JannEejit wrote:And wasn't there some political influence on the decision to go Airbus too, given the amount of EU aid Ireland was receiving at the time ?
OA260 wrote:It was looked at but was never a serious option for EI at that time. As suggested above too big of an aircraft,EU politics and they wanted an all Airbus fleet.
aerorobnz wrote:The A330 was probably a better fit and had crew training advantages when they needed crew ex A320 - they may even have been able to negotiate better terms with airbus as a result of a larger combined order. They didn't need the range advantages back then either
BrianDromey wrote:Airbus are reputed to have offered a deal which EI couldn't refuse and the better cargo capability over the 767 must have been attractive too. The A330s were available quickly (so quickly one was delivered in white, with a 9 arrest Air Inter cabin).
EI321 wrote:BrianDromey wrote:Airbus are reputed to have offered a deal which EI couldn't refuse and the better cargo capability over the 767 must have been attractive too. The A330s were available quickly (so quickly one was delivered in white, with a 9 arrest Air Inter cabin).
I think that's probably the most likely explanation for the A330 order. Its order books upon launch weren't exactly overflowing, so Aer Lingus were probably in a position to get a great deal on them. I think Airbus took an order for only one A330 frame in 1993. Am I right in saying that one of the original 3 A330s that EI ordered was actually built for Air Inter but transferred to EI after it was built?
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