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United Dublin – Washington DC: From Your House to the White House

United Dublin – Washington DC: From Your House to the White House

United celebrated at Dublin Airport on Friday 8th June with the inaugural flight of its new daily non-stop service to its Washington DC hub, Dulles International Airport. The B757-200 offers 16 flat-bed seats in BusinessFirst, 45 Economy Plus seats (with 12.7cm or 5” of extra legroom) and 108 Economy seats.

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Celebrating United’s new daily non-stop Dublin – Washington DC / Dulles International Airport service were Roddy Feely, Executive Director, Ireland US Council; Joanne Richardson, Chief Executive, American Chamber of Commerce; US Ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney; Yvonne Muldoon, Sales Manager Ireland, United; and Niall Gibbons, Chief Executive, Tourism Ireland

Bob Schumacher, Managing Director Sales, Ireland & UK, said: “Having operated our Dublin-New York/Newark service successfully for 14 years, the new Dublin – Washington/Dulles service will further benefit our customers in Ireland, offering reduced journey times between the two cities, as well as increased travel options.”

United now offers four daily B757-200 services from three airports in Ireland – from Dublin to New York and Washington DC, and from Belfast and Shannon to New York. United offers non-stop service to more than 80 cities across the Americas from Washington/Dulles and to more than 100 cities across the Americas from New York/Newark, as well as more than 300 destinations in total from both hubs to North, Central and South America and the Caribbean.

Flight UA127 departs Dublin at 11.25 and arrives Washington/Dulles at 14.25, while return flight UA126 departs Washington/Dulles at 22.02 and arrives Dublin at 09.55 the following day. There is an introductory Economy fare from €578 for travel up to 15th June and between 1 September and 31st October 2012 (inclusive of airport tax and charges, Saturday night minimum stay, three months maximum stay).

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Four of the eight travel agent winners: Sean Healy, Lee Travel; Rachel McAnaspie, American Holidays; Yvonne Muldoon, United; Bob Schumacher, Managing Director Sales, Ireland & UK, United; Jennifer O’Neill, Tour America; Olive Taaffe, Club Travel; and Pat Reede, Leisure Sales Manager, United

On board the inaugural ex-Dublin flight were the eight lucky winners of United’s three-day fam trip to Washington DC who were drawn from the top bookers for United DUB-IAD from January to March. An exciting itinerary prepared for them by Destination DC includes accommodation at the central Dupont Circle Hotel, sightseeing, top restaurants … and plenty of shopping!

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Oliver Cussen, interim Chief Executive, Dublin Airport Authority (second right) presents the traditional ‘inaugural cake’ with Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar to Yvonne Muldoon and Bob Schumacher of United

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Venessa Alexander of Destination DC with Bob Schumacher

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United’s Boeing 757-200 arrives at Dublin Airport from Washington DC

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Yvonne Muldoon (centre) with Patricia and Dan Rooney, US Ambassador to Ireland

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Pat Reede, United; Finola Cunningham and Stephen Anderson, US Embassy; and Ciara Foley, Platinum Travel / Visit USA Committee

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Lynn Griffith and Aoife Gregg of United

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Andrea Clayton and Elizabeth Packham of United with Clare Dunne, The Travel Broker

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John Devereux, Specialist Holidays Group Ireland; John Cassidy, Cassidy Travel; and Lisa Whelan, Carlson Wagonlit Travel

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Aidan Coughlan, World Travel Centre; David O’Grady, eTravel; and Roddy Feely, Ireland US Council

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Benedicte Reau, FCm Travel Solutions; Ed Finn, Travel Talk; and Sean Healy, Lee Travel

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Brian Hughes of United with the cabin crew for the ex-Dublin inaugural flight

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Singing the praises of Washington DC barber style

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, copywriter, editor and proofreader for 50 years, and News & Features Editor for ‘Irish Travel Trade News’ for the past 40 years.

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