Aer Lingus First Officer Conor Murray, cabin crew members Oisin Leong and Kellie Woods, and Director of Fleet Lander Dominguez Ruiz were present as Aer Lingus accepted delivery of its first Airbus A320neo aircraft (registered EI-NSA, named Saint Thomas), which will operate Aer Lingus flight EI152 from Dublin to London Heathrow on Wednesday, September 28.
All passengers will have their carbon emissions from their flights on the Airbus A320neo’s first flight mitigated by Aer Lingus.
When compared to aircraft of the A320ceo generation, the Airbus A320neo offers fuel consumption and CO2 emissions reductions of up to 20%, as well as noise reductions of close to 50%. The A320neo aircraft has a higher density of seats (186), which results in fewer fuel emissions per seat/passenger on board.
Aer Lingus has leased two brand-new Airbus A320neo aircraft from CDB Aviation; the second aircraft will be joining the fleet this week.
The aircraft will operate mostly on routes to and from London Heathrow as part of Aer Lingus’ short-haul fleet. They take the place of two Airbus A320ceos from an earlier generation that will be removed from service.
As part of IAG, Aer Lingus has committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and to powering 10% of its flights using sustainable aviation fuel by 2030. The new generation aircraft will complement the airline’s sustainability initiative.