Published on April 7th, 2019 | by Mark Dwyer0
IAG transfers A350-900s orders from Aer Lingus to Iberia
Aer Lingus signed a purchase agreement with Airbus in 2007 for 12 long haul aircraft comprising of six A350-900’s and six A330-300’s. Three A330’s were swapped to A350’s and were originally due for delivery in 2014 but the deliveries were deferred. Four of these nine A350’s have now been transferred by parent IAG to Iberia leaving Aer Lingus with five of the type on order. Iberia have so far taken delivery of three A350’s (EC-MXV / MYX / NBE). To the end of March, Airbus had delivered 257 A350’s (240 x -900’s and 17 x -1000’s) with total orders of 890 (710 x -900’s and 180 x -1000’s).
Speaking to Barry O’Halloran in the Irish Times Aer Lingus CEO Sean Doyle said “Currently, we expect that all four A321LR Neos planned for 2019 will be delivered in 2019, and similarly we expect to receive all four A321LR Neos planned for 2020 to be delivered in 2020”.
Aer Lingus passenger numbers in March 19 were up 8.0% on Mar18 to 880,000. Traffic (RPK) was 9.8% up with passenger load factor 81.3%, up 0.8 points. Cargo carried (RTK) was down 12.5%. Passenger numbers across IAG airlines was up 5.7% to 9.161 million passengers.