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Aer Lingus considers daily flights on relaunched San Francisco service

John Mulligan

Published 06/05/2014 | 02:30

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Dublin, IRELAND: (FILES) An Aer Lingus jet comes in to land at Dublin airport, in Ireland, 18 September 2006. Irish airline Aer Lingus said Wednesday 06 June 2007 that it has ordered 12 new Airbus aircraft worth 2.4 billion dollars (1.78 billion euros) at list prices, adding that it had won "substantial" discounts. "Aer Lingus will take delivery of six new A330 300E and six new A350 XWB aircraft, valued at 2.4 billion dollars at catalogue prices, with deliveries commencing in 2009," the company said in a statement.  AFP PHOTO/FILES/ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Aer Lingus may boost its Dublin-San Francisco flights to a daily service

Aer Lingus will consider boosting its relaunched Dublin-San Francisco direct route to a daily service from next year, according to chief executive Christoph Mueller.

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Speaking to the Irish Independent, Mr Mueller said that increasing the five days a week service to seven would be the preferred option for the airline.

"It's always better to operate on a daily basis," he said, adding that increasing the San Francisco route to seven days a week is a target that is built into the business plan for the service.

However, he said a decision wouldn't be made until next year's summer schedules are being delivered.

The route was relaunched by Aer Lingus last month. The airline had operated the service between Dublin and San Francisco between 2007 and 2009, when it was cancelled as the economic downturn worsened and Aer Lingus went into cost-cutting mode.

But the new San Francisco route is performing according to plan. It's also attracting passengers from locations such as London, other parts of the UK, Paris as they take advantage of Dublin Airport's US customs and immigration pre-clearance facilities.

Aer Lingus released first quarter results last week. In a conference call with airline management, analysts were told that the carrier is exploring the possibility of using more Boeing 757s to boost transatlantic capacity. Aer Lingus is now using three leased 757s as "pathfinders" on routes from Dublin to Toronto, and from Shannon to Boston and New York.

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