Is The Tide Turning For Airbus?
It's happened before... after being all-but-locked out of the
2006 sales race to archrival Boeing, Airbus seems to be slowly
gaining back ground. Tuesday, UK-based low-cost carrier EasyJet
signed a firm contract with Airbus for an additional 52 Airbus
A319s, taking their total orders for the type to 192.
The order propels EasyJet to one of Airbus' biggest customers
worldwide. In addition, EasyJet has also taken an option on another
"We are committed to only operating the newest and most
fuel-efficient aircraft available. The average age of our existing
122 aircraft is only 2.2 years, and we believe that this and the
fundamental benefits of our business model makes us one of the
world's most environmentally-efficient airlines", says Andrew
Harrison, EasyJet Chief Executive.
As with the rest of EasyJet's A319 fleet, the new aircraft will
seat 156 passengers in an all-economy layout.
"It's always satisfying when important airlines reaffirm their
trust in our products to deliver operational goals. The A320
aircraft Family has been firmly established as an industry leader
for some time, and in no small thanks to companies like EasyJet",
said Airbus COO Customers John Leahy,. "Let's not forget why the
A320 is such a good aircraft. It offers unbeatable performance,
passenger comfort, fuel efficiency and operational economics", he
EasyJet signed a groundbreaking transaction for 240 aircraft in
December 2002. This comprised a firm contract for 120 A319s, and
options for 120 more. In December 2005, EasyJet exercised 20 of
these rights. With today's announcement of 52 firm orders and 75
options, EasyJet has a total of 192 firm commitments and 123
In recent years, the Airbus A320 Family has become the leader
among new operators around the world and with airlines based on
low-fare models, consistently winning the most market share in both
categories. Airbus A320 Family orders now stand at more than 4,730
aircraft, and have been ordered by, or are in service with, more
than 200 customers and operators.