EasyJet seeks financing for up to 12 A320 Family aircraft

Source: Flightglobal.com
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[Clarification: Original article incorrectly stated that EasyJet was in the market with a RFP covering up to 24 Airbus A320 Family aircraft]

EasyJet is in the market with a request for proposals (RFP) covering up to 12 Airbus A320 Family aircraft.

The low-cost carrier is asking for sale and leaseback proposals on either new A320s scheduled for delivery this year, or in-service A319s, or a combination of the new and used aircraft.

The A319s are 2005 and 2006-vintage aircraft, according to easyJet.

Bids have to be submitted by the first week of April, according to a source, and closing is expected by the end of May.

According to Flightglobal's Ascend Online database, EasyJet has 20 A320s scheduled for delivery in 2012, starting this month. Another 11 A320s are due in 2013 while the remaining three are scheduled for 2014.

EasyJet has a policy of 70% owned aircraft, 30% leased aircraft and is looking to maintain that target. This year the carrier has 11 aircraft coming off.