International Airlines Group yesterday swapped 4 Aer Lingus A350’s to Iberia, as the former now considers the aircraft too large for its needs.
Instead, it’s likely that Aer Lingus will never receive A350’s despite having originally ordered 9. The airlines future seems to be with the A330. IAG capital markets presentation certainly indicates no A350’s present in Aer Lingus’ future. It originally ordered the type back in 2008 and was supposed to have had its first delivery back in 2014!
What will happen to the other five aircraft? One of the advantages of IAG’s group buying schemes is that they can allocate them wherever they’re needed. It may even be that eventually they’ll end up with Level on long haul operations.
It would be more transparent if Airbus simply lumped all of IAG’s orders under one business.