MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM —  The British low-cost carrier Jet2 has commenced service with its first Airbus A321neo, signaling a shift from its traditionally Boeing-centric fleet. 

The CFM International Leap-1A-powered narrowbody made its debut on the Manchester-Malaga route on May 7, with airframe G-SUNB, while the official entry into service was celebrated by the airline on May 10.

Jet2 CEO Steve Heapy highlighted the crucial role these new aircraft will play in supporting the airline's ongoing growth. The UK leisure carrier's 2021 order for the A321neo marked a significant departure for the predominantly Boeing operator, who praised the aircraft as "the most efficient and environmentally friendly in its class today."

Jet2 now has 97 outstanding deliveries for the A320neo family, including 62 A321neo and 35 A320neo variants, following additional orders placed with Airbus. The airline also holds options to extend orders to a total of 146 aircraft. Currently, Jet2's fleet of just over 100 aircraft is predominantly composed of Boeing 737-800s.