Thursday 18 September turns out to be a great day for Airbus. Eurowings, Swiss and EasyJet all placed orders for a combined more than 50 aircraft.
Lufthansa Group’s subsidiary Eurowings is getting ten A320ceo airliners. The new aircraft will become the backbone of the new low cost business model announced by the Lufthansa Group in July 2014, which foresees Eurowings operations on direct connections within Europe.
The Lufthansa Group is Airbus’ biggest airline group operator with over 400 Airbus aircraft in operation and is also Airbus’ biggest airline customer with over 580 aircraft purchased, including today’s new order. Lufthansa Group runs one of the largest Airbus A320 Family fleet in the world, with almost 300 A320 Family aircraft currently in service. Eurowings has already operated Airbus A319s in the nineties and early 2000s.
Another subsidiary of Lufthansa, Swiss, will expand its A320 fleet with a firm order for 15 A320neo aircraft, plus an additional ten of the type to be confirmed at a later stage. Swiss is the national airline of Switzerland and with A319s, A320s, A321s, A330s and A340s in its fleet.
EasyJet has placed an order for 27 additional current engine option A320s, taking its combined total order for the type to 315 aircraft. The budget airliner has an all Airbus fleet, with currently 225 A320s. In June 2013, EasyJet became a customer for the A320neo, with an order for 100 aircraft. Altogether, with this latest order, EasyJet’s combined total order for all members of the A320 Family rises to 415 aircraft. The airline is the UK’s largest by numbers of passengers carried.