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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)
WINDSOR LOCKS, CT (WFSB) -

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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