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Fancy a sneak peek inside Aer Lingus's new Business Class? Here's your chance...

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Published 19/04/2016 | 15:22

Aer Lingus cabin crew members Claire Sutton and Catherine McDonnell at the launch of the airline's new Business Class.
Aer Lingus cabin crew members Claire Sutton and Catherine McDonnell at the launch of the airline's new Business Class.

Want to see how the other half flies? Try Google Maps' virtual walk through the new Aer Lingus Business Class.

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The partnership is designed to give browsers the chance to experience Business "as if you were sitting on the actual aircraft", according to Aer Lingus, which is currently rolling the product out across its Boeing 757 fleet.

Just don't expect Google to hand you a glass of champagne.

The new Business Class, which was introduced to Aer Lingus's Airbus A330 fleet last year, includes fully lie-flat seats, Botany Weaving fabrics, HD entertainment systems and seasonal menus using the finest of Irish produce.

In total, five aircraft will be fitted with the new cabins by mid-May.

To capture the unique, 360-degree experience, Google took thousands of high-resolution digital images using a specially rigged DSLR camera, stitching them together to create what is described as "a seamless virtual experience".

Online users can also experience walking up to the plane, climbing the steps and take a look at the new 'Revival Lounge’ at Dublin Airport.

It's not a patch on the real thing, of course - which costs from €849 one-way from Shannon to Boston or JFK. View our exclusive review of the experience here:

Economy customers do have another option, however. After booking a flight, customers can 'bid' on an upgrade by entering the amount they are willing to pay... successful bidders are contacted at least a day prior to their flight.

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