Alaska Airlines yesterday issued a press release about Aer Lingus interline availability partnership that will start in April and frequent flier partnership that will follow at a an undisclosed date.
Aer Lingus has used United Airlines and JetBlue for interline connections within the United States and interesting to see if this Alaska partnership will see Aer Lingus to drop either of them. Aer Lingus begin flying from Dublin to Seattle on May 1 and Alaska is able to provide much needed feed for the flight.
Here’s Aer Lingus North America route map:
Aer Lingus flies to 13 destinations in North America from Dublin of which two are served from Shannon as well.
Here’s the press release from Alaska:
SEATTLE, March 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Alaska Airlines and Aer Lingus announced a broad partnership that will provide Mileage Plan members more ways to earn and redeem miles to Europe. The carriers will begin interline availability across their respective networks starting in April. Alaska Mileage Plan members will be able to earn and redeem miles on Aer Lingus flights and Aer Lingus AerClub members will also be able to earn and redeem miles on Alaska, starting at a later date.
Aer Lingus currently serves Dublin from 13 cities in North America, including from Alaska’s gateway cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco and – starting May 1 – nonstop from Seattle.
“This new partnership with Aer Lingus is another example of how Alaska is giving our Mileage Plan members more and more ways to travel and earn miles to all corners of the map through our diverse global partners,” said Andrew Harrison, Alaska Airlines’ executive vice president and chief commercial officer. “Aer Lingus provides our members even more reach for travel within Europe, with seamless service through Dublin to 24 cities in the U.K. And Europe.”
“We’re pleased to join with Alaska Airlines. It’s a meeting of like-minded, service-oriented carriers bringing attractive propositions to their respective travelers,” said Greg Kaldahl, Aer Lingus’ chief strategy and planning officer. “Our Aer Lingus guests will now be able to connect onwards to a wide range of destinations up and down the West Coast, Alaska and Hawaii; while loyal Alaska flyers will gain the opportunity to fly transatlantic on Ireland’s only 4-star airline. We are looking forward to a long and successful partnership.”
The capital and largest city in Ireland, Dublin has become a new hub for U.S. technology companies doing business in Europe. The city hosts the annual Dublin Tech Summit each spring, which is attended by influential global companies and innovators.
“The Emerald Isle is a fabulous destination, and we look forward to welcoming new visitors to Seattle and the Northwest,” said Port of Seattle Commission President Courtney Gregoire. “Demand for this route was high. Not only does Seattle have strong business ties to Ireland – with Microsoft and Amazon bases there, but the cultural connections span centuries.”
Aer Lingus will fly Airbus A330-200 wide body aircraft on its new route from Seattle to Dublin. Since Dublin airport has its own U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility, passengers and their luggage will be pre-cleared in Ireland before departure, with no need to go through passport control on arrival in Seattle.
Aer Lingusis the national airline of Ireland, founded in 1936. It operates 63 aircraft on more than 100 routes to destinations in the U.K., Europe and North America and carries more than 12 million guests per annum. Aer Lingus is Ireland’s only 4-Star airline, awarded by Skytrax, the international air transport rating organization. Its mission is to connect Ireland to the world and to become the leading value carrier operating across the North Atlantic. Its home base is Dublin Airport. Aer Lingus is a member of International Airlines Group (IAG), one of the world’s largest airline groups.
Aer Lingus is owned by IAG parent of British Airways another longtime partner of Alaska. Mileage Plan has lost few partners as of late (Air France, KLM and AeroMexico) and it is important that they can bring more international airlines into the program to keep it viable.
Let’s hope that the ability to both earn and redeem on Aer Lingus flights will materialize ratner sooner than redeeming on Finnair that was first promised by the fall of 2017 and now only “coming soon”.