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Friday 19 September 2014

'Flying is very special to me': Portugese man born on Aer Lingus flight jets to Ireland for celebration

Published 30/07/2014 | 12:23

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Patrick Loureiro with Aer Lingus Cabin Crew Member Audrey Lorigan pictured at Dublin airport on the occasion of the reunion with Patrick Loureiro and the cabin crew of the flight on 11 June 1975 on which Patrick was born. Photo: Anthony Woods
Patrick, was born on board an Aer Lingus charter flight from Mozambique to Lisbon on 11 June 1975. He was named after the aircraft the St Patrick. He was delivered by cabin crew member Jackie Ryan, a former nurse, and assisted by a doctor who was travelling on board the flight. He was the only baby to be born on board an Aer Lingus flight.
Patrick Loureiro with Aer Lingus Cabin Crew Member Audrey Lorigan pictured at Dublin airport on the occasion of the reunion with Patrick Loureiro and the cabin crew of the flight on 11 June 1975 on which Patrick was born. Photo: Anthony Woods

The first child to ever be born on an Aer Lingus flight has flown to Dublin for a celebration to mark the occasion.

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39-year-old Patrick Loueiro was born on July 10th, 1975, just three hours after a flight from Mozambique to Lisbon took off.

Aer Lingus launched a social  media campaign on his birthday to track him down and managed to trace him in Portugal.

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This morning, he spoke to Louise McSharry on RTE 2FM about the exciting story of his birth.

And in another twist of fate, researcher for the show Dave Sherry's mother was a member of the cabin crew on the very flight.

He was named after the Boeing 747 which was called Patrick.

The plane carrying 393 passsengers and crew greeted the baby boy somewhere over Zambia.

Patrick flew into Ireland, unsurprisingly with Aer Lingus, for a special celebration to mark his unique birth.

"I live in a  small village in the north of Portugal, near Spain," he told the radio show.

As for why his family decided to fly, he explained: "My father was a military in Portugal, then with the Portuguese revolution in 1974, they needed to get out of quickly. This happened in 1975 and that's the story!"

"As a little boy, I used to hear every story about this. Patrick is not a common name."

He also spoke about the importance of flying for him, although he isn't a regular in the first class cabin where he was born.

"Flying is very special for me and I don't have the time to fly more often, but it's something that I like to do," he added.

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