Aer Lingus and Iberia to expand long-haul fleet

Aer Lingus and Iberia to expand long-haul fleet

Aer Lingus and Iberia are being targeted for further long-haul growth with new multi-million dollar aircraft orders by parent company International Airlines Group.

IAG is converting two Airbus 330-300 and two A330-200 widebody aircraft options into firm orders for Aer Lingus and Iberia, respectively.

Aer Lingus will receive its pair of $207 million aircraft in 2016 while Iberia’s aircraft, worth $185 million each, will be delivered between 2017 and 2018.

“They will enable the airlines to expand their existing long-haul fleets,” IAG said.

“The modern, fuel-efficient aircraft will bring both cost efficiencies and environmental benefits to the airlines.”

The A330 options were first announced in September 2014.

IAG has also converted 15 Airbus A320neo options, announced in August 2013, into firm orders.

The aircraft will be delivered between 2018 and 2021 and can be used by any airline in the group for fleet replacement.

The A320s are worth more tha $90 million each but IAG said a “substantial discount” had been negotiated from the list price for all the new aircraft.


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