Boeing and Airbus battle for easyJet order

Saturday, 07 Jan, 2002 0

test keyword Low cost airline easyJet is in discussion with Boeing and Airbus about the acquisition of 75 new aircraft.

EasyJet is considering buying either the Boeing 737-700 or the Airbus A319 aircraft for delivery up to 2007. No European low-cost airline has previously opted for Airbus because the original capacity of the Airbus A319 was 145 seats compared to 149 seats on the Boeing aircraft. However easyJet said that because the Airbus A319 will be available with up to 150 seats it is a “viable competitive alternative.”

Chief Executive Ray Webster said: “Given the current state of parts of the global aviation industry, this is potentially a very good time to be addressing our long-term aircraft needs.

“We have already committed to grow aircraft capacity by approximately 25% per annum until 2004 and need to secure delivery positions beyond that date. The exact growth rates will be dependent on both the final aircraft delivery schedule and the retirement of a number of existing aircraft, which are still under discussion.

“While commonality of fleet is an important component of the easyJet business model, we feel it is appropriate to consider all options and have, therefore, entered into negotiations with both Boeing and Airbus.”

easyJet has a 27 strong fleet consisting of 18 Boeing 737-300 and 9 Boeing 737-700 aircraft. A further 23 Boeing 737-700 aircraft will be added to the fleet by May 2004.


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