American Airlines and Aer Lingus increase flights to US

American Airlines and Ireland’s Aer Lingus launch their codeshare agreement this week offering customers more choices of flights to the United States.

With a view to enhancing connectivity between the U.S and Europe, American Airlines will place its code on Aer Lingus flights between London Heathrow (LHR) and Dublin (DUB). Customers can also book codeshare flights on Aer Lingus from DUB to Amsterdam (AMS); Birmingham, UK (BHX); London Gatwick (LGW) and Manchester, UK (MAN); and from LHR to Belfast City, Northern Ireland (BHD); Cork, Ireland (ORK) and Shannon, Ireland (SNN).

‘We are excited to extend our relationship with our newest joint business partner, Aer Lingus, with this codeshare agreement,’ said Anmol Bhargava, American’s vice president of Alliances. ‘Through our trans-Atlantic joint business, customers have more choices to key destinations in Europe and now, Ireland.’

Reid Moody, Aer Lingus’ Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, said: ‘After almost two years of restricted travel we know that demand for dream vacations, business travel, and reconnecting families and friends in 2022 and beyond will be stronger than ever. We are delighted that through the codeshare agreement with American Airlines, Aer Lingus customers will be able to avail of greater connectivity options and more seamless travel between the U.S. and Europe via our Dublin hub, which also has the added benefit of US Customs & Border Protection (CBP) pre-clearance located in Dublin. Last week’s decision by the Irish Government to remove pre-departure COVID-19 test requirements for double-vaccinated passengers is more welcome news for those planning to travel. We look forward to extending our warm Aer Lingus welcome to more and more customers in the months ahead.’

Additionally, customers traveling with Aer Lingus will now be able to book codeshare travel on American Airlines flights from Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Albuquerque, New Mexico, (ABQ); Nashville, Tennessee (BNA); Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW); Los Angeles (LAX); Seattle (SEA); San Francisco (SFO); San Jose, California (SJC) and Tucson, Arizona (TUS). Further expansion of the codeshare is also planned in the near future.

Aer Lingus joined the Atlantic Joint Business (AJB) between American, British Airways, Iberia and Finnair last year. In summer 2022, Aer Lingus will operate over 100 routes, flying to over 71 direct routes and to 62 destinations from Ireland to the UK and Europe. The airline will operate 16 transatlantic routes from Dublin and Manchester UK to North America and the Caribbean. Aer Lingus is a member of International Airlines Group (IAG), one of the world’s largest airline groups.

American Airlines to launch new Dallas route from Dublin Airport in June 2019

Dublin Airport has said that American Airlines will operate a new Dublin-Dallas Fort Worth summer service, starting from June 2019.

The new summer service will begin on June 6 and will run until September 28, 2019. The flight will depart Dallas at 20.35, arriving in Dublin at 11.40 the following day. The return flight will depart Dublin at 13.40, arriving in Dallas at 17.45.

The daily service will be Ireland’s first direct flight to Dallas, American’s largest hub for connecting traffic. It will improve connectivity from Ireland to Texas and also to a large number of onward destinations in the United States and Latin America. American Airlines will operate its new daily Dallas service with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in a 285-seat three-class configuration, with 30 seats in Business, 21 in Premium Economy, and 234 seats in Economy.

‘Dallas is an excellent addition to the existing route network from Dublin Airport and we’re delighted that American Airlines will be serving this market with a daily summer service from next year,’ said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison. ‘This new route will further grow tourism and trade between Ireland and the US, and we look forward to working closely with American to promote the new service on both sides of the Atlantic,’ Mr Harrison added.

‘Connecting Dublin with Dallas Fort Worth provides Irish travellers with direct access to the largest hub of American, the world’s largest airline,’ said Vasu Raja, American’s Vice President, Network and Schedule Planning. ‘This is the first time Ireland and Texas have been connected with a direct flight and the new service will meet the increased demand for travel between both markets. From Dallas, Irish travellers can connect onto top onward destinations including Hawaii, Las Vegas, Cancun, Los Angeles and New Orleans.’

Dublin Airport’s 17th US destination, Dallas will be the first city in the South Central region of the United States to have a direct service to Ireland.

Dublin Airport is the sixth largest airport in Europe for transatlantic flights. For summer 2018, 10 airlines are operating a total of 446 flights per week to and from Dublin Airport to 20 North American destinations, which is an average of 64 transatlantic flights daily, the airport said.

US merger creates world’s biggest airline

United States based airlines American Airlines and US Airways have announced today that they have merged to create the world’s biggest airline.

The $11bn deal, which was agreed last night and revealed this morning, will operate under the American Airlines name but under the stewardship of Doug Parker, the CEO of US Airways. Tom Horton, the CEO of American Airlines, is expected to serve as chairman of the new company until mid 2014.

A possible deal was first considered last August, when American began looking at a suitable merger while under pressure from its creditors. The company has been reorganising since late 2011 and has been under bankruptcy protection. Under the new deal it is believed that American Airlines creditors will own 72 percent of the company, and the shareholders of US Airways Inc will own the balance.

Assuming that the deal gains the necessary approval from the US bankruptcy courts, passengers on the two airlines are not expected to notice any difference to the relative services in the near future. However, the new entity will wield considerable resources in the US and world aviation markets, with combined hubs in Charlotte, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Dallas-Fort Worth, Chicago, Miami, New York and Los Angeles. Between them, the two companies can muster a total of 900 airplanes that can operate 3,200 daily flights, and will employ 95,000 staff. The complete integration of the two giant companies is expected to take years.

Four US airlines, American, United, Delta and Southwest, control almost 75 percent of all US air travel.

American Airlines Announces New Boeing 777-300ER Aircraft for London Route

American Airlines, an airline subsidiary of US-based holding company, AMR Corporation, will be introducing its new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft for service to London Heathrow Airport in the UK, from Dallas Fort Worth in the US, from January 31, 2013.

The new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft will be equipped with lie-flat seating, aisle access for all passengers, Wi-Fi capability and 15.4-inch TV screens. The airline will be taking delivery of 10 Boeing 777-300ERs by the end of 2012. The planes will be offering three-classes of seating, including First and Business Class seats, and Main Cabin Extra.

The airline is taking advance bookings for the three-times-daily London to Dallas flights on the new aircraft, with immediate effect.

The airline will be expanding to a fourth daily service between London and Dallas from June 14, 2012.

Earlier, Virasb Vahidi, the airline chief commercial officer, said, ‘American will be among the first in the industry to offer the combination of fully lie-flat seats with all-aisle access, international Wi-Fi, and top-of-the-line in-seat entertainment.’

The airline has also announced that it is relocating its check-in facilities at Heathrow Terminal 3 from June 1, 2012. The airline Main Cabin (Economy) passengers will have to check-in at Zone F, and First and Business Class passengers at Zone G. Advantage Platinum, AAdvantage Gold, oneworld Ruby and oneworld Sapphire loyalty programme members in Economy class will be able to check-in at Zone G of the terminal building.

The airline has reported, however, that its exclusive Flagship Check-In for First and Business Class passengers will continue to remain at Zone H, where members of AAdvantage Executive Platinum and oneworld Emerald passengers will also be able to use the facilities.

Flying With Pets: Which Airlines are Best?

Last week’s American Airlines puppy disaster has prompted an evaluation of how airlines treat and handle pets. The airline has been blamed for the death of seven puppies, all of which were stored in the aircraft’s pressurized and temperature regulated cargo hold. It’s raised some serious questions for those of us that prefer to travel with pets, most obviously – which airline treats animals safely?

American Airlines has spoken directly to several media outlets, claiming that it recommends owners of short-nosed animals such as puppies or young kittens avoid flying with their pets. Due to changes in pressure and temperature while at air, many animals can develop breathing problems while in the storage area of a commercial airliner, leading to discomfort and occasional death.

Surprisingly, it was low-cost airline JetBlue that topped recent polls of satisfaction amongst travel gurus and pet owners. The survey, carried out by online pet website, covered major commercial airlines throughout the United States. JetBlue was ranked highly due to its treatment of animals and limited fees for small household pets, particularly cats and dogs.

Taking a slightly less convenient first place was PetAirways, a speciality airline built for pet owners and animal breeders. The airline does not offer travel to humans, instead housing only animals in its fleet of specially designed and furnished planes. Animals travelling on the airline are granted toilet breaks and individual caged areas inside the plane’s primary cabin.

While the levels of comfort on offer inside a PetAirways cabin are unparalleled, they do come at a significantly higher price to that offered on standard commercial airlines. Animal organisations are treating JetBlue as the airline of choice for household pets and smaller animals, giving the airline a recommendation for its humane treatment and spotless animal safety record.