easyJet confirmed (18-Jun-2013) it placed an order for 100 A320neo and 35 A320neo aircraft. The airline selected the A320 aircraft as it believed it offered the best productivity, lowest operating cost and best fuel efficiency for single aisle aircraft with around 180 seats. easyJet expects to achieve a cost per seat saving of between 11% and 12% compared to the airline's existing 156-seat A319 equipment. The A320ceo aircraft will be equipped with sharklets and will be delivered between 2015 and 2017 while the A320neo aircraft will be delivered between 2017 and 2022. easyJet also has options for up to 100 additional A320neo aircraft. Of the 135 aircraft, 85 will be for replacement. The order is expected to sustain almost 2500 jobs and 7500 in the extended supply chain in the UK. easyJet 37% shareholder Stelios Haji-Ioannou criticised the order, stating it was "another huge capital expenditure deal with the same supplier at secret prices", according to a report from London Evening Standard. Mr Haji-Ioannou called for the airline's full shareholder circular to state the actual price to be paid for each aircraft. The purchase is subject to a shareholder vote where it must be approved by 50% of the airline's shareholders. An EGM to approve the purchase is to take place on 11-Jul-2013. [more - original PR - easyJet] [more - original PR - easyJet II] [more - original PR - easyJet III] [more - original PR - Airbus]
easyJet signs order for 100 A320neo and 35 A320ceo aircraft
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