Inaugural Flight of the Aer Lingus Boeing 747 from Dublin to JFK

On this day in 1971 a RTÉ 'Newsbeat' report on the inaugural flight of the Aer Lingus Boeing 747 from Dublin to JFK, New York.

Reporter Cathal O'Shannon documents the first transatlantic flight made by an Aer Lingus Boeing 747 jumbo jet.

The report includes interviews with air hostess Patricia Joyce; Assistant General Manager at Aer Lingus, Arthur Walls; and pilot of the inaugural flight, Captain Pete Little. Walls discusses safety onboard the plane, Joyce talks about the level of service and the work required of the sixteen hostesses on board, while Captain Little describes the experience of flying a jumbo jet.

This report was broadcast on 15 April 1971.

'Newsbeat' was a half-hour feature programme presented by Frank Hall and ran for 7 years from September 1964 to June 1971. 'Newsbeat' went out from Monday to Friday on RTÉ television and reported on current affairs and issues of local interest from around Ireland. The final programme was broadcast on the 11 June, 1971.

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