Jet 2 Plc has placed an order for 36 new Airbus A321 neo aircraft, with “agreed flexibility to extend the order up to 60 aircraft”.

The parent group of and Jet 2 Holidays said that the order had been made “in order to meet the future anticipated growth of its Leisure Travel business and to refresh its existing aircraft fleet”.

The vast majority of Jet 2’s current fleet of 90 aircraft consists of Boeing B737s, alongside eight B757 aircraft.

The new A321 neos are set to be delivered over five years between 2023 and 2028, and have a list price of $4.9 billion, although the group said that it had negotiated “significant discounts”.

Commenting on the news Jet2 Plc’s executive chairman Philip Meeson said: 

“We are delighted to have placed this order with Airbus and are proud to operate this aircraft which has more seats, provides additional operating benefits through lower fuel consumption and is, in our opinion, the most efficient and environmentally friendly aircraft in its class today.

“It will ensure our customers have a wonderfully comfortable and enjoyable experience as they travel with us for their well-deserved holidays and can enjoy Real Package Holidays from Jet2holidays or scheduled holiday flights with that are increasingly more environmentally sustainable for many years to come.”

According to Airbus, Jet 2’s A321 neo aircraft will be configured for 232 seats, “with an Airspace cabin featuring innovative lighting, new seating products and 60 percent larger overhead baggage bins for added personal storage”.

Fellow UK low-cost carrier Easyjet took delivery of its first A321 neo in 2018, and currently has 14 of the aircraft in its fleet.

Easyjet takes delivery of first A321neo