British Airways-owner IAG SA is looking at acquiring more long-range narrow-body planes in order to open up inter-continental routes where demand is insufficient to support bigger twin-aisle jets.
IAG has already ordered seven LR variants of the Airbus Group SE A321neo for trans-Atlantic services at Irish unit Aer Lingus and is evaluating plans for a wider roll-out that could see the model deployed in the U.K. with BA and at Spanish unit Iberia, Chief Executive Officer Willie Walsh said Friday.
“We’ll be looking to utilize that aircraft right across our network,” Walsh said of the A321neoLR, which is slated to enter service late next year. “There’s an opportunity to consider quite a number of destinations that we wouldn’t believe possible with the wide-body larger aircraft.”
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