Aer Lingus has bowed to the inevitable and announced a delay in the launch of its direct flights from Manchester to North America.
The plan was to launch the following from Manchester:
- New York, daily from 29th July
- Orlando, 5x weekly (Thu-Mon) from 29th July
- Barbados, 3x weekly (Wed/Fri/Sun) from 20th October
Boston had also been announced from Summer 2022.
These are non-stop routes and do not go via Ireland. They use aircraft which are currently not required for the reduced Aer Lingus long-haul schedule being operated from Dublin.
In terms of planned aircraft:
- New York is on a single-aisle A321LR
- Orlando is on a standard two-aisle A330-300
- Barbados is on a standard two-aisle A330-300
Boston is also reported to be using an A321LR when it launches in 2022.
Irish news outlet RTE has reported a revised launch plan:
- New York will now launch on 30th September
- Orlando will now launch on 30th September
- Barbados will launch as planned on 20th October
- Boston is still planned to launch in Summer 2022
The A321LR business class cabin – the A330 is very similar – is decent, especially for solo travellers, and is shown above.
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