Jet2 chooses Airbus over Boeing with deal to buy 36 A321 jets

Sep 9, 2021

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In what can only be seen as a major rebuff to Boeing, British budget airline Jet2 has agreed to buy 36 A321neo aircraft from Airbus in a deal worth nearly $5 billion (£3.63 billion) as it prepares for Europe’s travel industry to rally, according to Reuters.

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In addition to the order of A321 jets, Jet2 could buy up to 24 more aeroplanes. Industry observers see it as a sign that the low-cost carrier has high hopes for air travel to bounce back in a big way as vaccine rollouts continue across the continent.

Jet2’s all-in-one package holidays, in particular, could be quite attractive to travellers given the ongoing uncertainty and roadblocks surrounding international travel. Working with an operator that handles all aspects of travel is a convenience that goes a long way during these chaotic times.

Airbus and Boeing, competitors in the aerospace industry, are fighting tooth and nail for business in a sector that has endured massive losses in the past 18 months.

But Jet2 selecting Airbus over Boeing, its longtime supplier, has to come as a major disappointment for the American plane manufacturer, which has been slowly rebuilding sales of its 737 MAX jet since a nearly 2-year safety ban on the planes was lifted in December of 2020.

“[The Airbus A321neo] 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 … ” said Philip Meeson, Jet2.com’s executive chairman, in a statement from Airbus.

The A321neo narrowbody aircraft Jet2 ordered will be configured for 232 seats. Currently, Jet2 has eight Boeing 757-300s and seven Boeing 737-300s that are due for replacement.

Jet2 is expected to take delivery of the new jets between 2023 and 2028.

Featured image courtesy of Airbus.

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