Aer Lingus is evaluating more than 15 North American routes to which it could fly while reversing its fleet.
In a call with journalists, chief executive Sean Doyle said the airline has an "extensive review process in progress" to look at the opportunities for the new aircraft to be expected to be delivered.
"We are evaluating to the north of the 15 [routes] At the moment and this will increase with the ability to reach the technology that reaches us, "said Mr. Doyle.
As for how many markets the operator owned by IAG will depend on "the valuable business that we can negotiate to enter those markets," added Mr. Doyle.
Mr. Doyle's comments came after revenues rose almost 9 percent in Aer Lingus last year and operating profits reached a record of 305 million euros while increasing capacity and cutting back some of their costs.
Total revenues for the airline were just over 2,000 million euros last year, with passenger revenues almost 9% up to 1,900 million euros and revenues per load increased by almost 15% and 54 million.
But revenues by unitary passengers were lower, 1.2 percent. Despite reducing costs in some areas of the airline, such as acquisition and handling, Aer Lingus has also been affected by an increase in fuel bills and increased personnel costs during the year.
The addition of new routes to destinations such as Philadelphia and Seattle increased capacity by 10 percent, with Aer Lingus increasing its capacity in its North American routes by 17.2 percent throughout the year.
The dominant group IAG resisted the rising costs of fuel and the interruption of air traffic control to only surpass the expectations for its 2018 result and said it would order 18 Boeing 777-9 aircraft. The company said profits for 2019 would be flat in the year, but a special dividend announced after the market closed on Wednesday helped its shares to increase by 2.4 percent in the first agreements.
IAG reported an increase in operating income of 9.5 percent before extraordinary items from December 31 to 3.23 million euros, compared to analysts' consensus forecast for 3.16 million euros, but said that there will be no growth in 2019. "It's fuel." Executive Chief Willie Walsh explained, adding that an increasing amount of fuel was a direct flight in 2018. "We will see an even bigger increase in 2019," he said. IAG did not reveal details of its fuel coverage strategy.
Aside from that, IAG said it had ordered 18 Boeing 777-9 aircraft worth 8,000 million dollars (7,000 million euros) for its British Airways arm in reverse for Airbus, which also competed for the agreement.
The group also took options with 24 additional airplanes, said Thursday in its annual income balance.
British Airways will use wide-body jets to replace its fleet of 34 747-year-old birds, which should be withdrawn at the beginning of 2024. Airbus launched the A350-1000, which BA has already bought to meet a previous requirement, to fulfill part of the order.
The order for version 777-9 with Boeing wings broadens the body provides an elevator for the program, ahead of the factory roll-out of the renewed model and first flight this year. The sales of the new aircraft fired after an initial defeat.
Bloomberg previously reported that British Airways was inclined to make an order with Boeing over Airbus. – Additional reports: Bloomberg