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EasyJet seems to be taken a pretty broad look at the market for narrowbodies as it evaluates which of the new-engine offerings to buy.The airline's fleet procurement chief, Chris Essex, says various sizes are under study. The Bombardier CS300 "we see as a very competitive 150-seater," he notes, given it is a new aircraft with a new engine.But the problems for Bombardier could be that the family does not provide the same flexibility Airbus and Boeing can offer in terms of seat-range.For the two established players, Essex says the A319NEO and A320NEO, as well as the 737-7 and 737-8 are being looked at. However, the assessment does not end there. "We will look at the larger airplanes," he notes.How big the fleet order will be is not settled, nor the exact timing and pacing of an order. That will depend on oil price projections and other guesses about the future market.One thing that is near-certain is that EasyJet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou will likely bristle at the notion of buying more aircraft. He has already been heavily critical of the airline's decision last year to add capacity when it exercised an option for 15 more A320s.
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