Last week saw Aer Lingus carry its major milestone two millionth transatlantic passenger in 2023 on a flight to Orlando, Florida.
This article will cover the details surrounding the Irish carriers’ two millionth transatlantic passenger for 2023 and what this means for the Irish flag carrier.
Aer Lingus’ Two Millionth Transatlantic Passenger for 2023
On September 29, 2023, Aer Lingus carried its two millionth transatlantic passenger on flight EI 121 between Dublin (DUB) and Orlando (MCO) in Florida.
Natasha Doherty from Kilmacrennan Co. Donegal in Ireland was the lucky passenger, who was travelling to Orlando with her husband, Redmond Doherty.
So far 2023 has been the Irish carriers’ best year for transatlantic services with 2.25 million seats on sale to 19 destinations in North America from Dublin, Shannon and the carriers’ UK base in Manchester.
Next year for the 2024 summer season, will see the Irish carrier add Denver, Colorado and Minneapolis-St. Paul to its North American destinations bringing the total count to 21.
The carrier has a total long-haul fleet of 21 aircraft, broken down as, eight Airbus A321LRs, three Airbus A330-200s, and 10 Airbus A330-300s. They also have on-order six Airbus A321XLRs.
Alongside its long-haul fleet, the carrier also operates a short to medium-haul fleet of 29 Airbus A320ceos and three Airbus A320neos with a further five Airbus A320neos on order.
Commenting on this major milestone for the carrier, Aer Lingus’ Chief Customer Officer, Susanne Carberry, says, “We are delighted to welcome Natasha and Redmond on board Aer Lingus and celebrate our two millionth transatlantic passenger so far this year.”
“This represents a significant milestone for Aer Lingus, following our largest-ever transatlantic schedule this summer. Over the past 10 years, we have grown our transatlantic network from 6 routes to 19 in 2023, including adding new direct services from Manchester to North America.”
Adding to Carberry’s comments, Natasha Doherty has said, “It was such a dream come true to find out at check-in that we have been upgraded to Business class on our flight to Orlando! We’re off on our honeymoon and this is the perfect start. Thanks so much Aer Lingus for this wonderful memory!”
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