Published on July 21st, 2019 | by Mark Dwyer


First A321neo for Aer Lingus makes First Flight

A screenshot from FlightRadar24 of the first flight.

Airbus A321-253NX/LR, D-AYAV, (which will become EI-LRA) took to the air yesterday Saturday 20th July for the first time. The flight took 2 hours 13 minutes and operated from Hamburg Finkenwerder Airport (EDHI/XFW) with a touch and go at Hamburg Airport (EDDH/HAM) along the way. The photo above was taken by Dirk Grothe.

The A321neo for Aer Lingus were originally to be delivered in time for a 1st July launch of the Dublin-Hartford route. This was delayed along with the Dublin-Montreal service which was due to begin on 8th August. The airline have not published a delivery date for the aircraft yet, saying only they expect the first two aircraft by ‘late summer’. Four aircraft are due by the end of the year.


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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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