10 JANUARY 2011
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Airbus has started the new year with easyJet in effect tidying up its commitment for A320 aircraft which should leave it with a 220-size fleet by the end of September 2013.
What is evident from its negotiations with Airbus is that the airline is now committed to the larger 320 series aircraft (180 passengers) for the future. Whilst around 160 of the smaller A319s are available (156 passengers) and will make up the majority of the operation in the years ahead, where lease/finance commitments allow these are being dropped for the bigger plane.
Listed on the London Stock Exchange easyJet was launched at Luton in 1995 as a Boeing 737 operator. It purchased GO (Stansted) in 2002 from British Airways and GB Airways (Gatwick) in 2007. In 2002, in a change of strategy, it ordered 120 Airbus A319 series aircraft and now has virtually finished disposing of all its Boeing aircraft. www.easyjet.com
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