Low-cost airline easyJet has confirmed an order for 15 Airbus A320 planes to help it gain market share in Europe.
It has also changed an order for 20 A319 aircraft to the larger A320 and taken out options to buy a further 33 of the planes.
The move strengthens its relationship with Airbus – it currently operates 185 of the European manufacturer’s aircraft and just eight Boeings. It stopped buying planes from Boeing in 2002.
EasyJet said it had been granted substantial price concession from Airbus and its engine maker on the total list price of about $1.1 billion. It will take delivery between 2012 and 2014.
Chief Executive Carolyn McCall said the orders would help deliver easyJet’s growth strategy, whilst providing even more flight capacity for passengers.