Aer Lingus rearranges its summer schedule due to delivery problems at Airbus


Dublin - Irish airline operator Aer Lingus rearranges its flight scheduling for the summer season due to delayed delivery of the ordered Airbus A321LRs.

The delivery delay of the A321LRs forced the airline to make changes in its summer schedule. For instance, the launch of the Montreal route will be postponed to next year and only less frequent routes will be flown to North America.

According to the original plan, Aer Lingus would start flights between Dublin and Montreal on August 8 this summer. The Irish carrier was also planning to fly more often from Dublin to Hartford, Minneapolis, and Philadelphia and from Shannon to New York, but that is not going to happen yet.

Aer Lingus has 14 Airbus A321LR in its order book waiting to be delivered. The schedule changes are mainly because of the supply problems at Airbus, the company says.

The operator plans to deploy its A321LRs on routes to North America, where the larger A330s offer seats more than needed.

Airbus A321LR is the long-range version of the A321neo. The aircraft made its maiden flight last year on January between Hamburg and New York. It has a flight range of 4,000 nm (7,400 km) with up to 240 passengers on board thanks to a third Additional Centre Fuel Tank (ACT) and the new cabin door configuration enabling to accommodate more passenger seats.