MIAMI – European low-cost carrier easyJet took delivery of their first Airbus A320neo today in Toulouse, France. The aircraft, registered G-UZHA (MSN: 7649), is the first of 130 A320neo family aircraft on order for the airline and the 300th aircraft delivered to easyJet.
The airline took delivery of the plane at a ceremony attended by easyJet CEO Carolyn McCall, CFM International CEO Gaël Méheust, CFM, and Airbus CEO Tom Enders. At the delivery ceremony, the executives unveiled the brand new aircraft sporting a special “NEO” livery.
easyJet opted for the CFM Leap 1-A engine over the Pratt & Whitney 1000G to power their A320neo fleet. easyJet is the fourth operator of the A320neo equipped with the Leap 1-A in Europe after Pegasus, SAS, and WOW Air.
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The easyJet A320neo is configured with 186 seats in an all-economy format. This setup is the standard seating configuration for easyJet A320 aircraft. The easyJet A320neo fleet will be based out of London Luton Airport and will commence revenue flights this month to cities including Amsterdam, Madrid, and Edinburgh. The A320neo fleet will eventually spread throughout the easyJet route network.
The Airbus A320neo will provide easyJet with a 15% reduction in fuel burn and CO 2 emissions that could rise to 20% by 2020. The A320neo also reduces the noise footprint of the A320 by 50% compared to the current generation A320ceo aircraft.
easyJet’s second A320neo, G-UZHB (MSN: 7705), has completed final assembly and will also wear a special livery celebrating the A320neo. At this time, it is unclear how many A320neo aircraft easyJet will paint in the A320neo livery. easyJet currently has 99 additional A320neo and 30 A321neo aircraft on order. G-UZHB was the 118th A320neo delivered.