Aer Lingus to upgrade its Airbus A330 business class seats, service

By Chris Chamberlin, August 1 2014

Qantas’ Irish partner Aer Lingus will upgrade its business class seats and service across its Airbus A330 fleet from 2015.

The new layout gives direct aisle access to 90% of business class guests, along with AC and USB power outlets and free on-board wi-fi.

Also in the revamp is an improved on-board meal service with matching wines for a “truly top restaurant experience” and a side of “modern Ireland service culture”, with on-demand dining available throughout the flight, rather than only at designated meal times.

Mainly appearing on the longer flights from Dublin to New York (JFK), Boston, San Francisco and Chicago, the new A330 seats come based on the Vantage Suite platform created by Thompson Aero Seating, and are similar to what you’ll now find on JetBlue in the United States.

For getting some rest, the seats transform into a fully-flat, two-metre bed, furthered by a turndown service for some decent shuteye…

If you’re flying out of New York (JFK) or Boston, you’ll also have the option to dine before you fly, giving you the chance to maximise your sleep in the air.

The seats have easy-to-use controls and come with a massage feature, which is both standard and expected in international business class.

On the entertainment front, a larger 16” touchscreen serves to entertain with new-release movies, 90 hours of television content and over 1,000 music albums at your beck and call.

There’s also space for your small tablet or document wallet…

… and for your shoes and laptop.

Perhaps the best feature? When you fly with Aer Lingus from Dublin or Shannon to the United States, you’ll pre-clear U.S. passport and customs formalities in Ireland.

Then, when you arrive in the land of the free, you can wander straight to the baggage carousel or out of the terminal – just like a domestic passenger.

Aer Lingus’ new business class seats and service will start appearing on its Airbus A330 fleet from March next year, but you can take a virtual business class tour now:

Qantas Frequent Flyer members can earn points – although not status credits – on all Aer Lingus flights with an EI flight number.

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!

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02 Jul 2011

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With product like that maybe they should rejoin oneworld

KG
KG

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10 May 2011

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Hi Chris, out of curiosity, did you get a press release from Air Lingus on which you based this article?

Hi KG,

No press release for this one – instead I noticed Aer Lingus' new video on YouTube and then found the basic details of the new service on the airline's website, researched its main A330 routes, the earning rules with Qantas Frequent Flyer and sourced some hi-res images to mix it all together.

Any reason you're asking? :)

KG
KG

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10 May 2011

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Well, in all fairness, it does look a lot like Ben Schalppig's blogpost...which is fine of course, as you are bringing the news to Australia and I understand that not everybody reads the blogs on "Boarding Area". Just thought that if you borrowed some content from him it would have been nice to mention that (although I actually recall you have done that before, so maybe in this it is a case of two minds thinking alike).

Fair call – when we occasionally base a short story on something interesting that Ben has written (or something that we've found elsewhere), we mark it as 'IN BRIEF' at the top with a link to the corresponding external article at the bottom to give credit where it's due.

However, when I've put together my own guided tour of the cabin through independent research (I sat there on ExpertFlyer checking Aer Lingus' routes and which aircraft types fly on each of the major ones), I just reference myself by including my own byline and bio box. ;)

(Also, I just had a look at Ben's piece – the main similarities are the seat measurements, stats and the seat manufacturer details. We've already covered Vantage Suites with JetBlue – so they're easy to spot – and the other specifics such as "90% of passengers will have direct aisle access" either appear in the video we've embedded or are touted by the airline on its own website.) :)

Ben Schalppig is a legend!!!!

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08 Sep 2012

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So is Chris!!! A fine addition to the AusBT stable.

Thank you Alex. :)


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