The inaugural Aer Lingus service from Dublin to Philadelphia takes flight

This afternoon, our inaugural service from Dublin Airport direct to Philadelphia took flight at 1.40pm. Flight EI115 was operated by a Boeing 757 aircraft carrying the registration EI-LBS.

The operating crew of the inaugural flight to Philadelphia
The operating crew of the inaugural flight to Philadelphia

Philadelphia is the first of two new transatlantic routes we’re launching for summer 2018. Operating initially four times weekly, the Dublin-Philadelphia service will increase to daily from 18 May 2018.

The latest route expansion comes on the back of IAG investment in new aircraft. We launched five new direct transatlantic services in the past 24 months – Los Angeles, Newark, Hartford, Miami and now Philadelphia.  In May we’ll begin Ireland’s first direct service to Seattle – our 15th direct route out of Ireland to North America.

Philadelphia the destination

Philadelphia is the 9th most visited city in the United States. It welcomes over 30 million domestic and international visitors annually. Those planning a visit to ‘The City of Brotherly Love’ will be spoiled for things see and do, from visiting the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, to taking in the mural art the city is famous for, and of course, sampling the local delicacy – a Philly Cheese Steak!

History buffs will be particularly interested in seeing all the ‘firsts’ that Philadelphia has to offer, including America’s first zoo, first hospital, first public library, first art museum and first mint. Another must visit is Betsy Ross House, the home of the seamstress who sewed the very first American flag.

Film fans will be excited to walk around spotting scenes from their favourite movies as the city is also the backdrop to many critically-acclaimed films including Tom Hank’s Philadelphia, the Sixth Sense and of course, the Rocky movies. No trip would be complete without recreating the famous Rocky Run up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Modern Art or a visit to West Philadelphia, where the Fresh Prince was born and raised.

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