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Aer Lingus to operate some Dublin and Hamburg flights for British Airways from February

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Whilst BA has yet to make an announcement, Aer Lingus will be flying some Dublin and Hamburg flights from February on behalf of British Airways.

I assume that these will be ‘economy only’ services with Club Europe passengers downgraded.  On the upside, economy food and drink may be free (or will Aer Lingus impose their own usual prices?).  The crew and pilots will be Aer Lingus employees and the plane will be an Aer Lingus aircraft.

If you have any BA Dublin or Hamburg flights booked from mid February then you may want to check your bookings.

Here is an example to Hamburg from ba.com (click to enlarge):

Aer Lingus to operate BA flights

This is presumably linked to BA’s two current operational issues – some short haul planes are out of service to ‘have more seats rammed in’ (that’s the technical term, apparently) whilst others are being used at Gatwick to fill the slots acquired from Monarch which are on a ‘use it or lose it’ basis.

If you are booked on an Aer Lingus flight, BA should give you the option of cancelling or moving to another flight if you call.

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Comments (40)

  • Sam G says:

    Looks like a straight forward DUB-LHR-HAM-LHR-DUB-LHR-DUB pattern on one aircraft

    I could imagine that it would just be EI BoB rather than freebies – pretty much the same offering

    The aircraft for this is reportedly sourced from the Belfast summer base – so worth a mention for NI readers that you’ll probably be on an outsourced aircraft from “ASL Airlines” – same outfit who operate other EI flights on narrowbodies to the US

  • James says:

    Grrrr…… CE LHR-DUB 2nd March, CE DUB-LHR 5th March.
    Will we still get CE TPs ?

    • Sam G says:

      Possibly via the “original routing credit route” . You could move to a BA service if the times suit – it’s only x2 returns they’ve replaced not all

  • Nigel says:

    Not only will nothing be free in an Aer Lingus plane, they are likely to charge you in Euros too … That is if you ever get off the ground with their track record of cancelling flights when fully loaded, doors shut and cabin lights dimmed for pushback!!! Never known such a shambles. I now fly BA to BHD, hire a car and drive down if I have to go to Eire.

    • Daftboy says:

      I don’t recognise that description of EI at all – their operational performance is generally very good in my experience over many years flying back and forth between London and Dublin (and Belfast and Cork)

    • John says:

      You know you can still fly BA to DUB, or even O’LAir.

    • Jack says:

      Speaking as someone who flies DUB-LHR/LCY twice a week, every week. I can assure you BA are significantly worse out of DUB than EI are

    • Brian says:

      Why would you not fly BA to DUB from Heathrow or City?

      I suspect the standard EI BoB menu will be offered to passengers. Let’s see what happens in Club. EI still have decent size galleys and ovens so they could provide the BA product in CE. The middle seat would still be blocked. No table or curtain though.

  • Alan says:

    Why free food and drink? EI short haul EDI to DUB certainly charges for everything so can’t imagine them missing the option for cash here! 😉

  • Big Dave says:

    OT: but related – the extra slots that BA are doing from Gatwick to Gibraltar – (previously Monarch) are being operated by Titan.

  • Mark Ross says:

    Jet time are operating out of Heathrow this summer too,

  • IslandDweller says:

    BA are also hiring in their own subsidiary Cityflyer (who normally operate LCY) to cover some Gatwick weekend routes. Has to be an arms length sub hire to stay within union agreements.

  • Till says:

    My LHR -DUB in May looks unchanged so far. Return is DUB-LCY on BA city flyer so don’t expect to see that change.