Aer Lingus came out with an annoucement yesterday, with two new routes on the horizon – Minneapolis-St Paul and Montreal.
But that’s not the most interesting part. We’ll get to that in a shortly.
The Minneapolis-St. Paul service will be operated by an ASL Airlines Boeing 757-200 in Aer Lingus colours (as seen above). This starts up on the 8th July 2019. and will be a daily service.
The Montreal service is the really interesting one, as it will mark the introduction of the Airbus A321LR (A321neo) in the Aer Lingus fleet on Long Haul services. The airline will start ths service from the 8th August 2019.
AirlineRoute indicated that the configuration of this plane will be at least a two-class service with 16 Business Class Seats and 168 Economy Class seats. As such, no other interiors information (like seats and layouts) has been disclosed.
The airline is due to recive four A321LR’s in 2019, and another four in 2020 – bringing the new fleet strength to 8 in total.
Lead-in fares from the airline have been set at Fares to Montreal start from €239 and to Minneapolis-St. Paul from €249, each-way including taxes and charges, when booked as a return trip from Dublin.
I’ve suspected the A321LR for some time will be the challenger to the thin and long issue that airlines have at the moment – that being the Boeing 757 isn’t getting any younger. With airlines waiting for Boeing to make their next move with the “Middle of the Market” aircraft, Airbus might be able to deliver a product that can satisfy the long and thin transatlantic routes….
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