UK-based low cost carrier easyJet has taken delivery of the airline’s 250th Airbus A320-family aircraft.
Carolyn McCall, easyJet’s CEO, Jean-Paul Ebanga, CFM International’s president and CEO, Didier Evrard, Airbus EVP and head of programmes and Christopher Buckley, Airbus EVP Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific attended a ceremony at the Airbus A320-family assembly facility at Finkenwerder Airfield near Hamburg to mark the milestone easyJet delivery.
To celebrate its 250th Airbus delivery, easyJet’s newest Airbus A320 was unveiled bearing a unique livery, which features a large ‘250’ made up of 250 miniature aircraft symbols on the A320’s rear fuselage.
“It was only four years ago that we celebrated our 200th aircraft delivery,” noted McCall. “At that time easyJet then became the world’s youngest airline to reach a fleet of 200 Airbus aircraft, also achieving it in the fastest time.”
EasyJet flies 234 aircraft, all of them Airbus A320-family jets, on more than 750 routes serving more than 130 airports in 33 countries. It operates Europe’s largest and the world’s fourth-largest Airbus A320-family fleet.
Since easyJet took delivery of its first Airbus aircraft (an A319) in September 2003, Airbus has delivered another new aircraft to the low cost carrier every 16 days on average.
London Luton Airport-based easyJet currently has 158 A320-family aircraft on order and in terms of total aircraft orders is Airbus’ third-largest airline customer. Currently easyJet operates a fleet of 85 A320s (each with 180 seats) and 149 A319s (each with 156 seats).
“EasyJet’s massive investment in A320 Family aircraft, as well as their large order for 100 A320neos, is a great endorsement for our A320 Family, and demonstrates easyJet’s commitment to operating the most modern, productive and comfortable aircraft,” said Evrard.
More than 11,550 Airbus A320-family aircraft have been ordered to date, and almost 6,500 aircraft have been delivered to more than 315 customers and operators worldwide.