Cathal O'Shannon takes the first transatlantic flight made by an Aer Lingus Boeing 747 jumbo jet from Dublin to New York.

Air hostess Patricia Joyce; Assistant General Manager at Aer Lingus, Arthur Walls and pilot of the inaugural flight, Captain Pete Little describes the new service.

It's so damn big that walking down its corridors is almost like a stroll down Grafton Street.

Arthur Walls discusses safety on board the plane. Patricia Joyce talks about the level of service and the work required of the sixteen hostesses on board, while Captain Pete Little describes the experience of flying a jumbo jet.

This report for Newsbeat was broadcast on 15 April 1971. The reporter is Cathal O'Shannon.

'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 11 June 1971.