Michael Murray: For half a century our national airline was a basket case. But Aer Lingus now looks to be edging closer to real stock market success

Michael Murray: For half a century our national airline was a basket case. But Aer Lingus now looks to be edging closer to real stock market success

Can you ever remember a time when Aer Lingus was firing on all cylinders?

Can you ever remember a time when Aer Lingus was firing on all cylinders? No – because since it was founded 78 years ago it never was. In the run-up to – and since – its flotation in 2006 the company made real progress. Resembling a dentist pulling out awkwardly embedded wisdom teeth, slowly but surely Aer Lingus management has edged the business and those who work in it closer to being run on a fully commercial basis.

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