Aer Lingus excludes Airbus A350 from its future long-haul fleet expansion

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Dublin - Aer Lingus, an airline operator within the International Airlines Group (IAG), has decided not to include the Airbus A350 in its long-haul fleet.

IAG has a large order for the Airbus's A350XWBs which are to be distributed among the group airlines. Aer Lingus was supposed to receive nine copies, but the Irish company has found that Airbus's new generation widebodies are too large to operate for the airline. The company, therefore, has decided to go on with its existing Airbus A330s on the long-haul routes.

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Aer Lingus Airbus A330-300

Now four of these aircraft are being transferred to another group airline, Spanish carrier Iberia.

Iberia will, therefore, receive 20 Airbus A350 of both the 900 and 1000 variants, while British Airways receive 18 aircraft of the same type.