Aer Lingus plots transatlantic expansion

Parent company IAG is providing it with two new aircraft...

Aer Lingus is looking to expand its services to the United States and Canada and will soon be getting new aircraft to help it do so.

The airline is receiving a boost to its transatlantic fleet with owner International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) ordering two new Airbus 330-300 long-haul aircraft.

Coming at a discounted cost of the €372m list price, the new planes will be ready for use in 2017.

Aer Lingus celebrated its 80th anniversary earlier this summer. It launched its first ever flight from Baldonnel to Bristol on May 27th, 1936

In its inaugural year, Aer Lingus operated three routes, carrying 892 passengers and employed a total of 12 staff.

In 2016, the airline carries 12 million passengers, flies 117 routes and provides employment to 4,000 staff.

It recently commenced its Los Angeles service and, from September, services to Newark, New Jersey and Hartford, Connecticut, will be available.

In April, Stephen Kavanagh revealed that "there is the potential opportunity over the next five years to increase the fleet to 20."

IAG, who purchased the airline last year for €1.6 billion, had previously pledged an extra five long-haul aircraft to Aer Lingus, which would have brought its total to 17.