- Daily Dublin-Dallas flight at 13.40 to operate June 6–Sept 28
- B787-9 in 30-21-234 configuration
- Route had been sought by Enterprise Ireland
- Currently largest US airport not served from Ireland
- DFW offers 126 onward connections from AA and 122 more from American Eagle
American Airlines is to operate a daily Dublin-Dallas service next summer. It will be Ireland’s first direct route to Texas, landing in American’s biggest hub, and opening up areas of Mexico and Latin America to Irish visitors.
American Airlines Dublin to JFK route will be discontinued and replaced by Dallas.
Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said “Dallas is an excellent addition to the existing route network from Dublin Airport and we’re delighted that American Airlines will be serving this market with a daily summer service from next year,” said “This new route will further grow tourism and trade between Ireland and the US, and we look forward to working closely with American to promote the new service on both sides of the Atlantic. This new route is great news for tourist businesses throughout the country, as it will open up a new direct market for inbound business and leisure visitors from the United States,”
Vasu Raja, American’s Vice President, Network and Schedule Planning said “connecting Dublin with Dallas Fort Worth provides Irish travellers with direct access to the largest hub of American, the world’s largest airline. This is the first time Ireland and Texas have been connected with a direct flight and the new service will meet the increased demand for travel between both markets. From Dallas, Irish travellers can connect onto top onward destinations including Hawaii, Las Vegas, Cancun, Los Angeles and New Orleans.”
The Dallas-Fort Worth area is the fourth largest metropolitan region in the United States, with a population of 7.4m . The region is also home to the headquarters of 22 Fortune 500 companies and a growing technology sector. according to Mr Harrison.
American will operate its new daily Dallas service with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in a 285-seat three-class configuration, with 30 seats in Business, 21 in Premium Economy, and 234 seats in Economy.
The new summer service will begin on June 6 and will run until September 28, 2019. The flight will depart Dallas at 20.35, arriving in Dublin at 11.40 the following day. The return flight will depart Dublin at 13.40, arriving in Dallas at 17.45.
American Airlines says By switching our seasonal Dublin-New York flight to Dublin-Dallas, we can offer Irish customers direct access to American’s largest hub with a much greater onward network of destinations including Hawaii, Las Vegas, Cancun, Los Angeles and New Orleans. This switch also allows American to utilize the larger, state-of-the-art Boeing 787 aircraft on the route, increasing our overall seat capacity to and from Dublin next summer.
It had been predicted that Aer Lingus would look to open a route to Dallas, given its strategic importance.
American announced nine new routes for summer 2019:
- CLT: Daily year-round service to Munich Airport
- DFW: Daily summer seasonal service to Dublin Airport and to Munich
- ORD: Daily summer seasonal service to Athens
- PHL: Daily summer seasonal service to Edinburgh; new summer seasonal service to Berlin-Tegel, Bologna and Dubrovnik.
- PHX: Daily seasonal service to London Heathrow