16 Facts About Aer Lingus

1. On 30 April 2015 it was announced that Aer Lingus would become the Official Airline of the Irish Rugby Team.

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2. In 1997, Aer Lingus announced that it was moving its North American headquarters to Melville, Town of Huntington on Long Island.

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3. On 8 November 2011 Aer Lingus signed the contract with the Dublin Airport Authority for the surrender of the leasehold interest in the HOB Site.

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4. On 9 January 2015, Aer Lingus rejected a second-bid from IAG, proposing a €2.40 per-share takeover.

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5. On 18 July 2014, Aer Lingus said it had "been agreed" between the company and Mueller that he would step down as CEO and director in May 2015.

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6. On 20 June 2012, Aer Lingus issued a press release stating that, having reviewed Ryanair's proposed offer, the company board rejected it and advised the company's shareholders not to take any action in relation to it.

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7. On 2 December 2009, Aer Lingus announced that talks with its unions had broken down.

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8. In January 2011, Aer Lingus announced a new daily service from Gatwick to Shannon starting at the end of March.

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9. On 19 December 2008, Aer Lingus announced that it would open a base at Gatwick Airport.

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10. Around this time Aer Lingus purchased a majority sharehold in the cargo airline Aer Turas, owner of some DC-8 freighter jets.

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11. In 1977, Aer Lingus recruited its first female pilot, Grainne Cronin—the airline was the second in Europe to introduce female pilots.

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12. In 1974, Aer Lingus unveiled a new livery which eliminated the word International from the fuselage titles.

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13. On 6 March 1971, Aer Lingus took delivery of the first of two Boeing 747s for use on the transatlantic routes.

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14. In 1963, Aer Lingus added Aviation Traders Carvairs to the fleet.

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15. In 1956, Aer Lingus introduced a new, green-top livery with a white lightning flash down the windows and the Irish flag displayed on the fin.

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16. The name Aer Lingus was proposed by Richard F O'Connor, who was County Cork Surveyor, as well as an aviation enthusiast.

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