Here is Aer Lingus’ new Airbus A321LR business class

By David Flynn, January 30 2019

Aer Lingus will offer fully-flat business class seats on its forthcoming Airbus A321 jets, with the popular Vantage seats from Thompson Aero taking pride of place at the pointy end of the long-range fleet slated for both trans-Atlantic and key European routes.

An internal Aer Lingus presentation sighted by Australian Business Traveller reveals the A321LRs will sport 16 Vantage seats produced by Irish seat maker Thompson and customised by London’s FactoryDesign to include more personal stowage and space around the seat.

Aer Lingus is sticking with Thompson Aero's Vantage seat for its Airbus A321LR jets

And that choice is no coincidence: these are the same seats which Aer Lingus already uses on its Airbus A330 and Boeing 757 fleet.

A seatmap for the A321LR shows a staggered layout which will see three rows of paired seats on either side of the aisle, alternating with two rows of solo ‘throne’ seats.

The Irish carrier expects to take delivery of the first of 14 Airbus A321LR aircraft in June, with three more due by year’s end. The internal presentation describes the factory-fresh jets as being part of the airline’s ‘brand evolution’ which has most recently been marked by a new logo, livery and uniforms.

Every alternate row in Aer Lingus' A321LR business class cabin features a solo 'throne' seat

Aer Lingus aims to have 50% of its passengers use Dublin as a connecting gateway between North America and Europe, and to this end, over half of the A321LR fleet will also fly to the likes of London, Paris, Amsterdam and Barcelona.

This will provide a full business class experience for passengers flying between the North America and Europe via Dublin, compared to the current all-economy European fleet.

Aer Lingus wants its Airbus A321LR fleet to offer international-grade business class on intra-Europe flights

Any business class seats not sold to trans-Atlantic passengers will be available for purchase by local customers flying between Dublin and those European cities, delivering international-grade business class in what’s more typically a ‘Euro-business’ market.

However, this won’t be a full business class experience with upgraded catering – passengers will choose complimentary meals from the same ‘buy on board’ menu as their economy counterparts.

Aer Lingus was approached by Australian Business Traveller for comment but had not replied by the time this story was published.

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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Eli

Eli

30 Jul 2015

Total posts 90

The new cabin looks lovely!

Not sure what else Aer Lingus can add ;-)

BLAMEX

BLAMEX

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 May 2017

Total posts 57

If QF or VA introduced this on the single aisle aircraft they would have an outstanding hard product.

IntegralMan

IntegralMan

01 Sep 2018

Total posts 29

They would, but it really doesn't make commercial sense when almost all flights except a handful of transcontinentals to Perth and small number of international routes are no more than 2-3 hours in length.

reeves35

reeves35

24 Aug 2011

Total posts 520

Those seats are using up a lot of real estate. VA or QF would have to be pretty sure that they could achieve a premium above what they charge for the standard recliner J class before they venture down this path.

Amt

Amt

12 Nov 2018

Total posts 5

Jetstar is in the process of introducing it I believe... It has the same problem as EI, long haul segments to near Asia (14-16hrs return) that require flat beds but result in planes sitting on the ground underutilized for the remaining time.

Boof

Boof

29 Aug 2013

Total posts 60

Jetstar are getting the A321LR but there is no talk of them having lie flat seats, especially when they don’t have them on the 787.

Saab34

Saab34

08 Sep 2018

Total posts 14

Jetstar said what they would do is keep the overnight 787 services to Bali and have the daylight flight as a 321LR.

Hell will freeze over before you see Beds on a Jetstar narrowbody

patrickk

patrickk

Qantas

19 Apr 2012

Total posts 395

The a321LR with lieflat would work well for Canberra and Adelaide to Singapore et al. Maybe even Newcastle as well.

CabinCrew

CabinCrew

Etihad - Etihad Guest

01 Dec 2018

Total posts 6

This is one of the best A-321 Business Class seats that I have seen

Good for Aer Lingus!

Aussie100

Aussie100

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 Mar 2014

Total posts 15

Outstanding product love the thinking the A321neoLRs has created for airlines and with a biz like this it’s impressive!

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