January 4, 2011 / 8:08 AM / 8 years ago

EasyJet confirms order for 15 Airbus A320s

An EasyJet plane is seen grounded following the announcement of a flight ban due to an Icelandic volcanic eruption, at Belfast city airport April 15, 2010. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

LONDON (Reuters) - Low-cost airline easyJet (EZJ.L) has confirmed an order for 15 Airbus EAD.PA A320 aircraft and switched a deal for the delivery of 20 A319 aircraft to the larger A320 to help it gain share in the European market.

The company also said on Tuesday it had secured options over a further 33 A320 aircraft, taking its total number of options to 42, and strengthening its relationship with the European manufacturer.

It currently operates 185 A320 family aircraft and eight Boeing 737-700 aircraft.

EasyJet said it had been granted substantial price concession from Airbus and its engine maker on the total list price of about $1.1 billion (711 million pounds) for the 15 A320s.

Chief Executive Carolyn McCall said the orders would help deliver easyJet’s growth strategy, whilst providing even more flight capacity for passengers.

EasyJet, which switched allegiance from Boeing (BA.N) to Airbus in 2002, said it continued to maintain a productive dialogue with the U.S. manufacturer Boeing on its current and future programmes.

Reporting by Paul Sandle; Editing by Matt Scuffham

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