Easyjet in £4bn Ecojet talks with suppliers

Easyjet has taken its design for an aircraft that halves carbon emissions to suppliers Boeing and Airbus with a production deadline of 2015 and a promise of £4bn-worth of business. The carrier claims its “Ecojet” would emit 50% less carbon dioxide and 75% less nitrogen oxide than the most current aircraft on the market and would be 25% quieter. The design was unveiled at a press conference in London this morning, where Easyjet chief executive Andy Harrison said the company was “in talks” with Boeing and Airbus about the manufacture of the aircraft. It was realistic that it could be in operation by 2015, he said. When asked what evidence he had that Boeing and Airbus were acting on Easyjet’s request, Harrison said: “We are spending £4bn on aircraft – they are listening to us.” He added that: “If the Ecojet were to be made available today, we would order hundreds of them for fleet replacement and to achieve the green growth that our industry has committed to.” However, while Airbus has announced plans to cut greenhouse gases produced by its aircraft, its timeframe is not a total match with that of Easyjet. The manufacturer has set a target of all new Airbus aircraft entering the market in 2020 to produce 50% less carbon dioxide and 80% less nitrogen oxides than those produced in 2000. Meanwhile, Boeing would not disclose details of discussions with Easyjet, but a spokesman said: “We applaud Easyjet’s contributions and suggestions to the industry to reduce the environmental footprint of aviation.” He added that Boeing was researching “environmentally progressive aircraft concepts for the future” and working toward improving the environmental performance of its products.

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