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Aer Lingus Finalises 7 A320 Order, To Lease +10  
User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13738 posts, RR: 19
Posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3742 times:

PARIS, France (Reuters) -- European plane maker Airbus said on Wednesday that Irish state airline Aer Lingus had signed a final contract to buy seven of its single-aisle A320 planes, confirming plans that were unveiled in September.

Airbus said Aer Lingus would also lease an additional 10 new A320s from leading aircraft leasing company International Lease Finance Corp., a unit of insurance group AIG.


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User currently offlineSolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 850 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days ago) and read 3714 times:

You were faster than me, watched it on EuroNews.


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User currently offlineRyanair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days ago) and read 3706 times:

When will EI retire 737-400/500?


User currently offlineTeahan From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 5293 posts, RR: 61
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days ago) and read 3699 times:

Just confirmation of what was announced some weeks ago.

BTW, Airbus only nets 3 orders since the 4 A319s on order will be/have been cancelled.


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User currently offlineTeahan From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 5293 posts, RR: 61
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days ago) and read 3692 times:

@Ryanair737: Simple answer is Yes.

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User currently offlineEA777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days ago) and read 3595 times:

Aer Lingus is now concentrating on the long-haul side of things.

They are expected to order a further 6 A330s or A340s next year.

Hope they go for the A340

User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12407 posts, RR: 37
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3569 times:

Don't count on A330/340s; while it is undeniably the most likely, Boeing could put in a very good deal for 777s. Remember, with US open skies, Aer Lingus will be able to expand its US (and hopefully, in time, other long haul) services, so a fleet of 12-15 long haul aircraft is not impossible. At the rate EI has grown its business over the last 2-3 years, don't be surprised to see EI continuing to go for growth. It is the only major European national carrier which has really got its act together on the cost front.

Currently, US and Irish authorities are meeting to discuss new access, but of course, any deal reached would be superseded by a EU/US deal, if this can be agreed next year. Aer Lingus clearly wants more access and of course, open skies, but the Irish govt still wants (or wants to be seen!) to protect Shannon, but I don't think they'll obstruct Aer Lingus's plans if a deal can be reached and if EI can be persuaded to put something forward as a sop to the Shannon lobby, at least for next year.

I thought for some time that Boeing might be able to use the bilateral card to get an EI order, but with an agreement imminent, I'm not sure that's the case any more. If EI does order Airbus, it will be A330-300IGWs and -200s, not 340s. The problem is, of course, that there's no growth variant of the A330, so if they need something bigger, it'll have to be 346s. Boeing, on the other hand, could offer the 773 when the time comes.

Boeing has an added incentive in that EI could be a very good European launch customer for the 7E7-400ER, which could replace A330-200s from around 2008. Thus, if a Boeing deal were done, I'd expect 777-200s to replace A330-300s in the near term (2004-5) and more A330-200s to be added, with all -200s to be replaced by 7E7s by 2009. However, with the commonality advantage EI has with Airbus, Boeing has a lot of talking to do!

User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8045 posts, RR: 54
Reply 7, posted (10 years 8 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3557 times:

Aer Lingus aren't going to fly 777s. They've just "got their act together" on the cost front (to quote Kaitak), they're shedding incompatible aircraft, not looking to add them! Maybe the A330 is restricted in that there isn't a bigger variant than what we've got at the mo; but the A340-600 isn't very different at all, indeed there are no crew training aspects to the introduction of the 346 at all. Ditto mx I would guess. And anyway, Ireland is a tiny country, with a population of only 4 million. I don't think they're going to need bigger planes, especially if they're adding US destinations and frequencies.

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User currently offlineEA777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 8 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3504 times:

I am not sure but wouldn't the A340-200 offer similar capacity to their A330s but with greater range capabilities and allow them to introduce direct flights to Asia (I read there interested in flying to Bangkok/Hong Kong over the next couple of years).

User currently offlineDCAYOW From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 596 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (10 years 8 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3482 times:

For the US they have also been interested in STL, DEN, DFW, and SFO.

This was before STL was downgraded (as AA hub.)

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User currently offlineBa319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8484 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3434 times:
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I don't see EI adding 777's to the fleet.Whilst they may be able to fill them in the summer,they face the same proble everyone else has in the winter,filling it.

It makes much more sense to operate a plane you can operate year round and fill,or have a better chance of filling year round.

Look to Delta,almost all of their transatlantic trips are on 763's,easy to fill all year round,and they have a huge domestic feed.

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