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Time Flies: Eight decades of Aer Lingus in brilliant archival photos

Aer Lingus at 80

Published 27/05/2016 | 13:56

Aer Lingus cabin crew on the Dublin Airport tarmac. Photo: Dublin Airport/Pinterest
Aer Lingus cabin crew on the Dublin Airport tarmac. Photo: Dublin Airport/Pinterest
Pictured with the Iolar at Bristol airport are Aer Lingus cabin crew Laura Mc Cabe and Catherine McDonnell, both wearing the very first Aer Lingus uniform worn by cabin crew in 1945. Photo: Dan Regan
Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer at Dublin Airport. Photo: 13/08/1964. Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection
Iolar ('eagle'), the first Aer Lingus aircraft, a DH84 Dragon EI-ABI that flew from Baldonnel to Bristol on May 27, 1936.
An undated photo of a flight attendant with Aer Lingus. Photo by David Reed/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images
An old postcard of Dublin Airport. Source: Dublin Airport/Pinterest
The first Aer Lingus Boeing 747 jumbo jet on arrival at Dublin Airport, circa March 1971. Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection).
An Aer Lingus cabin crewmember on board the Super Constellation aircraft that flew transatlantic routes.
Aer Lingus pilot Davina Pratt poses with the Ryder Cup after arriving at Dublin Airport on September 18, 2006. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images
A passenger at Knock Airport for the first commercial Aer Lingus flights which took off on a pilgrimage to Rome in 1985. Photo: Independent News And Media/Getty Images
Monsignor James Horan and Crew at Knock Airport, in the 1980s. Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection
Aer Lingus cabin crewmembers Deborah McGuirk and Shannen McDonnell pictured on Sandymount Strand. Photo: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
Liz Jackson and Russell Gleeson presenting flowers to Pope John Paul II at Dublin Airport upon his arrival in Ireland in 1979.
An Aer Lingus poster from the 1950s courtesy of Tony Murray, taken from Doesn't Time Fly? Aer Lingus - Its History by Mike Cronin
An Aer Lingus jet prepares to land at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, in 2010. Photo: Tim Boyle/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Rev. Fr.Peyton, the rosary priest, waves goodbye at Dublin Airport for Lourdes. 06 October 1954. Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection.
Planey McPlaneface: Aer Lingus's hat-tip to the celebrated Internet boat.
The Most Rev. Dr.Dermot Ryan greets his brother Andrew and his sister Sr.Madeline at Rome Airport. He arrived for his installation as Archbishop of Dublin in a cermony conducted by the Pope. Pic Matt Walsh 10/2/73 - indo pic Scanned from the NPA archives.
A vintage poster sees Aer Lingus advertise New York
An original ticket for Aer Lingus's (then Aer Línte) early transatlantic flights. Flights departed Dublin and flew via Newfoundland to JFK Airport in New York. They first departed in 1958.
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A vintage poster from Aer Lingus's glory days
An Aer Lingus Super Constellation, known as the Super Connie
In 1967 Aer Lingus flew fresh shamrock to Manchester to present to George Best
The Golden Shamrock class, as regularly advertised in holiday magazines throughout the 1960s
John Hinde postcard of the Old Terminal and Pier A at Dublin Airport. Source: Dublin Airport/Pinterest
Snow at Dublin Airport in 2010. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Christoph Mueller Aer Lingus CEO (centre) with Aer Lingus cabin crew Lesley Murphy and Grainne Frawley launching flights from Shannon to Boston Aer Lingus.
Aer Lingus ad, featuring the Vickers Viscount planes
Johnny Sexton was In Dublin Airport. where he was unveiled as an Aer Lingus ambassador. Photo: INPHO/Billy Stickland 2015
Members of 'Ireland on Parade', pictured at Dublin Airport before their departure to USA 11 September 1964. Part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection
Composite image: An Aer Lingus aircraft takes off from London Heathrow in 2015 (Photo: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg via Getty Images) with vintage poster of 1950s cabin crewmember (inset).

From Aer Lingus's first flight to its acquisition by IAG, the airline has come a long way. Here are some of the highlights.

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80 years ago today - on May 27, 1936 - Aer Lingus launched its first ever flight from Baldonnel to Bristol on Iolar, a De Havilland 84 Dragon.

The first flight carried just five passengers. Today, the IAG-owned carrier boasts a fleet of 62 planes servicing 117 destinations in Europe and North America.

In 1936, Aer Lingus flew 892 passengers. In 2016, it will fly 12 million.

It's been quite a journey as our gallery (above) attests.

Aer Lingus: 80 years in the life

  • 1936: Aer Lingus Teoranta was registered as an airline.
  • 1940: Aer Lingus moved into the newly completed Dublin Airport.
  • 1946: Paris was added to the network, the airline's first continental city.
  • 1954: First Vickers Viscount 700s delivered (world's first turboprop airliner)
  • 1958: Aerlinte Eireann operates first transatlantic service to New York
  • 1960: Aer Lingus enters the jet age with Boeing 720s
  • 1968: Flight 712 crashes off Tuskar Rock. 61 lives are lost.
  • 1971: The first Aer Lingus Boeing 747 is delivered.
  • 1979: Pope John Paul II visits Ireland on an Aer Lingus 747
  • 1986: Aer Lingus celebrates its 50 Anniversary.
  • 1994: Airbus A330s are introduced into service on transatlantic routes.
  • 1995: The last Aer Lingus 747 flight takes place
  • 2001: A survival plan is introduced to compete with low-cost carriers
  • 2006: Aer Lingus is floated on the Irish and London Stock Exchanges
  • 2011: The original Iolar aircraft is restored
  • 2012: Aer Lingus launches its Facebook page
  • 2014: A new business class with lie-flat seats is unveiled
  • 2015: IAG acquires Aer Lingus for a reported €1.3 billion

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