Aer Lingus began non-stop flights between Dublin, Ireland and San Francisco International Airport this weekend. Aer Lingus’ low-cost, low-fare model is based on one-way fares, freeing travelers from traditional minimum and maximum stays. More than 70% of the Irish carrier’s tickets are sold online via its website, www.aerlingus.com, and the resulting cost savings allow the airline to offer lower fares in both business and economy class without lowering service standards or crowding passengers onboard. On transatlantic flights, seating in Classic Economy Class is a comfortable 2x4x2 configuration and in Premier Business Class the 2x2 seating gives everyone either a window or an aisle.
“The Bay Area market potential for Ireland is extraordinary,” said San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. “In addition to the Irish heritage of many San Franciscans, we are one of the nation’s top tourist destinations, and home to an especially well-traveled, internationally-minded community. In finance, services and high tech, our commercial links with Irish industry are strong and growing.”
“We are very pleased to welcome San Francisco to the Aer Lingus network,” said Jack Foley, executive vice president for Aer Lingus in North America. “We know there are strong cultural and business bonds between Ireland and the Bay Area, and we look forward to a very popular and successful service.”
Business travelers also benefit from lower-than-usual fares and Premier Class service that rivals higher-priced carriers’. Premier seats, 20-inch wide at a pitch of 52 inches, feature universal laptop power ports and personal video on demand. “Lie-flat” versions are being introduced on the entire long-haul fleet via new aircraft and retrofits. Gourmet meals and complimentary beverages, served in Waterford crystal and on Wedgwood china, further enhance the inflight experience for Premier passengers.