Aer Lingus Starting Washington Dulles Flights In 2015

For a long time it has been rumored that Aer Lingus will expand service to the United States, and apparently Dallas was at the top of the list of new destinations. Prior to that Aer Lingus expanded to San Francisco and Toronto, and that growth has been performing very well for them.

On Monday I posted about how Aer Lingus would be announcing their latest US destination today, and that it would apparently be on the US east coast. As far as I’m concerned, that narrowed it down to Miami and Washington Dulles.

Well, Aer Lingus has now announced their US expansion, and it looks like their newest route will be Dublin to Washington Dulles. But the growth goes beyond that.

Here’s a rundown of Aer Lingus’ service expansion between Dublin and North America as of next summer, via airlineroute.net:

4x weekly Dublin to Washington A330 flights as of May 1, 2015

The newest flight will indeed be between Dublin and Washington Dulles, with the following schedule:

EI119 Dublin to Washington Dulles departing 12:45PM arriving 3:35PM
EI118 Washington Dulles to Dublin departing 5:20PM arriving 5:30AM (+1 day)

2x additional weekly Dublin to San Francisco A330 flights as of May 1, 2015

Flights between Dublin and San Francisco will be increasing from 5x weekly to daily as of May 1, 2015. The schedule for this flight will remain the same, which is as follows:

EI147 Dublin to San Francisco departing 12:20PM arriving 3:20PM
EI146 San Francisco to Dublin departing 5:20PM arriving 11:35AM (+1 day)

3x weekly Dublin to Toronto flights upgraded as of May 2, 2015

Toronto is presently exclusively served by Aer Lingus’ contracted 757s, which feature a different business class product than their A330s. As of May 2, 2015, three of the weekly frequencies will instead be operated by A330s. This represents a huge capacity boost, and also an improvement in the business class product, especially once Aer Lingus installs their new A330 business class.

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The schedule for this service will remain as follows:

EI129 Dublin to Toronto departing 1:50PM arriving 4:15PM
EI128 Toronto to Dublin departing 5:50PM arriving 5:20AM (+1 day)

3rd daily Dublin to New York 757 flight as of August 29, 2015

Aer Lingus presently operates twice daily A330 flights between Dublin and New York, and will be adding a third daily flight. It will be operated by one of their leased 757s, which features recliner seats in business class. The schedule for the flight will be as follows:

EI103 Dublin to New York departing 7:50AM arriving 10:20AM
EI102 New York to Dublin departing 12:00PM arriving 11:40PM

Very interesting how early the westbound departure is, and also that the eastbound flight will be a daytime flight — the latest timed “true” transatlantic daytime flight, I might add, which is pretty awesome (let’s not count Iceland). While I’m usually morally opposed to daytime eastbound transatlantic flights, I sort of like the timing of that one, given that it’s the only one I know of that departs in the PM.

Some new flights already bookable

Impressively, the new Dublin to Washington flight and additional Dublin to San Francisco frequencies are already bookable, while the third daily Dublin to New York flight isn’t. The upgrade to an A330 on select Dublin to Toronto flights isn’t reflected in the GDS either, at the time of this posting.

Aer Lingus business class keeps getting better

As a reminder, Aer Lingus is making a ton of improvements to their business class product:

  • Pre-flight dining in Boston and New York for business class passengers
  • A new arrivals lounge in Dublin
  • A new fully flat business class product throughout the A330 fleet
  • Onboard wifi, which is complimentary for business class passengers

So I’m as excited as ever about their expansion in North America.

British Airways Avios are great for Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus business class is an amazing use of British Airways Avios. British Airways Executive Club has a distance based award chart, and flights under 3,000 miles cost 12,500 Avios one-way in economy or 25,000 Avios one-way in business class.

Boston to Dublin is just under 3,000 miles one-way, so at 25,000 Avios one-way in business class is an outstanding value, especially since there are no fuel surcharges. British Airways Executive Club partners with the “big three” transferable points currencies, including American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest. I earn a vast majority of my credit card points through the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card and Ink Plus® Business Credit Card which can be converted into British Airways Avios.

They also have a fairly lucrative co-branded card in the US, the British Airways Visa Signature® Card.

Bottom line

I’m thrilled to see Aer Lingus expand further to North America, and think they have a great strategy for doing so. Hopefully award availability on the new flights is as good as it has been on many of their existing flights.

Do you plan on flying any of these new Aer Lingus flights between Dublin and North America?

Comments

  1. interesting… United website is showing JFK-DUB biz class 12 PM flight available almost any day this summer… i wonder if it’s real or phantom availability. i guess for a daytime flight recliner is fine…

  2. It looks like that new service to NY will also be the earliest departure and arrival of flights from Europe to the US.

  3. Looks like when carriers add new routes or additional daily service there seems to be award availability when it gets loaded. I’m not seeing any availability on the SFO route since it seems just to be added weekly frequency. 🙁

  4. It’s phantom availability on IAD-DUB! I tried changing an existing ticket that I was originally flying on Austrian (booked on United) on Sep 4 as I saw the availability in Business Class. It didn’t confirm the ticket, and cancelled my IAD-VIE flight. I called and United couldn’t get me on either of these flights. To their credit since it is a system error, they opened up 2 business class seats on a United flight for us, but still frustrating!

  5. Didn’t someone post the last time you mentioned it that the SFO flight has zero award availability?

  6. I can’t seem to find any availability on BritishAirways.com. The site only returns flights connecting through LHR on BA. Is it just unavailable, not loaded yet, or do I have to call them to book Aer Lingus?

  7. Curious why you are “morally” opposed to day time flights to Europe – I can never sleep on such short flights that often leave as early as 7pm so for me a day time flight is preferred – you have a 6-8ish hour flight to eat dinner watch some movies get some work done, then land and get to sleep a proper night in a bed, waking up ready to start your day not dead tired and jet lagged out of your mind.

  8. I’m torn about the day flights. On one hand, I love that I get to Europe ready for bed, and pretty much avoid jetlag. On the other, it is a waste of a day. Except I never sleep on the night flights enough to use the extra day in Europe properly.

  9. Likewise, I actually seek out to fly daytime eastbound. Much more civilised way to travel, rather than the red-eye overnight flight. Flat bed seems a bit of a waste if you only get about 2-3 hours of sleep after dinner and waking up for breakfast.

  10. The SFO flights don’t display on BA’s site but I don’t see them on United’s either. I see a bunch of IE flights via London but no direct flights to DUB. Guess you have to call United for those too?

  11. …Sorry, actually, I don’t see ANY transatlantic IE flights on United from SFO. (The only IE flights that show up are the connecting flight from LHR to DUB.)

  12. @ Mark — Well because I’m generally a night owl, so if I take a daytime flight to Europe I’d get in late at night and not be able to sleep, since it’s still early in the US. I’d rather take a redeye, nap for a few hours when I land, and then feel refreshed.

  13. @ Chris — Space is really tough to come by on the SFO flight. In general you have to call BA to find the availability they’d have access to.

  14. Yup, United and Qantas are both showing a ton of phantom availability that is not bookable. Tried to book these flights and only a few seats actually available in economy for my potential dates in May/June, with no business seats available at all.

  15. Aer Lingus used to offer a service from BWI to Dublin, but shut down this route as a result of low traffic from the Baltimore/Washington metro area to Ireland. I wonder if there is enough traffic to demand a 4x week service now from Dulles.

  16. @ Will – Aer Lingus also use to operate a 4x weekly service from DUB to IAD on an A330 back in 2007, and then later canceled the route in October 2009 because of low volume. It’ll be interesting to see if EI has changed their strategy and whether their approach in marketing will yield a better experience than BWI and IAD in years past.

  17. A friend called today BA on IAD-DUB space that was visible on United and BA could see it but it came up unavailable when they went to book it…

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