Not Aer Lingus, but Iberia will be the A321XLR launch customer

Airbus A321XLR (Photo: Airbus).
Airbus A321XLR (Photo: Airbus).

Not Aer Lingus, but Iberia will be the A321XLR launch customer

Airbus A321XLR (Photo: Airbus).
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The Irish IAG group member Aer Lingus will not be the launching customer of the Airbus A321XLR. According to company information, the reason for this is that a dispute with employee representatives over pilot salaries could not be resolved in a timely manner.

The affected machine, which should have been handed over to Aer Lingus in September 2024, is expected to go to its sister company Iberia. IAG explained, among other things, that this decision was made because the Irish carrier's cost structure was said to be too expensive. Actually, six A321XLRs should have gone to Aer Lingus and eight to Iberia. Now IAG is reshuffling the cards.

According to a report in the newspaper “El Pais”, the Spanish aviation company is to take delivery of the first unit of this type. This A321XLR will be used to destinations such as Atlanta, Orlando, Philadelphia and Charleston. Aer Lingus and the Irish pilots' union are in the middle of a pay rise dispute, with pilots demanding a pay rise of more than 20 percent while the airline refuses to go above 8,5 percent. The dispute is currently before Ireland's Employment Tribunal, which will make its recommendation in the next few days.

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