Aer Lingus Unveils New Fully-Flat Business Class

by Continental Club on August 11, 2014

Aer LingusIrish carrier Aer Lingus has revealed details of its New Business Class cabin, which will offer seats that convert to fully horizontally flat beds for the first time in the airline’s history.

The airline’s existing business class features a seat which extends into a flat but inclined bed, which is still well-regarded on shorter East Coast USA routes to and from Dublin. However for longer, and especially overnight sectors, the advent of a fully-flat product will undoubtedly be welcomed by existing and prospective new customers.

Aer Lingus New Business Class

Inflight WiFi is already available on Aer Lingus Airbus A330-operated longhaul services, and passengers travelling to the USA from Dublin International Airport can avail themselves of US Immigration Pre-clearance, which effectively means that arrival into the USA is as a domestic passenger.

This facility is also available to passengers connecting through Dublin Terminal 2 from Aer Lingus-served airports in the UK and Europe, including Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham, London Heathrow, Gatwick & Southend, Bournemouth, Bristol and Cardiff. Pre-clearance takes place after Security and just prior to the boarding gates, and usually completes within a few minutes – potentially representing a significant time-saving in the end-to-end journey time compared to often lengthy waits at US ports of arrival.

For those passengers travelling in Business Class, or who have access to one of the business lounges at Dublin Airport, pre-clearance occurs between the lounges and the boarding gate.

Once the New Business Class seat is fitted to the carrier’s seven A330s in 2015, the inflight service will be upgraded to include 16 inch HD screens at each seat with on-demand inflight entertainment, and the bed length will extend to 6’6″.

The airline says that 90% of seats will have direct aisle access in a seating configuration that’s a variation on a theme already seen on board aircraft operated by the likes of SWISS, Finnair and partner airline Etihad. Solo passengers will undoubtedly favour the individual seats on the port side of the cabin (likely to be identified as A&C seats), and then probably those closer to the window in the staggered formation for maximum privacy. Every other row on the starboard side will also offer a ‘throne’ like seat on its own. Between each throne are likely to be the least-favoured seats; pairs in which the window seat does not enjoy the direct aisle access of the others.

With the Irish government electing not to impose Air Passenger Duty on flights from Dublin, the availability of US Preclearance, onboard WiFi and now a more-competitive business class seat, Aer Lingus looks set to present a particularly attractive Westbound longhaul offer to travellers.

Members of the British Airways Executive Club may also be surprised to learn that their Avios may be redeemed for flights with Aer Lingus – although availability is not shown or bookable online. A call to the British Airways Executive Club Service Centre is required.

The Aer Lingus Avios option further benefits from the lack of Irish APD when originating in Dublin (easily and often cheaply-reached from the UK on a separate booking) and as Aer Lingus don’t themselves impose fuel surcharges on redemption bookings, the cash component on top of the Avios spend is minimal.

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