• EasyJet, aims to secure additional delivery slots to replace older aircraft in its fleet.

  • The airline reported a significant third-quarter pre-tax profit of £203 million ($263 million).

  • EasyJet showcases a positive forecast for its year-end performance, expecting a "record" pre-tax profit for the fourth quarter.

EasyJet, the prominent UK budget airline, has launched efforts to secure further delivery slots as it plans for the long-term replacement of its older aircraft. Currently boasting an all-Airbus single-aisle fleet, the carrier has revealed that it has 163 planes slated for delivery by 2028.

A recent third-quarter update from the airline mentions its ongoing endeavors to finalize firm orders aligned with its expansive fleet strategy. Such moves would not only facilitate the phasing out of aged aircraft but also provide options for anticipated growth in the future.

Amidst the backdrop of a resurgent third quarter, EasyJet expressed a buoyant outlook for the fiscal year. The company reported a pre-tax profit of £203 million ($263 million) for Q3. This encouraging financial outcome was the result of a confluence of robust demand, enhanced per-seat revenue, and diminishing ex-fuel unit costs. Furthermore, EasyJet's holiday division thrived during this period, generating a pre-tax profit of £49 million in the three months leading up to 30 June. An impressive load factor of 90% further underscores the airline's Q3 success.

EasyJet anticipates a stellar pre-tax profit for Q4, bolstered by various performance indicators, with the holidays segment on track to achieve a £100 million pre-tax profit for the year.

Signalling a promising winter season, the airline highlighted its strong booking trajectory. Furthermore, EasyJet is set to expand its capacity by 15% in the upcoming winter season, paired with a projected reduction in ex-fuel costs.