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Article from BTNews 6 SEPTEMBER 2021

Aer Lingus a British airline

A new ‘British’ airline has arrived – Aer Lingus (UK).

With the IATA code EG it received its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on 9 August, but has since deferred the launch from 30 September to 20 October, due to the ongoing travel restrictions between the United Kingdom and the United States.  The British AOC is a requirement for direct services from the UK to the USA.

The start-up's core flights from Manchester to New York JFK and Orlando will not begin until 1 and 11 December, respectively, although Aer Lingus said it remained "fully committed" to the routes. Its first scheduled service will be from Manchester to Bridgetown (Barbados), which remains scheduled to start as planned on 20 October.

It is the second time the airline has delayed its launch. Originally, it hoped to begin transatlantic flights from Manchester in late July 2021.

The start-up will operate services on a wet-lease basis, under the Irish Aer Lingus (EI), using its parent company's branding, with the new British carrier acting as a capacity provider to ensure compliance with the UK-US bilateral air services agreement. Aer Lingus (UK) will operate a pair of A330-300 transferred from its parent Aer Lingus, and plans to add a single A321-200LR.

Flights operated by Aer Lingus (UK) Ltd from Manchester to the United States are for United Kingdom originating traffic only. Sales are not available to persons in the United States. All flights subject to government approval.


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