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Air Berlin jets help drive EasyJet Europe expansion

Low-cost carrier EasyJet's new European operation has surpassed the size of the airline's Swiss division having taken its fleet to 28 jets.

EasyJet Europe has 25 Airbus A320s and three A319s, according to Flight Fleets Analyzer.

The Vienna-based operation was established earlier this year in response to EasyJet's need to secure traffic rights following the UK's withdrawal from the European Union.

EasyJet Europe introduced its first aircraft in July and it says it expects to treble the current fleet to 79 jets by April next year.

It states that the acquisition of German aircraft from the Berlin Tegel fleet of Air Berlin will supplement the gradual transfer of its own fleet to the Austrian registry.

EasyJet claims the expansion makes the European operation the "fastest-growing airline" on the continent.

Geneva-based EasyJet Switzerland, in which the carrier holds a 49% share, has 25 aircraft, balanced between the A320 and A319.

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