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What do we know about the launch of the Aer Lingus A321LR?

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Aer Lingus has confirmed its first A321LR route.

Aer Lingus is about to receive the first of 14 single aisle A321LR aircraft.  Whilst these look like standard European short haul planes, they have been adapted to have the capacity to fly transatlantic.  They are ideal for Aer Lingus which sees them as a way of being able to launch flights to smaller US East Coast cities which could not justify an A330.

The first plane has now appeared in the timetable from 1st July.  It will operate between Dublin and Hartford, in Connecticut.

Aer Lingus A321LR business class seat

I would expect to see the aircraft being rostered for some European flights during June to allow pilots and crew to get familiar with it.  It will have fully flat seats in Business Class as you can see from the image above.

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Comments

  1. RussellH says:

    Brief note re Hartford Connecticut. Not sure the the official name of the airport has changed, but all those years ago when I used a few times it was known as Hartford-Springfield (Springfield MA). The airport is well placed for eastern Mass – Berkshire hills etc and southern Vermont is only an hour away too.
    I fancy a trip back to New England sometime fairly soon, and this route is very attractive – I just wish that it had been operating back in the 1970s!

  2. Qwerty Bertie says:

    Regarding recent 5k Hilton points for ‘Visa platinum APAC bonus’ – the points and any trace of them have vanished, as if it never happened!

  3. OT – I did my first MR transfer to Virgin last night but the points haven’t arrived yet. I thought it was meant to be instant? Or does the first one normally take a bit longer?

    I had pre-linked the accounts a couple of days ago.

    • Should have been instant if the accounts were showing as ‘verified’ after the linkage. If the link was not confirmed it might still be slow-ish.

  4. Flew this route last year in Y, the 757s operating it ATM are pretty decrepit. I’m sure the A321 will be a massive improvement.

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