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08 July 2015
08. July 2015 Commercial Aircraft

Staying close to its customers: The A350 XWB arrives in Dublin for a successful debut in Ireland

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The all-new A350 XWB jetliner is making its first visit to Ireland, underscoring the close relationship between Airbus and its customers with operations in Ireland – including the largest global lessor AerCap and the country’s flag carrier, Aer Lingus. 
Airbus’ A350-900 flight test aircraft (MSN005) stopped over in Dublin, Ireland today, for a successful event jointly hosted by AerCap, which has recently established its commercial centre in the Irish capital; Aer Lingus; IDA Ireland, the country’s foreign investment promotion agency; and the Dublin Airport Authority.
This event followed Airbus’ delivery last week of AerCap’s first A350 XWB for operation on lease by Vietnam Airlines, the second airline to add the A350 XWB to its fleet.
AerCap: Airbus’ largest customer
Highlighting the key role of lessors in the air transport sector, AerCap – including International Lease Finance Corporation, which it acquired in 2014 – is Airbus’ largest customer, having placed firm orders for more than 900 total jetliners (worth over $US 1.2 trillion at catalogue prices) from Airbus’ market-leading commercial aircraft product line. In addition to the 20 A350 XWB jetliners it has on firm order, AerCap is the company’s top customer for the single-aisle A320 Family with 751 aircraft booked, and the widebody A330 product line (129 ordered).
As the aviation industry continues to grow, lessors such as AerCap are playing an important role in sustaining this development.  In 2014, some 50 percent of all Airbus deliveries were financed by lessors – either through a direct order or sale-and-lease-back at delivery. 
Amsterdam-based AerCap has some 1,300 owned and managed aircraft in its fleet, serving 200 customers in approximately 90 countries. The company maintains additional offices in Dublin, Los Angeles, Shannon, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Singapore, Shanghai, Abu Dhabi, Toulouse, and Seattle. 
A successful event with support from a key operator and Irish organisations
Aer Lingus – which has ordered nine A350-900s – is the national airline of Ireland, headquartered at Dublin Airport. The carrier operates a fleet of 48 modern Airbus aircraft, comprising 40 A320 Family jetliners and eight A330s.
IDA Ireland is 100 percent funded by the Irish government with the goal of bringing high value, sustainable employment to the country, along with promoting investment in activities such as high-end manufacturing, and research and development.
The Dublin Airport Authority is a state-owned company with principle activities that include the operation and management of Dublin and Cork airports.  
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No Repro Fee. 08.07.2015 Fiona Tracey (left) with Sorcha O’Rourke, Grainne Kelly and Lydia Worrell, Aer Lingus Staff pictured here welcoming in the new Airbus A350 XWB, which will form part of AerCap’s core fleet in the coming years which was flown into Dublin from Toulouse, touching down in Ireland for the first time. The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation today announced that AerCap, a global leader in aviation leasing with operations in Dublin and Shannon, has created over 100 new highly skilled jobs in Ireland. The aircraft was then put on display in Aer Lingus’ Hangar 6 for invited guests from the industry where Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD and Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe TD were also in attendance. These are high end roles created across various disciplines including Sales and Marketing, Aircraft Technical, Legal, Contracts Management, Finance and Treasury.  Further increases are expected as the company continues to expand its Irish operations which has become its commercial centre. Pic. Robbie Reynolds

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