easyJet has today announced an order for 157 additional A320neo Family aircraft, and has also secured purchase rights for an additional 100. Additionally, the airline will convert 35 A320neo deliveries into A321neos.
On Tuesday (December 19, 2023) easyJet announced a firm order for 157 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft, plus 100 purchase rights. The carrier will also convert 35 existing A320neo deliveries into the larger A321neo, enabling continued growth at slot constrained airports. A total of 56 A320neos and 101 A321neos will be delivered between FY29 and FY34. As part of their airline’s ongoing fleet renewal program, the new aircraft will replace older Airbus A319s and around half of easyJet’s A320ceos. The new aircraft will deliver a between 13 and 30 percent fuel burn efficiency improvement, depending on which aircraft they replace, as well as a 50 percent smaller noise footprint.
In Tuesday’s order announcement, easyJet’s CEO, Johan Lundgren, said,
“We are very pleased to be able to confirm this significant order which not only enables easyJet to replace its older aircraft with more efficient aircraft, a core component of our net zero roadmap, but also provides us the ability for disciplined growth, including the significant opportunity that upgauging brings. With this order, easyJet will be able to continue to cement its leading position at Europe’s primary airports and so we look forward to working in partnership with Airbus in the years to come.”
Also commenting on the order, Airbus’ Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International, Christian Scherer, said,
“Airbus is delighted to be accompanying easyJet in its fleet growth and renewal. Its Airbus fleet allows easyJet to differentiate its offering in its competitive market with the most state-of-the-art, modern and comfortable aircraft. easyJet and Airbus both are strong advocates for the decarbonisation of the aviation sector and so this significant investment into the most fuel efficient and SAF-capable aircraft is a testimony to our joint commitment in this respect. Bravo easyJet, and thank you!”
Having won over 18,000 orders from nearly 140 customers worldwide, the A320 Family is the world’s most popular single-aisle aircraft. The largest member of the A320neo Family, the A321neo features new generation generations and Sharklets that combine to help deliver an over 20 percent reduction in fuel use and CO2 emissions compared to previous generation single-aisle aircraft. To date, over 5,600 A321neos have been ordered by more than 100 customers worldwide.
easyJet serves over 150 airports across 35 countries and operates nearly 1,000 routes. The airline has a fleet of more than 300 aircraft, and over 300 million Europeans live within an hour’s drive of an airport served by easyJet. During 2022, easyJet carried more than 69 million passengers. The popular low-cost carrier (LCC) is dedicated to innovation and leads the industry in digital, web, engineering and operational efficiencies. easyJet joined the UN-backed ‘Race to Zero’ in November 2021 and has published their roadmap to net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Source(s): easyJet, Airbus