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