Aer Lingus and American Airlines are launching a codeshare deal allowing passengers to book seats on each other's flights on one ticket.
The deal means that Aer Lingus passengers travelling from Ireland can book flights from Chicago O'Hare Airport onward to US destinations including Albuquerqe New Mexico, Nashville, Tennessee, Dallas, Los Angeles and others.
American Airlines passengers can book Aer Lingus flights from Dublin to Amsterdam, Cork, Shannon and several British airports, including London Gatwick.
The US carrier will also use its code to allow its passengers to fly from Heathrow to Dublin.
Aer Lingus strategy chief, Reid Moody, noted that the deal would boost flights from Europe the US via Dublin, where passengers can get US customs and border clearance.
"Last week's decision by the Irish Government to remove pre-departure Covid-19 test requirements for double-vaccinated passengers is more welcome news for those planning to travel," he added.
Anmol Bhargava, American’s vice president of alliances, predicted the agreement would give passengers more choice of European and Irish destinations.