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Aer Lingus recommences flights to Los Angeles

Aer Lingus took off for LA with the re-start of the direct service on May 12, for the first time since March 2020. The City of Angels is now easily accessible with daily direct flights from Dublin.

Los Angeles is the latest transatlantic route from Aer Lingus to resume, with daily flights to the West Coast USA. Aer Lingus is the only carrier offering direct flights between Ireland and West Coast USA, following daily flights to San Francisco recommencing on February 25.

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Aer Lingus reconnects Shannon with the United States

Aer Lingus on March 10 restarted its transatlantic services from Shannon, reconnecting the mid-west of Ireland with the US.

From March 10, daily flights to Boston resume with flights to New York making a comeback on March 11.

These are the latest transatlantic routes from Aer Lingus to resume since the lifting of travel restrictions to the US and marks the first transatlantic flight between Shannon Airport and the US since March 2020. The restart of these flights is critical in restoring regional connectivity and Aer Lingus is the only airline flying to Boston and New York -JFK this summer, with 14 flights a week from Shannon to the US.

Summer 2022 will see Aer Lingus fly its largest transatlantic seat capacity from Shannon in 17 years as it operates two next generation A321 NEO LR aircraft from the airport. The state-of-the-art aircraft promise a more innovative and sustainable travel experience, boasting greater fuel-efficiency, with a 15% reduction in fuel burn, compared to a A321CEO and a 50% reduction in noise footprint compared to previous generation aircraft. Offering both a Business Class cabin with 16 fully lie-flat seats, fine dining and complimentary wi-fi, and an Economy Class cabin with complimentary meal and snack and soft drink in-flight, and top inflight entertainment, including the latest movie releases, TV boxsets, games and music.

Aer Lingus will operate 14 direct routes between Ireland and North America in 2022, including New York, Miami, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orlando, Washington, Seattle/Tacoma, and Philadelphia.

 

Emerald Airlines commences operations

Emerald Airlines on February 26 launched operations.

The first flight was between Donegal and Dublin and return. The flights are operated under Aer Lingus Regional brand.

Aer Lingus reports an operating loss in 2021

Lynne Embleton, CEO, Aer Lingus, Results Commentary

Our FY 2021 performance reflects the fact that Ireland continued to impose the most stringent and longest lasting travel restrictions in Europe, and those restrictions impacted Aer Lingus more acutely than other airlines.  We announced a pre-exceptional operating loss of €347m for the year. This is on top of the €361m lost in 2020.

Additionally, it reflects the impact that US restrictions had on our key transatlantic business.  For almost two years, the national narrative in Ireland was intensely anti-travel, compounded by the enforcement of mandatory hotel quarantine. As a result, passenger numbers in 2021 were less than 25 per cent of 2019 levels.   The reaction to the Omicron variant in terms of reintroducing restrictions at the end of 2021 also dampened the nascent recovery and was a further setback for Aer Lingus.

The scale of these pandemic impacts was such that throughout 2020 and 2021, Aer Lingus losses were almost €1m per day and the company had to take on significant debt. The demand environment is now much more positive and Aer Lingus can look forward with optimism to more normal levels of flying over the course of 2022. However, the financial damage caused to the company over the last two years will take time to repair, in particular dealing with the debt which the company has accumulated. We also need to invest in adding new aircraft to our fleet. For these reasons the company will have to carefully manage its cost base and ensure that it is efficient and competitive going forward.

Throughout the pandemic Aer Lingus sought to retain the relationship with as many of its people as possible. Government supports such as the Employee Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) helped, but painfully necessary cuts in pay introduced in 2020 were required into 2021 for both management and staff. Following constructive discussions with pilots and cabin crew communities, structural changes covering pay scales and working practices to make the company more cost competitive were agreed. Similar structural change is required in other areas of the business. Aircraft were parked and sold, and work practices were made more efficient. Support staff worked from home, IT infrastructure was upgraded, and some key digital projects were realised for future benefit.

Notwithstanding the challenges, Aer Lingus remains focused on its ambition to return to 90% of normal capacity in 2022. The lifting of travel restrictions on 9th January 2022, followed by societal reopening 13 days later has had a very positive effect. AerLingus.com had its busiest day since March 2020 – customers now have the confidence to book and we are delighted to be welcoming more and more customers on board as the year progresses.

The schedule for Summer 2022 triples capacity compared to Summer 2021 and will reach 90 per cent of 2019 levels by the summer peak. Today the EI061 departed for San Francisco – the first regular service to West Coast USA since March 2020. Aer Lingus is the only carrier serving West Coast USA this summer. Daily flights to Los Angeles start on 12 May, Seattle returns five times per week on 26 May.  From June, the company will operate twice daily into Washington using the latest sustainable aircraft (A321LR Neo). Last week the Miami restart was announced, bringing to 14 the transatlantic destinations out of Ireland. Transatlantic services to / from Shannon restart in March restoring critical regional connectivity. Vital for the airline, but also vital for the Irish economy.

Aer Lingus to resume flights to Miami

Aer Lingus has announced that it will re-start its direct service from Dublin to Miami later this year. From October 21, 2022, customers will be able to travel direct to Miami with Aer Lingus operating two services per week until October 28, 2022 and three per week from October 29, 2022 to connect families, friends, and businesses back to the Sunshine State.

Aer Lingus is continuing to re-connect Ireland with the South-East of the US with its direct Dublin to Orlando route resuming last November, and the addition of the Miami route adds a second connection to Florida, an important destination for recreational travel from Ireland.

Aer Lingus provides 14 direct routes between North America and Ireland, including New York, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orlando, Washington, Seattle/Tacoma, and Philadelphia. The airline will be the only carrier offering direct flights between Ireland and West Coast USA, with daily flights to San Francisco recommencing on 25 February, daily flights to Los Angeles starting on 12 May and Seattle returning 5 times per week on 26 May. Flights to the USA from Shannon will start from 10th March, with 14 flights a week to New York and Boston.

 

American Airlines and Aer Lingus launch new codeshare agreement

American Airlines made this announcement:

Traveling between the United States and Ireland, also known as the Emerald Isle, will be simple, easy and more convenient for customers as American Airlines and Aer Lingus launch their codeshare agreement this week.

To increase connectivity between the U.S and Europe for customers, American will place its code on Aer Lingus flights between London Heathrow (LHR) and Dublin (DUB). Customers can also book codeshare flights on Aer Lingus from DUB to Amsterdam (AMS); Birmingham, UK (BHX); London Gatwick (LGW) and Manchester, UK (MAN); and from LHR to Belfast City, Northern Ireland (BHD); Cork, Ireland (ORK) and Shannon, Ireland (SNN).

Additionally, customers traveling with Aer Lingus will now be able to book codeshare travel on American Airlines flights from Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Albuquerque, New Mexico, (ABQ); Nashville, Tennessee (BNA); Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW); Los Angeles (LAX); Seattle (SEA); San Francisco (SFO); San Jose, California (SJC) and Tucson, Arizona (TUS).

Further expansion of the codeshare is also planned in the near future.

Aer Lingus joined the Atlantic Joint Business (AJB) between American, British Airways, Iberia and Finnair last year. The AJB has brought significant benefits, such as lower fares and easier journeys to more destinations with better aligned schedules and frequencies, to millions of passengers since its launch in 2010.

 

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Aer Lingus and Emerald Airlines announce accelerated plans for launch of regional routes

Aer Lingus and Emerald Airlines have announced details of the commencement of Aer Lingus Regional flights, with tickets on sale from today. The flights operated under a franchise agreement by Emerald Airlines will commence on March 17, 2022 as Aer Lingus Regional. Today’s announcement will result in Emerald Airlines flying over 340 flights per week across 11 routes with fares starting at €29.99, with further route announcements to be made in the coming weeks.

High-frequency routes, including Dublin-Edinburgh and Dublin-Glasgow, will be served up to 4 times daily. The announcement sees the re-establishment of services to regional points across the U.K including Newquay Cornwall, Exeter, and Isle of Man. Emerald Airlines will be the only airline offering these services from Ireland. Critically, the announcement adds over 60 UK – US routes on the Aer Lingus network connecting via Dublin including connections from UK regional airports to New York, Los Angeles, Boston and Seattle.

Aer Lingus recently announced an ambitious schedule for Summer 2022, which reflects the airline’s goal to build to pre-pandemic levels of flying and anticipates continued momentum in customer demand. This commencement of the Aer Lingus Regional routes operated by Emerald Airlines will greatly increase connectivity between the UK, Ireland and the US, and accelerates Aer Lingus’s strategy to expand Dublin Airport as a hub airport.

Pictured is Aer Lingus CEO Lynne Embleton with Emerald Airlines CEO Conor McCarthy, at the announcement of the commencement of Aer Lingus Regional flights, with tickets on sale from today. The flights, operated under a franchise agreement by Emerald Airlines on behalf of Aer Lingus, will commence on 17th March with over 340 flights per week across 11 routes with fares starting at €29.99 one way. The services will greatly increase connectivity between the UK, Ireland and the US, and catalyses Aer Lingus’ strategy to expand Dublin Airport as a hub airport. Further route announcements will be made in the coming weeks. Customers can book at aerlingus.com
16/12/2021 Photograph: Fran Veale/Julien Behal Photography

Emerald Airlines is continuing with the expansion of its fleet of ATR 72-600s. The ATR 72-600, the latest generation of turboprop aircraft combining environmental and economic performance, has a significant environmental advantage over regional jets and other turboprop aircraft emitting up to 40% less CO2 on short, regional flights.

 

Airport Route Start Date Frequency Lead in Price ROI Lead in Price UK Connections
Glasgow DUB- GLA 17-Mar-22 up to 4x daily €29.99 £35.99 JFK/ EWR/ BOS/ ORD/ IAD/ PHL/ MCO/ SFO/ LAX/ SEA/ YYZ
Isle of Man DUB-IOM 17-Mar- 22 6x weekly €37.99 £39.99
Birmingham DUB-BHX 27-Mar-22 up to 3x daily €25.99 £25.99 JFK/ EWR/ BOS/ ORD/ IAD/ PHL/ MCO/ SFO/ LAX/ SEA/ YYZ
Bristol DUB-BRS 27-Mar-22 up to 3x daily €29.99 £37.99 JFK/ EWR/ BOS/ ORD/ IAD/ PHL/ MCO/ SFO/ LAX/ SEA/ YYZ
Edinburgh DUB-EDI 27-Mar-22 up to 4x daily €29.99 £37.99 JFK/ EWR/ BOS/ ORD/ IAD/ PHL/ MCO/ SFO/ LAX/ SEA/ YYZ
Manchester DUB-MAN 27-Mar-22 up to 3x daily €25.99 £25.99 JFK/ EWR/ BOS/ ORD/ IAD/ PHL/ MCO/ SFO/ LAX/ SEA/ YYZ
Leeds DUB-LBA 15-Apr-22 up to 2x daily €29.99 £36.99 JFK/ EWR/ BOS/ ORD/ IAD/ PHL/ MCO/ SFO/ LAX/ SEA/ YYZ
Newcastle DUB-NCL 15-Apr-22 5x weekly €29.99 £34.99 JFK/ BOS/ ORD/ IAD/ PHL/ YYZ
Exeter DUB-EXT 29-Apr-22 5x weekly €29.99 £34.99 JFK/ BOS/ ORD/ IAD/ PHL/ YYZ
Cornwall Newquay DUB-NQY 29-Apr-22 4x weekly €37.99 £38.99 JFK/ BOS/ ORD/ IAD/ PHL
Jersey DUB-JER 28-May-22 1x weekly €42.99 £38.99

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JetBlue and Aer Lingus expand their codeshare partnership across the North Atlantic

JetBlue Airways today announced it is expanding its codeshare partnership with Aer Lingus –the Irish flag carrier – to offer customers more ways to book and connect their travel between the two airlines’ networks.

Photo: Joanna Geraghty, president and chief operating officer, JetBlue (left) and Lynne Embleton, chief executive officer and chairman, Aer Lingus at the IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Boston on October 3, 2021. (Photo: Business Wire)

As part of the new bilateral codeshare, JetBlue is now placing its “B6” code on four Aer Lingus routes between JetBlue’s Northeast focus cities and Ireland:

  • New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to:
    • Dublin Airport (DUB)
    • Shannon Airport (SNN)
  • Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) to:
    • Dublin Airport
    • Shannon Airport

JetBlue intends to add its code to select Aer Lingus routes beyond Ireland in the near future.

JetBlue and Aer Lingus customers purchasing a codeshare itinerary benefit from having a single ticket that includes flights operated by both carriers, as well as conveniences on their day of travel like one-stop check-in and baggage transfer. Additionally, customers traveling to the U.S. from Ireland benefit from the convenience of pre-clearing customs prior to departing Dublin and Shannon, allowing them to be on their way faster after landing in New York or Boston.

JetBlue and Aer Lingus have partnered since 2008 and in 2013 announced a unilateral codeshare agreement. Today the Aer Lingus “EI” code is available on more than three dozen JetBlue routes and offer customers convenient connections through JetBlue’s New York and Boston focus cities.

Aer Lingus will operate 16 transatlantic routes from Dublin, Shannon and Manchester, UK to North America and the Caribbean in 2022. Aer Lingus is a 4-Star airline, awarded by Skytrax, the international air transport rating organization. Aer Lingus is a member of International Airlines Group (IAG), one of the world’s largest airline groups.

Aer Lingus operates its first flight from Manchester to New York (JFK)

Pictured are Aer Lingus Cabin Crew Niamh Keegan and Nicola Carooza inaugural flight from Manchester Airport direct to New York, JFK.

Aer Lingus on December 1, 2021 celebrated the launch of its very first direct flight, EI45, from Manchester to New York, JFK as the airline expands its transatlantic services for customers from the UK and marks its first direct flight between the UK and the United States.

The Irish flag carrier is also gearing up to prepare for the inaugural service from Manchester to Orlando in Florida on December 11, 2021.

The two new routes are part of the airline’s ambitious schedule plans for 2022.

An Innovative and Sustainable Travel Experience

From December 3, 2021 passengers flying Aer Lingus to JFK will experience the new Airbus A321LR single aisle aircraft. The new state-of-the-art aircraft promises a more innovative and sustainable travel experience, boasting greater fuel-efficiency, with a 15% reduction in fuel burn, compared to a A321CEO and a 50% reduction in noise footprint compared to previous generation aircraft. Offering both a Business Class cabin with 16 fully lie-flat seats, fine dining and complimentary wi-fi, and an Economy Class cabin with complimentary meal and snack and soft drink in-flight, and top inflight entertainment, including the latest movie releases, TV boxsets, games and music.

"St. Fiacre", delivered October 14, 2019

Rediscover New York and Orlando

Flights to New York for those looking to visit the excitement of Manhattan and surrounding boroughs, depart daily at 12:35 and arrive into New York’s iconic JFK airport at 16:15 local time.

Holidaymakers wanting to visit the ‘Sunshine State’ of Florida, can choose from four weekly flights from Manchester to Orlando, with fares starting from £209 each way (including taxes and charges), departing each day at 11:00 every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Above Copyright Photo: Aer Lingus Airbus A321-253NX WL EI-LRC (msn 8965) BOS (Fred Freketic). Image: 955998.

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Aer Lingus to resume flights to Orlando

Aer Lingus will re-start its direct service from Dublin to Orlando today, Saturday, November 27.

From this weekend, Dublin to Orlando will operate three flights per week to connect families, friends, and business in the run up to the holiday period. This weekly schedule of direct flights to Orlando will fly on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.