Jack Quann
Jack Quann

16.18 18 Jun 2019


Share this article


Irish flag carrier Aer Lingus is to get six new long-haul planes from Airbus.

Its parent company, International Airlines Group (IAG), is ordering six Airbus A321XLR aircraft for Aer Lingus and eight for Spanish airline Iberia - plus 14 options.

The first deliveries of the single-aisle jetliner are scheduled for 2023.

Advertisement

The airlines will be among the first customers for the extra long-range narrowbody aircraft.

Each aircraft will be fitted with economy and business cabins, including full flat seats.

They will also feature inflight entertainment, internet connectivity and ambient lighting.

IAG say the new aircraft will enable Aer Lingus to launch new routes beyond the US east coast and Canada.

Willie Walsh, IAG chief executive, says: "The A321XLR has the same unit cost as a widebody longhaul aircraft which will enable profitable network expansion.

"This will strengthen both Dublin and Madrid hubs providing new transatlantic routes and additional flexibility for connecting passengers.

"These aircraft will also bring further cost efficiencies and environmental benefits."

Aer Lingus Source: Airbus

The A321LR is a single-aisle aircraft that can fly routes of up to 4,700 nm (8,700 km) with 244 passengers.

It is also designed to produce 20% lower fuel burn per seat, 5,000 tonnes less CO2 per year, and a noise footprint that is 50% lower for passengers and airports.

Aer Lingus The Airspace XL bins give approximately 40% more overhead storage space for passengers | Image: Airbus

The plane also has the largest overhead storage compartment, called 'XL bins', with 40% more volume.

It also features a new toilet design, new window bezels and coloured LED lighting for the cabin.

IAG says the A321XLR list price is approximately US$142m (€126.8m).


Share this article


Read more about

A321XLR Aer Lingus Aibus A321XLR Airbus IAG Iberia International Airlines Group New Aircraft Spain Willie Walsh

Most Popular

Live: Title

Now playing

00:00:00 / 00:00:00
Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share


Up next

Episode title
Show
Duration

You currently have no podcasts in your queue.

Go to podcasts

On Air

Off The Ball

Off The Ball

13:00-19:00

Share

Up next

TALKING HISTORY WITH PATRICK G...

TALKING HISTORY WITH PATRICK GEOGHEGAN

19:00-20:00

Share

SOUNDSCAPE

SOUNDSCAPE

20:00-21:00

Share

FUTUREPROOF WITH JONATHAN MCCR...

FUTUREPROOF WITH JONATHAN MCCREA

21:00-22:00

Share

THE TOM DUNNE SHOW

THE TOM DUNNE SHOW

22:00-00:00

Share

BEST OF NEWSTALK

BEST OF NEWSTALK

00:00-06:00

Share

BREAKFAST BRIEFING

BREAKFAST BRIEFING

06:00-06:30

Share

BREAKFAST BUSINESS

BREAKFAST BUSINESS

06:30-07:00

Share

NEWSTALK BREAKFAST

NEWSTALK BREAKFAST

07:00-09:00

Share

THE PAT KENNY SHOW

THE PAT KENNY SHOW

09:00-12:00

Share

LUNCHTIME LIVE

LUNCHTIME LIVE

12:00-14:00

Share

MONCRIEFF

MONCRIEFF

14:00-16:00

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on