Airbus has delivered yesterday easyJet’s first LEAP-1A powered A320neo which is also the airline’s 300th A320 Family aircraft delivery, at a ceremony in Toulouse.
To mark the milestone delivery, a special livery has been designed with an A320neo motif on the fuselage. The aircraft is powered by CFM LEAP-1A engines and configured in a 186 seat layout. The first easyJet A320neo will be based at London-Luton (LTN) and start operating commercial flights on 16 June to Amsterdam, Madrid and Edinburgh.
From its first A320 Family delivery in 2003, easyJet has grown to operate Europe’s largest A320 Family fleet and is also Europe’s largest customer for the NEO. Environmentally, the NEO has significant benefits with a 15 percent reduction in fuel burn and CO2 emissions rising to 20 percent by 2020. The noise footprint is also reduced by 50 percent.
In May 2017, easyJet upsized orders for 30 A320neo with 186 seats to the larger capacity A321neo with 235 seats for growth at slot constrained airports.
Since 2000, easyJet’s emissions have reduced by over 31% from 116.2 grams to 79.98 grams per passenger kilometre in 2016. easyJet’s current target is to reduce this to 77 grams by 2020. With the addition of the A321neo to the future easyJet fleet and with further planned efficiency improvements easyJet has set itself a new tougher carbon emissions target of 72 grams by 2022. This is a 10% reduction from today’s performance and a 38% improvement from 2000.
With more than 5,000 orders received from 92 customers since its launch in 2010, the A320neo Family has captured some 60 percent share of the market.