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?