On May 22, 1935, Aer Lingus was founded as the flag carrier of Ireland. In Gaelic, Aer Loingeas means “Air Fleet” – the term was anglicized to name the airline. Established as the national carrier owned by the government, the airline today is owned 25% by the government of Ireland and 29% by Ryan Air, with the balance owned by the public on the stock exchanges. It employs more than 4,000 people and is a member of the OneWorld Alliance.