Category Archives: Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus announces details of Aer Lingus Regional replacement schedule

Aer Lingus has announced details of a replacement schedule for Aer Lingus Regional customers.

Aer Lingus Regional had been operated by Stobart Air under a franchise agreement. Late on the evening of 11th June, Stobart Air notified Aer Lingus that it was ceasing operations with immediate effect.

Teams across Aer Lingus have been working through the night progressing alternative flying operations from tomorrow to provide a service for Aer Lingus Regional customers.

Photo: Embraer

Of the twelve routes immediately impacted by Stobart Air’s decision to cease trading, Aer Lingus will operate five routes and for at least the next week BA CityFlyer will operate two. Alternative operations for the outstanding routes are still being determined.

All impacted customers are being contacted directly and offered details of an alternative flight where feasible. All impacted customers also have the option of a full refund.

Aer Lingus wishes to apologise to Aer Lingus Regional customers who have been affected by Stobart Air ceasing operations.

Aer Lingus (Mainline) will operate the following routes:

Dublin / Edinburgh; Dublin / Manchester; Belfast City / Manchester; Belfast City / Birmingham; Belfast City / Edinburgh;

BA City Flyer will operate the following routes:

Belfast City / Exeter; Belfast City / Leeds Bradford

Alternative operations for flights on following outstanding routes are still being determined.

Dublin / Kerry;  Dublin / Donegal;

Customers scheduled to travel on the Belfast City / East Midlands; Dublin / Glasgow; Dublin / Newquay routes are being offered alternative flights

Aer Lingus will probably “right size” its assets due to a lack of an Irish restart plan and continued losses

"Conchobhar", will become EI-LRG

Aer Lingus reported an operating loss of €103 million in the first quarter. This followed a loss of €361 million in 2020.

The airline is currently dealing with COVID-19 restrictions on travel in Ireland.

The company is now saying it will need to “right size” its resources due to lack of an Irish Government restart plan for aviation in Ireland.

Parent IAG is “considering the necessary steps we need to take” for the airline to “survive,” according to CEO Luis Gallego , which was stated during the first quarter earnings call on May 7, 2021.

Last month the company stressed the need  for a plan with this statement:

Aer Lingus called on Government to urgently facilitate the implementation of Ireland’s Aviation Restart Plan 2021.

Donal Moriarty, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Aer Lingus said:

“The need for a data-driven, risk-based Irish roadmap to reopen international travel is urgent. This will enable the restoration of connectivity and ensure that the economy is supported to deliver the recovery that will be vital for the country.

“With the publication of Ireland’s Aviation Restart Plan by the National Civil Aviation Development Forum (NCADF), a considered and effective exit strategy is outlined. What is critically important now is that the Government urgently takes the required steps to finalize the plan and enable its implementation.

“Our UK neighbors recognize the importance of outlining an exit strategy for the sector and have endeavored to do so in recent days.

“In the US, as the vaccination roll out continues apace, potential inbound tourists are considering where to travel later this year.

“The aviation sector works to long lead-times. Parameters for the opening of our economy including the restoration of international travel, aligned with our vaccination roll-out timeline and appropriate public health metrics, need to be developed.

“Government urgency and focus is therefore required to develop a clear and speedy pathway for the recovery of the aviation sector in this country.”

More from the The Irish Times.

Meanwhile Aer Lingus is adding two new routes:

Belfast to Newquay, Cornwall on June 28

Dublin to Exeter, Devon on August 30

Top Copyright Photo: Aer Lingus Airbus A321-253NX WL D-AVXV (EI-LRG) (msn 10291) XFW (Gerd Beilfuss). Image: 953400.

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Aer Lingus to launch four new trans-Atlantic routes from Manchester

 

Aer Lingus is to launch its first ever transatlantic services direct from Manchester to the US and the Caribbean, which will create up to 120 new jobs.

Aer Lingus will commence four new routes from Manchester Airport flying to New York JFK and Orlando from July 29, 2021, to Barbados from October 20 and to Boston from summer 2022.

Two of the four new routes, New York JFK and Boston, will be operated by the new single-aisle Airbus A321LR, making Aer Lingus the first airline to operate the aircraft on regular scheduled services between the UK and the US.

Services to holiday hotspots such as Orlando and Barbados will be operated by a larger Airbus A330-300 aircraft.

As part of its significant expansion into Manchester, Aer Lingus will create up to 120 job opportunities in the North of England. Recruitment will be predominantly for cabin crew roles, together with additional positions within Maintenance and Engineering, and Ground Operations.

 

DOT grants final approval of antitrust immunity for Aer Lingus to the existing Oneworld transatlantic joint venture

U.S. Department of Transportation issued this final decision:

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced that it has granted final approval of, and antitrust immunity for, the addition of Ireland-based Aer Lingus to the existing Oneworld transatlantic joint venture.  The carriers requested antitrust immunity to include Aer Lingus in the existing joint venture consisting of American Airlines, British Airways, OpenSkies, Iberia, and Finnair.  Aer Lingus will be integrated into the joint venture’s network planning, pricing, and sales activities.  With Aer Lingus’ addition, the carriers are expected to expand capacity on some existing routes while introducing services on several new routes, allowing more options for travel to and from Ireland and the rest of Europe.

The action by the Department is described in a Final Order adopting the tentative decision published on November 16, 2020, which examined the impact on competition and the expected public benefits.  As part of the final approval, the Final Order includes conditions to address concerns related to competition, to preserve consumer choice, to ensure that the grant of antitrust immunity is in the public interest, and to allow the Department to monitor and assess the benefits produced by the proposed joint venture.

Under the Final Order, the carriers are required to continue to comply with certain slot remedies at London airports that were imposed when the Oneworld transatlantic joint venture was initially approved in 2010, and as have been extended by the United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) while it completes its own investigation into the Oneworld transatlantic joint venture.  In addition, the carriers are required to remove exclusivity clauses in their alliance agreements and to review the alliance after five years.

In other news, Aer Lingus will not be operating flights between Great Britain and Ireland up to December 31, 2020.

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Aer Lingus reviews its procedures after social media reports of a packed flight

Aer Lingus is reviewing its COVID-19 flight procedures after a series of social media photos showed a packed Belfast – London Heathrow flight on Monday, May 4.

There were no social distancing practices in place.

Read more from The Irish News.

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Photo: Aer Lingus.

Aer Lingus takes delivery of the last Airbus A330-300

"St. Dallan", the last Airbus A330-300 to be built

Aer Lingus on Friday, February 28, took delivery of the last Airbus A330-300 (EI-EIN) built by Airbus.

Aer Lingus now has 11 Airbus A330-300s.

In other news, previously on February 19, Aer Lingus launched a new Shannon based aircraft along with the early return of Aer Lingus’ popular New York JFK service. The service recommenced on February 19, a month earlier than in previous years. It will operate six days a week, rising to seven days a week for the summer schedule.

Additionally Aer Lingus announced two new summer routes from Shannon to Barcelona and Paris-Charles De Gaulle. Summer 2020 will see Aer Lingus’ highest capacity in 30 years from Shannon Airport.

"St. Fiacre", delivered on October 14, 2019

Above Copyright Photo: Aer Lingus Airbus A321-253NX WL EI-LRC (msn 8965) LHR (Robbie Shaw). Image: 949251.

The new A321neo LR is the second such Aer Lingus aircraft to arrive at Shannon. The first aircraft was delivered last October and has been operating on the Shannon-Boston route.

Top Copyright Photo: Aer Lingus Airbus A330-302 F-WWCH (EI-EIN) (msn 1951) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 949166.

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Aer Lingus inaugurates Airbus A321LR service to Hartford

Aer Lingus' first A321neo, delivered on July 26, 2019

Aer Lingus on August 2, 2019, placed its first Airbus A321LR (Longer Range) into revenue service.

The pictured Airbus A321-253NX EI-LRA operated flights EI 131/130 on a roundtrip from the Dublin hub to Hartford/Springfield and return.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline and Airbus): Aer Lingus Airbus A321-253NX WL EI-LRA (msn 8887) DUB (Michael Kelly). Image: 947219.

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Air Lease Corporation delivers the first Airbus A321-200neo LR to Aer Lingus

Air Lease Corporation (ALC) has announced the delivery of one new Airbus A321-200neo LR aircraft on long-term lease to Aer Lingus (Dublin, Ireland).  This Airbus aircraft, featuring CFM International LEAP-1A33 engines, is the first of eight A321-200neo LRs scheduled to deliver to the airline through 2020 from ALC’s order book with Airbus.

Airbus also released this statement:

Aer Lingus has taken delivery of its first of eight A321LR aircraft, becoming the first airline in International Airlines Group (IAG) to operate the type. The aircraft on lease from Air Lease Corporation is powered by Leap CFM engines and configured in a two class layout with 16 business and 168 economy seats.

The Dublin based carrier will deploy the aircraft on transatlantic routes to the US East coast.

Aer Lingus currently operates a total of 50 Airbus aircraft including 13 A330s and 37 A320 Family aircraft. The A321LR and the A330 combined within the same fleet is a powerful lever to cover the needs of the medium to long haul markets.

The A321LR is a member of the A320neo Family, with over 6,600 orders by more than 100 customers. It delivers 30 percent fuel savings and nearly 50 percent reduction in noise footprint compared to previous generation competitor aircraft. With a range of up to 4,000nm (7,400km) the A321LR is the unrivalled long range route opener, featuring true transatlantic capability and premium wide-body comfort in a single aisle aircraft cabin.

IAG backs the Airbus A321XLR with an order for 14 aircraft

International Airlines Group (IAG) has selected the Airbus A321XLR to expand its fleet of highly efficient single aisles with a firm order for 14 aircraft. Of these, eight are destined for Iberia and six for Aer Lingus.

IAG, the parent company of leading airlines also including British Airways, Level and Vueling, is one of Airbus’s largest customers and this agreement will take the overall order from the group to 530 aircraft. IAG airlines combined operate one of the world’s largest Airbus fleets with over 400 aircraft.

The aircraft will enable Aer Lingus to launch new routes beyond the US East Coast and Canada. For Iberia, this is a new aircraft type that will enable it to operate new transatlantic destinations and increase frequencies in key markets.

Images: Airbus.