Airline names jet after Olympic silver medalist

Airline names jet after Olympic silver medalist

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Hugh Flynn (CEO ASL Aviation Group) Annalise Murphy and Capt Con Murphy (Chief Pilot ASL Aviation Group) - Photo: David O'Shea
Hugh Flynn (CEO ASL Aviation Group) Annalise Murphy and Capt Con Murphy (Chief Pilot ASL) – Photo: David O’Shea

An Irish airline has named one of its passenger jets after Olympic silver medalist Annalise Murphy.

Ms Murphy unveiled her own name on the nose of an ASL Airlines Ireland (formerly Air Contractors) Boeing 737 yesterday. Murphy’s father Con is the airline’s Chief Pilot.

The unique event sees the Ireland rowing hero become the only modern day person to have an aircraft named after her by any Irish airline. Aer Lingus names it’s aircraft after Irish saints.  

The aircraft, a Boeing 737-31S with the registration EI-STA, will now be known as the ‘Annalise Murphy’ and will sail though the skies bringing holidaymakers all over Europe from Dublin, Shannon, Cork and Knock airports.

Captain Murphy flies ASL Ireland’s Boeing 757’s on transatlantic services on behalf of Aer Lingus. He and the Murphy family were on hand to help Annalise name the 145 seater jet the ‘Annalise Murphy’ in honour of the 26-year olds superb achievements for Irish sailing over two Olympics.

Annalise Murphy Rio

An airline spokesperson said: “It is no surprise where Annalise got her love of sailing as both her Mum and Dad are enthusiastic sailors. Her Dad, Capt. Con Murphy, was an Olympic Sailing Technical Official at the Rio Olympics and is a former Olympic sailing coach and holder of the Round Ireland Sailing Record. Her Mum Cathy competed in the Seoul Olympics in 1988.”

ASL Airlines Ireland is one of 9 global airlines in the Dublin based ASL Aviation Group.

The Irish airlines operates passenger flights under its own brand and for Aer Lingus as well as cargo services for express freight customers FedEx and DHL.

The Group operates a total of 130 passenger and cargo aircraft on 6 continents including 6 European airlines.

© Pat Flynn 2015
EI-STA pictured at Shannon where it’s a regular visitor – © Pat Flynn 2015

Earlier this year, the group acquired the airline operations of TNT Express N.V. (hereafter TNT Express), comprising TNT Airways (Belgium) and Pan Air Líneas Aéreas (Spain).

The two airlines were renamed ASL Airlines Belgium and ASL Airlines Spain respectively.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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