easyJet takes first delivery of A321neo aircraft
New delivery is first of 30, with initial six aircraft delivered by year end
Airbus delivered the first of an order of 30 A321neo to easyJet at Farnborough International Airshow.
The longer-fuselage version is a new addition to the low-cost European airline's existing fleet of more than 300 A320 Family aircraft. In easyJet's configuration, the A321neo seats 235 passengers. easyJet has a total of 30 A321neo aircraft on order, with the initial six to be delivered by year end.
At the delivery event press conference, easyjet CEO Johan Lundgren said: "The A321neo's larger size will help us grow, especially at slot-constrained airports, where we can meet the traffic demands."
Airbus targets middle-of-the-market segment
On the subject of how the air transport sector's middle-of-the-market requirements can be met by aircraft manufacturers, Airbus CEO Tom Enders said: "We have no problem with the middle-of-the-market segment, because we already are there, and we're strongly positioned. This is based on our strong portfolio: the A321/A321neo, with its single-aisle capacity of up to 240 seats; as well as the widebody A330/A330neo.
Skywise data platform prevents delays
easyJet was among the first airlines to join Airbus' Skywise open data platform, a key element in the company's digital transformation strategy. Skywise provides a single access point for information sharing and data analysis, enabling of informed decision-making.
Lundgren said the carrier's participation as an airline 'early adopter' of Skywise underscored easyJet's firm commitment to harnessing the power of cloud-based big data analytics, with the promise of transforming the air transport sector in the years to come.
Lundgren said: "With Skywise, easyJet already has prevented some 100 technical delays during the year-to-date that otherwise would have cost money and caused problems for our customers. This is just one example of what connectivity can do if we work together to drive improvements in this area. I am very pleased with the results so far."
Skywise extended to supply chain
In parallel with easyJet's first A321neo delivery at Farnborough, Airbus announced that Skywise had been extended to the supply chain - with 10 companies already collaborating as 'early adopter' suppliers.
Skywise was formally launched in June 2017 at the Paris Air Show, and the platform's development since then has experienced an exponential ramp-up in its use, according to Marc Fontaine, Airbus' Digital Transformation Officer.
"With 22 airlines signed up during the first year, Skywise is managing more than 2,500 aircraft, dealing with 3.5 petabytes of aviation data at this stage. The platform has logged data from some 12 million flights and over 25 million maintenance actions have been recorded from the maintenance systems of participating airlines."
Three of the early adopter suppliers are collaborating with Airbus on strategic use cases in three domains: a supply chain application called 'Dispatch' with Premium Aerotech as lead partner; the 'Object Explorer' quality application, for which Thales serves as the key partner; and 'Spotlight' an aircraft operability application involving a partnership between easyJet, Liebherr and Airbus.