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

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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.

Aer Lingus A321LR business class seat

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

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 (129)

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  • Alid says:

    Do free nights from the IHG Credit Card count as reward nights – ie are you guaranteed an upgrade on them as AMB?

    • Peter K says:

      You are not guaranteed an upgrade on a reward night stay.

      • Alid says:

        Sorry – I meant the $20 credit. As in do ICs treat a rewards booking using points differently from the credit card free night?

        • Peter K says:

          I can’t comment on intercontinental hotels but on other hotels they are just viewed as a normal reward night.

  • Mr(s) Entitled says:

    It will be interesting to see how Hartford CT does load wise. Lots of big insurance companies there, only a 2hr drive from either New York or Boston, or better yet, about the same to the ferry for Nantucket which is well worth anyones time.

    • Doug M says:

      But who drives to a city? Having a car in NYC is a right pain. Not least in the wallet.

      • Mr(s) Entitled says:

        Remains to be seen how the flight will be priced but one way car rental to either may well be less than direct to the hubs. Both are very easy drives.

        • Mikeact says:

          Easy maybe, but I’ve been looking for one ways as part of an upcoming trip, and it’s not that easy, let alone pricing issues.

    • Alex Sm says:

      I never heard about this place until this morning and I always was the best in my geography class…

  • Combatjohnny says:

    It appears (on my statement atleast) amex have paid curve

    • Roger says:

      Once they had valid transaction code, there was no reason not to pay.
      I doubt however, Curve and Amex would kiss and make it up going forward!

  • Roger says:

    OT – What is the new Avios card being launched?

    • BJ says:

      Rob said it has slipped a few days but definitely coming so hopefully we will know early next week. Sounds like a niche card though as I think he said it will only be of interest to a relatively small number of HFP readers. Possibly a card available only to holders of a certain bank account? If so, Lloyds group would be the obvious suspect?

      • Craig says:

        Mrs S is due a current account switch so holding fire to see what happens.

      • Doug M says:

        I really hope not. It would suggest nearing the end of the Lloyds Amex. £24 for free FX, 1.25Avios/£ and a solo upgrade voucher, it will be very sadly lost. I know it’s coming, I just keep hoping I’ll be the last one out the door.

        • Rob says:

          It’s an SME card. Article confirmed for Monday.

        • BJ says:

          Thanks Rob, most of us can sleep better now 😉

        • The Streets says:

          Has anyone actually had their Lloyds avios duo card cancelled?

        • Brian W says:

          My Lloyds Avios cards are still going strong. I’ve got the really old Duo Premier double pack and the wife has the newer FX ones. I’ve just earned another 241 voucher on mine and I’ve got hers sitting £200 off another upgrade voucher just waiting to pull the trigger if the bad news arrives.

          Haven’t had any letters about either being cancelled. I hope that continues.

  • Shoestring says:


    • tartan says:

      Iberia don’t seem to have been an active partner for e-rewards for the past year or so when all reference to them was removed from the Iberia website. I might ask to see if I can have my redemptions swapped over to Iberia rather than BA as the redemption rates are much more favourable

    • marcw says:

      i still have Iberia on my account. The key with eRewards is, if you signed up trhough an airline, you can only redeem on that airline and all hotel partners. If ou sign up through a hotel chain, you can exchange to that specific hotel chain or to all airlines partner.

      If you signed up through Avios, Iberia Plus will not show as a partner.

  • rob says:


    Just curious about the costs associated with upgrading a particular flight. If I booked DUB – LAX on a cheap £5-600 premium economy ticket, how much would it cost to upgrade the long haul flight?

    I understand it would be 20k avios, but would the extra cash fee be?

    Many thanks

    • Mike says:

      Do a dummy premium economy booking and a dummy club world booking. Look at the ‘taxes, fees, charges’ section of each. The difference between these is the cash cost to upgrade using avios.

      • Matt says:

        LHR to SAN was £100 per person per leg recently. If by long haul leg you mean LHR to LAX then I’d expect it to be £100 too.

  • Alex Sm says:

    Glad EI finally gets new planes – last time my partner and I flew with them, they casually fixed planes with duct tape!

    Photo proof:

  • Justin says:

    Quick question on the upgrade for ambassador
    If you book a rate such as those available with Emyr Thomas of Bon Vivant which Hfp promotes and this includes an upgrade if available at check in, will you get a two room upgrade?

    • pommy ray says:

      I doubt it probably in effect they are the amb and getting you privileges.

    • E says:

      We tried that at IC Marseille by booking with Emyr and having Ambassador status. The answer was no, we can only get a one level upgrade according to the hotel as that honoured both promises of a ‘one level upgrade’. Other ICs may be different but it didn’t work in this case.

      • Rob says:

        Paris did double upgrade me as a combo of Emyr/ Virtuoso and Ambassador so it is very hit and miss.

        But IC Paris, when I booked a junior suite once, sent Emyr pictures of 3 suites and asked me to pick the one I wanted upgrading into!

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