Aer Lingus’ inaugural service takes flight
Ireland’s only 4 Star airline launches 14th direct transatlantic route
Aer Lingus’ inaugural service direct to Philadelphia took flight at 1.40pm on Sunday 25th March from Dublin Airport. Flight EI115 was operated by a Boeing 757 aircraft carrying the registration EI-LBS and named Saint Columbanus.
Philadelphia is the first of two new transatlantic routes to be launched by Aer Lingus for summer 2018. Operating in its initial phase four times weekly, the Dublin Philadelphia service will increase to daily from 18 May 2018.
The latest route expansion comes on the back of IAG investment in new aircraft, with Aer Lingus launching five new direct services the last 24 months – Los Angeles, Newark, Hartford, Miami and now Philadelphia. In May Aer Lingus will begin Ireland’s first direct service to Seattle which will be airline’s 15th direct route out of Ireland to North America.
Philadelphia the destination
Philadelphia is the 9th most visited city in the United States welcoming over 30 million domestic and international visitors annually. Those planning a visit to ‘The City of Brotherly Love’ will be spoiled for things see and do from visiting the famously cracked Liberty Bell and Independence Hall to taking in the many murals the city walls has to offer and of course, sampling the local delicacy – a Philly Cheese Steak!
History buffs will be particularly interested in seeing all the ‘firsts’ that Philadelphia has to offer including America’s first Zoo, first hospital, first public library, first art museum and first Mint. Another must visit is Betsy Ross House, the home of the seamstress who sewed the very first American flag.
Film fans will be excited to walk around spotting scenes from their favourite movies as the city is also the backdrop to many critically-acclaimed films including Tom Hank’s Philadelphia, the Sixth Sense and of course, the Rocky movies. No trip would be complete without recreating the famous Rocky Run up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Modern Art or a visit to West Philadelphia, where the Fresh Prince was born and raised.
Largest ever transatlantic network
Summer 2018 will mark Aer Lingus’ largest ever long haul programme boasting 2.75 million seats across the Atlantic. Together with two brand new routes, additional transatlantic expansion includes a daily service to both San Francisco and Los Angeles on the US West Coast as well as twice daily flights to Chicago.
Miami, which was launched as a new route in late summer 2017 and subsequently as a new winter route, will continue into next summer operating three times per week. Miami combined and Orlando, operating four times weekly, will offer a direct connection from Ireland to Florida every day for summer 2018. Washington will continue to operate daily for summer but on a larger Airbus A330-300 series aircraft, for four out of seven days, providing 31% additional seats on the route.
Aer Lingus’ 4 Star transatlantic guest experience
Aer Lingus transatlantic guests experience Dublin Airport as a leading transatlantic gateway boasting US Preclearance. Unlike any other at any other European capital, guests travelling from connecting via Dublin Airport preclear US Customs and Immigration before stepping on board their transatlantic flight, ensuring a speedy exit for guests stateside.
On board Aer Lingus’ transatlantic services boast a word-class business cabin offering fully lie-flat seats, complimentary Wi-Fi*, inflight entertainment via a 16 inch multi-touch HD Panasonic screen and noise-cancelling headphones – 120 hours of the latest movies, box sets, comedies, documentaries and business content – and the very best in Irish cuisine hospitality and fine dining. Economy travellers enjoy complimentary meals and soft drinks on board, inflight entertainment and can avail of Wi-Fi services.
Marking Aer Lingus’ new service to Philadelphia, Mike Rutter, Chief Operating Officer said:
“We are delighted to commence our brand new service to Philadelphia which marks the beginning of our Summer 2018 programme. We remain focused on growing our transatlantic network and further strengthening our Dublin base as a leading gateway to North America. Aer Lingus’ transatlantic offering not only leads the way in our home market but our connecting options via Dublin also continue to gain pace in the UK and Europe as the smartest route to North America.”
Philadelphia International Airport Chief Executive Officer Chellie Cameron added:
“We are happy to welcome Aer Lingus as our newest foreign flag carrier. Our goal is to provide passengers with flight options and we’re proud that our new airline, Aer Lingus, provides people with a competitive flight to Dublin. We are excited to welcome both leisure and business travellers to our city that is home to some of the nation’s top universities, businesses and tourism sites.”
Fares to Philadelphia start from €159 each-way including taxes and charges, when booked as a return trip.