Aer Lingus Gives Airbus A350 XWB – A330-300 Orders
Airbus has announced that Ireland's national carrier Aer Lingus is ordering six of the consortium's A350 XWB (eXtra Wide Body) aircraft and six A330-300s.
The A330-300 order adds to eight aircraft already delivered and one aircraft scheduled to arrive in the Summer of 2007, according to Airbus.
Fitted out in a two class configuration, Airbus says the A350 XWBs will replace early A330 deliveries and expand capacity on the Aer Lingus long haul routes to the United States.
"The A350 XWB fits in with our ambitious plans to expand existing routes and to open up new ones from our hub in Dublin. We already have an all Airbus fleet and the new aircraft will fit in seamlessly," said Aer Lingus Chief Executive Dermot Mannion in the announcement.
Aer Lingus also operates a fleet of nearly 30 A320 Family aircraft (29 in service; one on order).
Airbus claims the A350XWB will be one of the most fuel-efficient aircraft ever and thus very environmentally friendly.
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