After receiving approval from its shareholders, easyJet has firmed up the purchase of 100 A320neo and 35 A320ceo (current engine option) jets.
Airbus and easyJet announced the initial agreement on June 18, at the Paris Air Show 2013. EasyJet reportedly will use all 35 of the A320ceo aircraft and 50 0f the A320neos to replace Airbus A319 jets currently in its fleet.
The agreement was concluded following a thorough technical and economical evaluation. The deal is also widely reported to include purchase rights on an additional 100 Airbus A320neo jets.
“We are delighted that the easyJet board has now confirmed the order. The A320 Family aircraft have the tallest and widest cabin of any single aisle aircraft for added passenger space and comfort,” says John Leahy, Airbus’ chief operating officer – customers.
The order by easyJet sustains nearly 2,500 jobs as well as some 7,500 jobs in the extended supply chain in the UK, according to Airbus.
EasyJet operates one of Europe’s most extensive route networks and is the UK’s largest airline, carrying 55 million passengers a year.
In addition, easyJet is also the largest Airbus A320-family customer and operator in Europe.
To date, 9,792 A320-family jets have been ordered and nearly 5,650 delivered to more than 380 customers and operators.