Aer Lingus inaugural flight EI131 to Hartford, Connecticut took off on a Boeing 757, named St Brendan, registration EI-LBT, from Dublin airport earlier.
The airline now offers a year-round service from Dublin direct to Hartford, Connecticut, in the heart of New England.
The new Aer Lingus service not only creates a direct connection between Ireland and Connecticut, it also further establishes Dublin as the natural transatlantic gateway to North America.
Guests from 19 key UK airports can take advantage of easy transatlantic connections when transferring in Dublin, pre-clearing US customs and Immigration allowing them to pass through domestic channels upon landing for a smooth and swift arrival in the USA.
Hartford is the capital of Connecticut and often referred to as the ‘insurance capital of the world’.
Housing many insurance company headquarters, the sector remains the region’s major industry.
Hartford and the Connecticut region are also popular tourist destinations with many interesting visitor attractions.
Hartford is home to the Mark Twain House where the author wrote his most famous works and close by in Newhaven, Connecticut is Yale University – one of the most prestigious American Ivy League universities.
The Hartford launch is the third of three new Aer Lingus transatlantic routes to commence this year, marking the single largest expansion of Aer Lingus’ transatlantic network since the airline commenced transatlantic flying in 1958.
A direct new service to Los Angeles, California began in May and on September 1st a new daily service commenced from Dublin to Newark, New Jersey.
The growth plan underpins Aer Lingus’ successful strategy of expanding its Dublin Airport base into a major European transatlantic gateway.
Stephen Kavanagh, chief executive, Aer Lingus, said: “We are delighted to commence a direct service between our Dublin gateway and Bradley International Airport, Hartford and to offer convenient connecting service from major cities across Britain and Europe.”