European low-cost carrier easyJet has signed a contract for 35 additional Airbus A319 aircraft taking their total order for the aircraft to 227.
The aircraft will be powered by CFM-56 engines from CFM-International.
Marking easyJet's rapid Airbus fleet expansion since their first Airbus aircraft was delivered in September 2003, the company took delivery of their 100th Airbus A319 in April 2007. Today, easyJet operates the world?s largest fleet of A319s, one of the world's youngest aircraft fleets, benefiting from the latest technologies for lower fuel burn for an environmentally friendlier aircraft.
"We continue to expand and we're doing it in the most environmentally-responsible way. Our fleet is made up of the cleanest and quietest aircraft available and with average age of 2.2 years which, combined with our high load factors and high seat densities, means we emit 27 per cent less CO2 per passenger kilometre than a traditional airline. easyJet passenger's environmental footprint is less than that of the Toyota Prius", said Andrew Harrison, easyJet Chief Executive.
"Our partnership with easyJet is strong and we're proud of it. We're very proud our aircraft continue to be recognised as offering the best environmental and operational performance in their class. With the widest fuselage in the single aisle market, allowing quicker turnaround times, the A320 Family realy does help increase productivity," said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer - Customers.
The A320 is recognised as the benchmark single-aisle aircraft family, which also includes the A318, the A319, and A321. Each aircraft feature fly by wire controls and unique operational commonality across the range.
With proven reliability and extended servicing periods, the A320 family have the lowest operating costs of any single aisle aircraft in the same category. The latest models feature additional advanced aerodynamics helping reduce fuel burn even further. In addition, the latest cabin design saves on weight and offers the passenger a quieter and roomier experience as well as significantly larger overhead stowage lockers.
Close to 5,100 Airbus A320 Family aircraft have been sold and over 3,000 delivered to more than 180 customers and operators worldwide, making it the worlds best selling commercial jetliner ever.
Airbus is an EADS company.