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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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  • Anna says:

    OT – next year 3 of us will be returning home on a flight which only ever sees 4 Y and 2 J reward seats released (we’ll be flying outbound in CW indirect but don’t want the inconvenience on the way home). If I book 3 x Y reward seats on the inbound, is there any way of upgrading them to J, e.g. paying cash at the airport, or can you only ever upgrade by one class? (PE isn’t worth it IMO, I’d rather pay for extra leg room seats in Y.)

    • Mike says:

      You might receive a promotional upgrade offer if you keep checking ‘manage my booking’.

      Otherwise you can ask about an upgrade offer at the airport.

      Neither of these are guaranteed.

    • ChrisC says:

      With BA you can only upgrade an avios booking by one class so WT to WTP or WTP to CW but not WT to CW.

      Airport upgrades will be for cash. BA don’t do on the day avios upgrades

  • Russ says:

    Another OT. Just received our amex Gold statement and it says they’re removing the following exclusions on its purchase protection cover from March 30th: .i. theft of or damage to items inside a vehicle and, ii, theft of electronic items and equipment. Says everything else stays the same. Refer to amex insurance web page to see the new document.

  • Roger says:

    Any travel money offers going on at the moment?
    Trying to get some currency off before holiday as would be landing at weekend and want to avoid weekend currency fluctuations of Curve.

    • Mark2 says:

      Julian will be livid!

    • Peter K says:

      Get Revolut and exchange some money before you go using their midweek rate? You lock in that rate so you know what you’re getting before you go.

    • Waddle says:

      Another shout for Revolut. You can set FX alerts in the app and exchange as soon as it hits the rate you are after and keep it for the holiday.

      • VJ says:

        I learn here that IHG Black Card count Revolut topup as purchase, correct?

        • Waddle says:

          I can’t speak for IHG but I have an HSBC Premier WE which registers as a purchase afaik. No charge so far but I need to wait for this month’s statement to confirm. Alternatively a topup to Revolut using Curve backed by my HSBC comes through as a purchase.

  • Save East Coast Rewards says:

    OT can anyone with Hilton status check if the app is currently showing the wrong status level? I stayed 71 nights last year (so definitely diamond) I have 36 nights so far this year (including the rollover nights). The app says I’m silver with 4 nights to gold. The app a few days ago correctly said diamond.

    • Graeme says:

      Hilton app showing me as gold as expected.

    • Anna says:

      Showing me correctly as gold but my stays were re-set to 0 on Jan 1st (status is via Amex Platinum though, so not bothered about that). I don’t know if this is usual or if stays should be counted per membership year and not calendar year as seems to be the case here?

    • Peter K says:

      Mine is showing as diamond.

    • Brian W says:

      Diamond as expected. I’d drop them an email or call.

  • Anthony says:

    OT can anyone suggest a good US ticket office number to call when trying to book reward flights T-355 at midnight UK time? thanks

  • S says:

    O/T: Has anyone ever been asked to prove eligibility for platinum/centurion Hertz CDP when picking up a car?

    • Mr Dee says:

      Do you need to prove CDP, you can take the cars without CDP anyway but its obviously in your interest to have it.

      • Rob says:

        You are likely to have to give a credit card swipe for the CDW cap (5 figures sometimes) if relying on Plat.

        • S says:

          The credit card hold is OK. But I’m worried I’ll be asked to produce a centurion card..

          • Alan says:

            I’ve never been asked, although I do have my Plat card on my profile I doubt they’d ask for it if it wasn’t.

          • Rob says:

            If you have booked using the Platinum discount code then, yes, you may be asked to produce it – and if you can’t they can charge you whatever they want. There is no requirement for you to prove you have insurance if you refuse theirs as long as your credit card is good for a big deposit.

    • Charlieface says:

      It’s rare for them to ask for it, I have never been and used it prob 10 times. Although do remember you don’t actually need to pay with your plat card.

    • Mr Dee says:

      Same if you buy CDP elsewhere you don’t need to prove it as you leaving the large deposit amount.

      • S says:

        I think you are confusing CDP with excess waiver. CDP is a discount code, and eligibility for plat/cent CDP requires holding plat/cent amex. The larger credit card hold is a side effect of the CDP because it increases the CDW cap.

  • 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!

  • 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!

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