An important factor in easyJet’s carbon emissions reduction and fuel efficiency will be the introduction of the new generation of Airbus short-haul aircraft. In 2013 easyJet confirmed an order for 100 new generation Airbus A320neo aircraft for delivery from 2017 to 2022 and has taken purchase rights on a further 100 aircraft. These aircraft, equipped with CFM LEAP-1A engines and wing ‘Sharklets’, will be 13% to 15% more fuel efficient than existing aircraft types.
easyJet has also worked with Airbus on a new cabin design for A320 family aircraft which will add a further six seats, whilst maintaining the current level of passenger comfort. The first new aircraft with this cabin design is due to be delivered by Airbus in May 2016 and the cabin layout is planned to be retrofitted to existing A320 aircraft between autumn 2016 and spring 2018. This will create the opportunity for easyJet to further increase the number of passengers on each aircraft, contributing to increased environmental efficiency.
To further reduce emissions in the longer term, significant progress in the development of a new generation of aircraft will be necessary. While there has been some progress in the short-haul market, a further step change in efficiency is necessary. easyJet will continue to press the manufacturers to deliver this and supports the establishment of international minimum standards to drive the development of new technology aircraft.