The expansion of the Aer Lingus network across the Atlantic continues with the announcement of a new route to Seattle. Ireland is a major base for aircraft leasing companies, so this will connect them to Boeing.
Since IAG purchased Aer Lingus, there have been numerous new routes added to the USA. Los Angeles, Newark, Hartford, Miami, Philadelphia and now Seattle have all joined the network.
Flights commence on 18 May 2018 and are initially scheduled to run four times per week and an evening arrival is scheduled in Seattle which is probably a good thing after a flight lasting over nine hours.
EI99 DUB-SEA Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun 1550-1735
EI98 SEA-DUB Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun 1920-1235
Passengers in the UK regions and Europe will be able to connect to the service through Dublin. An advantage of this is people get to go through US immigration in Dublin, meaning you arrive as a domestic passenger in the USA. This saves a lot of time on arrival.
Aer Lingus have a very well regarded business class, with lie flat seats in a 1-2-2 and 1-2-1 configuration. Delicious canapes are served before the meal begins and the food is of a very high quality. You can read about that in my review here.
Another feature of the service is the arrivals lounge – called the Revival Lounge – at Dublin Airport. You can shower after your flight which is the perfect way to refresh yourself before heading on to the rest of your day.
When Aer Lingus was purchased by IAG, various naysayers chose not to believe IAG’s statement that they were going to expand the airline. The addition of new destinations such as Seattle shows they were telling the truth.
Credit must be given to the management team who are successfully using Dublin as a transatlantic hub. Hopefully the success will continue into the future. Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.