FIA2022: easyJet confirms order for 56 A320neo aircraft

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easyJet has confirmed a firm order for 56 A320neo Family aircraft following shareholder approval. The order is part of easyJet’s fleet renewal and up-gauging, cost and sustainability enhancements to the business. The agreement includes an upsizing of 18 A320neo to the larger A321neo model.

Part of easyJet’s fleet renewal and sustainability enhancements to the business, this confirmed order for 56 A320neo Family aircraft also includes an upsizing of 18 A320neo to the larger A321neo model.

The low-fare carrier is the world’s largest operator of Airbus single aisle aircraft. operates a fleet of 300 A320 aircraft, which includes the A319, A320eco, A320neo, and A321neo. The A320neo Family includes the latest technologies which delivers at least a 20% fuel saving, and continues to be the most popular single aisle aircraft on the market with more than 8,100 orders from over 138 countries.

Kenton Jarvis, CFO for easyJet, said: “We believe this order will support positive returns for the business and the delivery of our strategic objectives. The new aircraft are aligned with easyJet‘s sustainability strategy, with the adoption of the more efficient new technology aircraft being a core component of easyJet‘s path to net zero emissions. Alongside this, the new aircraft are significantly quieter, with half the noise footprint of the older aircraft they are replacing.”easyJet has democratised flying for millions of travellers and we are delighted this latest agreement for 56 A320neo Family aircraft not only future proofs its growth as traffic rebounds, but also lays the foundations for its sustainability journey”, said Christian Scherer, Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International.

FIA2022: Rolls-Royce and easyJet announce H2ZERO partnership to test hydrogen combustion engines

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Low-fare airline easyJet and aerospace manufacturer Rolls-Royce announced a new partnership that will pioneer the development of hydrogen combustion engine technology. This technology will seek to power a range of aircraft, crucially including those in the narrow-body market segments. Both easyJet and Rolls-Royce have committed to working together on ground-based engine tests which will start in later 2022, with a view and ambition to take this technology to the air.

The partnership’s objective is to show that hydrogen has the potential to power narrow-body aircraft from mid-2030 onwards. The current timeline predicted will start with an early concept ground test of the Rolls-Royce AE 2100 engine in the UK in late 2022, followed by a full-scale ground test of a Rolls-Royce Pearl 15 jet engine.

The H2ZERO partnership is inspired the UN-backed Race to Zero campaign – one that has been signed up to by both companies. The agreement announced at Farnborough further emphasises this commitment to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, and aligns closely with a research project that both companies began in 2021 looking at the infrastructure, regulatory requirements and market analysis that would support the use of hydrogen in aviation.

Johan Lundgren, CEO of easyJet, said: “In order to achieve net zero by 2050, we have always said that radical action is needed to address aviation’s climate impact. That’s why today, we are so pleased to announce this partnership with Rolls-Royce. The technology that emerges from this programme has the potential to power easyJet-size aircraft, which is why we will also be making a multi-million pound investment into this programme. In order to achieve decarbonisation at scale, progress on the development of zero emission technology for narrowbody aircraft is crucial. Together with RollsRoyce we look forward to leading the industry to tackle this challenge head-on.”

Grazia Vittadini, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, Rolls-Royce, said: “H2ZERO is a big step forward for Rolls-Royce and we are excited to be working with a partner that shares a desire to innovate and find new answers to aviation’s biggest challenges. We at Rolls-Royce want to be ready to pioneer sustainability with whatever the future requires, be it hydrogen, electric power, sustainable aviation fuel, or gas turbine efficiency. This agreement further inspires us to move forward.”

The H2ZERO partnership has also been created in response to detailed studies and market research – including the UK Aerospace Technology Institute’s Fly Zero team and Project NAPKIN (New Aviation Propulsion Knowledge and Innovation Network) – which both concluded there is market potential for hydrogen-powered aircraft.

FIA2022: CAE launches 2022 Women in Flight programme with easyJet

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CAE announced that it is relaunching its Women in Flight scholarship program and expanding its reach with airline partners to create a movement that encourages young women to pursue a career as a commercial pilot.

As a global partner, easyJet has once again pledged its support for Women in Flight as the first airline to sign on for the 2022 program. easyJet will provide one European candidate access to their first employment opportunity and CAE will fund pilot training for the successful candidate.

“The Women in Flight program demonstrates to young women that being a pilot is achievable and a wonderful profession,” said Nick Leontidis, CAE’s Group President, Civil Aviation. “Six women have already benefitted from the Women in Flight program since it was inaugurated in 2019, and with easyJet’s continued support, the dreams of aspiring female pilots are one step closer to becoming reality.”

“easyJet has long championed greater diversity across our business and the industry and we will continue to focus on challenging gendered stereotypes. Having doubled the number of female pilots flying with us in recent years, we are proud to have made progress, but we know there is still work to do. That’s why we are delighted to be part of CAE’s Women in Flight Scholarship once again,” said easyJet’s Chief Operating Officer David Morgan.

“We’re pleased to see our first Women in Flight recipient, Georgina Thomas-Watson, currently completing her line training with us and look forward to another future easyJet pilot follow in her footsteps in 2022.”

Currently, women make up only five percent of professional pilots and cadets in training worldwide. CAE is committed to the advancement of women in aviation to broaden the civil aviation talent pool. With the current pilot shortage and 260,000 new pilots needed over the next 10 years, the industry must take concrete action to attract more women to aviation.

To generate real change, the Women in Flight program will build a network of ambassadors, including Women in Flight recipients to share their stories and experiences with other women at events, within their communities, and on social media. The program will also create and share content about being a pilot that will allow the community to grow and reach little girls who will one day fly aircraft.

easyJet launches new routes for winter 2022

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easyJet has today announced it is adding three new routes to its UK network for winter 2022, with packages from easyJet holidays also available.

Brand new winter services to some of Europe’s favourite city, winter sun and festive destinations including London Gatwick to Porto Santo, Bristol to Rovaniemi in Finland, and Manchester to Fuerteventura. Additionally, as of next winter the airline will once again offer daily flights from Liverpool to Paris, flights six times a week from London Luton to Madrid, and a twice-weekly service from Manchester to Rovaniemi in Finland.

Package holidays are available to book for this winter on all the new and returning routes through easyJet holidays, with a range of holiday types available from adult and family to luxury and undiscovered. All easyJet holidays include flights, accommodation, 23kg of hold luggage and transfers on winter breaks.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager said:

“We’re delighted to be adding new routes and resuming more services across our UK network for this winter, offering our customers more choice to enjoy an even greater range of destinations at fantastic low fares, across our unrivalled European network. “

easyJet becomes the first airline partner for the Iris programme

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easyJet is the first airline partner for Iris, a ground-breaking air traffic management programme that will act as an enabler to systems that shall minimise flight delays, save fuel and help reduce the environmental impact of air travel.

The programme is led by Inmarsat, the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications, in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) and Airbus. Iris is a key component of modernising and digitalising the aviation industry and supports the Single European Sky’s ATM Research (SESAR) masterplan for next-generation air traffic management.

easyJet has recently announced its interim science-based carbon reduction target, a 35% carbon emissions intensity improvement by FY2035 on a FY2020 baseline, as part of the airline’s Race to Zero commitment to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Ultimately, easyJet wants to achieve zero carbon emission flying, for example using hydrogen technology, and is working with partners across the industry, including Airbus, GKN Aerospace, Cranfield Aerospace Solutions and Wright Electric, on several dedicated projects to accelerate the development of this technology.

Until zero carbon emission technologies are available, the airline remains absolutely focused on reducing its current carbon emissions as far as possible, and programmes like Iris play an important role.

Iris not only helps the airline to continue to operate its aircraft as efficiently as possible to achieve further efficiency improvements, thus complementing existing initiatives such as adjusting single-engine taxiing on arrival and departure or using advanced weather information and flight efficiency partnerships with key stakeholders such as Airbus, Collins Aerospace, NATS and Eurocontrol.

The programme also supports airspace modernisation. This is crucial for the entire industry as it is the most achievable source of carbon reductions right now as more direct flight paths lead to shorter flying times. The Single European Sky has stated an ambition to deliver 10% carbon emissions savings from European aviation.

Hugh McConnellogue, Director of Airport Operations & Navigation at easyJet said:

“Iris is paving the way for more efficient air traffic management, which is a crucial step forward for the aviation industry. The Iris programme brings multiple benefits, from helping us to achieve our environmental goals by further reducing our carbon emissions from flying, to providing a better experience for our passengers. We’re excited to be leading in this space, setting the standard for the aviation industry and hope to see more airlines follow suit.”

Easyjet takes 18 freed slots at Lisbon Airport

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easyJet has successfully fended off fellow UK low-fare carrier, Ryanair, to be awarded 18 daily slots at Lisbon airport. This now makes it the second-largest carrier operating at the airport, and takes over the take-off and landing slots that were currently held by TAP Air Portugal. The Portuguese flag carrier airline ceded the slots after undergoing restructuring, which left space for the UK low-fare carriers to fight it out.

The additional slots will be implemented from the end of October, at the beginning of the winter season (from 30th October 2022).

“The decision means that easyJet will be able to offer a wider choice in destinations and affordable fares for people travelling to and from the Portuguese capital. It also confirms the airline’s key role in the Portuguese market and will create additional local employment opportunities. The additional capacity enabled by the new slots will be deployed starting in October,” the airline said in a statement.

Easyjet currently serves five airports in Portugal, namely: Lisbon, Porto, Faro, Funchal, and Porto Santo. The last of which, Faro, it opened in 2021.

Cerys Armstrong, aged 8 from Norfolk and Lara Wong (15), from Epsom alongside Martyna Snopek, Design Engineer at easyJet and Frank Stephenson, Designer and Judge. Photo credit : Joe Pepler/PinPep

easyjet announces winners of future flight competition

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Cerys Armstrong, aged 8 from Norfolk and Lara Wong (15), from Epsom alongside Martyna Snopek, Design Engineer at easyJet and Frank Stephenson, Designer and Judge. Photo credit : Joe Pepler/PinPep

The winners of easyJet’s ‘Aircraft of the Future’ competition have been announced.

The airline launched the competition in October, challenging the next generations of engineers to design their vision for future flying – a passenger plane for travelling across Europe powered by a sustainable energy source. Entries included designs inspired by solar-powered wings to more unconventional energy sources like hamster-wheel and worm-powered planes! The designs also featured a selection of sustainably sourced materials including seats made from coconuts (coir), one of the thickest and most resistant natural fibres available.

The winning design of Cerys aged 8 from Norfolk centred on battery power, with solar-powered wings and reusable cups for passengers made of processed banana leaves.

Lara, aged 15 from Surrey looked at using pressurised hydrogen and fuel-cell stacks to generate electricity to power their passenger aircraft of the future. She also took inspiration from the animal kingdom with material replicating fish scales for the plane’s fuselage, intended to decrease drag for the plane to improve fuel-efficiency.

All design entries were judged by an esteemed panel of world-class experts in flying, sustainability, design and zero emission technology.

easyJet pilot and zero emission aircraft modeller Debbie Thomas was joined on the panel by easyJet’s Director of Sustainability Jane Ashton; zero emission aircraft expert Glenn Llewellyn from Airbus; Jeff Engler, CEO of Wright Electric which is developing a zero-emission short-haul plane; and world-famous automotive transportation designer Frank Stephenson, best known for his iconic car designs for MINI and Fiat 500, as well as recent innovative work designing electric flying vehicles.

The panel judged all the entries on the quality of the design, interpretation of the theme, creativity, innovation, practicality, and most of all, how the design has considered sustainability and the environment.

easyJet’s First Officer Debbie Thomas, who was on the judging panel, and is an engineer and zero-emission aircraft modeller said, “We had some amazing entries and were stunned and incredibly encouraged by the innovation we saw. Cerys and Lara have inspired us all with their winning designs – we’d love to see them join easyJet as engineers one day, working on zero-emission aircraft of the future.”

Glenn Llewellyn, Airbus Vice President Zero Emission Aircraft and judge said: “There’s nothing more inspiring than seeing the next generation’s enthusiasm for more sustainable flight! I’m thoroughly impressed by the innovative ideas – from fish scales to increase laminar flow to “bow” wings powered by hydrogen fuel cells – put forth by these future aeronautical engineers. It demonstrates curiosity, creativity and a maturity in aeronautical knowledge that is wise beyond their years.”

Image: Cerys Armstrong, aged 8 from Norfolk and Lara Wong (15), from Epsom alongside Martyna Snopek, Design Engineer at easyJet and Frank Stephenson, Designer and Judge. Photo credit: Joe Pepler/PinPep