Dublin, Ireland - After months of delays, Aer Lingus is pushing back the debut of the Airbus A321LR once again. With this postponement, the A321LRs of the Irish operator won't be able join the airline's fleet before this fall.
Earlier this year, the Irish carrier has announced that the deliveries of the first A321LRs were delayed. Now the airline is experiencing further delays.
After the first delay, Aer Lingus was planning to operate its A321LRs on the following transatlantic routes as of late summer.
Between Dublin and Hartford from July 1, between Dublin and Montreal from August 8, between Dublin and Hartford from August 2, and between Dublin and Philadelphia from September 1st.
But the plans have changed again. Aer Lingus' A321LRs won't be available on these routes before the fall. Some of them are even being postponed until next year.
The company did not provide detailed information about the cause or causes of delays, however, the airline stated that the late arrivals to generate a temporary frequency reduction on its transatlantic routes during July.
Aer Lingus has 14 A321LRs in its order book with Airbus. The planes are intended to replace the Boeing 757s that the Irish all-Airbus carrier wet-leases during the summer season.