Aer Lingus: Key dates in airline's history
State-owned Aer Lingus takes delivery of its first aircraft, registered EI-ABI, on May 26, 1936 and named it "Iolar" (Eagle). This was Aer Lingus's only aircraft for two years.
Paris added to the network, becoming the first continental European city to be served by Aer Lingus.
Major expansion of continental European network, mostly via Manchester.
First transatlantic service leaves Dublin and Shannon for New York. The shamrock replaces the Irish flag on the tail of Aerlinte Eireann aircraft and a year later is extended to the European fleet.
Aer Lingus enters the jet age, with Boeing 720s covering the routes from Dublin and Shannon to NY and Boston.
BAC One-Eleven jets introduced on Continental European network.
Montreal and Chicago added to the transatlantic network in April. Aer Lingus replaces Fokker F27 for Vickers Viscount 800s.
Aer Lingus unveils its revamped livery featuring two new green colours and a blue. A new white shamrock appears on the fin, provoking outrage among purists.
Aer Lingus gets first real domestic competition with arrival of Ryanair.
Financial problems force airline to introduce the Cahill plan to address commercial challenges.
Willie Walsh becomes chief executive in October. Implementation of survival plan following September 11 attacks which hurt airlines around the world. Introduction of low fares model to compete with low cost carriers.
Walsh quits after failed management buy-out.
Aer Lingus is floated on the Irish and London Stock Exchanges.
Aer Lingus carries in excess of one million transatlantic passengers.
Ryanair launches second take-over bid.
Christoph Mueller become chief executive and announces radical cost-cutting plan.
Third Ryanair bid rejected.
Mueller unexpectedly announces resignation. His announcement is followed by news of first bid from IAG.
IAG makes third bid for Aer Lingus at €2.50 a share.