U.K based leisure company and airline Jet2 has recently taken delivery of its first Airbus A321neo aircraft from Airbus, painted in the white and blue Jet2Holidays livery. The company placed the initial order for the aircraft in 2021.
In a recent Facebook post shared by the company, the aircraft registered G-SUNB is now in the hangar at East Midlands undergoing seat installation and decal application, before entering service in early May.
Following the Airbus A321neo order placed by Jet2 in 2021, the company has as of a few weeks ago taken delivery of the first one, which arrived at the East Midlands Airport (EMA) on April 1 carrying the Jet2Holidays color scheme.
The aircraft was flown from the Airbus facilities at Hamburg Finkenwerder (XFW).
Jet2 announced via a Facebook post that the aircraft will be put in service from the early days of May, and that the airframe is currently undergoing seat installation and decal application.
The aircraft, G-SUNB, will feature 232 seats in an all-economy layout of the latest Jet2 Acro seats. The aircraft also features the latest of cabin technology with the refreshed Airbus interior, containing mood-lighting and a modern overhauled cabin design.
The aircraft is set to be based out of Manchester, where it will be the first Airbus A321neo in revenue service for the carrier.
Until now, Jet2 has operated a single Airbus A321ceo aircraft alongside its greater Boeing 737-800 aircraft fleet.
Jet2’s commitment to the A321neo
Being an all-Boeing operator since the start, with the exception of one Airbus A321ceo in recent years, the company went for a major change of plans in August of 2021, as it placed an initial order for 31 Airbus A321neo aircraft.
Jet2 had since then only taken a few months before bumping up the order number from 31, to a firm order of 51 with the option for 75 in October of the same year.
Now, why the Airbus A321neo? When the announcements of the order came public, it was reported that the company had noted significant discounts from list price.
AviationSource since followed up with an analysis on the order, suggesting the acquisition could help gain market share.
Jet2’s leased A321 for the summer
Jet2 recently also saw the need for wet-lease agreements in order to keep the summer 2023 demand flowing from April till November. As a result, UK charter airline Titan Airways has commenced flight operations on behalf of Jet2.com.
Under the damp lease agreement, the charter service operator will be providing the short haul carrier Jet2 with two Airbus A321-211 aircraft.
The lease arrangement also includes the provision of flight crew and will cover the peak summer demand though the next 7 months. The deal also covers the provision of two aircraft for the same period for summer 2024.
Titan Airways is a UK-based charter airline that has been in operation since 1988. The airline provides a range of ACMI lease and ad-hoc charter services for a variety of clients, including tour operators, sports teams, government agencies, and corporations.