Sorry Teahan and everyone else, I just found the headline on the Aer Lingus web page about Baltimore service...
Aer Lingus today welcomed the announcement by the United States Department of Transportation in Washington of its intention to grant code-sharing rights to Aer Lingus and its oneworld alliance partner, American Airlines, for all four existing Aer Lingus US gateways at New York, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles.
In the same announcement the US authorities said they intended to also grant Aer Lingus rights to link a new US gateway at Baltimore/Washington International Airport with Shannon and Dublin.
Aer Lingus Group Chief Executive, Larry Stanley, welcoming the US Government announcement said that, subject to final regulatory approval, the decision to grant code-sharing approvals would open up enormous opportunities for the customers of Aer Lingus and American Airlines and for the economies of Ireland and the United States.
"This will have the effect of introducing a new major US airline into the Irish market through Shannon and Dublin and will give Aer Lingus customers, seamless access to the vast global network of American Airlines", Mr Stanley said. He added that the new US gateway at Baltimore/Washington International Airport will give Aer Lingus access to this key destination and will boost business and leisure travel by linking Ireland for the first time with the capital of the United States and its hinterland.
Subject to final regulatory sign-off, Aer Lingus intends to commence code-sharing services with American Airlines this summer and to commence services to Baltimore/Washington on Wednesday, Sept. 6 with three flights per week, growing to a daily service next summer. This follows the introduction of code-share services by Aer Lingus with its other major oneworld partner, British Airways, in March of this year.
Following several years of continued growth, Aer Lingus will this year offer 1.4 million seats for sale on transatlantic routes. The introduction of Baltimore/Washington will see Aer Lingus serve six destinations in the USA.
The Baltimore/Washington service will operate three times weekly, increasing to daily services next summer. Flight EI119 will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays departing Dublin at 2.50pm and Shannon at 4.35pm, arriving in Baltimore/Washington at 7.15pm. Flight EI118 will operate from Baltimore/Washington at 9.30pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, arriving in Shannon at 9.10am the following day and in Dublin at 10.40am.
Maryland Lt Governor Kathleen Kennedy-Townsend said "The new Aer Lingus service will be very welcome and will enhance business, family and cultural ties while directly connecting the Baltimore-Washington region to Ireland for the first time."
Issued by Aer Lingus Group Corporate Affairs
17 May 2000.