Aer Lingus has unveiled a new retro-style aircraft as part of its 75th anniversary celebrations.
The new airbus “St Coleman,” modeled on the original 1960s “Irish International” livery, was painted especially for the celebrations and unveiled at a ceremony in Dublin airport this week.
Aer Lingus cabin crew modeled vintage uniforms from each decade beginning 1945 through to the current style, which were designed by the renowned Irish designer Louise Kennedy.
The maiden voyage of Aer Lingus took place on May 27, 1936, on a six seater plan called “Lolar," meaning "eagle" in Irish.
During its inaugural year, Aer Lingus operated three routes and carried 892 passengers with a total staff of 12.
In 2010, the airline carried 9.4 million passengers, flying to over 100 routes, in 22 countries. It employs almost 4,000 staff.
Speaking at the event, Aer Lingus CEO Christoph Mueller said: "2011 is a very special year for Aer Lingus as it marks the airline’s 75th anniversary. Since the early days of 1936, Aer Lingus has grown to become a flag carrier with a worldwide reputation for our friendly staff, our high quality of service, value for money and innovation.
“Throughout the 75 years we have carried out our mission of connecting Ireland with the world, transporting millions of customers annually. We look forward to continuing to fly the shamrock for the next 75 years"
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