Actually EZY highlight their choice for the A319 theirselfs at their website:
"The easyJet fleet currently consists of 72 aircraft: 67 Boeing 737 series and 5 Airbus A319s (November 2003).
However, in October 2002, easyJet announced its intention to appoint Airbus as its preferred aircraft supplier, subject to shareholder approval. As part of this deal, easyJet has placed a firm order for 120 Airbus A319 aircraft for delivery from September 2003 over five years, with 'price protection' on a further 120 Airbus A319 aircraft until 2012. A319s will be introduced initially via the airline's Geneva base from August 2003 operating under its Swiss air operator's licence. Eventually both the Airbus A319s and Boeing 737-700s will be interchangeable on all easyJet routes maintaining the "any aircraft, any route" aspect of the easyJet business model.
Over the last few years, easyJet has been a major player in the successful introducion of low-cost air travel throughout Europe. Up until now, one of the cornerstones of the low-cost model has been operating a single aircraft type fleet - in the case of easyJet, Boeing 737 series - because uniformity means efficiencies in training, maintenance and operating costs.
So, has easyJet lost its marbles? No! There is an additional cost in complexity terms of operating another brand of aircraft. however, this cost is far outweighed by the financial benefits of this deal. The price is absolutely stunning. Both the A319 and the 737-700 are excellent aircraft and have broadly similar characteristics. There are some differences, but the most important thing for easyJet was the price. In a year-long competition between the two aircraft manufacturers which examined each and every aspect of the operation of both aircraft types in miniscule detail, we realised that if the price was right we would buy Airbus - and we did.
Passengers will notice little difference. A wider aisle on the A319 should make it quicker to embark and disembark. There will be one extra seat per aircraft (150 on the A319 compared to 149 on the Boeing 737-700) and we also have the possibility to take delivery of the bigger aircraft within the same family of aircraft (the A320 and A321) should we decide to.
However, the important point is that overall the A319 will lower costs by about 10% compared to the current mix of aircraft. That can only be good news for customers!"
AFAIK EZY didn't order A320's yet as some mention. Neither are they intend to phase out the 737's. If they do it will be the older Go fleet.
Or did I miss anything. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
I think it's amazing. They tripled their fleet when all A319's are delivered.
BTW does anyone knows where the first A319's currently fly?
I love both Airbus and Boeing as much as I love aviation!