Emerald Airlines leases four planes to Nordic Aviation Capital
Emerald Airlines leases four ATR aircraft from Nordic Aviation Capital for its regional Aer Lingus services.
Founded by its chief executive, aviation entrepreneur Conor McCarthy, Emerald recently entered into an agreement to operate the Aer Lingus Regional franchise, formerly owned by Stobart Air.
The Dublin-based carrier confirmed on Monday that it had agreed to lease four ATR72-600 jets from Nordic Aviation Capital, one of the world’s largest suppliers of aircraft to regional airlines.
Mr McCarthy said Emerald will buy more planes in the coming months, adding that the Nordic deal has brought him closer to that.
The airline is expected to begin serving Aer Lingus regional routes in January 2023, as Stobart, which closed in June, reportedly terminated its contract in December 2022. Aer Lingus has entered talks with Emerald to accept the new franchise agreement in December of last year. , following a call for tenders.
Emerald said he continues to work closely with Aer Lingus to determine if certain services can start earlier.
The air navigation and safety regulator, the Irish Aviation Authority, granted Emerald its Air Operator’s Certificate last month, proving the carrier’s fitness to fly.
Jim Murphy, Nordic commercial director, said the company looks forward to building a strong partnership with Emerald.
Nordic serves nearly 70 airlines in 45 countries. Its 500-person fleet includes various ATR, De-Havillands, Mitsubishi, Airbus 220 and Embraer aircraft, all primarily used for flying shorter distances.
2 million passengers
Emerald began taking delivery of the planes in August, shortly after agreeing with Aer Lingus to take over the regional franchise from the largest carrier.
Mr McCarthy predicted that Emerald would reach two million passengers by the end of 2023.
At full power, Aer Lingus’ regional network has more than 30 routes connecting Ireland, Great Britain, the Isle of Man and Jersey.
The service supplies passengers on North American flights from Aer Lingus to Dublin, to and from UK regional airports, as well as connecting destinations in both regions.
Aer Lingus has developed its transatlantic activities since the start of the last decade, increasingly using the Republic’s largest airport as a hub for connecting passengers between North American and European flights.
The Irish airline and its sister company, BA, intervened temporarily on some regional routes to ensure the continuity of services when Stobart ceased operations in June.