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Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus
AirlineAer Lingus
Founded15 April 1936
Commenced operations27 May 1936
Airline hub
*Dublin (HQ)
Frequent-flyer programGold Circle Club
Member loungeGold Circle Lounge
SubsidiariesAer Lingus Regional
Fleet size46 (+11 orders) excl.subsidiaries
Company sloganAer Lingus. Great Care. Great Fare.
Parent companyAer Lingus Group plc
HeadquartersDublin Airport, Fingal, Ireland
Key people
*Christoph Mueller (CEO) *Colm Barrington (Chairman) *Davina Pratt (Chief pilot)
Revenue(+) -1,215.6 million (year to 31 December 2010)
Operating income(+) -30.4 million (year to 31 December 2010)
Net income(+) -46.5 million (year to 31 December 2010)

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Aer Lingus Group Plc (Ise - EIL1, LSE - AERL) (an anglicisation of the Irish Aer Loingeas meaning grossly "air fleet") is the flag carrier of Ireland. It operates a fleet of Airbus aircraft serving Europe and North America. It is Ireland's oldest extant airline, and its second largest after low-cost rival Ryanair. The airline's head office is located on the grounds of Dublin Airport.

Formed in 1936, Aer Lingus is a former member of the Oneworld airline alliance, which it left on 31 March 2007. While it is not part of an alliance, the airline has codeshares with Oneworld, Star Alliance and SkyTeam members, as well as interline agreements with Aer Arann and JetBlue Airways. The company employs 4,000 people and in 2010 had revenues of -1.2 billion. Aer Lingus flew 9.3 million passengers in 2010. It has a mixed business model, operating a low fare service on its European and North African routes and full service, two-class flights on transatlantic routes.

Aer Lingus is 29.4% owned by its rival, Ryanair, and 25.4% owned by the Government of Ireland. The airline was floated on the Dublin and London Stock Exchanges on 2 October 2006, following prior government approval (the government previously owned 85% of the airline).

The principal group companies include Aer Lingus Limited, Aer Lingus Beachey Limited, Aer Lingus (Ireland) Limited and Dirnan Insurance Company Limited, all of which are wholly owned.

Aer Lingus celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2011. On 26 March, the company presented her latest aircraft which has been painted in the 1960s livery and the crew was wearing a selection of the historical uniforms.

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