I reported back in April that the Aer Lingus CEO had told the media that the airline was planning to introduce lie-flat seating. There was no further information given apart from a hint that San Francisco would be the first route to get the new seats – a logical choice given the distance.
There is even a video:
It looks pretty darn good especially the solo seats by the windows in certain rows. The bed is 6 foot 5 inches which should keep most people happy, and all seats face forward. Your feet slot under the seat in front when the seat is in bed mode which allows the airline to maximise the number of seats.
Note, too, that business class passengers will receive free in-air wifi! BA becomes less attractive by the minute ….
Aer Lingus is, of course, a British Airways redemption partner. Dublin to Boston is possibly the best Avios redemption you can do, coming in at just 50,000 Avios return in business class or 25,000 Avios return in economy.
Taxes and surcharges are generally around £75 return, saving almost £500 per person on a comparable BA Club World redemption – although you need to get yourself to Dublin of course.
You will also clear US immigration in Dublin, allowing you to land as a domestic passenger and walk straight out of the airport – potentially saving you an hour queuing in Passport Control.
Full details of how and where to redeem on Aer Lingus can be found in this Avios Redemption University article. You cannot book online and you cannot even search for availability online – the Qantas website shows some Aer Lingus reward seats but that does not match what BA can access.
The airline has historically made two business class seats available per flight for redemption. Given that the new business class cabins looks large – the video implies that the current 24-seat business class cabin will be expanded to 32 seats – I am hopeful that this situation will not change.
The only downside from this news is that the launch date has slipped from 2014 to March 2015 – but it looks worth the wait.