EasyJet has reached a fleet of 200 Airbus aircraft more quickly and at a younger age than any other airline in history, and is Europe’s largest operator of Airbus single-aisle aircraft.
The UK-based low-cost carrier marked the milestone at a ceremony in Toulouse on May 26. Carolyn McCall, CEO of easyJet, was present at the event, together with CFM International President and CEO Jean-Paul Ebanga and Tom Enders, president and CEO of Airbus.
To celebrate the delivery of its 200th Airbus, easyJet and Airbus unveiled the new A320 in a unique all-orange color scheme. Its maiden flight with passengers from Toulouse for Paris and then on to London was appropriately given flight number EZY200.
“Our ambition is to become Europe’s preferred airline. We’re already Britain’s’ biggest – carrying more passengers than the others put together,” McCall said at the ceremony. “We aim to ‘Turn Europe Orange’ and the special livery on our 200th aircraft embodies that ambition.”
“The tremendous success achieved by easyJet in growing to be one of Europe’s major carriers, and one of Airbus’ top A320 Family customers in just eight years is unique and impressive. We congratulate easyJet and thank their management for the loyalty and support they have given to Airbus, and we are looking forward to continuing our excellent cooperation in the future,” said Airbus CEO Enders.
EasyJet already operates the world’s largest fleet of Airbus A319s, with more than 166 in service. Including its recently delivered A320s, the airline has grown to be Europe’s largest A320-family operator. Since easyJet took delivery of its first Airbus aircraft (an A319) in September 2003, Airbus has delivered an aircraft every 14 days on average to the UK carrier throughout the past eight years.
More than 7,000 Airbus A320-family aircraft have been ordered and more than 4,600 aircraft delivered to over 330 customers and operators worldwide.