Aer Lingus Inaugurates Manchester To Orlando Flights

Irish national flag carrier Aer Lingus has just celebrated the launch of its first direct flight from Manchester to the holiday destination city of Orlando in sunny Florida. In a company statement released on December 11, 2021, the IAG-owned airline said that Aer Lingus flight number EI 35 had completed its inaugural flight between Manchester and Orlando.

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Aer Lingus will fly from Manchester to Orlando four times per week. Photo: Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus flight number EI 35 departed Manchester Airport (MAN) at 11:19 GMT and landed at Orlando International Airport (MCO) at 15:50 EST following an uneventful, nearly nine-hour flight. The return flight EI 34 leaves at Orlando at 19:00 EST and arrives back in Manchester at 08:35 GMT.

Aer Lingus is using an Airbus A330-200 for the Orlando flights

On the route, Aer Lingus has deployed a 271 seat Airbus A330-200. The aircraft features two classes of service, with 23 lie-flat seats in business class and 248 seats in economy class. The distance between Manchester and Orlando is 4,236 miles (6,817 km) and takes around nine hours; the return flight to Manchester EI 34 is quicker thanks to the jet stream.

The Manchester to Orlando route is the third direct flight to the Caribbean and United States launched by the Dublin Airport (DUB)-based airline following flights to Barbados on October 20 and New York JFK on December 1.

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The flight from Manchester to Orlando takes around nine hours. Image:

Aer Lingus says it will operate four direct flights per week between Manchester and Orlando on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. All flights will depart Manchester Airport at 11:00 and have prices starting from £209 ($277).

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About Orlando, Florida

Home to more than a dozen theme parks, including Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, Orlando welcomes millions of visitors from around the globe each year. The city’s airport is located six miles southeast of downtown and is the busiest airport in the state of Florida and the 10th busiest in the United States. If you wondered why it has MCO for its IATA code, the airport used to be a military facility called “McCoy Air Force Base.” It decided to keep the original code when it became a civilian airport in 1975.

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Millions of people visit Orlando each year to go to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. Photo: Aer Lingus

Other Aer Lingus news

In a statement published on December 8, 2020, the Irish airline announced that it was expanding its codeshare agreement with JetBlue. As a part of the new bilateral agreement, JetBlue will place its “B6” code on four Aer Lingus routes between the American northeast and Ireland

The routes are New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) to:

Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) to:

  • Dublin Airport (DUB)
  • Shannon Airport (SNN)
Lynne Embleton, Chief Executive Officer
Lynne Embleton, Chief Executive Officer. Photo: Aer Lingus

When speaking about the expanded codeshare in the company statement Aer Lingus Chief Executive Officer and Chairman Lynne Embleton said:

“Our relationship with JetBlue is long-standing and valued. All at Aer Lingus are looking forward to extending a warm Irish welcome to more JetBlue customers. These customers can now travel seamlessly to Dublin and Shannon airports as we continue to connect friends and families, businesses and colleagues from the US and Europe.”

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