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Aer Lingus delays the launch of its USA services from Manchester

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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.

Aer Lingus A321LR business class cabin

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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Comments (22)

  • Alex Sm says:

    I miss Taste of London and BA flight attendants in wellies. May check the ALL offer and get a dinner – surprised that the event is going tbh

    • Rob says:

      It’s an outdoor food festival. Where’s the risk?

      Wimbledon is running at 100% capacity for the final days. I had an email yesterday to say that (annoyingly for my large legs) the empty seats surrounding our seats will now be sold.

      • Babyg says:

        you would rather have reduced audiences?, covid aside id rather be in a packed out stadium, its all part of the atmosphere – i am one trying for the tickets at 1pm today – perhaps ill be taking your leg room :-)…… ps if happy to take your cramped seats/tickets off your hands….

        • Rob says:

          If you’re 6’2’+ nothing beats the feeling of attending a seated event and realising no-one is going to turn up to fill the seat next to you 🙂

          I sat in the (unused) press seats on Centre Court once – they have great legroom.

          • Babyg says:

            well, tix were hard to get (for us mortals)… managed to get some no.2 court seats for july3… wasnt as difficult as usual to be fair!

        • TGLoyalty says:

          We want the rest of the stadium full just not the ones near us

          or more legroom would be great

          • PJJ says:

            @Babyg
            Luck you. I had 2 x mens semi-final tickets in my basket, filled the credit card details out, then came the dreaded c/c identification password. That never arrived and the booking timed out
            NOT A HAPPY CHAPPY

          • Iain says:

            I kept getting a failure because box not ticked….but it was. infuriating.

            Then time out and 40000 in the queue

  • BJ says:

    If these flights ever launch at all then I doubt they will survive long without codeshares with AA. Hard to see them competing with UA and/or Delta should they get seriously back into MAN. It doesn’t have the market to sustain point to point, even on small aircraft, or services would already hace existed.

    • Rob says:

      A BA codeshare deal has already been agreed, and once Aer Lingus joins the transatlantic JV they will carry Finnair, Iberia and AA codes too.

    • Mr(s) Entitled says:

      But these aren’t normal times and the dynamic around the route/use of aircraft may have changed favourably. Although not in the short term, hence it being postponed.

    • ChrisW says:

      I’m not sure I agree. The A321 is a fairly small aircraft to fill up and NYC is always popular even without onward connections.

      Orlando is not an AA hub so there would only be connections onto hubs that AA/others may already serve direct from MAN.

      Boston I agree may struggle as a P2P.

      • Sean says:

        As a Manchester lad living in Boston it’s great news this flight is back on the cards. The old AA daily MAN-BOS flight always flew full until AA and Manchester Airport had a dust up in 2008-ish over a fixed time slot and AA took their ball home!

    • Bagoly says:

      “services would already have existed.”
      But previously there were no aircraft that small with sufficient range.

  • Concerto says:

    Isn’t there a new offer from Accor, with double points on bookings until mid September?

  • AndrewM says:

    My wife works for BA, hopefully we will be able to use Staff travel to travel in Business Class from Manchester. Avoids having to travel to Heathrow or to Gatwick.

  • TomG says:

    Did I see the BA S22 schedule posted here yesterday or did I hallucinate it – very possible at this stage! A coworker had his MAN-MCO with EI canceled and he is looking for the S22 BA schedule so if someone could point me in the right direction I’d be grateful.

  • Chrism20 says:

    I quite fancy trying Taste, however I have tables reserved at Signature Aberdeen for Richard Corrigan, Daniel Clifford and Glyn Purnell which has rather blown the dining budget until further notice.

    I requested tables for those three in the hope of getting one of them and got the call for all three.

  • Will in SJC says:

    Rob- appreciate you aren’t an Av Geek (like Rhys?) but you might want to amend the EI article to make it clear that these routes are operated by the A321NeoLR as EI call them.

    Slightly confusing that you call them 321 Neos in one para (which would imply they are similar to BAs NEOs with CE) and in the next as 321 LR (which means decent J seats as you say).

  • ian says:

    Why can’t I book JFK-MAN but I can book MAN-JFK? When will this be possible?

    • Rob says:

      When Aer Lingus UK is licensed in the US.

      It can’t legally fly in the UK yet either, but in the UK it seems not having CAA approval doesn’t stop you selling tickets.

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