Aer Lingus has declared that it has signed a lease deal for two new Airbus A320neo aircraft. This new generation aircraft will support the airline’s sustainability program. Aer Lingus, as part of IAG, has pledged to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and has committed to powering 10 percent of its flights operating sustainable aviation fuel by 2030.
The agreement was signed with CDB Aviation, a wholly-owned Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co. Limited (‘CDB Leasing’), and will see the new generation A320neo join Aer Lingus’ fleet for the very first time.
They will replace 2 previous generations of Airbus A320ceos, which will be retired from the fleet. The new A320neos are expected to enter into service towards the end of July 2022. The Airbus A320neo delivers up to a 20 percent reduction in fuel burn and CO2 emissions and near to a 50 percent reduction in noise footprint when compared to the previous generation A320ceo.
The new aircraft will be delivered in complete Aer Lingus livery, branding, and cabin interior and will complete the airline’s A321neo LR aircraft, eight of which have been said to the Aer Lingus transatlantic fleet in current years.
London Heathrow and Dublin
The two new A320neo aircraft will join the Aer Lingus fleet for short-haul operations and will predominantly operate between London Heathrow and Dublin.
Lynne Embleton, Aer Lingus CEO, said: “This is a great opportunity to bring new, state-of-the-art aircraft into our short-haul fleet. Renewing our fleet is one of the key ways for Aer Lingus to meet our sustainability targets, which is a priority for us over the coming years.
“The new generation Airbus A320neo aircraft is much more sustainable in terms of fuel burn and CO2 emissions and this is not only important to Aer Lingus but also our customers.
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“Equally, these more environmentally-friendly aircraft incur lower landing charges in some key airports so the new A320neos will help us to reduce prices.”
Patrick Hannigan, CDB Aviation Chief Executive Officer, said: “Our teams operated hand in hand to expediently execute this transaction as an important element of the Irish flag carrier’s recovery plan from the effect of the pandemic on air travel.
- “The A320neo’s working advantages will also further strengthen Aer Lingus’ leading position among European airlines in enhancing connectivity with a focus on improving efficiency and reducing aviation’s environmental footprint.”
Aer Lingus continues to grow its fleet and hopes to acquire a further two A320neo aircraft in 2023. In addition, the airline has plans to boost its fleet with six Airbus A321neo XLR aircraft which are a longer-range variant of the A321neo LR and will enable further development of Aer Lingus’ transatlantic network.
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