Aer Lingus is taking reservations for nonstop flights between LAX and Dublin--the only such service by any scheduled carrier from LAX, the airline says.
Beginning June 2, 1999, flights will leave L.A. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Round-trip economy fares start at $698 (as opposed to $878 for connecting service via the East Coast); flight time is 10 hours 15 minutes (instead of 13 hours, 20 minutes for connecting service). The plane continues to Shannon, Ireland. Reservations: (800) 474-7424.
Meanwhile, a start-up airline based in Tahiti will begin LAX-Papeete nonstop service on Nov. 20--the first Papeete flights to originate in L.A., according to Candy Andrus, U.S. regional director for Air Tahiti Nui. Flights by other airlines originate in Europe or the South Pacific. The 286-passenger A340-200 (Airbus) jet will leave LAX on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. As of press time Wednesday, fares were still not set. Information: toll-free (877) 824-4846.