Aer Lingus has exercised options to order a further two A330-300s, to add to its previous order of ten of the Airbus wide body twin-engine aircraft.

The Irish carrier currently has eight A330s in its fleet, with two more due to be delivered this year.

Commenting on the move John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers said:

“This further commitment by Aer Lingus to the A330 demonstrates the unmatched operating economics and operational versatility of this aircraft.

“We are delighted to be continuing our long-standing partnership with Aer Lingus.”

Aer Lingus joined the International Airlines group (IAG) in 2015, and is set to take on Avios as its loyalty currency when it launches its new Aer Club programme later this year.

The revamped scheme had been due to launch this July, but according to the carrier’s website this has now been delayed until “towards the end of 2016”.