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Aer Lingus to start Cork – Lisbon service

Aer Lingus Airbus A319-111 EI-EPR (msn 3169) LHR (SPA). Image: 925091.

Aer Lingus has announced it will begin new Cork – Lisbon service on October 26, 2018. The new route will operate two days a week year-round.

This announcement comes after it was announced by Norwegian it would drop Cork – Providence service in October.

Copyright Photo: Aer Lingus Airbus A319-111 EI-EPR (msn 3169) LHR (SPA). Image: 925091.

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Alaska Airlines and Aer Lingus team up to give Mileage Plan members more flights to Europe, Aer Lingus comes to Seattle

Aer Lingus Airbus A330-202 EI-DAA (msn 397) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 907081.

Alaska Airlines and Aer Lingus announced a broad partnership that will provide Mileage Plan members more ways to earn and redeem miles to Europe. The carriers will begin interline availability across their respective networks starting in April. Alaska Mileage Plan members will be able to earn and redeem miles on Aer Lingus flights and Aer Lingus AerClub members will also be able to earn and redeem miles on Alaska, starting at a later date.

Aer Lingus currently serves Dublin from 13 cities in North America, including from Alaska’s gateway cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco and – starting May 18 – nonstop from Seattle/Tacoma.

Aer Lingus will fly Airbus A330-200 wide body aircraft on its new route from Seattle/Tacoma to Dublin. Since Dublin airport has its own U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility, passengers and their luggage will be pre-cleared in Ireland before departure, with no need to go through passport control on arrival in Seattle.

Aer Lingus is the national airline of Ireland, founded in 1936. It operates 63 aircraft on more than 100 routes to destinations in the U.K., Europe and North America and carries more than 12 million guests per annum. Aer Lingus is Ireland’s only 4-Star airline, awarded by Skytrax, the international air transport rating organization. Its mission is to connect Ireland to the world and to become the leading value carrier operating across the North Atlantic. Its home base is Dublin Airport. Aer Lingus is a member of International Airlines Group (IAG), one of the world’s largest airline groups.

Copyright Photo: Aer Lingus Airbus A330-202 EI-DAA (msn 397) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 907081.

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Aer Lingus now ranks as the third most punctual airline in Europe

Aer Lingus Airbus A320-214 EI-DEL (msn 2409) LHR (SPA). Image: 932188.

Aer Lingus has issued this statement on its blog:

We’re delighted to have been ranked amongst the highest performing airlines worldwide for on time performance (OTP). 2017 was a year in which we placed a dedicated focus on punctuality. As a result, we ranked third-most punctual airline in Europe, seventh mainline airline globally and 10th of all airlines worldwide for 2017 with an OTP score of 84.46% by global provider of digital flight information, OAG.

Aer Lingus Performance

The OAG results are based on 57 million flight records using a full year of data from 2017 to create a ranking of the best on-time performance (OTP) for the world’s largest airlines and airports.

The high ratings are a result of our persistent focus and delivery of on-time performance across each month of the year, which is a cornerstone of our guest experience strategy. We know from guest feedback that arriving on time is the single most important factor to our guests.

Achieving a top 10 global position has been the result of a two-year strategy of operational transformation, which has seen major contributions and changes from all of the key staff groupings within the airline. This process has been enhanced with investments in new technology and global communication and control systems.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Aer Lingus): Aer Lingus Airbus A320-214 EI-DEL (msn 2409) LHR (SPA). Image: 932188.

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Aer Lingus is coming to Seattle/Tacoma

Named "St. Laurence O'Toole"

Aer Lingus has announced it will commence Dublin – Seattle/Tacoma nonstop service on May 18, 2018. The new route will operate four days a week.

This is Ireland’s first direct service between Dublin and the Seattle area.

Copyright Photo: Aer Lingus Airbus A330-302 EI-FNH (msn 1744) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 937842.

Aer Lingus welcomes back the Douglas DC-3

"St. Gall" in the 1956 livery is unveiled on July 20, 2017

Aer Lingus (Dublin) unveiled a 1956 livery on this Douglas DC-3 at Dublin Airport on the afternoon of July 20, 2017. The event was titled  “Aer Lingus celebrates Irish Aviation History”. The airliner arrived at Dublin from Shannon (above, by Michael Kelly).

The C-47A-DK (DC-3) is currently registered as ZS-NTE (msn 11926) and is based in Germany. The propliner also carries the historic EI-ACD Irish registration. 

Historically the EI-ACD registration was previously used on an actual Aer Lingus DC-3.

Springbok Classic Air Douglas C-47A-DK (DC-3) ZS-NTE (msn 11926) QRA (Keith Burton). Image: 938726.

Copyright Photo Above: Springbok Classic Air Douglas C-47A-DK (DC-3) ZS-NTE (msn 11926) QRA (Keith Burton). Image: 938726.

The aircraft arrived at Shannon from Zweibrucken on June 13, 2017 in the Springbok Classic Air livery (above) and it was painted by IAC at Shannon.

"St. Gall" in the 1956 livery is unveiled on July 20, 2017

At the publicity event at Dublin, it was announced that the aircraft, named “St. Gall”, would remain in the  Aer Lingus historic livery. This beautiful aircraft will participate in air shows across Europe over the next five years according to the airline.

The DC-3 above and below (copyright photos by Michael Kelly) is fitted with 28 seats in a 2-2 configuration. There is a crew jump seat beside the rear passenger door.

Oddly the seats previously were fitted in a South African Airways Boeing 747SP.

“St. Gall” will take part in the 70th Anniversary of the Berlin Airlift in 2018 and the “Daks over Normandy Anniversary” event in June 2019.

Aer Lingus took delivery of its first Douglas DC-3 in April 1940. The first DC-3 revenue flight was from Dublin to Liverpool on May 7, 1940.

Aer Lingus operated a total of 19 Douglas DC-3s from 1940 until April 1964 when the type was retired.

"St. Gall" in the 1956 livery is unveiled on July 20, 2017

The Irish Historic Flight issued this statement:

“The IHFF is delighted to be associated with the appearance of a flying Douglas DC-3 in Ireland during the summer of 2017. This project was initiated by IHFF board member Hugh Flynn and made possible by the support of Aer Lingus, which originally operated the DC-3 between 1940 and April 1964.

 

 

The DC-3 appearing in Ireland was manufactured in September 1943 and is currently registered ZS-NTE. It served with the Royal Air Force until transfer to the South African Air Force in 1945. There it remained until retired in 1995. It was sold and registered ZS-NTE and after a period of 7 years in storage was restored to flying condition in 2009 and modified from a C47 cargo version to a DC3 passenger configuration.

The pilots who will be flying ZS-NTE while in Ireland are Flippie Vermeulen and Noel Flynn. Flippie is a retired Captain from South African Airways and the previous owner and current operator of the aircraft in his company, Springbok Safaris. Noel is a training Captain with Cargolux Airlines in Luxembourg and flies B747-8 and -400 series cargo aircraft.

Aer Lingus introduced the DC-3 in April 1940 but World War 2 interfered with operations and the type became more relevant when nine former USAAF C-47s were purchased in 1945, seven of which were converted to DC-3 airliner standard and two were parted out.  In addition, two new DC-3s were delivered off the Douglas production line in February 1946. These became core to the fleet in expanding services to cities including London, Amsterdam and Paris. The replacement aircraft was the Fokker F.27 Friendship, but these did not replace all of the DC-3s, and five aircraft remained in service until 1963-1964.

Aer Lingus has funded and supported the arrival of the DC-3 to Ireland in summer 2017. This includes the accurate painting of the DC-3 in the livery deployed in 1956. Aer Lingus will showcase the aircraft at a number of events including the Bray Air Display on Sunday, July 23, 2017.”

Copyright Photos: Michael Kelly. Aer Lingus (Springbok Classic Air) Douglas C-47A-DK (DC-3) ZS-NTE (EI-ACD) (msn 11926) DUB (Michael Kelly). Image: 938723.

 

ALC to lease seven Airbus A321neo LR aircraft to Aer Lingus

Airbus A321-271N D-AVXA (msn 6673) (Airbus A321 NEO - New Engine Option) TLS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 933316.

Air Lease Corporation (AL) has announced long term lease agreements with Aer Lingus for seven new Airbus A321neo LR aircraft to operate on transatlantic and other routes. The aircraft are from ALC’s order book with Airbus.

The A321neo LR aircraft leased from ALC will allow Aer Lingus to eventually replace four Boeing 757-200s (below), and add more nonstop routes and frequencies to U.S. and Canadian cities.

Delivery of the aircraft is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2019, with three deliveries in 2019 and four deliveries in 2020.

Top Copyright Photo: Airbus A321-271N D-AVXA (msn 6673) (Airbus A321 NEO – New Engine Option) TLS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 933316.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Aer Lingus (Aero Contractors) Boeing 757-2Q8 WL EI-LBR (msn 28167) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 933185.

Likely to be replaced in 2020, to replaced with new Airbus A321neo LR aircraft

IAG converts 15 Airbus A320neo options into firm orders

British Airways A320-200neo (97-Union flag)(Flt)(Airbus)(LRW)

International Airlines Group (IAG) (London) has firmed up options for a further 15 Airbus A320neos. The new type will be operated by British Airways, Aer Lingus, Iberia and Vueling Airlines.

Iberia A320-200neo (13)(Flt)(Airbus)(LRW)

Since its launch in 2010 the A320neo Family has won 60 percent of all new orders for single aisle aircraft with over 100 seats and has been selected by over 75 airlines worldwide.

Aer Lingus A320-200neo (96)(Flt)(LRW)

Images: Airbus.

Vueling.com A320-200neo (04)(Flt)(Airbus)(LRW)