Early Friday, Dublin, Ireland-based Aer Lingus announced new flights to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle, Washington, as part of an aggressive recent expansion into the United States.
The new flight will be the first ever direct flight between Seattle and Ireland, and will operate four times a week utilizing the airlines’ Airbus A330-200 aircraft. The new flights will operate under the following schedule:
EI98 Seattle-Tacoma 7:20 p.m. departure -> Dublin 12:35 p.m. arrival (+1) A332 9 hours 15 minutes
EI99 Dublin 3:50 p.m. departure -> Seattle-Tacoma 5:35 p.m. arrival A332 9 hours 45 minutes
Introductory fares on the flight are starting at USD $490 each way, indicating that the fares are targeting business travelers in the Seattle and Dublin areas. Seattle is home to one of the most lucrative markets in the United States, with plenty of work in technology and aerospace manufacturing. Seattle is home to Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks, and Boeing Airplanes, all of which are large Fortune 500 companies with plenty of business contracts.
The Airbus A330-200 that will operate the flights are the go-to aircraft for intercontinental expansion for Aer Lingus, with 23 business class seats that have fully-lie flat beds, and 243 standard economy seats that have a 31-32″ pitch and 17″ width. Every seat comes with AVOD. Passengers can buy the “Smart” fare ($490), which allows for one free checked bag and two carry-ons with meal service, “Flex” fare ($1,159) for advanced seat selection and complementary amenities onboard, “Business” fare ($2,352) for dedicated check-in and lounge, priority boarding, and complementary Wi-Fi, and the “Business Flex” fare ($4,704) for everything mentioned and a fully refundable ticket.
Aer Lingus joined IAG in 2015, and has since added Los Angeles, Newark, Hartford, Miami, Philadelphia, and now Seattle to their North American network. In a statement, the airline noted, “Strengthening our Dublin Airport base as a major European transatlantic gateway is a primary focus for us. This strategy delivers increased connectivity for Ireland, which supports international trade and economic development, as well as growth in tourism. It also highlights the gateway connections available at Dublin from North America, UK and Europe, with the convenience of US Customs and Border Protection preclearance services at Dublin Airport.”
The new flight will also offer connections beyond Dublin, with flights to London, Paris, Rome, Brussels, Amsterdam, and Frankfurt available to be seamlessly connected to upon arrival in Dublin.