Stobart Air

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Stobart Air
Stobart Air logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
RE STK STOBART
Founded19 March 2014
Operating bases
Frequent-flyer programAvios
Fleet size18
Destinations31
Parent companyStobart Group
FlyBe
HeadquartersDublin, Ireland
Employees570
Websitestobartair.com

Stobart Air, legally incorporated as Stobart Air Unlimited Company and formerly named Comhfhobairt (Gaillimh) and trading under the business name Aer Arann, is an Irish regional airline headquartered in Dublin.[1] It operates scheduled services under the brands Aer Lingus Regional and Flybe on behalf of their respective owners. Stobart Air has operating bases at Cork and Dublin for Aer Lingus Regional and at London Southend and Isle of Man for Flybe. The airline employs over 570 people.[2]

History[edit]

On 19 March 2014, Aer Arann announced that it would be changing its corporate name to Stobart Air by the end of 2014.[3] Stobart Air is owned by Everdeal Holdings Limited, which as of March 2014, was 81% owned by the Stobart Group, 10% owned by Cenkos Securities, and 10% owned by Pádraig Ó Céidigh, Aer Arann's former Chairman. Stobart Group had an option to acquire complete control of the airline, by increasing its shareholding to 100%.[4][5][6][7][8][9]

On 24 February 2017 Stobart Group completed 100% acquisition of Stobart Air, after purchasing the remaining 19% of Everdeal Holdings. Stobart Group also completed 100% ownership of Propius Holdings Ltd, the aircraft leasing firm through which many of the Stobart Air aircraft are sourced.[10]

Stobart Air announced on 25 March 2014 it was diversifying away from operating exclusively for Aer Lingus by enacting a five-year agreement with Flybe to operate six routes in Northern Europe and Benelux from 5 June 2014.[11][12] It was further announced in November 2014 that Stobart Air was also to operate two routes from Cardiff to Edinburgh and Paris-Orly, on behalf of CityJet, from 1 December 2014.[13] The latter two routes have since ceased.

As of April 2018 Stobart Air wet leases two E195s from Flybe. From the second half of 2018, Stobart Air's leasing firm Propius will acquire three E195s from leasing firm GOAL. These aircraft are currently leased to Flybe. This lease agreement will continue until the end of 2018.[14]

Destinations[edit]

Stobart Air's (formerly Aer Arann's) headquarters in Dublin
A former Stobart Air ATR 72-200

Operated as Aer Lingus Regional[edit]

British Crown Dependencies
France
Ireland
United Kingdom

Operated as Flybe (franchise)[edit]

Belgium
Croatia
Czech Republic
France
Germany
Hungary
Ireland
Netherlands
United Kingdom

Operated for Flybe (wet lease)[edit]

British Crown dependencies
England

Operated for BA Cityflyer (wet lease)[21][edit]

Germany
Ireland
Italy
Netherlands
Switzerland
United Kingdom

Fleet[edit]

Stobart Air ATR 72-600
operating for Aer Lingus Regional.

The Stobart Air fleet, operating for Aer Lingus Regional and Flybe, consists of the following aircraft as of October 2018:[22]

Stobart Air Fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
ATR 42-600 1 48 operated for Aer Lingus Regional
ATR 72-500 2 72 operated for Flybe
To be retired in April 2019
ATR 72-600 13 72 11 operated for Aer Lingus Regional
2 operated for Flybe
Embraer 190 2 98 Aircraft Due November 2018 and January 2019
To be operated for BA Cityflyer
Embraer 195 3 2[23][24] 118 operated for Flybe
Total 19 4

Services[edit]

Avios[edit]

Eligible flights earn Avios points for both Aer Lingus and Flybe which are available to spend on upgrades and discounted flights, points can also be earned with other airlines and outlets.

In-flight services[edit]

Stobart Air operates the respective buy on board programmes of its franchise clients Aer Lingus and Flybe on their associated services with slight adjustments owing to aircraft equipment.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Aer Arann Contact Information Archived 2010-08-21 at the Wayback Machine.." Aer Arann. Retrieved on 12 November 2009.
  2. ^ [1]. Retrieved on 10 January 2018.
  3. ^ Aer Arann to change corporate name to Stobart Air Archived 2014-03-20 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved on 19 March 2014.
  4. ^ Aer Arann on course despite plans to sell on its aircraft leasing unit. Retrieved on 17 July 2012.
  5. ^ Aer Arann takes off with first of new fleet. Retrieved on 19 May 2013.
  6. ^ Stobart Group Annual Report 2011 Page 68 Note 22[permanent dead link]. Retrieved on 24 September 2011.
  7. ^ Aer Arann Rises from the Ashes. Retrieved on 25 January 2013.
  8. ^ Authority to look at Aer Arann takeover. Retrieved on 25 January 2013.
  9. ^ Competition Authority clears Stobart acquisition of Aer Arann Archived 2014-02-22 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved on 25 January 2013.
  10. ^ [2]. Retrieved on 26 February 2017.
  11. ^ Flybe agreement to bring 60 new jobs to Southend Airport. Retrieved on 29 March 2014.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-05-28. Retrieved 2014-06-10.. Retrieved on 10 June 2014.
  13. ^ "CityJet and Stobart Air ink routes agreement - Independent.ie". Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  14. ^ https://flyinginireland.com/2017/08/stobart-acquire-three-embraer-195s/
  15. ^ "Flight Timetable - Flybe Cheap Flights". www.flybe.com. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  16. ^ https://www.cornwallairportnewquay.com/press/press-releases/cornwall-airport-newquay-to-grow-capital-links-in-2019
  17. ^ http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=41224&headline=Flybe%20to%20re-establish%20Ronaldsway%20base&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2018
  18. ^ http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=41224&headline=Flybe%20to%20re-establish%20Ronaldsway%20base&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2018
  19. ^ http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=41224&headline=Flybe%20to%20re-establish%20Ronaldsway%20base&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2018
  20. ^ http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=41224&headline=Flybe%20to%20re-establish%20Ronaldsway%20base&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2018
  21. ^ https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/72455-ba-cityflyer-to-wet-lease-two-e190s-from-stobart-air
  22. ^ Stobart Air Fleet
  23. ^ "Production List Search". Planespotters.net. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  24. ^ "Stobart Air Fleet List". jethros.org.uk. Retrieved 10 January 2018.

External links[edit]

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