Aer Lingus will have some of the best business class seating in Europe when it reintroduces the premium cabin from late 2019. Featuring lie-flat seats, passengers are sure to enjoy the enhanced experience.
Business class seats within Europe are almost always the same seat as economy class. The differentiation being the middle seat is kept free and you receive a decent meal and drinks service throughout the day. What will Aer Lingus’ business class look like?
Aer Lingus Business Class Seat
Brand new long range Airbus A321neo aircraft are due to arrive at Aer Lingus in 2019. These will be used on routes between Ireland and the east coast of the United States and Canada. They will seat 16 business and 170 economy passengers.
Once they arrive in Ireland in the early morning, they will then be deployed on a European rotation before being sent back across the Atlantic. They will have the lie flat international style seats pictured above.
Will Business Class Be On The Entire Network?
Business class is coming back at Aer Lingus mainly because passengers in that cabin connecting over Dublin were unhappy with being put into economy class on their European sector.
Named destinations so far are London, Paris, Amsterdam and Barcelona and there could be others. It should be possible to purchase seats in the new cabin even if you’re not connecting to or from a transatlantic sector.
On Board Service
As reported by the Irish Times, the Aer Lingus CEO states, “We are not going to be reintroducing bespoke catering. It will be the same as you buy on board, it will just be complimentary.”
An example of the buy on board menu is above and you can see the full menu here. Quality of the food is usually very good, so there should be no problems there.
I wonder how many seats will be sold for onward connections versus how many are purchased outright. The pricing of the point to point services will certainly be interesting.
Considering the entire aircraft will have seat back screens throughout, hopefully the entertainment system will remain active as well. It will add an extra dimension for both classes.
What do you think of this Aer Lingus move? Should they have it just on the key routes or roll it out network wide? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
Images via Aer Lingus.