Aer Lingus is chomping at the bit to add new US services and has apparently convinced the Irish govt of the need for change. However, the Irish government has a difficult balancing act to perform, as it must be seen to be protecting Shannon too, even if only for electoral purposes.
The US government wants to see the stopover out of the way. My personal view remains that since a decision on EI
's new t/a fleet is hanging on what new access it gets, Boeing has a very good chance of a deal here. EI
could use 777s to replace 333s and continue using 332s until the 7E7 is available. Sure, some might say commonality suggests Airbus might be a better option, but if Boeing can, not just provide a good deal, but the right airplane, then I think it may be in with a good chance. And, unofficially, a Boeing deal could 'help' to open up new gateways for EI
This will be a very interesting process to watch ...