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Aer Lingus revamps business class service

AER Lingus has revamped its business class offering, quashing rumours it is considering abandoning the service.

The airline said it is fully committed to its business class service despite passenger numbers declining by more than a third in the first six months of the year.

There has been speculation that the former state airline is planning to cut back on its business class service and the airline was understood to have even considered abandoning it altogether.

However, a spokeswoman for Aer Lingus said business class remains "an integral component of Aer Lingus’s long-haul business model and our focus will be on enhancing the customer offering, not diluting it".

She said the airline is close to completing a review of business class and said the outcome of this willallow Aer Lingus to provide its passengers with "a competitive offering which will reflect the changing business class travel demand as aresult of the prevailing economic conditions".

As part of this review the airline has fitted "sleeper" seats into seven Airbus A330 aircraft. The distance between seats has also been increased by 10% to 57 inches.

The service will be available on Dublin to Boston, Chicago and New York and Shannon to Boston and New York.

Business class is about four times more expensive than economy.

A flight from Shannon to New York in business class in November costs €1,916.28 return while economy class for the same flight costs €436.31.