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EasyJet starts route between London-Gatwick and Catania on Sicily

Starting today, the United Kingdom's popular budget airline EasyJet will fly three times a week between London's Gatwick Airport (IATA: LGW; ICAO: EGKK) and Vincenzo Bellini Airport (IATA: CTA; ICAO: LICC) on the eastern coast of the Italian island of Sicily.  The flights will operate in each direction on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, according to the route's timetable, available on the airline's official website.  The route will be flown with the Airbus A319-100, according to results returned by the airline ticket booking engine at www.kayak.com/flights.

EasyJet is the most popular airline for leisure travel, based in the United Kingdom.  Its largest hub is Luton Airport (IATA: LTN; ICAO: EGGW), 35 miles (57 kilometers) north of London.  It was established in 1995, and based its business model on the one used by the American carrier, Southwest Airlines.  One aspect of the budget airline business model is exclusive use (or at least very heavy use) of a single aircraft model.  Southwest, for example, is by far the world's largest operator of the Boeing 737, flying more than 550 of them, and having 130 more on order as of this posting.  EasyJet is the world's largest operator of the Airbus A319.  As of this posting, EasyJet operates more than 150 of the A319, in a fleet of fewer than 200 planes.

[To the right is a photograph of the 100th Airbus A319 delivered to EasyJet, landing at Bristol Airport (IATA: BRS; ICAO: EGGD) in special livery, in September 2008.]

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original stories

EasyJet LGW-CTA timetable (EasyJet)

Easyjet Launches Catania - London Gatwick in June 2011 (http://airportsinitaly.blogspot.com)

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Virgin America will double fleet size over next six years

Between 2013 and 2016, the United States-based air carrier Virgin America plans to buy and put into service between 40 and 60 new airplanes from the French-based aircraft manufacturer Airbus.  This planned move will more than double Virgin America’s fleet size, and could triple it, if the airline elects to purchase closer to 60 planes rather than closer to 40.  It currently flies among ten cities in North America, and would use the additional planes to increase its number of destinations.  Virgin America is considering expanding to Chicago, Illinois; Dallas, Texas; and Atlanta, Georgia in the United States, and to Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada.

Virgin America plans to hire hundreds of additional personnel to support this planned expansion.  It is expected that most of the job creation in connection with this growth will be in the San Francisco, California area where the airline is headquartered.

Airbus was founded in 1970, and is based in Toulouse, France.  It produces around half of the world's jet aircraft.

Virgin America, which flies an all-Airbus fleet of A319 and A320 aircraft, was founded in 2004 in California, and began flying passengers in 2007.  It is one of the several brands with “Virgin” in its name, developed by the British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson.  Virgin America’s main hub is San Francisco International Airport (IATA: SFO; ICAO: KSFO).  Moreover, Los Angeles is a focus city for the airline.

original story (San Francisco Business Times)