Aer Lingus chief executive Stephen Kavanagh has revealed that the airline is seeking to expand its fleet for the purpose of increasing its transatlantic seat capacity by over two-thirds.
The Irish Times reports that, according to Kavanagh, Aer Lingus intends to expand its A330 fleet from 13 to 16 aircraft and invest in 14 Airbus A321 aircraft in order to boost seat capacity both across the Atlantic and within Europe.
Current Capacity And Growth Ambition
At present, Aer Lingus has a transatlantic seat capacity of 2.8 million per year. The proposed additional aircraft would increase the airline's annual transatlantic seat capacity to 4.7 million.
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Commenting on the plans to increase capacity, Kavanagh said, "This growth ambition will create a significant increase in direct and indirect employment and career opportunities for all at Aer Lingus as well as wider benefits to the Irish economy."
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