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Aer Lingus Economy Review

We flew with Aer Lingus direct from Manchester to Orlando, here is our Aer Lingus review.


Aer Lingus Economy Review

This was our first time flying with Aer Lingus and we took a direct flight from Manchester (MAN) to Orlando (MCO). We are aware of the benefits of a stopover in Dublin, but I enjoy the peace of mind of a nice simple direct flight, so that's what we booked! Aer Lingus use the new MCO Terminal C.

We don't have any sort of loyalty to any particular airline (I do miss Travel City Direct and Thomas Cook though). With TUI Bristol flights discontinued and now them flying into Melbourne, that's just a non-starter for us. For us down in Devon, it's about the same drive from our house to Gatwick and Manchester, so when Aer Lingus decided on a new Manchester to Orlando direct route, we thought we'd give it a try.

Having never flown Aer Lingus before and with this flight being around £100-£200 cheaper than BA and Virgin at the time, my expectations weren't particularly high. Aer Lingus interestingly only has two cabin types, economy and business. We opted for 2 economy seats.

Aer Lingus Checkin

When we arrived at the airport we found the Aer Lingus check-in desks and sent our bags off. The staff were friendly and efficient. In economy you get 1 x 23kg bag each, but as we were throwing in a Disney Cruise with the trip we needed to take a third bag which was charged at about £60. There was a family of four next to us with around 8 big suitcases and they didn't realise they were only allowed 1 each, that must have been a nasty bill!

We walked down to the gate and saw the plane in all its glory! We flew on Maincin, which is an Airbus A330-300.

Aer Lingus Plane

As you can see below, the cabin is very green! Economy offers a 2-4-2 layout which - as a couple - we much prefer over the 3-3-3 setup on most other airlines. The plane was about 2/3 full so it didn't feel too packed.

Aer Lingus 242

The seats themselves are OK. They're a little bit thin and hard alongside some general wear and tear. A good pillow was needed as this was one of the first times my behind was sore after sitting on it for 8+ hours. Speaking of pillows, you are provided with a pillow but it's so thin and flimsy it's no good for any actual use.

Aer Lingus Seats

As far as legroom was concerned, it wasn't too bad. I'm 6"1 and while my legs almost touched the seat in front I always choose the aisle seat so I can spread out. But for average-height people, it's no better or worse than the economy elsewhere. After coming off the newly refurbed British Airways flight this Aer Lingus screen looks super small, but it does the job. Headphones are included - even in economy - which is good. There was a good amount of entertainment with some new films.

Aer Lingus legroom

Soft drinks are included but alcoholic drinks and extra snacks you will have to pay extra for. You'll find the menu on the screen where you can browse through what's available.

Aer Lingus Menu

As far as connectivity goes, there is a plug underneath your seats to plug chargers into (which also shows some that these seats need a bit of a refurb) as well as a USB-A socket at the end of your armrests.

Aer Lingus plug

Aer Lingus USB

There is wifi onboard but I wouldn't recommend it. I paid for the top £20 package so I could get some work done to pass the time, but it was so slow and unusable and constantly cut off. While I was not expecting fibre speeds and reliability, it ended up annoying me more than it was worth. I completely forgot to complain about it and ask for my money back. I can't imagine how slow the lower packages are.

Aer Lingus wifi prices

As far as the food is concerned, it was fine. I personally didn't enjoy the main meal but we know how it is with plane food. The chicken tikka pastry snack we received before landing though was very delicious, alongside the little tub of ice cream which I enjoyed.

Aer Lingus meal

Aer Lingus snack

Aer Lingus ice cream

I have only positive things to say about the staff and crew. They were all very friendly and the flight overall was a smooth and fast one. At the end of the day, their job is to get you to the most magical place on earth, and they did!

Aer Lingus view

Aer Lingus Summary


Aer Lingus is currently the only UK to Orlando airline (excluding any sort of flight club status) which allows you to choose your seat for free. The back half of the plane is open for passengers to select a seat at no extra cost, so huge respect for that.

Other than the cabins needing a bit of a refurb, the chairs needing just a bit more cushioning, and the screens being a little small, you can definitely see where that £100-£200 saving comes into play. If cost saving is the most important for you, then you can't go wrong with Aer Lingus. If you want a little more comfort and cleaner cabins, then you can pay that bit more and fly with BA or Virgin. I'd be happy to fly with Aer Lingus again if I wanted a cheeky trip as cheap as possible, and at the end of the day, it gets you to Florida. When you've arrived there, that's all that matters!

We'll likely fly with Aer Lingus again if the price is right, and when we do, we'll update this review with any new opinions.

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