|Aer Lingus Business Class check-in area
|Aer Lingus Business Class lounge
|Dublin Airport's Terminal 2
Carrier: Aer Lingus
Flight Number: EI109 departing 15:45
Duration: 7.5 hours
Class: Business Class
Configuration: 2-2-2 in four rows
Simple and easy.
The Aer Lingus Business Class lounge at DUB is an expansive, state of the art facility. Located in the sparkling Terminal 2, the two-storey lounge offers multiple sitting areas where eating, working, reading, or relaxing are all catered for. The upstairs area is particularly quiet and enjoyed by those passengers seeking a gentle place to enjoy the mod but ergonomic armchairs.
The flight departed ten minutes late and arrived five minutes late.
The Business Class cabin is spacious on this A330-300, with only six seats across the cabin width instead of the 2-3-2 configuration some other airlines have in their Business Class cabin. Seats are wide and comfortable; the individual sections of the seat can be adjusted exactly as desired rather than being pre-programmed to go to specific positions only. The side armrest can be lowered to allow for even more armroom. Everything is immaculately clean and orderly.
Food And Beverage:
As always on Aer Lingus, the F&B service was exceptional. With the flight originating in Ireland, the freshest of Irish produce was offered on an appealing menu. The size of the filet mignon medallions served to the gentleman next to me rivalled what would be expected in a restaurant on the ground. A separate cheese course in the finest European tradition had Guinness-infused cheese matched with accompanying fruit. Decadent desserts followed, as did a second meal service later in the journey.
It was all men at the front of the plane on this trip, and the lads couldn't do enough to ensure the passengers in the nearly full Business Class cabin were well looked after, more than once taking that extra step to get their job done in satisfying the requests of the customers.
The on-demand entertainment system offered a number of interesting choices, which are listed on the Aer Lingus website before travel takes place. Noise-cancelling headphones make it easy to focus on the onscreen action.
Things moved quickly at JFK on arrival. Immigration, baggage claim, and the walk to the Airtrain all went without a hitch.
Improvements in infrastructure in Dublin mean that departure from Dublin Airport is a much more enjoyable experience than it used to be. First of all, the tunnel funnelling traffic from the city centre to the northern suburbs enables airport-bound travellers to make the journey to DUB with reduced fear of being caught in congestion in the local streets. There was no traffic at all on this Thursday afternoon. Second, Terminal 2, which was celebrating the first anniversary of its opening in November 2010, is a wonderfully user-friendly facility. With the Business Class lounge airside, passengers can relax until the very last minute before proceeding to the departure gate having already passed through security.