The new Premium Economy Class will bundle seats, lounge access, 20kg bags and more on short-haul flights
Feeling a little cramped in economy class, but don't have the budget to splurge on the bubbles and leg-room bonanza of Business?
Welcome to 'AerSpace', Aer Lingus's new Premium Economy Class.
The new class, which can be booked now from €129 each-way, will be available on a select number of short-haul routes from September 1.
It bundles a first-row window or aisle seat, with the middle seat unoccupied "for roomier and more efficient" travel, with reserved cabin bin space.
Also included are complimentary airport lounge access, Fast Track security, priority boarding and on-board refreshments, the airline says.
AerSpace will initially be rolled out across 27 of Aer Lingus's busier routes - including services to London, Paris, Amsterdam, Munich, Lisbon and Barcelona.
While partly aimed at business travellers, the service differs from a traditional 'Business Class' and will not be introduced on transatlantic routes, the airline told the Irish Independent - even on its soon-to-arrive A321LR 'neo' single-aisle planes.
Savvy travellers may spot a potential hack, however - in that some short-haul routes operated on A321LR 'neo' planes will sell "big" seats (i.e. those used for Business Class on transatlantic routes) as 'AerSpace' seats on European routes.
AerSpace seats will also be available to Business guests who have bought connecting fares to onward European destinations.
Aer Lingus has been busy refreshing its look and feel in recent years, with the roll out of a new brand, logo and livery to be completed by 2021.
New uniforms designed by Louise Kennedy are due this year, and the airline recently unveiled a new customised ' mood lighting' set-up.
'AerSpace' seats will sit alongside Saver - its low-fare option - Plus and Advantage fares on the in-cabin short-haul options.