Aer Lingus launch the first direct commercial service flying between Dublin and New York.

There was a carnival atmosphere at Dublin Airport. Passengers queuing for Flight EI 105 were entertained with live music and the Diceman dressed as the Statue of Liberty draped in the American flag. 

Dublin Direct was a big hit with the passengers.

People travelling are delighted with the new direct route to New York which means they do not have to stop in Shannon on route. 

The more direct the better when you're travelling.

The scrapping of the stopover is just one measure of the plan for Aer Lingus to return to profit. Other measures include the sale of assets and a number of redundancies.  Executive Chairman of Aer Lingus Bernie Cahill believes that from next month on, Aer Lingus will be back in profit. 

Shortly after 1.00 pm, the first commercial flight in over fifty years took off non-stop for New York. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 27 March 1994. The reporter is Michael Lally.