Aer Lingus is the flag-carrying airline of the Republic of Ireland with headquarters and its main hub at Dublin Airport. It was launched by the Irish government in 1936 but is now part of the privately-owned International Airlines Group. Its mission is 'To connect Ireland to the world' and with this aim in mind has seen success as a 'small frills' operation, blending low-cost carrier and legacy airline models.
Aer Lingus carries over 10 million passengers annually with routes to 93 destinations across Europe, North America and Asia. These include flights to Dublin from over a dozen Canadian cities including Toronto, Quebec, Vancouver, and Montreal. From Dublin, connections can be made to many European destinations. Toronto is the airline's main hub in Canada with links to European cities such as London, Madrid, Paris and Berlin. Aer Lingus also has codeshare agreements with seven airlines including Air Canada and British Airways. Aer Lingus has 57 aircraft, mainly Airbus A320-200 and A330-300, in its active fleet.
AerClub is the frequent-flyer programme of Aer Lingus. This has four tiers - Green (entry-level), Silver, Platinum and Concierge and operates with Avios. Through its codeshare arrangements, Aer Lingus has links to the Oneworld Alliance, Star Alliance and Sky Team.
A choice of cabin classes, comfortable seating with pitches ranging from 74 to 81 cm (29 in to 32 in), plenty of in-flight entertainment, tasty dining and friendly personal service are all features of the Aer Lingus transatlantic travel experience. Cabin classes on transatlantic flights are Business and Standard.
Relax with lie-back seating and fine dining or use free Wi-Fi to catch up with work or your favourite movie. You can also watch in-flight entertainment on your own TV screen.
Standard Class seating has five categories - Priority, Front, Standard Plus, Standard and Extra Legroom. The availability of different seat types varies from aircraft to aircraft. Enjoy personal entertainment screens and complimentary food and soft drinks while Wi-Fi plans (on some aircraft) and alcoholic drinks can be purchased.
Aer Lingus lounges are available to AerClub Silver, Platinum and Concierge cardholders at Dublin, London Heathrow and New York JFK airports. They are modern and welcoming spaces with complimentary Wi-Fi, newspapers and refreshments. There are also business facilities, flight monitors, TVs and showers. Although the airline does not have its own lounge at other airports, it does have arrangements with other airlines. Check when booking which lounge is available to use at your departure airport.
For flights within Europe, online check-in opens 30 days before the departure date. Check-in closure varies from two hours before scheduled departure for flights between Ireland, The United Kingdom and The Netherlands to 8.5 hours for flights from Dublin to Spain and Portugal. For transatlantic flights, online check-in is open from 24-hours before departure to two hours before. Boarding gates are usually displayed approximately one hour before departure time. Gate closure times vary from airport to airport and flight to flight. Check this when planning the journey to your departure area and remember also that some departure gates can take several minutes to reach from the departure hall. It is your responsibility to be at the correct departure gate in plenty of time.
Tickets for Business Class transatlantic flights include three pieces of checked luggage with a combined weight of 69kg (150lbs). Passengers can also take on board one small case or bag weighing up to 22kg (10lbs) and one small personal item such as a handbag, camera case or baby-changing bag. There is a charge for extra items of luggage.
Standard Class tickets include one checked piece of luggage weighing up to 23kg (44lbs). One small suitcase 22kg (10lbs) and one small personal item such as a handbag, camera case or baby-changing bag can be carried on board. There is a charge for extra items of luggage.
There is no maximum size limit on checked-in bags while a carry-on suitcase can measure up to 40 x 55 x 24 cm (15.5 x 21.5 x 9.5 inches).
Sports equipment and musical instruments can also be carried. There may be a charge for these and they should be added when booking. A flat-rate charge is made for infants from two weeks old to 24 months when on an adult's lap. Children under six months must travel on an adult's lap.