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On March 14, just several days short of St. Patrick’s Day, Aer Lingus increased capacity from Dublin International Airport to Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ), changing from Boeing 757-200s to Airbus A330-200s. Service on flight number EIN129 commenced three years ago on April 14, 2014, using winglet-equipped 757s damp leased from ASL Airlines Ireland.
The 757s were acquired specifically to operate new Transatlantic routes to eastern North America, including Boston, New York and Toronto. Aer Lingus has operated Airbus A330s since 1994 as the backbone of its wide-body fleet. The fleet currently consists of four Airbus A330-200s, and six new A330-300s (with another on order).
Four other leased A330-300s were previously operated. The airline also operates Airbus A320 (34) and A321 (3) family narrow bodies and ATR turboprops (operated by Stobart Air). Aer Lingus Airbus A330-200 EI-DUO named St Columba/Colum is seen making the inaugural arrival at YYZ on March 14. The route is operated thrice weekly in the winter season.