in Aerospace

Aer Lingus signs for two A320neo aircraft

Posted 24 June 2022

Aer Lingus today announced that it has signed a lease agreement for two new Airbus A320neo aircraft.

Image courtesy Aer Lingus
This new generation aircraft will support the airline’s sustainability programme.  Aer Lingus, as part of IAG, has pledged to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and has committed to powering 10% of its flights using sustainable aviation fuel by 2030.
The deal 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 two previous generation 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% reduction in fuel burn and CO2 emissions and close to a 50% reduction in noise footprint when compared to the previous generation A320ceo.
There is a greater density of seats on the A320neo aircraft, 186 versus 174 on the previous generation A320neo, resulting in lower fuel emissions per seat/passenger on board.
The new aircraft will be delivered in full Aer Lingus livery, branding and cabin interior and will compliment the airline’s A321neo LR aircraft, eight of which have been added to the Aer Lingus transatlantic fleet in recent years.
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 to our customers.
“Equally, these more environmentally-friendly aircraft incur lower landing charges in some key airports so the new A320neos will help us to reduce costs.”
Patrick Hannigan, CDB Aviation Chief Executive Officer, said: “Our teams worked hand in hand to expediently execute this transaction as an important element of the Irish flag carrier’s recovery plan from the impact of the pandemic on air travel.
“The A320neo’s operating 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 expects 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 growth of Aer Lingus’ transatlantic network.
Registered as EI-NSA (MSN10712) and EI-NSB (MSN10786), the two new A320neo aircraft were originally built by Airbus to be delivered to the Russian airline Smartavia in March, but have now become available to Aer Lingus because of the ongoing sanctions against Russia.

Other Stories
Latest News

Babcock partners with IAI on MoD SERPENS radar programme

Babcock has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) Group and Subsidiary ELTA Systems to provide a deep-find radar solution for the UK Ministry of Defence’s SERPENS programme.

Vice Admiral Sir Chris Gardner KBE appointed CEO of SDA

The Prime Minister has approved the appointment of Vice Admiral Sir Chris Gardner KBE as the new CEO of the Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA).

Bristow to deliver UKSAR2G with Schiebel Camcopter capability

Bristow has been awarded a 10-year contract by the UK Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) to deliver the Second-Generation Search and Rescue (UKSAR2G) programme, with the contract including the operational deployment of

Inter-Tec Aero moves European business to Shannon

Inter-Tec Aero Ltd, which offers bespoke aerospace design, certification and analysis solutions to a broad range of aircraft platforms, has relocated its EASA DOA office from Sligo in Ireland to Shannon, as of 1st July this year.

Menzies Aviation secures eight airport contracts in Pakistan

Menzies Aviation today announced more than a dozen significant contract wins in Pakistan since it acquired a 49% shareholding in Royal Airport Services (RAS), an aviation services business based in Pakistan.

Element acquires Singapore Test Services

Element Materials Technology (Element) has acquired testing, inspection, calibration and certification provider, Singapore Test Services (STS), a subsidiary of ST Engineering.

Atkins SK Aug
See us at
Advanced Engin BT2504031122DVD BT2704220922GlobalMilSatCom BT2006101122Future Arm Vehicles Power Systems BT