Time Flies: Eight decades of Aer Lingus in brilliant archival photos
Aer Lingus at 80
Published 27/05/2016 | 13:56
From Aer Lingus's first flight to its acquisition by IAG, the airline has come a long way. Here are some of the highlights.
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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