Stelios statement on the easyJet /Airbus scandal 16 April 2019 at 12.12h BST
Commenting on the easyJet 2020 H1 trading update released on the 16 April 2020, the airline’s founder and largest shareholder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou said:
“I have previously referred those in charge of easyJet as scoundrels. This remains my view. They made a deliberate mistake in affirming the contract between easyJet and Airbus worth at least £4.5 billion whilst easyJet has a grounded fleet of 337 Airbus aircraft. Instead of serving a notice of termination to Airbus to cancel the contract they have deliberately chosen to send at least £2.5bn of our cash to Airbus in the years 2020-22. At least £1.5 billion of our cash (of the £2.5bn) is shown as going to Airbus in the next 9 months whilst the fleet could remain grounded.