Posted on: 17 November 2015 by Mark Howells
easyJet has signed a firm order for 30 A320neo and six A320ceo aircraft as well as for numerous LEAP-1A engines and 12 CFM56-5B engines to power the different aircraft types respectively.This aircraft order is part of an A320neo purchase agreement announced in July 2013 and easyJet had already selected the LEAP-1A to power 100 firm aircraft. The engines for this order, which are scheduled for delivery between 2018 and 2020, are purchase rights from that agreement.The 36 new aircraft make easyJet Airbus’s biggest airline customer for the A320ceo and A320neo families, with 321 and 130 on order respectively.“The A320neo with new seats will provide wonderful levels of comfort and space. It is also more fuel efficient, which will reduce emissions and provide lower costs per seat which will help keep fares low,” remarked Carolyn McCall, CEO of easyJet. “The new quieter aircraft will reduce our impact on the communities who live near our airports. Our partnership with Airbus was built on the A320 family and this will continue with the A320neo.“Our mission is to make air travel easy and affordable and CFM is a key partner in helping us deliver that for our passengers,” McCall continued. “Our partnership with CFM has been built on the CFM56 engine and this will continue with the LEAP programme.”easyJet currently operates a fleet of 243 CFM56-5B-powered Airbus A319 andA320 aircraft. The CFM56-5B has the distinction of being the only engine available on all models of the Airbus A320ceo family (including A318s, A319s, A320s and A321s) and has been selected to power more than 55% of these aircraft currently in service or on order. The LEAP-1A engine has completed all certification testing and is currently undergoing an extensive flight test programme on the Airbus A320neo, paving the way for entry into service in 2016.