18 MAY 2015
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easyJet is to add another row of seats bringing capacity up to 186 on its Airbus A320 aircraft. The airline is likely to follow the Vueling use of the Airbus Space-Flex module (See in this issue). All aircraft delivered May 2016 will be kitted out thus, and the balance of the fleet retrofitted.
While the changes mean more passengers sharing the same cabin space, the manufacturer says that the new arrangements should not compromise on comfort. “We are supporting the higher seat count with intelligent means to give living space to passengers,” noted Airbus.
easyJet reported a profit of £7m in the six months to 31 March compared with a loss of £53m for the same period last year. Profits were helped by cheaper fuel and a strong finish to the ski season. Profits for European short haul carriers in the winter are unusual.
easyJet forecast revenue and profit growth for the full year, giving no further details other than forward bookings being in line with 2014 and forecasting that its fuel bill would shrink by up to £120m because of lower oil prices. www.easyjet.com
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