Bernie Baldwin

Britain’s third-largest scheduled airline announces plans to renew its fleet in partnership with Airbus.

Jet2.com has announced that “to meet the future anticipated growth of its leisure travel business and to refresh its existing aircraft fleet”, it has placed an initial order for 36 Airbus A321neos, making it a new Airbus customer. It also agreed flexibility with Airbus to extend the order up to 60 aircraft. The carrier will announce its choice of engine at a later date.

According to its announcement on the London Stock Exchange, the “firm ordered aircraft deliveries stretch over five years until 2028”, suggesting the airline will receive its first A321neo in 2023.

Jet2.com says it “will retain flexibility in determining the most favourable method of financing the aircraft, through a combination of internal resources and debt”.

“Jet2.com will be proud to operate the Airbus A321neo in the years ahead,” declared Philip Meeson, Jet2.com executive chairman. “This aircraft is, in our opinion, the most efficient and environmentally friendly aircraft in its class today – it will give our holiday customers a wonderfully comfortable and enjoyable experience as they travel with us for their well-deserved Jet2holiday.”

Jet2’s A321neos will be configured with 232 seats and feature the Airbus Airspace cabin which includes innovative lighting, new seating products and significantly larger overhead baggage bins. The type’s additional range of up to 500 nautical miles/900 km or two tonnes of extra payload will offer Jet2.com much additional revenue potential.