ASL Airlines Ireland

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ASL Airlines Ireland
ASL Airlines Ireland logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1972
Fleet size 26
Parent company ASL Aviation Group
Headquarters Swords, Dublin, Ireland
Key people Colin Grant (CEO)
Alan Duffy (CFO)

ASL Airlines (Ireland) Limited, formerly Air Contractors is a freight and passenger airline. It operates scheduled freight services throughout Europe on behalf of major integrators such as FedEx Feeder and DHL Express; and operates unscheduled passenger air charter flights. ASL Aviation Group Limited, the parent company of ASL Airlines Ireland, has its head office at No.3 Malahide Road, Swords, County Dublin, Ireland.[1]


The airline was established and started operations in 1972, as AirBridge Carriers at East Midlands Airport. In September 1992 the name Hunting Cargo Airlines was adopted and in 1997 the transfer of all airline operations to Ireland was completed. In June 1998 the Hunting Group sold its aviation arm to a joint consortium of CMB Compagnie Maritime Belge and Safair (part of the Imperial Group) and the airline was rebranded Air Contractors. The Imperial Group transferred its 49% shareholding in the company to 3P Air Freighters/Petercam S.A. in 2007.

Air Contractors logo

Air Contractors acquired French carrier Europe Airpost on 14 March 2008.[2] Following the acquisition of EAP into the ACL group of companies, the group was rebranded ASL Aviation Group, representing the three core activities of the group; Airlines, Support and Leasing.

In 2010 Air Contractors entered a new era with the start of passenger flying on a Boeing 737-300 aircraft in conjunction with its Group partner, Europe Airpost.

On 4 June 2015, ASL Aviation Group announced that Air Contractors would be rebranded as ASL Airlines Ireland, Europe Airpost as ASL Airlines France, Farnair Hungary as ASL Airlines Hungary and Farnair Switzerland as ASL Airlines Switzerland.[3]

Air Contractors Airbus A300-200F, flown for DHL Aviation, landing at London Heathrow Airport. (2010)
Air Contractors ATR 42-300 in FedEx Feeder colours


As of 1 November 2015, the ASL Airlines Ireland fleet consists of the following aircraft:[4]

Aircraft In Fleet Orders Notes
Airbus A300-600F 3 1 operating for DHL Aviation
ATR 42-300F 7 5 operating for FedEx Express
ATR 72-200F 13 5 operating for FedEx Express
Boeing 737-300 1 Operates passenger charter flights
Boeing 737-400F 3
Boeing 757-200 3 1 Damp leased to Aer Lingus
Total 30 1

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Contact Us." ASL Aviation Group. Retrieved on 15 April 2014. "Contact ASL Aviation Group Limited, No 3 Malahide Road, Swords Co. Dublin Ireland.
  2. ^ "Press Release: Acquisition of Europe Air Post by Air Contractors". Air Contractors. 2008-03-14. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  3. ^ "Ireland based ASL Aviation Group is to launch a new European airline brand, ASL Airlines, as part of its strategy for continued growth in passenger and cargo operations.". ASL Aviation Group. 4 June 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "ASL Airlines Ireland Fleet Details and History". Retrieved 1 November 2015. 

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