EasyJet has confirmed a firm order for 157 A320neo Family aircraft, following shareholder approval on Tuesday.

The carrier will receive 56 A320neo and 101 A321neo aircraft between FY29 and FY34, the plans for which we initially reported in October. EasyJet says that this ensures it has “a supply of future delivery slots… to retain its current scale through replacing aircraft leaving the fleet” and enables the carrier to “execute its growth strategy”.

An additional 100 purchase rights will also enable the airline the opportunity to further grow, depending on when they are delivered.

An existing 35 A320neo aircraft already on order will also be converted into larger A321neo aircraft. EasyJet says this decision will enable “continued growth opportunities in slot constrained airports”.

Johan Lundgren, CEO of easyJet, commented:

“We are very pleased to be able to confirm this significant order which not only enables easyJet to replace its older aircraft with more efficient aircraft, a core component of our net zero roadmap, but also provides us the ability for disciplined growth, including the significant opportunity that upgauging brings. With this order, easyJet will be able to continue to cement its leading position at Europe’s primary airports and so we look forward to working in partnership with Airbus in the years to come.”

Christian Scherer, CCO and Head of International at Airbus, added:

“Airbus is delighted to be accompanying easyJet in its fleet growth and renewal. Its Airbus fleet allows easyJet to differentiate its offering in its competitive market with the most state-of-the-art, modern and comfortable aircraft. easyJet and Airbus both are strong advocates for the decarbonisation of the aviation sector and so this significant investment into the most fuel efficient and SAF-capable aircraft is a testimony to our joint commitment in this respect. Bravo easyJet, and thank you!”

EasyJet currently already has an existing order book for 158 Airbus aircraft for delivery by 2028, with the most recent order for 56 A320 neo Family aircraft coming in July last year.

The low-cost carrier says that the adoption of more efficient, new technology aircraft is part of its path to net zero cabin emissions. EasyJet recently completed a multi-million pound fuel-saving tech installation on its entire fleet:

EasyJet’s new tech software to save 88,600 tonnes of CO2 annually

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