LONDON – Irish flag carrier, Aer Lingus has announced two all-new routes to North America—Minneapolis (MSP), and Montréal (YUL) starting in August 2019.

Over the past four years, Aer Lingus has added and upgraded services to Seattle, Philadelphia, Miami, Los Angeles, Hartford, Newark, New York, and Toronto.

This would be the third transatlantic announcement made by the carrier this year. In March 2018, new flights to Philadelphia were also announced, which runs on a four times per week basis, operating on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.

Moreover, the airline also opened up a direct flight from Dublin to Seattle in May, which currently runs on a four times per week basis, operating on the same days as Philadelphia.

Minneapolis, Montreal Flight Details

The new flights to MSP will commence on a daily basis using the airline’s Boeing 757-200 aircraft, operating on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

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According to Aer Lingus, the MSP service departs from Dublin (DUB) at 14:10, arriving in MSP by 16:55, both local times.

The return flight departs MSP at 19:00, arriving back into Dublin by 08:40 the next day, both local times. This service is set to begin on July 8, 2019.

Flight time will be expected to take around seven hours and 58 minutes on average rotations. 

The Montréal flight will be operated by the Airbus A321LR that the carrier is expecting to receive.

The outbound flight from DUB is set to depart at 18:50 and arrive in YUL at 20:50, both local times. The return leg will depart at 22:20, arriving back into DUB at 09:40 the next day.

Expected flight time on this route is to be around six hours and 40 minutes.

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As the airline welcomes the first batch of the 12 Airbus A321LRs it is expecting to receive in 2019, new long/thin routes will certainly be added to the carrier’s transatlantic network.

The Irish carrier is expecting to take delivery of four A321LRs in 2019, enough to cover the YUL service on a daily basis. 

It’s been hinted by the airline’s CEO that the A321LR could also be deployed on the Dublin – Pittsburgh route. However, no official announcements have been firmed up.

It will be interesting to see the performance charts of both A321LR and 757-200 covering very similar routes in length and time.