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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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Azores Airlines to launch New York-JFK – Madeira flights

"Magical" - Updated 2020 livery

SATA Azores Airlines will launch the first-ever nonstop flight from a U.S. gateway to Funchal, Madeira’s capital city. In conjunction with the new direct flight, operating from New York (JFK) to Funchal (FUN), Portugal-based tour operator Inovtravel has launched new travel packages to Madeira, which will include direct flights out of New York, accommodations, airport-hotel transfer and a travel expert.

Madeira, an island chain off the coast of Portugal, is undoubtedly a hidden gem of Europe, with impressive scenery across 300 square miles of mountains, valleys and beaches, along with five-star accommodations, Michelin-starred restaurants, and award-winning Madeiran wines. Not only that, but the archipelago boasts unique historical ties to the U.S., with its namesake Madeira wine being used to toast the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and Thomas Jefferson allegedly ordering close to the equivalent of 3,500 bottles of Madeira wine during his first few years of presidency.

Now, with the convenience of nonstop flight options, this Portuguese paradise is more accessible than ever to U.S. travelers.

The weekly direct flight will be available through March 2022.

Top Copyright Photo: Azores Airlines Airbus A321-253NX WL CS-TSH (msn 8796) (Magical) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 954150.

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Aer Lingus takes off for Newark and Orlando, expands at Belfast City Airport

Aer Lingus Airbus A321-253NX WL EI-LRA (msn 8887) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 955369.

Aer Lingus has announced the re-start to a number of Transatlantic and European routes from Ireland this winter.

Irish customers ready to travel US bound once the travel ban is lifted in November, can once again fly direct from Dublin to Newark and Orlando from November. Direct flights from Dublin will also resume to Geneva and Prague from October 15, Frankfurt and Zurich from November 8 and Knock to London Gatwick will resume for the festive season on December 18.

Dublin to Newark will operate 4 times per week, increasing to daily from December 1, with fares starting from €149 each way. Dublin to Orlando will operate 3 times per week from November 27, with fares starting from €169 each way.

Dublin to Geneva route will operate 3 days per week in October, increasing to 4 per week in December and then to 9 flights per week from Christmas.

Dublin to Prague will operate 3 days per week. From

Starting on November 8, Dublin to Frankfurt will operate 10 flights per week and Dublin – Zurich flight will operate 6 flights per week.

Over the Christmas period, from December18,  Knock to London Gatwick will operate daily.

In other news, Aer Lingus and Belfast City Airport announced that from October 31, Aer Lingus will significantly increase its services from Belfast City Airport to London Heathrow, Manchester, and Edinburgh. Belfast to Manchester will increase from its current daily schedule to twice daily flights; Belfast to London Heathrow will gain a further two services bringing it to the full 21 flights per week as operated pre-pandemic; and Belfast to Edinburgh will increase its daily schedule to 11 flights per week over the winter.

The Belfast to Manchester route will operate twice daily, with fares starting from £29.99 each way, including taxes and charges. The Belfast to Edinburgh route will operate 11 flights per week, daily on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and twice daily on Thursdays, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with fares starting from £29.99 each way, including taxes and charges. Belfast to Heathrow will gain a further two services, on Monday and Saturday, with fares starting from £39.99 each way, including taxes and charges.

From November 3, Belfast to Manchester flight EI 302, will connect with Aer Lingus’ new direct flight EI 031, from Manchester Airport to Barbados, connecting Northern Irish customers to the Caribbean for the first time with Aer Lingus. Aer Lingus’ Manchester to Barbados route will operate 3 flights per week (Wednesday, Friday, Sunday) through to the end of April ’22. Fares start from £259 each way, including taxes and charges.

From December 1, Northern Irish customers will be able to connect on to Aer Lingus’ new direct services daily from Manchester Airport to New York, JFK and four weekly flights from 11th December from Manchester to Orlando.

Top Copyright Photo: Aer Lingus Airbus A321-253NX WL EI-LRA (msn 8887) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 955369.

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Azores operates a record Airbus A321LR flight of nine and a half hours

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 2020

Azores Airlines on September 7 flew 7,874 km between Oakland, CA, and Lajes, Azores for nine and a half hours using their Airbus A321LR CS-TSI (Inspire). This becomes the longest flight conducted by an Airbus A321.

Top Copyright Photo: Azores Airlines Airbus A321-253NX WL CS-TSI (msn 10074) (Inspire) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 954151.

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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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American intends to introduce new service from Boston (BOS) to Cincinnati (CVG), St. Louis (STL) and Toronto (YYZ) and New York (JFK) – Delhi

American Airlines Boeing 777-223 ER N765AN (msn 32879) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104968.

American Airlines and JetBlue are making it easy for customers to return to travel while continuing to deliver on the promise of growth and customer choice as a result of their Northeast Alliance.

Fastest growing network to India

Beginning Oct. 31, American Airlines will launch nonstop service from New York (JFK) to New Delhi (DEL) on a Boeing 777-200 to meet the strong local demand. With its Qatar Airways partnership and previously announced Seattle (SEA) to Bengaluru, India (BLR), route, American will offer customers more ways to fly between the United States and India than any other airline partnership. Flights to New Delhi will conveniently connect customers to India’s capital territory three times per week, and then daily during the holiday peak from Nov. 17 to Jan. 3.

More service from Boston and New York

American intends to introduce new service from Boston (BOS) to Cincinnati (CVG), St. Louis (STL) and Toronto (YYZ) as part of its effort within the Northeast Alliance to provide additional options for customers in the Northeast. The airline will also operate all flights to Los Angeles (LAX) on its signature Airbus A321T aircraft beginning Nov. 2. Under the Northeast Alliance, American and JetBlue will serve 46 of the top 50 markets from Boston, making it easier to get to the places that matter the most as customers begin to embrace travel again.

Airbus A321neo, delivered on May 16, 2019

Above Copyright Photo: American Airlines Airbus A321-253NX WL N402AN (msn 8750) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 948253.

The Northeast Alliance will also enable new service from New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA), as both carriers intend to introduce the following markets:


American JetBlue
Houston (IAH) Jacksonville, Florida (JAX
Oklahoma City (OKC) Nashville, Tennessee (BNA)
Omaha, Nebraska (OMA) New Orleans (MSY)
Portland, Maine (PWM)
Sarasota, Florida (SRQ)
Savannah, Georgia (SAV)


With these additions, American and JetBlue will offer more service between New York and Florida than any other carrier.

American and JetBlue launched their first codeshare flights in February, and the list continues to grow with 39 more flights available for purchase on either aa.com or JetBlue.com starting May 3. JetBlue will place its code on 24 more American flights while American will place its code on 15 JetBlue flights. Customers can look forward to more choices from the Northeast, including the best schedule pattern on flights between BOS and Washington, D.C. (DCA) and flights from the Northeast to the West Coast.

Eager travelers in the Northeast will have a bright summer, including the launch of long-haul international flights from JFK to Athens, Greece (ATH), beginning June 3 and from JFK to Tel Aviv, Israel (TLV), beginning May 6, which were previously announced in conjunction with the Northeast Alliance.

Offering the best product for customers

Thanks to newer aircraft and a seamless connection between Terminal 5 and Terminal 8 at JFK, customers from the Northeast can look forward to an easier and more convenient journey.

Premium product to Los Angeles

When traveling between Boston and Los Angeles, whether on JetBlue or American, the Northeast Alliance enables the most flights to choose from, access to a premium experience with all lie-flat seats, and entertainment on state-of-the-art aircraft. The A321T has been the standard of comfort on American’s flights between JFK and LAX as well as between JFK and San Francisco (SFO), offering first and business class. That level of comfort will now extend to all flights between LAX and BOS.

Larger aircraft with dual-class service

Just in time for summer travel, and as the Northeast Alliance enables more growth for American in New York, American plans to remove 50-seat regional aircraft from New York and Washington, D.C. As a result, every flight on American from JFK, LGA and DCA will be operated with aircraft that feature at least two classes of service.

Easy connections

Northeast Alliance customers flying in and out of JFK connecting on codeshare flights can also look forward to customer-friendly and easy transfers between JetBlue’s Terminal 5 and American’s Terminal 8 when secure-side transportation launches this summer.

More choices from more cities

American’s growing global partnerships benefit customers across the United States. Customers in rapidly growing cities and key business markets such as Austin; Nashville; Raleigh, North Carolina; Columbus, Ohio; Cleveland; Cincinnati; Memphis, Tennessee; and Indianapolis now have more ways to connect to the world through American’s flights and its partnerships with JetBlue Airways and Alaska Airlines.

Through American’s AAdvantage® program, customers in these cities can earn miles, redeem miles and receive upgrades and other global benefits only made possible through American’s loyalty program. In the coming months, more details will be revealed about enhancements to American’s AAdvantage and JetBlue’s TrueBlue frequent flyer programs that will help customers unlock these benefits with even more ease.

Top Copyright Photo: American Airlines Boeing 777-223 ER N765AN (msn 32879) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104968.

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Gulf Air resumes flights to Istanbul, will add Tel Aviv

Gulf Air's first Airbus A321neo

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, announces that it will resume its direct operations to Istanbul Airport in Turkey with 2 weekly flights starting from May 11,  2021.

Gulf Air has been operating direct flights between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Republic of Turkey since 1985 and it is one of the airline’s main regional destinations.


The airline currently flies to and from Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Kuwait, Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Medina, Muscat, Cairo, Amman, Casablanca, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Athens, Bangkok, Manila, Singapore, Dhaka, Colombo, the Maldives and several destinations in India and Pakistan.

The airline will also boost its services and frequencies to its current network as follows:

  • Cairo: From 6 weekly flights to daily flights
  • Dammam: From 6 weekly flights to double daily flights
  • Riyadh: From 5 weekly flights to daily flights
  • Jeddah: From 4 weekly flights to daily lights
  • Medina: from 3 to 5 weekly flights
  • Sialkot: Resumed with 3 weekly flights
  • Multan: Resumed with 3 weekly flights
  • Athens: From 2 to 3 weekly flights
  • Casablanca: From 1 to 2 weekly flights
  • Faisalabad: Resumed with 2 weekly flights
  • Manila: From 6 weekly flights to daily flights
  • Dubai: From 18 to 21 weekly flights

The carrier is also planning to add Tel Aviv on June 3, 2021.

Top Copyright Photo: Gulf Air Airbus A321-253NX WL D-AYAR (A9C-NA) (msn 9433) XFW (Gerd Beilfuss). Image: 950942.

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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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