easyJet has purchased its 100th aircraft and the occasion was marked by a special flight for staff and dignitaries in the brand new aircraft over Berlin.The airline now has a fleet of 100 Boeing 737s and Airbus A319s. Last month, easyJet carried 2.6 million passengers on its network.
The airline now operates around 650 flights every day on 203 routes to 61 key airports throughout Europe and in the last 12 months the airline carried 27 million passengers.
Today’s new arrival from Airbus is the 39th A319 to be delivered from easyJet’s order of 120 aircraft to be completed by 2007. An additional 20 A319’s will be delivered in 2005 to facilitate the airline’s continued plans for expansion and increase passenger numbers by a further 15 - 20% this financial year. The airline also has an option for an additional 120 aircraft from 2007 onwards.
Ed Winter, easyJet’s Chief Operating Officer commented; ” Today is an exciting day for easyJet, we now operate more aircraft, offer more flights and last month carried more passengers than any other low cost airline in Europe and have exceeded all but one of the flag carriers.”
“Our success has been phenomenal and by giving more consumers the opportunity to fly to key airports at our famously low fares, the face of European aviation has changed forever - flying is no longer elitist and expensive.
“We believe there is still a great deal of potential throughout Europe for low cost services and easyJet intends to be at the forefront of further market expansion across Europe and will continue to play a key role in bridging Europe”.