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UK Budget Airline Orders 36 A321neo Jets

Aug. 31, 2021
Airbus has landed a new customer with a multi-billion contract from Jet2.com, which specializes in leisure travel service between Britain and Spain, and now is starting a fleet-modernization program.

Airbus has drawn a contract for 36 A321neo aircraft from Jet2.com, a British low-cost airline, a first-time customer pursuing a fleet expansion. Though the value of the order was not revealed, it could be worth up to $4.6 billion at list prices.

The A321neo is the “lengthened fuselage variant” of Airbus’ mid-range, narrow-body A320neo series, with capacity for 240 passengers, depending on configuration. Airbus offers two alternatives for powering the twin-engine jet under the New Engine Option (“neo”) implemented in 2016 to achieve a 15-20% improvement in fuel efficiency over the A320ceo (“Current Engine Option”.)

The airline has not indicated whether it will choose Pratt & Whitney PW1100G or CFM International LEAP-1A turbofan engines.

Jet2.com offers regional service from several U.K. airports to leisure destinations in Spain. The new aircraft will be configured to seat 232 passengers, with “new seating products” and enlarged overhead baggage bins.

“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,” claimed Philip Meeson, Jet2.com executive chairman.

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