DUBLIN, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Irish state airline Aer Lingus [AERL.UL] said on Wednesday it had signed a deal with Airbus
The national flag carrier said the deal for the A-320s would complete its move to use of a single fleet type and enable it to add 15 new routes to its European network by summer 2005.
Under the deal Aer Lingus, which had also been in talks with Boeing (nyse: BA - news - people), will buy seven A-320s outright and lease 10 from the International Lease Finance Corp.
The Irish Times said the airline was expected to spend in excess of 300 million euros ($335.6 million) on the aircraft. The engines for the aircraft will be provided by CFM, a Franco-American joint venture between General Electric Aircraft Engines (nyse: GE - news - people) and Snecma Moteurs.