Today easyJet is taking delivery of its 50th Airbus A319 in Hamburg.
The first Airbus A319 was delivered into the easyJet base in Geneva in October 2003, where the airline began operating a mixed fleet and incorporating the aircraft into its network. Since then easyJet has taken delivery of more Airbus aircraft than any other airline in the last 20 months.
During this period the airline has successfully converted seven of its 13 bases in Basel, Berlin, Dortmund, Gatwick, Geneva, Paris - Orly and London Stansted into wholly Airbus operations. Nottingham East Midlands and Bristol will be converted later this year.
The growth of the airline has not only made flying more affordable, but has also secured over 3600 direct jobs throughout the UK, France and Germany and has created tens of thousands indirectly throughout Europe.
The 50th Airbus, increases the airline’s fleet to 105 and with an additional 70 being delivered over the next few years, easyJet will continue with its programme to replace its older Boeings. This will give easyJet the most fuel efficient and youngest fleet in Europe; the average aircraft age of 4 years, will decrease to 2.2 by the end of 2007. easyJet expects to operate a total fleet of 147 aircraft consisting of 115 Airbus and 32 Boeing 737 700’s by the end of 2007.
Ray Webster, easyJet Chief Executive commented: “The Airbus A319 fulfils all our requirements. We have invested in the renewal of our fleet to give us the most modern, reliable, fuel-efficient aircraft which allow us to keep our costs low. While most other airlines have been forced to introduce fuel surcharges, our customers continue to benefit from easyJet’s low fares”.