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DUBLIN, IRELAND - Irish flag carrier Aer Lingus will send one of its newly delivered aircraft to the storage in Spain amid bleak summer.

The plane is an Airbus A330-300 (EI-EIN) that was delivered to the Irish carrier this year on February 28.  Demand for air travel in Ireland is still extremely low due to the mandatory 14-day quarantine after each flight.

“The additional capacity that we added to our European schedule at the start of July has failed to perform to the level we had hoped, and with bookings for the coming weeks not showing an improvement, the remainder of this summer period now looks bleak,”

Aer Lingus chief technical officer Fergus Wilson said.

Aer Lingus' EI-EIN (MSN 1951) is the last Airbus A330-300 aircraft ever built.

European carriers send their planes to the storages with a semi-arid climate like Spain's to reduce the risk of corrosion.

With the latest storage, Aer Lingus' active widebody fleet will be reduced to five aircraft. Before the global crisis, the Irish airline was operating 15 widebody aircraft.

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