Airbus delivers easyJet's first A320neo

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Gaël Méheust – CEO of CFM at the easyJet event. (Supplied)
Gaël Méheust – CEO of CFM at the easyJet event. (Supplied)

Cape Town - Airbus has delivered easyJet’s first A320neo.

It is also the airline’s 300th A320 Family aircraft. The delivery took place at a ceremony in Toulouse involving Carolyn McCall (easyJet CEO), Gaël Méheust (CFM international CEO), Tom Enders (Airbus CEO) and other senior executives.
 
The aircraft, powered by CFM LEAP-1A engines, is configured in a 186 seat layout.

To mark the occasion and to distinguish the NEO fleet, the aircraft has a specially designed NEO logo on the fuselage. easyJet’s NEO fleet will be based out of London's Luton Airport and operate its first commercial flights in June to Amsterdam, Madrid and Edinburgh.
 
From its first A320 Family delivery in 2003, easyJet has grown to operate Europe’s largest A320 Family fleet and is also Europe’s largest customer for the NEO. Environmentally, the NEO has a 15% reduction in fuel burn and CO2 emissions, rising to 20% by 2020. The noise footprint is also reduced by 50%.
 
In May 2017, easyJet upsized orders for 30 A320neo with 186 seats to the larger capacity A321neo with 235 seats for growth at slot constrained airports.

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