Aer Lingus UK is a British airline that flies long-haul flights from the UK. The airline is based at Manchester Airport (MAN) and flies to destinations within North and Central America. At the moment, it only flies to a small number of destinations. Aer Lingus UK is a sister carrier to Ireland's national carrier, Aer Lingus.
The airline was founded in 2020 and was approved to fly in 2021. However, it's still yet to launch because due to ongoing UK travel restrictions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. When the airline does launch, it will launch with flights from Manchester New York City and Orlando. Later in the year, it will fly to Bridgetown, Barbados and then, in 2022, it will fly to Boston, Massachusetts.
Aer Lingus UK is set to launch on 29th July 2021. Although, with UK travel restrictions still currently in place, it's possible that its launch date could be pushed back. Once travel restrictions are lifted and the airline is up and running, it's expected that Aer Lingus UK will offer more flights from Manchester to long-haul destinations, as well as from other parts of the UK too.
The airline flies from Manchester to destinations in North and Central America — Orlando (FL), New York City, Boston (MA) and Bridgetown, Barbados.
The baggage allowance that each passenger is given depends on whether they purchase an Economy Class or Business Class ticket.
Passengers are all given a 10 kg free carry-on baggage allowance, regardless of whether they're flying in Economy Class or Business Class.
In Economy Class, passengers are given 1 x 23 kg (51 lbs) of free checked baggage.
In Business Class, passengers are given 3 x 23 kg (51 lbs) of free checked baggage.
No one piece of baggage can exceed the overall dimensions of 158 cm (62").
Extra baggage is available to purchase in 20 kg (44 lbs), 25 kg (55 lbs) or 30 kg (66 lbs) pieces.
The airline flies with two cabin classes — Economy Class, for those who are looking to travel from one end of the world to the other in comfort. And, Business Class, for those who like to travel in style and comfort.
The Economy Class cabin is clean and comfortable. Passengers can enjoy meals, in-flight entertainment to make the time pass. The airline has a friendly and welcoming cabin crew that are onboard to help passengers with any requests throughout the flight.
Seats are set out in a 2 x 4 x 2 formation and have a pitch range of 31–32" and are 17–18" wide.
Business Class passengers are treated to a special experience from the moment that they arrive at the airport until the moment that they land. Passengers are given access to priority check-in queues and relaxing Business Class airport lounges before the flight and are the first to board the flight.
Once in-flight, passengers are each given a personal space with their seat where they can watch in-flight entertainment on the large seatback screen, enjoy complimentary WIFI and use the airline's WIFI, which is complimentary for all Business Class passengers.
Onboard is the Business Class cabin crew, who are dedicated to helping each and every query and request from passengers.
Seats are set out in a 1 x 2 x 1 formation. Business Class seats are 22" wide and lie flat.
Aer Lingus UK's in-flight entertainment allows passengers to watch popular movies and TV shows, listen to music and play games all from the comfort of their seat. The in-flight entertainment system is able to enjoy on seatback screens and is completely free for each passenger to use.
Passengers can connect to Aer Lingus UK's WIFI network from their mobile, tablet or laptop and stay connected with the world beneath the clouds.
WIFI is completely free for Business Class passengers but will cost to use in Economy Class. Passengers can purchase WIFI and connect to it once in-flight.
In Economy Class, meals, soft drinks and water are complimentary. Passengers can choose from a selection of hot meals. Drinks from the bar and food from the airline's special 'Bia' menu can be purchased in-flight.
In Business Class, passengers are treated to a restaurant-style dining experience where they can enjoy 3 courses on a menu that is inspired by an infusion of Irish and modern cuisine. Food and drink is complimentary when flying Business — even alcoholic beverages from the bar!
Passengers can check-in online on the Aer Lingus UK online check-in page. Online check-in opens 30 days before the scheduled flight departure date and closes 2 hours before the scheduled flight departure time. To check-in, passengers must enter their booking reference and last name on the booking.
Passengers can check-in at the airport by visiting one of the airline check-in desks at the airport of departure, with their travel documents. Airport check-in closes 75 minutes before the scheduled flight departure time. Airport check-in opening times can differ — it's recommended that you arrive at the airport at least 3.5 hours before the scheduled flight departure time.
Aer Lingus UK uses the same frequent flyer program as Aer Lingus, AerClub. AerClub allows passengers to earn points/miles on each flight they fly on and then spend those miles on future flights. Passengers can earn and spend point/miles on both Aer Lingus UK and Aer Lingus flights, as well as any of their partner airlines, which include:
As well as earning point/miles, passengers are also given tier benefits whereby the more points/miles they have, the higher tier of membership they are. Passengers that are in the higher tiers of membership unlock additional benefits. These benefits can include anything from increased baggage allowances to lounge access, priority boarding, complimentary WIFI and more.
Aer Lingus UK's fleet consists of Airbus A321LR and Airbus A330-300 planes.
Manchester Airport (MAN) is the main international airport in the northeast of England and the hub airport for Aer Lingus UK. Manchester Airport has been the hub for the airline since the airline launched. The first flight for the airline is expected to take flight from Manchester to New York City. The airport has 3 terminals and 2 runways. Aer Lingus UK mainly uses Terminal 2 for departure.
Other than Aer Lingus UK, other airlines that use Manchester Airport include easyJet, Jet2, Ryanair, Virgin Atlantic, KLM, Loganair, as well as several other airlines.