EasyJet Orders 157 New Airbus Aircraft

Daniel Fowkes
13 Oct 2023
· Aircraft 
· Airlines 
EasyJet Airbus A321neo c/n 8314 Built 2018 Arriving on flight U28703 / EZY57DY from London Gatwick Tenerife South Airport, Granadilla de Abona, Tenerife, Canary Islands

EasyJet, a major European low-cost carrier, intends to place a massive order with Airbus.

Breakdown Of New Order

The additional aircraft order is expected to be in the region of 157 Airbus planes in the A320neo family.

EasyJet says the makeup of the deal is slated to be for 56 A320neos and 101 A321neos. Such a deal of mammoth scale increases their reliance on the family by bringing their aircraft on order to over 300.

Delivery Slots Present An Opportunity

While needing approval by shareholders, EasyJet believes that the delivery slots will be equally important in the thinking behind this agreement.

Airbus’s deliveries are not only delayed but substantially backed up, which is evident through the A320neo family, especially Airbus’s most popular aircraft.

As a result, airlines cannot acquire aircraft when they’d precisely like to. EasyJet says deliveries for these units would be between 2029 and 2034.

It means they can get in the door early and know they’ll have planes to provide growth. A luxury, yes, but something many carriers are unable to plan out so far in advance.

Behind The Deal

Acquiring these 157 additional Airbus aircraft has been done to grow its capacity. The jets arriving during this period mean through flexible fleet planning, they’ll be able to play the market if it continues on an upward trajectory by having more than enough cover.

EasyJet has always had a substantial presence within Europe. However, recent years have prevented the airline from truly stamping its authority like it once would’ve.

However, with an increasingly brighter future, the airline has set its sights on chasing expansion and market share for the first time in years and battling it out with other leading low-cost units in the sector.

Its two main competitors are Ryanair and Wizz Air, which are equally ambitious and willing to grow, order new aircraft and compete.

A Look At EasyJet’s Fleet

EasyJet currently has a fleet of 179 in-service aircraft from the A320 family. Thus, it flies no Boeing units.

Its most significant fleet type, when measured by current units, is the A320-200, with 76 units in service. The former A320 variant leads the line alongside the A319-100 with 56 active operations.

EasyJet’s next-generation narrowbody operation continues to grow as the company sees 37 active A320neos and ten active A321neos. However, this is slated to grow with time, thanks to this latest order and countless past commitments.

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