This year Aer Lingus will start taking delivery of their A321LRs. The airline has eight of these aircraft on order. These fuel efficient narrow body planes will allow them to first replace the leased 757s that they operate on some flights, and then also expand their route network further.
Earlier this year we unfortunately found out that the airline is experiencing some delivery delays with these planes. Initially Aer Lingus was supposed to start flying the A321LR between Dublin and Hartford as of July 1, 2019, and then fly the plane between Dublin and Montreal as of August 8, 2019.
Due to delivery delays, neither route will feature the A321LR as of the planned date. On top of that, the Montreal route is even being postponed until next year, since Aer Lingus doesn’t have enough planes to operate the route.
Aer Lingus has been making further significant adjustments to their transatlantic schedule as a result of these A321LR delays, though it looks like things are stabilizing.
Aer Lingus has updated their schedule to reflect additional A321LR routes. Aer Lingus plans on flying their A321LR on the following transatlantic routes:
- Between Dublin and Hartford as of August 2, 2019
- Between Shannon and Boston as of October 27, 2019
- Between Dublin and Washington Dulles as of October 29, 2019 (not daily, alternating with an A330)
- Between Dublin and Philadelphia as of November 1, 2019 (not daily, alternating with an A330)
- Between Dublin and Newark between February 13 and March 10, 2020 (not daily, alternating with an A330
I’d note that these plans are subject to change. Just as they’ve changed the schedule a couple of times already, they can change it again.
However, the airline has now scheduled this route for several additional routes, which makes me feeling like they’re probably fairly comfortable with the timeline.
If you want to redeem miles on an Aer Lingus transatlantic flight, they do sometimes make business class award seats available:
- If redeeming United miles, you can book for 70,000 MileagePlus miles one-way
- If redeeming British Airways Avios, you can book for 50,000-60,000 Avios one-way, depending on whether you’re traveling peak or off peak
Perhaps the bigger question some people are asking is why you should even care if a flight is operated by an A321LR? Well, maybe you shouldn’t.
I just like experiencing the new planes that airlines get, and the A321LR is a brand new plane for the airline. It will feature an excellent fully flat business class product that’s similar to what they have on their A330s.
So if you’re looking for a fun way to cross the Atlantic in the coming months, keep Aer Lingus on your radar.