Aer Lingus to introduce flat beds to business class by 2015
AER Lingus is to introduce flat beds to its business cabins by 2015 as it gears up to re-launch its San Francisco route.
The airline is due to start flying to San Francisco in April next and the move is part of an upgrade of the airline’s business class offering.
Aer Lingus chief executive Christoph Mueller told Swiss online publication Aerotelegraph of the plans in a wide-ranging interview.
"From 2015 we plan to offer Lie Flat Seats in business class," Mr Mueller said.
"At that point our business class product will be directly comparable to the First Class offering of the other transatlantic carriers.”
As part of its 2014 schedule, Aer Lingus is also introducing a new, year-round service from Toronto to Dublin, as well as year-round flights to Shannon from the East Coast of the US.
Earlier Mr Mueller said the expansion in long-haul was positive both for the airline and for the broader economy in terms of business, tourism and employment
“Our transatlantic capacity will increase by 24pc in 2014, following on from the 13pc additional capacity in our 2013 transatlantic schedule,” he said.
“Our operation of the San Francisco route will strengthen Ireland’s ties with Silicon Valley and encourage Ireland’s development as a technology hub for Europe.”