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About Aer Lingus
Aer Lingus Group Plc (an anglicisation of the Irish Aer Loingeas meaning “air fleet”) is an airline and the flag carrier of Ireland. It operates a fleet of Airbus aircraft serving Europe, North America, North Africa and Asia. 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 in Swords, Fingal, Ireland.
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, JetBlue Airways and United Airlines. The company employs 4,000 people and in 2011 had revenues of €1.3 billion. Aer Lingus flew 9.5 million passengers in 2011. It has a hybrid business model, operating a mixed fare service on its European and North African routes and full service, two-class flights on transatlantic routes.