Aer Lingus has announced that it will study the A330neo's "capabilities and its potential suitability" for its future long-haul operations.
Aer Lingus stated: "Discussions with Airbus regarding Aer Lingus’ A350-XWB long haul fleet order have substantially concluded with just some final matters relating to manufacturer communicated delivery delays to be agreed.
Aer Lingus notes Airbus’ recently announced intention to produce the A330neo long haul aircraft. Aer Lingus will study this aircraft’s capabilities and its potential suitability for the Group’s long haul requirements and future plans."
Aer Lingus already operates the current A330 and it has 9 A350-900 on order, scheduled for delivery between 2018 and 2020.
The A330neo, with new engines to help deliver 14% greater efficiency, “looks like a fantastic aircraft for our route profile,” airline Chief Executive Christoph Muller said.
The A350 offers more range than Aer Lingus needs for its international flights, so the A330neo is a better match.
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Based on the article “Aer Lingus 'will study' A330neo” published in CAPA.