Ireland-based carrier Aer Lingus plans to install full-flat seat/beds in Business class beginning in 2015. Currently, Business class seating offers only the more uncomfortable angled, but flat seat referred to as a “lie flat seat.”
Air Lingus operations include flights between Dublin and six North American cities – New York, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Orlando and Toronto.
Flying to the US from Dublin allows travelers to benefit from US immigration and customs pre-clearance at the Dublin Airport – avoiding those long lines upon arrival in the US.
Aer Lingus CEO Christoph Mueller, during an interview, also described Ryanair, the other major Irish low-cost carrier, as a “liberator” for challenging his airline’s monopoly on travel from Ireland.
Ryanair currently owns 29.8 percent of Aer Lingus. Recently, Ryanair was asked by the UK Competition Commission to reduce its ownership stake in Aer Lingus to 5 percent.
In March, the European Union ruled against a Ryanair bid to buy and take-over Aer Lingus saying that such a move would decrease competition.