17 MARCH 2014
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It could hardly be for new aircraft. Britain’s largest, and clearly from the turnout, most influential airline, is not in the market for new planes. Last June the airline announced an intention to acquire 35 Airbus A320, for delivery between 2015 and 2017, and 100 of the Airbus A320neo from 2017.
Unlike the A320 series (CFM-powered) the forthcoming neo will have a choice of two engines, either CFM International LEAP-1A or the Pratt & Whitney PW1000G. Ms McCall and the Board have still to make a decision, hence the visit to New York.
To date, orders for the Neo stand at around 2,500 with the airline’s engine choice split almost equally. easyJet’s decision will influence smaller carriers.
Robin Goodwill, Aviation Minister, was Guest of Honour, and perhaps this time being on home territory a little more relaxed amongst his Parliamentary colleagues than he was the night before at the AOA dinner. He spoke highly of the airline, now much used by members of both Houses under a travel arrangement. Lord Lawson, always interested in aviation matters was spotted, and also David Blunket, praised for his work concerning disabled passengers. www.easyjet.com
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