LOS ANGELES, May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Aer Lingus, the airline of Ireland, is launching service from Los Angeles to Ireland on May 28 with flights three times a week, on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Plans call for an increase to five times per week by next year. The timing of the launch, Memorial Day weekend, is ideal for travelers with summer vacation plans taking them to Ireland, the UK and to key cities in continental Europe. The decision to "go west" is in line with the airline's North American growth strategy since renewing its commitment to transatlantic service in 1995. With the introduction of service from its new West Coast gateway, Aer Lingus will be increasing its transatlantic capacity by over 20 percent. The new Los Angeles service will also provide convenient access to Ireland from the growing markets of Australia and New Zealand. "The Los Angeles gateway fulfills a major piece of our expansion strategy," says Jack Foley, executive vice president North America. "In order to become the airline of choice for business, incentive and leisure travel to Ireland, the U.K. and Europe, we determined that commercially, demographically and strategically Los Angeles was exactly the right fit." From Los Angeles, Aer Lingus' fifth U.S. gateway, the airline will provide non-stop service to Dublin with continuing service to Shannon. Departing Los Angeles at 6:15 p.m., arrival in Dublin is at 12:30 p.m. the following day. The return flight leaves Ireland at 12:30 p.m. and arrives in Los Angeles at 3:45 p.m. the same day. A new Airbus A330-200 was delivered on May 7 and features two-class configuration: Premier Class and Classic Economy. Aer Lingus service will operate into and out of Tom Bradley International Terminal, one of eight terminals located within Los Angeles International Airport. The ticket counter will be located beside Singapore Airlines' counter. Also, the carrier expects to have a Gold Circle lounge at LAX in the near future for its Premier Class passengers. Premier Class, Aer Lingus' award-winning business service, provides complimentary limousine transfers in the U.S., Ireland and the U.K., exclusive check-in privileges and use of the Gold Circle lounges in the U.S. and Ireland, Onboard, passengers will enjoy state-of-the-art seating with individual video screens and computer ports, touch control sleeperettes with 52 inches of legroom and other amenities, gourmet dining or light cuisine. Travelers flying beyond Ireland on Aer Lingus appreciate the convenient, same-terminal connections and all Aer Lingus passengers can take advantage of U.S. Immigration pre-clearance at Dublin and Shannon. Within the past two years, Aer Lingus has added service from Newark, doubled its frequency from Chicago as well as added capacity from Boston and New York. In all, the airline offers more than 200 flights daily between the U.S. and Ireland, the U.K., and Continental Europe. The airline's new West Coast offices are located at 8860 Corbin Avenue, #371, Northridge, Calif. 91324, phone, 310-649-7215. For information about Aer Lingus service, call 1-800-IRISH-AIR (1-800-474-7424) or contact a travel agent.
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