Now that's easy on the eye! easyJet has unveiled a distinctive new aircraft livery to mark its 20 anniversary. This is the first time the look of the low cost airline’s iconic orange and white fleet has been changed since easyJet.com replaced the call centre number on the fuselage back in 1998. The main changes see the trademark orange paint extended from the tail fin on to the fuselage to create space for a bigger logo, a new orange stripe introduced on to the fuselage and the '.com' has been removed. All new easyJet aircraft deliveries from April will get the new look – it has 197 AirbusA320s on order, the majority of which will replace older Airbus A319s currently in the fleet.
Younger planes in the fleet will have the new livery applied when they are scheduled to be repainted, typically every six years. The carrier expects 29 aircraft will be flying with the new look by the end of 2015 and 50% of the fleet will sport the new livery by the end of 2017. It takes around seven days on average for a specialist team to repaint a plane.
EasyJet commercial director Peter Duffy said: “easyJet’s aircraft livery is one of the most recognised in aviation. As we approach our 20th birthday in November, we felt a refreshed livery would complement the many changes already made to easyJet including allocated seating, transparent prices, flexible tickets and our award winning mobile app. “As you would expect from easyJet this is a low cost makeover – all our new planes will be painted with the new livery, but we’ll only re-paint the old ones as needed. It could take five years for all the fleet to sport the new paint job! Like easyJet itself, we wanted our livery to be as relevant for the next 20 years as it has been for the past twenty. The final design was selected by nearly 4,000 staff and customers.”
The airline was founded in 1995 by businessman Stelios Haji-Ioannou with just two leased aircraft flying from Luton to Scotland. Now it carries more than 65 million passengers a year on 700-plus routes from 130 airports across 32 countries.
Jolly good job easyJet, this is a wonderful livery!