After a thorough technical evaluation, easyJet has earmarked the Airbus A320neo for its future fleet requirements, according to Airbus.
Based on its growth forecasts, easyJet selected the Airbus A320 as offering the best productivity, lowest operating cost and best fuel efficiency of any single aisle aircraft in the 180-seat market segment, Airbus said on June 18 at the Paris Air Show 2013.
Currently easyJet operates a fleet largely based on the smaller Airbus A319, which seats 156 passengers in the UK carrier’s cabin configuration.
Subject to shareholder approval, easyJet has identified a future need for 100 Airbus A320neo aircraft. These will be preceded by 35 Airbus A320ceo (current engine option) aircraft equipped with Sharklets.
Of the 135 aircraft, 85 will be for replacement, according to Airbus.
The manufacturer says an order of this size from easyJet would directly sustain nearly 2,500 jobs, as well as some 7,500 in the extended supply chain, in the UK.
EasyJet is the UK’s largest airline, carrying 55 million passenger a year. It is also the largest Airbus A320-family customer and operator in Europe.
More than 9,500 A320-family aircraft have now been ordered and over 5,600 delivered to over 380 customers and operators.