Here is Aer Lingus’ new Airbus A321LR business class

Here is Aer Lingus’ new Airbus A321LR business class

Aer Lingus will offer fully-flat business class seats on its forthcoming Airbus A321 jets, with the popular Vantage seats from Thompson Aero taking pride of place at the pointy end of the long-range fleet slated for both trans-Atlantic and key European routes.

An internal Aer Lingus presentation sighted by Australian Business Traveller reveals the A321LRs will sport 16 Vantage seats produced by Irish seat maker Thompson and customised by London’s FactoryDesign to include more personal stowage and space around the seat.

Aer Lingus is sticking with Thompson Aero's Vantage seat for its Airbus A321LR jets

And that choice is no coincidence: these are the same seats which Aer Lingus already uses on its Airbus A330 and Boeing 757 fleet.

A seatmap for the A321LR shows a staggered layout which will see three rows of paired seats on either side of the aisle, alternating with two rows of solo ‘throne’ seats.

The Irish carrier expects to take delivery of the first of 14 Airbus A321LR aircraft in June, with three more due by year’s end. The internal presentation describes the factory-fresh jets as being part of the airline’s ‘brand evolution’ which has most recently been marked by a new logo, livery and uniforms.

Every alternate row in Aer Lingus' A321LR business class cabin features a solo 'throne' seat

Aer Lingus aims to have 50% of its passengers use Dublin as a connecting gateway between North America and Europe, and to this end, over half of the A321LR fleet will also fly to the likes of London, Paris, Amsterdam and Barcelona.

This will provide a full business class experience for passengers flying between the North America and Europe via Dublin, compared to the current all-economy European fleet.

Aer Lingus wants its Airbus A321LR fleet to offer international-grade business class on intra-Europe flights

Any business class seats not sold to trans-Atlantic passengers will be available for purchase by local customers flying between Dublin and those European cities, delivering international-grade business class in what’s more typically a ‘Euro-business’ market.

However, this won’t be a full business class experience with upgraded catering – passengers will choose complimentary meals from the same ‘buy on board’ menu as their economy counterparts.

Aer Lingus was approached by Australian Business Traveller for comment but had not replied by the time this story was published.

David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.


  • Eli


    30 Jan, 2019 07:26 am

    The new cabin looks lovely!

    Not sure what else Aer Lingus can add ;-)

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  • Graham BLAMEX


    30 Jan, 2019 08:49 am

    If QF or VA introduced this on the single aisle aircraft they would have an outstanding hard product.
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  • IntegralMan


    30 Jan, 2019 12:22 pm

    They would, but it really doesn't make commercial sense when almost all flights except a handful of transcontinentals to Perth and small number of international routes are no more than 2-3 hours in length.
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  • Aleks Popovic


    30 Jan, 2019 12:31 pm

    Agreed it could only be viable on 3 daily flights ex PER to SYD/MEL/BNE. The rest are daylight services and don’t need fully flat beds really.
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  • reeves35


    30 Jan, 2019 02:25 pm

    Those seats are using up a lot of real estate. VA or QF would have to be pretty sure that they could achieve a premium above what they charge for the standard recliner J class before they venture down this path.
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  • Ozshanel


    30 Jan, 2019 03:51 pm

    Exactly, and I can just imagine the screams of "gouging" if they were to even try it.
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  • Amt


    30 Jan, 2019 04:09 pm

    Jetstar is in the process of introducing it I believe... It has the same problem as EI, long haul segments to near Asia (14-16hrs return) that require flat beds but result in planes sitting on the ground underutilized for the remaining time.
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  • Boof


    30 Jan, 2019 04:32 pm

    Jetstar are getting the A321LR but there is no talk of them having lie flat seats, especially when they don’t have them on the 787.
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  • Saab34


    30 Jan, 2019 07:11 pm

    Jetstar said what they would do is keep the overnight 787 services to Bali and have the daylight flight as a 321LR.

    Hell will freeze over before you see Beds on a Jetstar narrowbody
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  • patrickk


    31 Jan, 2019 06:57 am

    The a321LR with lieflat would work well for Canberra and Adelaide to Singapore et al. Maybe even Newcastle as well.
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  • Baltasar  Llarena


    1 Feb, 2019 03:48 am

    This is one of the best A-321 Business Class seats that I have seen
    Good for Aer Lingus!
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  • Michael Sheargold


    7 Mar, 2019 08:26 pm

    Outstanding product love the thinking the A321neoLRs has created for airlines and with a biz like this it’s impressive!
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20 Jun, 2019 11:44 pm


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