Aer Lingus, Ryanair and Aer Arran are Irish airlines that are rich in the cultural heritage of Ireland. Aer Lingus was developed and established in 1936. The second airline, Ryanair and is the largest airline in the European continent and was founded in 1985. The third recognized is Aer Arann , and was founded in 1970. All three make passage available by providing flights to the United Kingdom, Europe, North America North Africa and the Middle East from Ireland.
Airlines celebrated its 75th Anniversary in 2011 and is owned in part by the Irish Government. The name is derived from Gaelic Aer Loingeas when translated means Air Fleet which debuted its first flight using a six seat aircraft on 27th of May 1936 from Dublin to Bristol. 2010 was a monumental year as they flew over nine(9) million passengers and operated flights to Ireland using various airports such as Shannon and Knock, Dublin, Belfast and Cork. The airline comprises on of low fares structure and a two-class fare structure; European routes are for low fares and transatlantic route are for two-class fare structure. Going forward into 2011 the airline has grown to accommodate 60 short European routes and 5 long routes to North America.
Irelands government owns majority of the business (85%) leaving much of the rest to the unions who lobby for the staff of the company however recent developments has turned majority of the airlines shares to be sold to the public while preserving Irelands interest the government still retains shares of the airline.
Although the company was almost bankrupt in the 1990s the airline has grown once again since they altered their flight plan to a low coastline, making them more relevant and more competitive with Ryanair who also fly out of Dublin Airport.
Today Airlines has grown to consist of multiple Airbus aircraft while Ryanair have chosen Boeing aircraft which is a vast improvement from the beginning years of the six seated aircraft of 1936. Now both have acquired modern aircraft to accommodate the growing infrastructure needed to accommodate all passengers that choose to make Aer Lingus or Ryanair there ideal travel airline.
In modern times has improved its fleet to include Airbuses with various specifications to improve its reliability. During the earlier stages of the airlines, the 84 Dragon biplanes that seated 6 were used. On the other hand Ryanair has added Boeing aircrafts to its fleet as well. Like the evolution of Irish civilization the airlines have been at the epicentre of the countries development.