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Aer Lingus begins non-stop flights between Dublin, Ireland and San Francisco International Airport Sunday, with the official inaugural flights arriving on Monday, October 29.
“The Bay Area market potential for Ireland is extraordinary,” said San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.
“In addition to the Irish heritage of many San Franciscans, we are one of the nation’s top tourist destinations, and home to an especially well-traveled, internationally-minded community.
“In finance, services and high tech, our commercial links with Irish industry are strong and growing.”
The service will launch with four round-trip flights per week and introductory fares as low as $288 each way. Those one-way economy class fares drop to $199 each way during a special online sale – from 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, October 30 until 3:59 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31 — for weekday flights (Monday and Wednesday) in January and February 2008.
Friday and Sunday flights are $20 more each way. Tickets must be purchased online at aerlingus.com during the sale period. Phone or airport bookings are $36 more each way.
A dedicated website, sfo2ireland.com, provides travelers details on service, fares, inaugural events, contests and other information specific to this new route.
Aer Lingus’ low-cost, low-fare model is based on one-way fares, freeing travelers from traditional minimum and maximum stays.
More than 70% of the Irish carrier’s tickets are sold online via its website and the resulting cost savings allow the airline to offer lower fares in both business and economy class without lowering service standards or crowding passengers onboard.
On transatlantic flights, seating in Classic Economy Class is a comfortable 2x4x2 configuration and in Premier Business Class the 2×2 seating gives everyone either a window or an aisle.
“We are very pleased to welcome San Francisco to the Aer Lingus network,” said Jack Foley, executive vice president for Aer Lingus in North America. “We know there are strong cultural and business bonds between Ireland and the Bay Area, and we look forward to a very popular and successful service.”
Business travelers also benefit from lower-than-usual fares and Premier Class service that rivals higher-priced carriers’. Premier seats, 20-inch wide at a pitch of 52 inches, feature universal laptop power ports and personal video on demand. “Lie-flat” versions are being introduced on the entire long-haul fleet via new aircraft and retrofits. Gourmet meals and complimentary beverages, served in Waterford crystal and on Wedgwood china, further enhance the inflight experience for Premier passengers.
The tech-savvy Aer Lingus website provides users everything needed to make travel planning easy, including special e-fares, easy flight booking with flexible search calendar, interactive seat selection, online check-in and flight changes, real time flight information and status, online frequent flyer account management and award redemption, destination guide and vacation services.
For flight schedules and reservations, visit www.aerlingus.com. Reservations may also be made for an additional fee by calling toll-free, (800) IRISH AIR (800-474-7424).
About Aer Lingus
Aer Lingus serves nearly 70 destinations across Ireland, the UK, Continental Europe, the United States and the Middle East. The airline’s transatlantic service includes non-stop service between Dublin and Boston, Chicago, New York (JFK), Los Angeles, Washington Dulles and Orlando.
Aer Lingus operates an all-Airbus fleet of technologically advanced jet aircraft. The short-haul fleet consists of Airbus A321s and Airbus A320s; the long-haul transatlantic fleet features Airbus A330 aircraft.
Aer Lingus was founded by the Irish Government in April 1936 to provide air services from Ireland. The first flight, from Dublin to Bristol, England, took place on May 27, 1936. On October 2, 2006, Aer Lingus entered a new phase in its history when it became a publicly-traded company on the Irish and London Stock Exchanges.
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