Aer Lingus New Meal service on transatlantic Flights

Continuing on from their offer to purchase meals on intra-european flights, Aer Lingus has introduced the option of buying an enhanced menu of items on their Transatlantic flights.

Its works pretty much in the same way, you book your meal at time of booking or through the manage my booking feature on aerlingus.com. This must be done no less than 36 hours before take off. If you dont fancy paying then you will still get the standard meal. All three options are €17.50 and are outlined below:

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Aer Arann restructuring almost complete

With most of their debts behind them and a new deal to continue as Aer Lingus Regional until 2020, Aer Arann is looking to the future with new routes.

The airline plans to double its passengers over the coming years with a 32% rise in numbers in 2012. It plans to grow with two new routes starting this summer to Manchester and Birmingham.

They will also expand their fleet adding 8 new planes over the next 11 months allowing the full fleet to operate by 2014.

Aer Lingus also took a 32% share of the company as part of the extension of the deal.

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Ryanair bid for Aer Lingus rejected once more

The EU Commission told the airline that it intended to block its offer for its rival over competition concerns. Lawyers for the firm have now been instructed to appeal any prohibition to the European Courts.

Spokesperson Robin Kiely said the company’s remedies package, designed to assuage anti-competition fears, addressed every issue raised in the EU’s Statement of Objections.

“Ryanair has no alternative but to appeal any prohibition decision and we expect to get a fair hearing at the European Courts, as we haven’t received one from Commisisoner Almunia and his case team. This decision is clearly a political one to meet the narrow, vested interests of the Irish Government and is not based on competition law.”

More info on TheJournal.ie and New York Times

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Ryanair move offices

Ryanair will move its HQ out of Dublin Airport and to a new facility in the nearby Airside Busisness Park report the Irish Times.

It plans to move about 400 staff into Airside before the end of 2013 and will shortly tender for the fit-out of the building.

As the office is too big for its needs, Ryanair expects to rent about half of the space to other tenants.

Ryanair said it would maintain “some facilities” at its Dublin Airport base for pilots and cabin crew.

“Ryanair’s Airside Business Park relocation will also provide a welcome economic boost for the growing town of Swords, which continues to attract blue-chip corporations, including the world’s largest airline,” he said. The airline only plans to use half of the large headquarters.

“Ryanair will also be offering up to half (50,000 sq ft) of this building for rent to other high-profile multinational companies who are looking for high-spec offices in a great location,” a spokesperson said.

Ryanair decided to buy the premises to lower its rental costs and allow for expansion in the future, and will soon begin fitting out its new offices in the hope of being able to move in the autumn.

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The return of London (LON) all airports

A pet peeve but sometime last year Aer Lingus took away the option to search by all of London’s airports. This was strange as inthe mean time they added London Luton and London Southend through Aer Lingus Regional. However it appears over the last number of days it has reappeared to the delight of regular travellers.

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Aer Lingus introduce advance purchase breakfast

Aer Lingus has introduced the option to order your breakfast in advance before your flight in order to guarantee you receive it on the plane. Similar to American Airlines offer of advance purchase, the offer costs €7.50  is available now for people traveling on flights from Ireland to the UK and Europe. Aer Lingus states that they are beginning this idea with breakfast and if it proves popular hopes to introduce other options soon, including a chicken and beef salad available from next month. The option to order is available as you book your flight and is included with the options to book seats or car hire. The only down side is that you must book it in 36 hours in advance. Still its nice to have the option.

More details here

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Aer Lingus and Virgin announce agreement

Having just missed out to Virgin Atlantic for the European Commissions nomination to operate the Heathrow-Edinburgh routes, Aer Lingus has now reached an agreement with Virgin to operate the route on their behalf.

The four Aer Lingus A320 aircraft are planned to commence operations on 31 March 2013 and it is intended that the aircraft will be deployed, in Virgin livery, on short haul services connecting London Heathrow with Manchester, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

Stephen Kavanagh, Aer Lingus Chief Commercial Officer said: “We are very pleased to have reached agreement in principle with Virgin Atlantic to provide the aircraft, maintenance and crew with which they will serve their new domestic operations and look forward to now progressing to contract.”

Virgin Atlantic’s short haul operation will directly create around 130 flying jobs and 25 new head office jobs to launch this short haul operation and will indirectly protect roles in suppliers and other stakeholders including ground handling agents and airport teams.

You can read more about it here in the Irish Times.

Virgin Atlantic’s domestic operation will begin with its summer schedule from 31st March 2013 and will operate from London Heathrow Terminal 1.  Tickets for the Scottish routes will go on sale from Wednesday 19th December with fares starting from £99 return.

Miles from Blighty says fares are on sale now.

These flights will be operated on behalf of Virgin Atlantic in Heathrow Terminal One where Aer Lingus is already based. However Aer Lingus customers most likely receive any additional benefits other than what already exist between EI and VS.

Virgin have also just announced a deal with Delta to purchase a 49% which opens up to perhaps a membership of the SkyTeam alliance. So perhaps in the future the agreement with Aer Lingus can expand.

You can read Ghetto IFEs take on that deal here.

 

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