Aer Lingus to Seattle. But not re-joining oneworld.

Yesterday, Aer Lingus announced a new route to Seattle.  Flights will start on the 18th May next year and will be operated by one of their A330-200 aircraft.

It’ll be a four times weekly service, operating on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Flight EI99 leaves Dublin at 15.50 and will arrive in Seattle at 17.35 in the afternoon.  The return flight EI98 leaves Seattle at 19.20 and arrives back in Dublin at 12.35 the next day.

Aer Lingus of course has full US pre-clearance facilities at Dublin airport, meaning that when you land, you’ll be treated as a domestic passenger.

Seattle is one of my favourite US cities so I really hope that this route works well for them.

However, their CEO also announced that they currently have ‘no plans’ to rejoin the oneworld alliance.  However it is looking to join the existing joint business alliance across that Atlantic, which American Airlines, British Airways, Finnair and Iberia are part of.

Apparently it’s rumoured there isn’t a business case for the costs necessary to re-join the alliance.

I think that’s a huge shame as the ability to earn and burn miles, plus have status recognised is a huge benefit, which I do think they’re underestimating.  Clearly the bean counters are as powerful at Aer Lingus as they are at British Airways.


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