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In the past few months, I’ve written about Aer Lingus more than at any other point in the short life of this site but somehow, somewhere down the line, I appear to have missed the announcement that from tomorrow, Aer Lingus is heading back to the West Coast.
Aer Lingus returns to San Francisco
As late as November last year, Aer Lingus had plans to restart flights between Dublin and San Francisco from December 22nd. Then something changed. Christmas and New Year came and went and the route remained suspended. Now, out of the blue (at least for me), Aer Lingus has confirmed that it will be restarting flights to San Francisco from tomorrow, February 25th.
Initially, the Dublin – San Francisco route will be operated 4x/week on the following schedule…
EI61 DUB 12:20 – 15:25 SFO (Mon, Wed, Fri & Sun)
EI60 SFO 17:25 – 11:35+1 day DUB (Mon, Wed, Fri & Sun)
…before turning into a daily service from March 26th on a slightly altered schedule:
EI61 DUB 12:35 – 15:35 SFO (Daily)
EI60 SFO 17:25 – 11:50+1 day DUB (Daily)
Speaking about the route restart, Bill Byrne, Executive Vice-President US at Aer Lingus had this to say:
“We are delighted to resume the Dublin to San Francisco service and to unite friends, families and businesses once more, reconnecting our communities and economies.
There’s no doubt that travel is back for 2022, and we are busy preparing operations for further route restarts.
As always, customers flying to North America with Aer Lingus will enjoy complimentary meals and drinks, endless hours of in-flight entertainment, and US Customs and Border pre-clearance at Dublin and Shannon airports.”
The Dublin – San Francisco route is set to be operated by an Aer Lingus A330-300 which offers 30 Business Class seats and 287 Economy Class seats. The Business Class cabin of this aircraft offers a slightly odd seating layout that varies from row to row but, broadly speaking, the best solo seats are the “throne seats” in 3K and 5K while couples may prefer to give up a window seat in favor of giving both passengers direct access to an aisle by selecting the center pair of seats in any row.
As things stand, this route now appears in Aer Lingus’ schedule through to the end of the booking period which means that the airline plans to operate it year-round…and that’s good news for this of us who like using Aer Lingus for good-value Avios redemptions.
The Aer Lingus route between Dublin and San Francisco will resume from tomorrow, February 25th with the airline operating the route with its A330-300 aircraft. The schedules currently show Aer Lingus operating flights through summer 2022 and into winter 2022/23 so it looks like the airline plans to operate this route all year round.