easyJet has announced it will extend its fleet to over 300 aircraft by spring 2018 up from 280. It also forecast reaching a number of key milestones in technological initiatives over the next 12 months.
Half of easyJet’s fleet is now A320 aircraft following a programme of up-gauging from 150-seat A319s to the larger aircraft that have up to 186 seats, as well as a number of aircraft acquired that were previously operated by Air Berlin.
The airline will also take delivery of its first A321neo in July that will contribute towards easyJet’s initiative to decarbonise and quieten aviation.
In addition, the company will continue to work alongside US-based start-up and electric aircraft pioneer Wright Electric on their development of an all-electric commercial aircraft and expects to launch the first flight of a hybrid nine seat aircraft within the next 12 months.
Johan Lundgren, easyJet’s Chief Executive Officer, said: "Our newest Airbus neo aircraft will continue to reduce our carbon and noise footprints, which have already been reduced by 38% and 50% respectively since 2000, compared to current aircraft.
“Our partnership with Wright Electric will reach a number of milestones in the development of an all-electric commercial passenger aircraft and towards a future which isn’t wholly reliant on jet fuel.”
Shares were down 1.7% in trading.