus journey from Paris. EasyJet also focuses on attracting business passengers by offering convenient services such as the option to transfer on to an earlier flight without charge.

Destinations
European and North African destinations; focus cities indicated in greyMain article: EasyJet destinations
EasyJet serves 500 routes between 117 destinations in 27 countries throughout Europe and the north of Africa. Its home base is at London Luton, however its largest base is at London-Gatwick, from which it offers 63 destinations. EasyJet maintains other bases throughout Europe, at Basel, Belfast, Berlin-Schönefeld, Bristol, Edinburgh, Geneva, Glasgow, Liverpool, London-Stansted, Lyons, Madrid-Barajas, Milan-Malpensa, Manchester, Newcastle, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly and Rome-Fiumicino.

On 17 December 2007, EasyJet announced that it would be significantly expanding its operations in North West England, by opening a base at Manchester Airport. This base was inherited from GB Airways on 30 March 2008 and over the next few years EasyJet plan to base more aircraft at the airport for route expansion. EasyJet briefly operated routes to the Republic of Ireland, Ryanair's home ground, one of the top destinations from the UK in terms of passenger numbers each year, but dropped them after stiff competition with Ryanair.

EasyJet was prevented from launching its route from Milan-Malpensa to Olbia in April 2006 by the Italian aviation authorities. The route had been assigned to Meridiana as a public service obligation route. The Italian authorities had granted exclusivity in return for fixed low fares for Sardinian residents on routes from Milan and Rome to the Sardinian airports of Alghero, Cagliari and Olbia. This was however overturned and EasyJet commenced flights from Milan Malpensa to Olbia on 21 October 2007, and also to the Sardinian capital Cagliari on 29 October 2007.

At the base at Dortmund, half of the offered destinations were cancelled on 26 October 2008 due to inefficiencies and poor levels of revenue. Activities at Rome-Fiumicino have been expanded in November 2009 with the opening of a further European base.

On 5 January 2010, EasyJet discontinued flights from East Midlands airport. In a statement CEO Andy Harrison said the airline could not see a growing long term future at the airport and will therefore focus on higher priority markets.

At one time in 1997, EasyJet had proposals to fly from London Luton to Oslo Sandefjord Airport, but the proposals never got forward due to Ryanair's successful bid to fly there as well, but from London Stansted. Even after this proposal, EasyJet still have not got any plans to fly to Oslo.

Head office
Hangar 89 at London Luton Airport, EasyJet head officeEasyjet's head office is Hangar 89 (H89), a building located on the grounds of London Luton Airport; the hangar, a former Britannia Airways/TUI facility, is located 150 metres from EasyLand, the previous headquarters of EasyJet. Hangar 89, built in 1974, has 30,000 square feet of office space and can house three aircraft the size of an Airbus A319 or Boeing 737 at one time. When EasyJet received H89, it had a 1970s style office setup. EasyJet modernised the building and painted it orange.

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