easyJet takes delivery of its first A320neo

easyJet has taken delivery of its first LEAP-1A-powered A320neo, which also marks the airline's 300th A320 family aircraft delivery.

To mark the event a delivery ceremony was held at Airbus’ Toulouse facility attended by easyJet CEO Carolyn McCall, CFM International CEO Gaël Méheust and Airbus CEO Tom Enders.

The A320neo brings significant environmental and operational benefits including up to a 15% saving in fuel burn and Co2 emissions and 50% noise reduction on take off and landing.

The new aircraft features a unique easyJet livery featuring the neo motif and is powered by CFM LEAP-1A engines with a 186-seat layout. The aircraft is based at Luton Airport and is now operating commercial flights.

easyJet CEO, Carolyn McCall said: ““The A320neo is a major step change for our fleet efficiency and will provide a cost per seat saving of up to 7% over the current A320, which itself has a cost saving benefit of up to 8% over the A319 and this benefit will enable easyJet to continue to offer our famous low fares.”

Carolyn McCall added that with the addition of the A320neo and the A321neo to the future fleet and planned efficiency improvements; the carrier has now set itself a carbon emission target of 27 grams by 2022, a 10% reduction from today’s performance and a 38% improvement from 2000.

easyJet has 130 neo aircraft on order and operates Europe’s largest A320 family fleet.

easyJet also announced that it has partnered with Signature Flight Support, enabling customers to fly from the private jet terminal at London Luton Airport. The service will cost £475 for one passenger and an additional £120 for additional travellers.