Commenting on the announcement, Leo Varadkar TD, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, said: "This announcement of new services by Aer Lingus is fantastic news. This Government has always sought to improve air access to key tourism and business markets, such as the US and Canada. Canada is the world's 11th largest economy and California is reckoned to be the world's 12th largest. I know that the business and tourism sectors are delighted with this news. More than 40% of Ireland's total foreign direct investment comes from Silicon Valley alone. The return of the direct air service to the US west coast is particularly important and I'm very happy to see the route being filled by an Irish airline."
To support the operation of the new routes, Aer Lingus will wet lease three Boeing 757 aircraft from ASL Aviation Group. The aircraft will be configured with an economy and business class cabin. Business travellers will continue to enjoy the same great level of service; with gourmet meals, sleeper seats and an extensive in-flight entertainment selection.
Speaking at the announcement Hugh Flynn, Chief Executive ASL Aviation Group, said: "We are delighted to partner with Aer Lingus in bringing renowned excellent service to increasing numbers of business and leisure passengers on new and existing routes. ASL Aviation Group enjoys a world-class excellent reputation for safety, reliability and quality. We are a global company, with almost 90 aircraft operating all over the world under our own brand and for leading airlines, and we are proud to work with Ireland's national airline. We believe the combination of two prominent Irish aviation companies brings a competitive dimension to the market and significantly increases economic opportunity for Ireland."
The success of Aer Lingus' transatlantic operation in recent years is in no small part due to its revised network strategy which has brought major increases in connecting passengers, particularly at Dublin airport. For the continued growth of Dublin as a connecting hub and the success of our increased services from Shannon, the expansion of the U.S Customs and Border Protection service is an absolute necessity.
Flights go on sale today on aerlingus.com.
Photos taken today with Aer Lingus CEO Christoph Mueller, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar and Hugh Flynn, Chief Executive ASL Aviation Group have been issued on behalf of Aer Lingus by Jason Clarke Photography: contact +353 1 660 7938/9 Info@jasonclarkephotography.ie
Notes to Editor:
About ASL Aviation Group
The ASL Aviation Group, based in Ireland, is a well established global aviation group providing an unrivalled array of aviation services. The group of aviation companies is made up of three airlines -- Air Contractors, Europe Airpost and Safair; two support service companies -- ACLAS Global and Air Contractors Engineering; and various leasing entities. Its companies are based in Ireland, the United Kingdom, France and South Africa, but its operations are worldwide with the three airlines operating a mixed fleet of widebody, short haul and turboprop passenger and cargo aircraft under their own brands and for a number of leading airlines. ASL Aviation Group has a staff of 1,200, a fleet of +/-90 aircraft and generated a total operating revenue of EUR 380m in 2012. ASL is a joint venture between CMB (51%) and 3P Air Freighters (49%).
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