BUDGET airline easyJet has earmarked 135 Airbus A320neo aircraft for its future fleet requirements.

Based on the company’s growth forecasts, the A320 was selected for offering the best productivity, lowest operating cost and best fuel efficiency of any single aisle aircraft in the 180-seat sector.

Subject to shareholder approval, easyJet has identified a future need for 100 A320neo aircraft. These will be preceded by 35 A320neo aircraft equipped with Sharklets.

The order will sustain nearly 2,500 jobs as well as some 7,500 in the extended supply chain in the UK.

Other orders this week have come from the Air France-KLM Group, which has finalised a firm contract for 25 A350-900 aircraft and for a further 25 options. These aircraft will become an essential element in the group’s future fleet strategy.