Low-cost airline EasyJet revealed on Thursday a new Airbus aircraft order plan that will expand its orders by up to 257 A320neo family aircraft.
The order, yet to be confirmed, foresees the delivery of 101 A321neo and 56 A320neo. In addition, the carrier will have over 100 purchase options. All aircraft will be equipped with CFM Leap-1 engines in a deal yet to be discussed.
The new agreement, still to be approved by shareholders, 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 planes 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.
The airline’s goal is to go from the current 336 jets to 464 aircraft in 2033. There will then be 195 A320neo, 183 A321neo and 87 A320ceo.
The fleet today is made up of 226 A320s (54 of the A320neo model), 95 A319s and 15 A321neos.
The A319 is expected to leave the scene by the end of the first order, in 2029, while the second batch will replace half of the A320ceo fleet.
EasyJet operated dozens of Boeing 737s, but retired the last jets in 2004, to standardize the fleet with Airbus planes.