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Friday 20 April 2018

Aer Lingus to add two new Airbus aircraft to transatlantic fleet

Aer Lingus - Photo: Bloomberg
Aer Lingus - Photo: Bloomberg

Sean Duffy

The Aer Lingus transatlantic fleet is to be boosted by the addition of two new aircraft which will be provided by the company’s parent group IAG.

Two Airbus 330-300 long-haul aircraft have been ordered at a discounted cost of the $414m (€372m) list price. The new planes will be delivered in 2017.

The firm is yet to reveal how it will fund the purchases, but in a statement IAG said  it has a number of funding options which it will be examining before the planes are delivered.

IAG purchased Aer Lingus for €1.36bn last year in a deal which saw the Irish government sell its stake in the national carrier.

The company also own British Airways, Vueling and Iberia and Vueling. IAG became Europe’s second largest airline this year on the back of its purchase of Aer Lingus.

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