DUBLIN, IRELAND — Irish flag carrier Aer Lingus has transported an Airbus A321-200LR to Dublin in anticipation of obtaining an Irish registration and utilizing the aircraft for transatlantic flights during the upcoming Northern summer season. 

Previously registered as EI-LRH, the two-year-old plane (MSN 10319) will soon regain its original designation after flying to Dublin on April 25.

The aircraft was initially operated by Aer Lingus as EI-LRH until November 2021, when it was rebranded as G-EIRH and integrated into the Aer Lingus operation. Before being temporarily retired in early April, the plane served the Manchester International - New York JFK route.

The Airbus was returned to Dublin as Aer Lingus plans to deploy an A330-300 on the Manchester - New York route during the summer, a move aimed at enhancing the airline's transatlantic capacity. Besides the daily Manchester - New York route, the carrier will also offer twice-daily A330-300 roundtrips between Dublin and New York JFK, as well as daily A321LR roundtrips between Shannon and New York JFK. Furthermore, Aer Lingus will operate A330-300 flights between Manchester and Orlando International this summer.

Aer Lingus boasts an all-Airbus fleet, consisting of 31 A320-200s, two A320-200Ns, seven A321LRs, four A330-200s, and ten A330-300s. Excluding G-EIRH, the smaller Aer Lingus operation currently has only two A330-300s on its AOC.