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Aer Lingus flat bed flights are now bookable between London and Dublin

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Aer Lingus is soon to receive the first of its Airbus A321neo LR aircraft.  Whilst these are single-aisle planes which look identical to a standard short haul aircraft, they have the engine and fuel capacity to fly to the East Coast of Canada and the USA – and they will. 

In order to do this, Aer Lingus is installing flat bed Business Class seats – see the image below.

Aer Lingus A321LR business class with Avios

To allow passengers to have seamless connections from Dublin to and from key business cities in Europe, Aer Lingus is also timetabling these aircraft on selected short haul flights.  After arriving from North America, selected aircraft will do a return flight to Europe before heading back over the Atlantic.

The first Heathrow service is now timetabled.

From 1st November, you can book the A321neo LR on:

09.50 London Heathrow – 11.20 Dublin

07.30 Dublin – 09.05 London Heathrow

That’s the good news.  Here is the bad news.  Aer Lingus is not, at least for now, selling the flat beds seats as ‘Business Class’.  This means that there is no Avios reward availability in Business Class.

Aer Lingus A321LR business class with Avios

To book a flat bed, you need to pay cash for an Economy seat in AerSpace, the new Aer Lingus short-haul premium option.  This gets you a front row seat, an empty middle seat (not a problem here!) and a free snack.  You can’t book this with Avios, as Economy redemptions book you into the standard product.

Here is what I mean.  For £181 for a one-way ticket in AerSpace, you are allowed to select a flat bed (click to enlarge):

Aer Lingus A321LR business class with Avios

For £145 one-way in Advantage, you can only select a seat down the back:

Aer Lingus A321LR business class with Avios

Here is a summary of the difference between the fare types, although it makes no mention of AerSpace booking into flat bed seats on the A321LR fleet (click to enlarge):

Aer Lingus A321LR business class with Avios

I am keen to take a look at the new seating when it launches, although £181 for 45 minutes is not the biggest bargain in aviation today!

You can find out more about AerSpace on the Aer Lingus website here.

Want to know more about redeeming Avios on Aer Lingus?

This HFP article shows you everything you need to know about how to redeem Avios points on Aer Lingus which can lead to substantial tax savings when flying to North America.

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Comments (22)

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  • William PH says:

    And how many TPs and Avios will you get for your €181?

  • Nick G says:


    The article refers to euros, yet your insert showing prices is in pounds. Therefore it’s £181 or about €203…. Worse value than you thought!

  • Nick_C says:

    How is this going to work flying back from the US to London on Aer Lingus? Will there be flights where you can just stay on the plane in Dublin on the eastbound journey? That could be attractive. Especially if they offer a proper breakfast on the Dublin to London sector.

    • Rob says:

      No, you would always need to clear immigration in Dublin.

      • Nick_C says:

        In transit? Flying East? Blimey.

      • Nick_C says:

        I was forgetting the Common Travel Area and thinking of Ireland as a “foreign” country

    • ChrisC says:

      It wouldn’t be attractive to EI as they wouldn’t be able to sell it as a separate DUB- LHR flight due to not being able to mix passengers.

      And EI will be scheduling these planes to other short European routes so there is no guarantee that the plans you are one is going to London when it could be Paris or Amsterdam.!

      • riku2 says:

        I thought they were scheduling these planes on European routes because they would otherwise be idle (in the same way that AY are using A350’s from HEL-LHR since they arrive from HKG early morning in HEL and don’t return to HKG until late at night).
        This story instead says it’s for “seamless connections” but I don’t think that is the case. Perhaps LHR-SIN-SYD on BA can be considered “seamless” since it’s the same plane the whole way through, but I don’t think that’s the case here.

        • Nick_C says:

          That was my thought. If you have to get off, clear Irish customs, and then reboard, then its hardly a seamless connection. Who really cares what sort of seat you get on the short hop from Dublin to London.

          And of course Aer Lingus have no desire to complete with BA.

          Perhaps there is a missed opportunity here though. They could perhaps have a direct flight linking the US East Coast with a British provincial airport via Dublin, picking up business from British airports not served by AA.

  • Memesweeper says:

    My goodness aerflex is terrible value on a short flight!

  • Aa says:

    Does it earn 40TP in line with BA or has it not reached that stage yet?

  • Chrisasaurus says:

    To be fair the price for the lie flat seat is £35 if you were otherwise going to be booking aerwhatever one tier down for the other components…

  • Howard says:

    Looks like the seating is identical to the BA 321 mid-haul aircraft.

  • @mkcol says:

    Think I’ll wait until they’re rostered on other routes to see if better value can be gained.

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