Category Archives: Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus resumes flights to Washington

Aer Lingus resumed flights to Washington (Dulles) on August 13, 2021.

The U.S. capital is back on the Aer Lingus schedule, operating 4 times per week from Dublin.

Photo: Aer Lingus.

Aer Lingus signs ten year franchise agreement with Emerald Airlines

Aer Lingus has made this announcement:

  • Agreement will see Emerald Airlines Operating Aer Lingus Regional flights between the island of Ireland and Regional Airports in the UK, Isle of Man and Jersey
  • Emerald Airlines will operate ATR turboprop aircraft with associated Aer Lingus branding and livery
  • 400+ new staff will be required between now and commencement of services

Aer Lingus has today announced that it has entered into a franchise agreement with Emerald Airlines which will commence on 1 January, 2023 for a period of ten years for the operation of Aer Lingus Regional flights.  Although the contract is not due to commence for 18 months, Aer Lingus continues to work closely with Emerald Airlines to evaluate options with respect to an earlier contract start date in light of Stobart Air recently ceasing operations.

The new franchise agreement between Aer Lingus and Emerald Airlines will support Aer Lingus’s Dublin Hub strategy by providing connectivity of UK provincial airports to North America via Dublin. The agreement will offer connectivity between the island of Ireland and Regional Airports in UK, the Isle of Man and Jersey, with options for network expansion to more regional airports in the future.

Under the agreement, Emerald Airlines will operate ATR turboprop aircraft on the regional routes with associated Aer Lingus branding and livery. Over 400 staff will be required between now and commencement of services.

 

Aer Lingus commences trial IATA Travel Pass

Aer Lingus began trialling digital travel solution, IATA (International Air Transport Association) Travel Pass, on flights from Amsterdam to Dublin on July 5, 2021.

The IATA Travel Pass app can be downloaded onto a mobile device directly from the iOS App and Google Play store. Once downloaded, customers will create a secure account and will be presented with the entry requirements for their destination. Aer Lingus’ customers can then book a COVID-19 test with an approved provider* and the results will be automatically uploaded into the app by the laboratory.

The app then checks that a customer meets the COVID-19 test entry requirements for their destination and will then notify the customer to let them know that they are ‘OK to travel’. The airline’s parent company, International Airlines Group (IAG), has been working closely with IATA to co-develop the app that is now being successfully piloted by other global airlines, including British Airways and Iberia.

As Aer Lingus seeks the best solutions for its customers to ensure frictionless travel it has been progressing with a number of digital solutions in addition to the IATA Travel Pass, including VeriFLY which has been trialled on routes to and from the US and London Heathrow.

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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