9 APRIL 2018
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Continuing its largest long-haul programme to date with 2.75m seats across the Atlantic this summer, Aer Lingus has launched its new service from Dublin direct to Philadelphia with a Boeing B757 named Saint Columbanus.
Philadelphia is the first of two new transatlantic routes to be launched by Aer Lingus for summer 2018. It is operating initially four times a week, increasing to daily from 18 May.
The latest route expansion comes on the back of investment by parent company International Airlines Group (IAG) in new aircraft, with Aer Lingus launching five new direct services in the past 24 months.
They are Los Angeles, Newark, Hartford, Miami and now Philadelphia, while the airline next month will begin Ireland’s first direct service to Seattle, its 15th direct out of Ireland to North America.
Together with the two new routes, additional transatlantic expansion includes a daily service to both San Francisco and Los Angeles as well as twice-daily flights to Chicago.
Miami, launched as a new route last summer and then as a new winter route, will continue into next summer three times a week. Washington will continue daily for summer but with the Airbus A330-300 for four out of seven days, representing 31% more seats.
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