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Boeing’s ambitions were grounded as rival Airbus pipped them to the post to win Easyjet’s business. The low-cost flight company said it would expand its fleet with 135 airbus jets at the cut price cost of 8.9 billion euros.
One hundred of the planes bought will be the next generation fuel efficient Airbus320neo. Easyjet hopes to boost its seat capacity by 5 percent.
At the Paris Airshow they said the selection process was very competitive with Airbus slashing its list price to make the winning bid.
According to Airbus the order will support almost 2,500 jobs. However, the sale goes against easyjet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou. As the largest shareholder he has been a vocal critic of the fleet upgrade.
The deal is still subject to shareholder approval. But Easyjet hopes that it will help them gain ground in the low-cost flight market.
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