Published on May 26th, 2017 | by Mark Dwyer


New Airbus A330 delivered to Aer Lingus

On Tuesday (23rd May) Aer Lingus took delivery of their newest aircraft, Airbus A330-302, EI-GAJ named Saint Carthage. It arrived from Toulouse as the EIN991 landing at 20:43UTC. The aircraft has a total capacity of 313 seats, made up of 30 business class seats and 283 economy seats. It entered service the following day on the EI109 service from Dublin to New York (JFK).

The addition of EI-GAJ brings the long-haul network up to 15 aircraft (including 4 Boeing 757’s operated by ASL Airlines on behalf of Aer Lingus) and the total fleet to 63 (including the Aer Lingus Regional fleet operated by Stobart Air). The airline will now operate their largest ever transatlantic schedule flying to 11 North American destinations, with a total of 2.5 million transatlantic seats on offer, including a new direct service to Miami from Dublin starting in September. The new Miami route joins the existing transatlantic routes to Boston, Chicago, New York, Orlando, San Francisco, Washington and Toronto from Dublin and Boston and New York from Shannon, as well as Los Angeles, Newark and Hartford, which commenced last year. This summer will also see an increase in the Los Angeles service to a daily flight for the peak season, Dublin to Orlando will increase to four times per week, and Chicago will also increase to a double-daily service.

According to Aer Lingus “Transatlantic growth is an integral element of our successful strategy to expand our Dublin Airport base into a major European transatlantic gateway. While traditionally we have connected Irish residents to North America, today more than a third of our transatlantic guests begin their journey in the UK or mainland Europe connecting via Dublin. The convenience of U.S. Customs and Border Protection services at Dublin has enhanced the continued growth of our Dublin operation as a connecting gateway. According to the 2016 league table, Dublin Airport is the fifth largest airport in Europe for North American connectivity, having jumped from eleventh position in 2010.”

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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