EasyJet to convert three A320 options as fleet study continues

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UK low-cost carrier EasyJet has confirmed plans to exercise options for three Airbus A320 aircraft whilst it completes its fleet evaluation process.

The airline in January said it was considering converting the options to ensure it has enough capacity to operate its planned summer 2014 network schedule and give time to finalise the new fleet proposal to shareholders.

EasyJet has said this proposal will cover not only the new fleet selection - with deliveries starting after 2017 - but also the bridging period from 2015-17. It has completed its technical evaluation but is in commercial discussions with Boeing, Bombardier and Airbus as well as engine manufacturers Pratt & Whitney and CFM International.

In a trading update this morning EasyJet says it has continued to make "good progress" on its fleet evaluation, but has decided to exercise options for three A320 aircraft whilst it completes the process.