Posted on: 25 May 2011 by Ross McSweeny
“At 15 years old, easyJet is the youngest airline to receive 200 Airbus aircraft,” declared the airline’s CEO Carolyn McCall as she accepted the aircraft during a presentation ceremony in Toulouse.
“This aircraft is a significant milestone for us,” McCall added. The airline will now press on with its growth strategy. “And it will be profitable growth, alongside our aim to be Europe’s preferred airline within the next five years,” she emphasised.
Sharing the stage with McCall were Airbus CEO Tom Enders and the recently installed new CFM president and CEO, Jean-Paul Ebanga.
Enders congratulated and thanked McCall and her predecessors for putting their faith in Airbus, noting that the airline is the largest operator of A319s in the world. “We are glad that a major pan-European presence has been achieved largely with a European product,” he remarked.
Enders also noted that in building its Airbus fleet there have been times when the airline was taking aircraft at a rate of five a month.
“easyJet is now largest CFM56-5B operator in the world,” CFM’s Ebanga commented. “So I congratulate you for not only the delivery of this aircraft, but also easyJet’s contribution to the air transport industry.”
The aircraft, an A320 with its fuselage in vivid orange, made its maiden passenger flight taking guests from Toulouse back to Paris Orly and then onto London Gatwick using the special flight number EZY200.
Bernie Baldwin, editor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/LARAnews.net