Celebrating the start of Aer Lingus’ new route between Dublin and Los Angeles on 4 May are: Dublin Airport MD Vincent Harrison; CBP (US Customs and Border Protection) Port Director, Tish Lagerwey; inaugural passengers Todd McCullough and Sarah Nerboso; and Aer Lingus CCO Keith Butler. Also seen celebrating along with Lagerwey are the all-female flight crew which operated the first flight including Aer Lingus Captain Anne Marie Teevan, and Senior First Officers Nicola Hughes and Niamh Power.
Before the inaugural flight on 4 May, Venice Beach street performance crew, The Calypso Tumblers, a group of dancers, acrobats, gymnasts and contortionists, were in Dublin to begin the countdown and help promote Aer Lingus’ new direct route to Los Angeles, a city pair which is already served by Ethiopian Airlines.
- Aer Lingus resumed services between Dublin (DUB) and Los Angeles (LAX) on 4 May after a near eight-year hiatus on the 8,314-kilometre route. Flights will be operated by Ireland’s national carrier four times weekly onboard its A330-300 fleet. Keith Butler, CCO of Aer Lingus, said at the launch: “We are delighted to commence our new direct service from Dublin to Los Angeles today. Los Angeles is our second US West Coast gateway after the successful launch of San Francisco in 2014. This summer Aer Lingus will operate 28 daily services across the Atlantic. Los Angeles together with future new routes New York Newark and Hartford will open up new tourism and business opportunities with improved connectivity through our Dublin gateway.” Although Aer Lingus is the only carrier from either Ireland or the US to operate this city pair, it should be noted that Ethiopian Airlines already operates a thrice-weekly service between the two points as part of its Addis Ababa – Dublin – Los Angeles route, an operation which it commenced last summer.