**Update: 03/29/21 @ 13:18 UTC – American Airlines provided an additional quote about the service; details below.**
American Airlines has relaunched its daily service between Philadelphia and Dublin. The resumption began this weekend and marks an important occasion since suspensions were put in place last year when travel restrictions were implemented amid the rise of the pandemic.
Back in action
The Boeing 787-8, with registration N815AA, left Philadelphia International Airport under flight AA722 last night at 21:41 EDT before arriving at Dublin Airport at 08:09 IST this morning. The return flight, AA723 then left the capital of Ireland at 11:18 IST to arrive back across the Atlantic at 13:31 EDT.
Overall, this route to Dublin is just one of 16 resumptions to Europe from early next month. This figure is a sizeable increase from the present six routes in place. Flying In Ireland notes that Barcelona, Madrid, Milan Malpensa, Paris Charles de Gaulle, and Rome are among other route returns across the carrier’s network.
There will also be a new operation between Seattle and London Heathrow starting on 30th March. Flights will leave three times per week while being conducted by a Boeing 777-200 aircraft. The service will also be daily from June.
A welcome return
The operator welcomed its first 787 back in January 2015, marking the start of a new chapter for the airline with the aircraft. The plane is a favorite among many major carriers, and American is no different.
Doug Parker, American’s chairman and CEO, said the following in a statement amid the initial delivery:
“We are committed to delivering a fantastic product for our customers with the continuation of our unprecedented fleet renewal program and more than $2 billion in improvements in the customer experience.”
Simple Flying reached out to American Airlines for further information about its services to Dublin with the 787 Dreamliner. The airline shared the below quote by Tom Lattig, American’s VP EMEA Sales:
“We will be here for when our customers are ready to fly. American Airlines is pleased to reconnect Dublin to our Philadelphia (PHL) hub, with daily service using state of the art Boeing 787-8 aircraft. With cleanliness and safety top of mind, we have taken extensive steps to ensure it’s safe to travel including earning STAR certification from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council for our entire fleet of aircraft, and all of our Admirals Club lounges. This is testament to the robust Clean Commitment protocols we have instated over the past year, to ensure our customers feel confident and comfortable when they fly American.”
Altogether, this return to Dublin is a sign of hopeful things to come following the serious downturn in international passenger activity. There would undoubtedly be plenty of citizens on both sides of the pond longing to hit the skies again.
What are your thoughts about American Airlines’ flights to Dublin with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner? Have you flown with the carrier on this route before? Or are you looking to give it a go this year? Let us know what you think of the operations in the comment section.