The company Aer Lingus Teoranta (originally Aer Loingeas, Gaelic for "air fleet") was created in 1936 and launched its first route between Dublin and Bristol. In 1940 the Aer Lingus base was established at the newly built airport in Dublin. As soon as it had settled in, the number of Aer Lingus flights offered quickly grew.
In 1965, the Aer Lingus fleet was decorated with a powerful symbol: the clover. The following years saw Aer Lingus buy numerous 737s and open transatlantic routes which would quickly close due to the Northern Irish conflict.
Despite this, the company made huge profits and started to bother its competitors. Ryanair offered to buy it out however the offer was immediately rejected.
The attacks of September 11th 2001 caused the company’s traffic to dip considerably. In order to regain their position, the company reviewed its strategy and decided to sell its entire fleet to replace them with Airbus (less maintenance training, lowering of costs). They also decided to concentrate on European flights.
Aer Lingus entered the third biggest airline alliance, Oneworld, on 1st June 2001. Seven years later the airline decided to leave Oneworld while keeping all its bilateral links with the members. In 2007 it announced its online alliance with JetBlue Airways. Customers were now able to reserve their Dublin/Shannon flights to the 51 destinations served by JetBlue (United States, Mexico, Caribbean) and vice versa as part of the new Aer Lingus alliance.
This Irish airline company owns 50 Boeing and Airbus aircrafts and runs frequent flights to around 65 destinations worldwide, in the UK, Europe, North America and Africa. It is easy, therefore, to find low cost lights to Brussels, Amsterdam and Rome for example. Around 10 million passengers save money each year with cheap flights provided by Aer Lingus.
Aer Lingus : Information about the airline
Be sure to check the Aer Lingus baggage allowance restrictions before embarking on a flight with Aer Lingus. Like most low cost airlines Aer Lingus charges its customers for checked baggage as an optional extra when purchasing their Economy Class ticket. It is possible to add bags for free if you purchase an ?Eco-Plus Fare? or an ?Eco-Flex Fare?.
The maximum weight allowance permitted for Aer Lingus hand baggage is 10kg and the size restrictions are 55 cm x 40 cm x 24 cm. Passengers must pay extra for Aer Lingus hold baggage. This can cost between 15 and 30 euros for a bag weighing 15kg. The price depends on the reservation time and the flight destination.
Aer Lingus check in can be completed either online or at the airport; check in times vary from one airport to the next.
Customer and on Board Services
Onboard Your Flight There is a wide range of Aer Lingus inflight entertainment available including music, films and video games. Meals are also provided on long-haul flights.After Your Flight, Loyalty Programme All customers are able to join the "Gold Circle Club", Aer Lingus' loyalty programme. The Aer Lingus Gold Circle works on a point-based system whereby customers collect points from flying with Aer Lingus as well as other partner companies and can take advantage of a range of benefits (reductions, promotions, upgrades, etc.)