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Aer Lingus’ inaugural flight from Dublin to Hartford takes off

Aer Lingus inaugural flight EI131 to Hartford, Connecticut took off on a Boeing 757, named St Brendan, registration EI-LBT, earlier this week from Dublin airport at 2.40pm. The airline now offers a year-round service from Dublin direct to Hartford, Connecticut, in the heart of New England.

The new Aer Lingus service not only creates a direct connection between Ireland and Connecticut, it also further establishes Dublin as the natural transatlantic gateway to North America. Guests from 19 key UK airports can take advantage of easy transatlantic connections when transferring in Dublin, pre-clearing U.S Customs and Immigration allowing them to pass through domestic channels upon landing for a smooth and swift arrival in the USA.

Hartford is the capital of Connecticut and often referred to as the ‘insurance capital of the world’. Housing many insurance company headquarters, the sector remains the region's major industry. Hartford and the Connecticut region are also popular tourist destinations with many interesting visitor attractions. Hartford is home to the Mark Twain House where the author wrote his most famous works and close by in Newhaven, Connecticut is Yale University – one of the most prestigious American Ivy League universities.

The Hartford launch is the third of three new Aer Lingus transatlantic routes to commence this year, marking the single largest expansion of Aer Lingus’ transatlantic network since the airline commenced transatlantic flying in 1958. A direct new service to Los Angeles, California began in May and on 1st September a new daily service commenced from Dublin to Newark, New Jersey.

The growth plan underpins Aer Lingus’ successful strategy of expanding its Dublin Airport base into a major European transatlantic gateway. The convenience of U.S Customs and Border Protection services at Dublin has enhanced the continued growth of Aer Lingus’ Dublin operation as a connecting gateway. Three new transatlantic aircraft have joined the Aer Lingus fleet this year and as previously announced two new Airbus A330s will be delivered in 2017.

Stephen Kavanagh, Chief Executive Officer, Aer Lingus, said: “We are delighted to commence a direct service between our Dublin gateway and Bradley International Airport, Hartford and to offer convenient connecting service from major cities across Britain and Europe. Whether travelling for business or pleasure we aim to deliver the quality service and competitive prices that have earned us our Skytrax 4-Star airline status. I’d like to take the opportunity to thank all the state representatives, business and community leaders who have supported Aer Lingus to date and we look forward to making this route a success for all involved.”

Vincent Harrison, Dublin Airport Managing Director said: "We are delighted to welcome Aer Lingus' new service to Hartford, which adds another North American destination to the airline's extensive Dublin Airport route network. Hartford is the sixth new transatlantic route that Aer Lingus has launched at Dublin over the past five years and we look forward to continuing to work closely with them to promote this new service."

Services available to customers on transatlantic flights include Pre-clearance U.S. immigration and customs at Dublin and Shannon airports, connections to onward destinations in the U.S. with airline partners, hi-speed internet access, an extensive in-flight entertainment selection, gourmet meals including premium economy options and award winning cabin service.

Fares from the UK to Hartford via Dublin start from £199 one way, with all Aer Lingus transatlantic fares including a free 23kg baggage allowance, complimentary meal and drinks during the flight and the latest films, television and music via a state-of-the-art inflight entertainment system. Aer Lingus Business Class guests can also enjoy brand new seats which transform into a fully lie-flat bed within a redesigned cabin offering even greater levels of comfort, storage and space.

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