Airbus has confirmed the additional firm order for 157 A320neo family jets that had been announced by easyJet in October.
The announcement occurred hours after the low-cost airline’s shareholders met to vote on the approval of the contractual amendment, which provides for the acquisition of 56 A320neo and 101 A321neo.
The proposal was approved by 99.94% of shareholders who participated in the general meeting, according to easyJet.
“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 ability for disciplined growth, including the significant opportunity that upgauging brings,” said Johan Lundgren, CEO of easyJet.
“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,” said Christian Scherer, Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International at Airbus.
The company’s planning stipulates that deliveries will take place between 2029 and 2034. Currently, easyJet has 158 Airbus aircraft pending delivery, of which 90 A320neo and 68 A321neo.
The new aircraft are expected to replace its A320ceo and also the smaller A319ceo, making the airline’s fleet focused on aircraft with a greater number of seats.
easyJet flew dozens of Boeing 737s, but retired the last planes in 2004, to standardize the fleet with Airbus aircraft.