Irish flag carrier Aer Lingus has ramped up its stateside assault, striking up a new codeshare agreement with United Airlines. The American carrier will now benefit from direct flights to Dublin rather than customers needing a connecting flight via Heathrow, while the Irish airline will see some 200 United Airlines destinations across the US opened up to its passengers.
Pending US government approval, the deal will build on the booking partnership that Aer Lingus recently secured with JetBlue and will help the airline bill itself as a top choice for European travellers seeking complete US access.
In addition to ticketing agreements, Aer Lingus has also taken advantage of the recently signed Open Skies deal to offer new transatlantic routes itself and provides direct services to seven US cities.
Aer Lingus chief executive Dermot Mannion said: "This relationship further builds on our growing US route network and will provide customers with seamless travel options to over 200 destinations served by United Airlines in the US."
Michael Whitaker, senior vice president at Chicago-based United Airlines, added: "Chicago and Ireland have a rich history, and our relationship with Aer Lingus will give our customers more non-stop destinations across the Atlantic."