easyJet receives first Airbus A320neo

British low-cost carrier easyJet has taken delivery of it’s first Airbus A320neo aircraft, which doubles as the 300th Airbus aircraft in the airline’s fleet.

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A small ceremony was held at Toulouse ©Airbus

G-UZHA (MSN 7649), an Airbus A320-251N(WL), was delivered to the carrier’s London Luton base yesterday, after a small ceremony to mark the occasion. The event was attended by easyJet CEO Carolyn McCall, CFM International CEO Gaël Méheust and Airbus CEO Tom Enders.

The delivery flight then routed from Toulouse to Luton via Paris-Orly.

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easyJet’s first NEO on a test flight ©Airbus

The aircraft is fitted with two CFM International LEAP-1A26 high bypass turbofans, and configured in a 186 seat, full economy layout. Special “NEO” titles have been added to the fuselage.

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©Alex Macheras

At the ceremony, easyJet CEO Carolyn McCall gave a short speech:

“The A320neo is a major step change for our fleet efficiency and will provide a cost-per-seat saving of up to 7% over the current A320, which itself has a cost saving benefit of up to 8% over the A319, and this benefit will enableEasyJet to continue to offer our famous low fares helping to connect people across Europe for work and play.”

“With 130 Neo aircraft on order, we are also Europe’s largest customer for this revolutionary new plane and really looking forward to operating the Neo and realising its cost, customer, carbon and noise benefits.”

G-UZHA’s first commercial flights will operate from the 16th of June, flying from Luton to Amsterdam, Edinburgh and Madrid. With luck, my flight to AMS on the 17th of June will be operated by the aircraft!

easyJet’s second A320neo, G-UZHB (MSN 7705), has completed final assembly and will also wear a special NEO livery. It is unclear how many A320neo aircraft easyJet will paint in this livery.

The low cost carrier has ordered 130 A320neo family jets, made up of 100 A320neos and 30 larger A321neos.

Here are some videos documenting the aircraft’s timeline, from the manufacture all the way to the delivery.

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