Aer Lingus A330 Business Class In 10 Pictures

Hello from New York! After flying from Tel Aviv to London in EL AL first class, I then connected to Dublin, so that I could finally try Aer Lingus’ new business class. While I’ve flown Aer Lingus’ transatlantic business class before, it was years ago, back when they had angled seats in business class. So I was curious to see how their updated product was.

My flight from Dublin to New York was operated by an A330-300 featuring 30 business class seats in a staggered configuration. Rows alternate between being in a 1-2-2 and 1-2-1 configuration.

This configuration has two awesome throne seats (based on the seatmap you’d think it’s three, but the last row is weird), which give you a ton of privacy. I was able to reserve one of these seats, and this is a pretty fantastic hard product, given the amount of personal space and privacy you have.

What impressed me most about the seat was the sheer amount of storage it offered. I don’t think I’ve ever had a business class seat with so much storage — there was one enclosed compartment to the left of the seat, another compartment beneath that, and then underneath the right side of the seat was a huge area where you could store more things. Very impressive.

The pillow and blanket were quite nice — the pillow was thick and plush, while the blanket was light and comfortable.

The amenity kit was sufficient, and had eyeshades, socks, earplugs, a toothbrush and toothpaste, mouthwash, and a couple of Voya amenities.

As far as the food goes, service began with some canapés.

Then there was a salad with beetroot and feta. For the appetizer I selected the salmon and mozzarella option (the other choice was chicken).

For my main I ordered the cod with cabbage and potatoes.

Lastly, for dessert was a chocolate profiterole gateaux.

On this 6hr55min flight the pre-landing snack was an afternoon tea service, with scones and two types of wraps.

The food was unmemorable, to be honest. It was fine, but other than the dessert (which was excellent), everything was sort of “meh” in terms of quality. While the crew was friendly, the service was slow. I got my pre-departure beverage 30 minutes after boarding, and the first meal service was done three hours after takeoff. That’s despite the fact that business class wasn’t even full. Like I said, they were friendly and they seemed to be hardworking, so I’m not sure if the drawn out service is by design, or what.

The entertainment selection on Aer Lingus was quite good, and perhaps the nicest entertainment perk is that business class passengers receive complimentary wifi.

While not related to the quality of the flight as such, this flight had an incredible sunset. The flight left around 4:10PM, and since we were flying west, we had one of the longest sunsets I’ve ever seen. We took off as the sun was setting, and the sun continued to set for the next five hours. Gorgeous.

Stay tuned for the full review!

If you’ve flown Aer Lingus business class, what was your experience like?

Comments

  1. What’s your experience with J availability on Lingus?

    I have one seat booked for JFK->Dub in June and need another… The last remaining Biz seat disappeared a few hours after I booked.

    Wondering if Lingus releases awardspace in waves (like AA does) or if I should be making other plans.

  2. Flew Aer Lingus economy recently SFO- Dub, entertainment system was awful, also seriously lacking Irish shows and radio.

  3. What was it like going through US pre-clearance in Dublin? Were there interview questions before you got onto the flight or additional measures similar to what you experienced for your flights to and from Israel?

  4. Pre-clearance in Dublin (or Shannon) is worth $500 extra on any ticket. Disembarking from a European flight at a US domestic terminal is sheer heaven!

  5. Am booked on them DUB-SFO in a couple of weeks, and managed to get a throne seat!

    3A and 3K are them, if memory serves

    I’m thrilled there is now a lounge AFTER pre-clear. Didn’t used to be one so you just had to mill around the gates

  6. Martin

    It’s definitely not 3a and 3k that are the throne seats as they’re both on the K side of the plane

  7. Hah, I’m pretty sure I was on this flight. Tuesday EI 109 that landed an hour early?

    Was up in 3K, with identical experience and food. Looks like two rows ahead of you. Crew were great, and that sunset lasted until about 30 min before landing. Think the free wifi is a great touch.

    Food was fine. Had the beef fillet and it was huge, but as good as a reheated beef fillet will ever be.. wine selection was crap though.

  8. I blow their trumpet, but I should say that I never eat airline food in any class … so it was interesting to read your review. I think the Aer Lingus throne and friendly service wins me over. From what I’ve observed on the westbound flights they tend to serve meals at lunch/dinner time, rather than immediately after the plane takes off. Personally, I would prefer that but others could feel differently.

  9. Thank you for such a good review. Things certainly seem to have picked up since I flew J with them 2 years ago on the same route.

  10. It’s kind of weird that Aer Lingus, which is owned by the same company that owns British Airways, has a better business-class product than British Airways.

  11. This is the same Vantage config that Malaysia Airlines uses. The throne seat is great for daytime flights but the footwell is the smallest of all the seats, as its jammed between two seats in front. For sleeping, the A side even rows are the best.

  12. @Lucky, slightly off topic, but do Aer Lingus Business Class passengers have access to the United Polaris lounge? Does it make a difference if it’s a United ticketed codeshare?

  13. FNT-DD

    The purchase of Aer Lingus is fairly recent, and Aer Lingus has not even joined OneWorld – yet anyway.

    I’m not sure I would fly from Dublin from London just for the better Business Class, especially since the A330 isn’t my favorite widebody plane.

  14. @Marty I guess it’s good to get the clearance out of the way sooner rather than later, but isn’t it overall more time consuming than Global Entry (which is not an option in this case)?

  15. retracted. I didn’t realize they were using Global Entry as an option for the clearence at SNN.

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