Toulouse | November 20, 2018– Airbus has reached an agreement with easyJet that extends the airline’s fleet plans into 2023, exercising purchase rights to firm orders for 17 A320neo. This takes its combined order for the NEO to 147 (including 30 A321neo) and means easyJet has ordered 468 A320 Family aircraft to date.

“This repeat order cements easyJet’s position as the largest European operator of our leading A320 family,” says Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer. “We are delighted that our aircraft keep contributing to easyJet’s ongoing success.”

The aircraft are configured with 186 seats in a single class configuration and powered by Leap CFM engines.

easyJet currently operates a fleet of 316 A320 Family including 17 A320neo and three A321neo, making it the world’s largest airline operator of Airbus’ single aisle aircraft. easyJet serves over 130 European airports in some 31 countries operating over 1000 routes.

The A320neo family is the world’s best-selling single aisle aircraft with more than 6,200 orders from over 100 customers since its launch in 2010. It incorporates latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklet wing tip devices, which together deliver more than 15 percent in fuel savings from day one and 20 percent by 2020 with further cabin innovations. The A320neo also offers significant environmental performance with nearly 50 percent reduction in noise footprint compared to previous generation aircraft.

Innovative “Air Time” Service is launched on first five easyJet aircraft

San Diego, CA | December 6, 2017–Kontron, a leading global provider of embedded computing inflight entertainment and connectivity equipment, today announced that its integrated In-flight Entertainment & Connectivity (IFE&C) platforms have been selected by easyJet, the leading European low-cost airline, for its new wireless in-flight entertainment service.  Kontron and long-time in-flight digital solutions partner, Immfly, are collaborating to support the launch of the easyJet “Air Time” service onboard five easyJet aircraft. Kontron is supplying the complete set of hardware products necessary to implement the Wi-Fi network onboard the aircraft to support Immfly’s uniquely flexible content application software. “Air Time” gives passengers the ability to access personalized services and content through their own smart devices, making seat-back or other built-in aircraft monitors obsolete.

Kontron was selected after an extensive industry review, assessment and testing of available hardware solutions available in the IFE market. The hardware solution for easyJet consists of Kontron’s ACE Flight™ 4600 Airborne Server, Removable Storage Devices (RSSDs), and its Cab-n-Connect™  A100 Cabin Wireless Access Point (CWAP).  Kontron has built a strong reputation for providing breakthrough IFE&C platforms that help accelerate development for quick time-to-market at the lowest cost of deployment. There are currently more than 4000 commercial aircraft operating worldwide with Kontron equipment on board.

“A deciding factor in our selection of Kontron is their long history of providing proven IFE&C solutions,” said Andrew Middleton, Ancillary Revenue Director at easyJet.  “The powerful combination of Kontron and Immfly lets us ensure our customers have the broadest and most reliable in-flight entertainment experience that replicates their consumer smart device capabilities on the ground.”

“Immfly continues to partner with Kontron for its highly reliable and open architecture platforms that are fully qualified to D0-160G with PMA and optimized for a full range of flight services,” said Jimmy Martínez von Korff, co-founder of Immfly. “Using Kontron platforms allows us to focus on designing the most compelling in-flight entertainment services that include engaging new content and other capabilities that are in high demand by today’s airline passengers.”

“Part of our ongoing strategy in supporting partners such as Immfly is to provide the critical system components that lay the enabling foundation for continued IFE innovation based on the most advanced features and highest broadband connectivity possible,” said Andy Mason, VP Technology at Kontron America. “We anticipate the success of the “Air Time” launch due to the unique aspects of the service and close collaboration of easyJet and its partners.”

For more information on its avionics product portfolio, please visit:https://www.kontron.com/industries/avionics

Ontario, Canada | August 31, 2016– The SESAR JU RISE project continues to prove the benefits of performance based navigation (PBN) throughout Europe. In the latest set of flight trials, DSNA, the civil aviation authority of France, and Air France, Air Corsica and easyJet have assessed the PBN procedures designed for Ajaccio and Nice through a series of demonstration flight trials. The RISE Project, which seeks to improve airport accessibility, enhance safety and reduce environmental impact at airports throughout Europe, is co-financed by SESAR Joint Undertaking and its partners.

DSNA stated, “The trials in Nice and Ajaccio prove that PBN holds the key to improving airport accessibility and enhancing safety in our airspace. In Nice, not only were we able to lower the approach minima nearly 900 feet, we were also able to restrict the flight path in order to provide a fully repeatable path.”

SESAR JU has been working with NAVBLUE, formerly Airbus ProSky, part of “Services by Airbus”, DSNA and Air France, Emirates, EasyJet, Air Corsica to design and test PBN procedures. In Nice and Ajaccio, the procedures designed by DSNA enhance safety by providing a fully managed approach down to the runway threshold. Previously there were only visual prescribed track (VPT) procedures in place at Ajaccio RWY20 and at Nice RWY22. The new approaches will improve airport accessibility by lowering the minima. It could also reduce the noise impact on the city of Ajaccio, compared to the current procedure.

The Nice and Ajaccio flight trials are part of the more than 330 flight trials conducted so far in collaboration with the partner airlines and ANSPs since September 2015 in France, Greece, Cyprus and Portugal. These trials allowed capturing feedback from flight crew and air traffic controllers on the procedures in terms of fly-ability, safety, crew and ATC workload, as well as assess savings in CO2 emissions and fuel consumption reduction.