Irish airline takes delivery of AerCap's A350
Aircraft leasing giant AerCap said it has added 100 new jobs in Shannon and Dublin over the past year, as it showed off the latest addition to its 1,300-strong fleet.
The first of nine new Airbus A350 long-haul jets that Aer Lingus will lease from AerCap arrived at Dublin Airport from the manufacturers in Toulouse yesterday at an event attended by Jobs Minister Richard Bruton and Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe. Aer Lingus plans to use the new A350, with 42 business-class and 223 economy-class seats, to expand its long-haul services.
Aer Lingus chief executive Stephen Kavanagh said the move represents the positive growth of the Irish aviation business. He praised what he said had been "policymakers in successive government administrations and the proactive regulators that have enabled Ireland to become the true centre of the global leasing industry".
The new jets will allow his company to "realise the ultimate ambition of continued profitable growth and building Ireland as the definitive gateway to North America", he said.
The new aircraft will be leased from AerCap, the New York Stock Exchange-listed firm led by Aengus Kelly which operates from offices in Shannon and Dublin.
With more than $44bn (€40bn) worth of assets, and a net income of $810m last year, AerCap is the largest aircraft leasing company in the world.
AerCap's 100 new Irish jobs are evenly split between Dublin and Shannon and range from sales and marketing to legal and financial roles and skilled technical positions.