Cheap Aer Lingus Flights (EI)


Aer Lingus was founded by the Irish Government in April 1936 to provide air services to/from Ireland. The first flight, from Dublin to Bristol, took place on May 27th 1936. On October 2nd 2006, Aer Lingus entered a new phase in its history with the airline's floatation on the Irish and London Stock Exchanges, becoming a publicly quoted company and realising €400 million in equity for the airline's future growth.

Business Model
Aer Lingus' low-cost, low fares model is centred on maintaining low unit cost, offering one way fares, maintaining effective fleet utilisation and developing the Aer Lingus brand. Consistent with this low-cost model, Aer Lingus' primary distribution channel is its website. In 2007, approximately 75% of total passenger revenue was generated through

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Cabin Classes
Aer Lingus offers a single economy class service on all short-haul routes, and a two class Business and Economy service on all long-haul routes.

Auxiliary Revenue
In addition to revenue from low fares, Aer Lingus also generates revenue from sales of products and services that are ancillary to its core passenger operations, including:
  • In-flight sales of merchandise, beverages and hot and cold meals
  • Commissions from sales of car rentals
  • Hotel accommodation and travel insurance sold through
  • Fees for passenger upgrades
  • Access to airport lounges
  • Commissions from online currency conversion
  • Advertising in Aer Lingus' in-flight magazine "Cara"
Gold Circle Club: Gold Circle Membership provides access to exclusive airport lounges, special reservation services and other benefits, such as advanced seat preferences and dedicated check-in areas.

Other Services
Aer Lingus provides a cargo transportation service on some of its scheduled passenger routes, including services to the United States and Europe. Aer Lingus provides mail transportation services between Ireland and the United Kingdom. In addition to providing its own cargo handling services at Dublin and Shannon airports, Aer Lingus provides cargo handling services to Singapore Airlines, SAS and Lufthansa.

Codeshare Partners
Aer Lingus has codeshare agreements with the following carriers:
United - Services between Ireland and North America and between Ireland and London.
British Airways - Services between Dublin, Cork, Belfast and London Heathrow.
KLM - Services between Dublin and Amsterdam and also Cork and Amsterdam.

Partner Airlines
On 1st February 2008, Aer Lingus and JetBlue Airways, the New York based low fare, high frills Airline announced an industry-first strategic partnership to come into effect beginning 3rd April 2008. The innovative partnership will enable Irish and U.S. customers to book a single low fare reservation between Ireland and a variety of U.S. destinations, connecting through JetBlue's home base at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), and through Boston Logan International Airport (BOS). 

Route Network
Aer Lingus operates a single economy class service on its short-haul route network, operating over 80 routes to and from the United Kingdom and Continental Europe, and a two class service on its long haul network to six destinations in the United States.

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