Courtesy Paul Doyle 

Aer Lingus third Airbus A319-111 EI-EPT c/n 3054 named “Ruadhan” ex EC-KBJ of Iberia Airlines leased from SMBC Aviation Capital entered revenue service on Sunday 14th April operating EIN248 Dublin to London Gatwick.

The aircraft appears to based in London Gatwick based on data available from, this morning it operated EIN232/1 to and from Dublin, followed by EIN911/2 to and from Ireland West Airport Knock.

The Airbus A319 is the third member of the Airbus A320 Family to enter service with Aer Lingus, following the delivery of the first aircraft a year ago. On 2012 Annual results conference call Aer Lingus Chief Commercial Officer said the A319 operation had “Increased in load factor and revenue per seat up 4%”.

Aer Lingus has allocated two A319s to Belfast City and 1 to London Gatwick bases following delivery of the fourth A319 the type will account for 8% of total short-haul capacity.

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