Tuesday, 31 August 2021

UK holiday airline Jet2 turning its back on Boeing with a massive Airbus order

In a deal worth approximately $4.9billion at list prices, UK holiday airline Jet2 has ordered 36 Airbus A321neos jets, the planemaker and carrier confirmed today.  In addition, Jet2 also has purchase option rights that could see the order increased to 60 aircraft. 

Philip Meeson, Jet2.com Executive Chairman said, “Jet2.com will be proud to  operate the Airbus A321neo in the years ahead.  This aircraft  is, in our opinion,  the most efficient and environmentally friendly aircraft in its class today – it will give our holiday customers a wonderfully comfortable and enjoyable experience as they travel with us for their well deserved Jet2holiday.”

The aircraft will be configured for 232 seats with an Airspace cabin featuring innovative lighting, new seating products and 60 percent larger overhead baggage bins for added personal storage.

“We very much welcome Jet2.com’s decision. Traditionally having been operating non fly-by-wire aircraft, we note with great satisfaction that after having tested a couple of leased A321s and run a comprehensive evaluation, Jet2.com is forward-looking and investing in modern and future proof Airbus fly-by-wire technology. This is a testimony to Jet2.com’s vision of efficiency, quality, performance and environmentally friendly flying,” said Christian Scherer, Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International.

The A320neo Family incorporates the latest technologies, including new generation engines and Sharklets, delivering a 20 per cent reduction in fuel consumption per seat. With an additional range of up to 500 nautical miles/900 km. or two tonnes of extra payload, the A321neo will deliver Jet2.com with additional revenue potential.

At the end of July 2021, the A320neo Family had won over 7,400 firm orders from over 120 customers worldwide. Airbus has advised that Jet2 will make its engine selection public at a later date. The airline says it will retain flexibility in determining the most favourable method of financing the aircraft, which will be through a combination of internal resources and debt.

Jet2 currently operates a fleet of around 90 aircraft, mostly Boeing 737-800s, 8 757s, some older 737-300s and a single A321 and is the third-largest carrier in the UK. 

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