ASL Airlines Ireland

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ASL Airlines Ireland
ASL Airlines Ireland logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1972
Fleet size 36
Parent company ASL Aviation Group
Headquarters Swords, Dublin, Ireland
Key people John Rawl (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, as well as some wet lease services for scheduled airlines. ASL Airline Holdings 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 Air Bridge 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]

The company announced on 5 February 2016 that it had agreed to buy TNT Airways and PAN Air, on the condition that FedEx's purchase of TNT goes ahead. The sale went through in May 2016.[4] TNT Airways became ASL Airlines Belgium and Pan Air became ASL Airlines Spain.[5]

In Early 2017, ASL Aviation group rebranded as ASL Airline Holdings.

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


The ASL Airlines Ireland fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of 30 June 2017):[6]

Aircraft In Fleet Orders Notes
Airbus A300-600RF 4 All operating for DHL Aviation
ATR 42-300F 7 5 operating for FedEx Express
ATR 72-200F 14 5 operating for FedEx Express, remainder for FedEx,DHL & UPS
ATR 72-500F 2
Boeing 737-300 1 Operates passenger charter flights. Named Annalise Murphy
Boeing 737-400F 4 2 Operating for TNT/FedEx
Boeing 757-200 4 All damp leased to Aer Lingus
Total 36 2

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. 14 March 2008. Archived from the original on 8 July 2009. Retrieved 3 August 2009. 
  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 Finalizes Acquisition of TNT Air Operations 2 June 2016
  5. ^ - ASL AIRLINES BELGIUM formerly TNT Airways retrieved 26 June 2016
  6. ^ "Latest Register and Monthly Changes". Irish Aviation Authority. 30 June 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2017. 

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