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Aer Lingus launches from Bradley airport on Wednesday

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Aer Lingus. (WFSB file photo) Aer Lingus. (WFSB file photo)

Nonstop transatlantic flights from Windsor Locks to Ireland officially launch Wednesday.

Bradley International Airport's inaugural Aer Lingus flight to Dublin takes off on Wednesday evening.

The aircraft arrived a little after 4 p.m., and was greeted with a water cannon salute.

A model Aer Lingus plane was gifted to Connecticut, followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Gov. Dannel Malloy announced plans for the nonstop flights to Ireland last October.

At the time, he said it took a couple of years to negotiate the deal.

The plan was to have one direct flight per day.

Malloy said the state was willing to shell out $4.5 million a year over two years if the the airline gets off to a rough start.

Aer Lingus 757s are built with Connecticut's own Pratt & Whitney engines.

For future flight information, check out Aer Lingus's website here.

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