Ireland's Aer Lingus orders 12 Airbus jets

6th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

LONDON, June 6, 2007 (AFP) - Irish airline Aer Lingus said Wednesday that it has ordered 12 new Airbus aircraft worth 2.4 billion dollars (1.78 billion euros) at list prices, adding that it had won "substantial" discounts.

LONDON, June 6, 2007 (AFP) - Irish airline Aer Lingus said Wednesday that it has ordered 12 new Airbus aircraft worth 2.4 billion dollars (1.78 billion euros) at list prices, adding that it had won "substantial" discounts.

"Aer Lingus will take delivery of six new A330 300E and six new A350 XWB aircraft, valued at 2.4 billion dollars at catalogue prices, with deliveries commencing in 2009," the company said in a statement.

"Substantial discounts off the catalogue prices have been negotiated."

The A330s will be delivered between 2009 and 2011, while the A350s will be delivered between 2014 and 2016.

The carrier added that it has the option to purchase a further six A350 XWB jets for delivery by 2018.

The order would double the group's long haul fleet, underpinning its future growth strategy, the statement said.

"This follows an extensive evaluation process and intensive negotiations and will allow the airline to double its long haul fleet to 14 Airbus aircraft by 2014," Aer Lingus added.

The announcement is a vital boost for the European aircraft maker after its American rival Boeing had won a key plane order last week from Irish low-cost airline Ryanair worth 1.9 billion dollars.


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