easyJet has taken delivery of its first LEAP-1A powered A320neo from Airbus, an aircraft boasting enhanced environmental and operational benefits. The aircraft, the airline firm’s 300th within the A320 Family, offers 15% savings in fuel burn and CO2 emissions while halving the noise footprint of the plane.
The aircraft’s introduction to easyJet’s fleet was celebrated at a special ceremony in Toulouse with easyJet CEO Carolyn McCall in attendance alongside Fabrice Bregier, President Airbus Commercial Aircraft and Airbus COO, and Gaël Méheust, CFM International president and CEO.
easyJet hopes to captures the benefits seen by other airlines using the A320neo such as Lufthansa. Indeed, the 15% reduction in emissions is a signficant saving not seen before in a single, new generation tech advance. According to data, savings would equate to 3,500-metric tonnes per year, per aircraft, equivalent to planting 900,000 trees.
Carolyn McCall, easyJet CEO, said: “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 enable easyJet to continue to offer our famous low fares helping to connect people across Europe for work and play.
We strive to reduce “our carbon and noise impact on the environment and local communities,” said Carolyn McCall, easyJet CEO. “By using modern Airbus aircraft and flying them efficiently we have reduced the carbon impact of our flights by a third since 2000.
“With the addition of the A320neo and A321neo to the future easyJet fleet and with further planned efficiency improvements easyJet has now set itself a new, tougher carbon emissions target of 72 grams by 2022. This is a 10% reduction from today’s performance and a 38% improvement from 2000.”