3rd Update at 2000GMT 02JUL13
Aer Lingus on mid-day Wednesday (03JUL13) announced the addition of 2 Trans-Atlantic routes, which sees the resumption of Dublin – San Francisco 5 weekly operation from 02APR14 and new Dublin – Toronto daily service from 21APR14. The airline on Tuesday morning (0800 – 1030GMT 02JUL13) briefly opened reservation for both routes (screenshot below). Reservation re-opened in the afternoon hours on Wednesday after its official announcement.
Dublin – San Francisco eff 02APR14 Service resumption with 5 weekly Airbus A330-200 aircraft
EI147 DUB1220 – 1520SFO 332 x24
EI146 SFO1720 – 1135+1DUB 332 x24
The airline last operated this route in October 2009, with 4 weekly flights. Schedule from Summer 2009:
EI147 DUB0950 – 1250SFO 332 x246
EI146 SFO1500 – 0915+1DUB 332 x246
Dublin – Toronto eff 21APR14 New Daily service operated by leased Boeing 757, configuration is C12Y165
EI129 DUB1400 – 1620YYZ 757 D
EI128 YYZ1750 – 0520+1DUB 757 D
The addition of Toronto route marks the airline’s return to Canadian market on scheduled basis since October 1979 (2 weekly Shannon – Montreal route with Boeing 707, schedule at the bottom of this post. Cargo service operated until October 1983). Schedule from Summer 1979 as follow.
EI121 SNN1325 – 1445YMX 707 14
EI120 YMX2215 – 0850+1SNN 707 14
Original update filed at 0830GMT 02JUL13