Aer Lingus pilot dispute sees A321XLR launch go to Iberia

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  • Rferguson2

    Aer Lingus was to be the launch customer for the A321XLR (the new longer range variant of the current 321LR zipping across the atlantic) however due to an ongoing dispute between pilots and management Iberia will now take the prize.

    IAG ordered 14 of the jets with 6 destined for EI and 8 for IB with EI originally designated as the launch customer.

    However, pilots have been in dispute with Aer Lingus management over pay and there still seems a long way to go with the pilots union wanting 20% and EI management sticking firm at 8%. Aer Lingus management used the A321XLR delivery as a threat against the union telling the union if there was no agreement by 28APR IAG would send the new jets (and the work associated with an extra 6 longhaul aircraft) to Iberia instead.

    No agreement was reached and indeed EI/IAG management carried through with their threat and the launch customer for the A321XLR will now be Iberia who will deploy the jets on MAD to both BOS and IAD.

    IAG launched the following statement:

    “Unfortunately, Aer Lingus was not able to give IAG the cost structure assurances necessary for this investment and so the inaugural A321 XLR – originally planned for Aer Lingus – will be allocated elsewhere in the group.”

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