Stobart Air

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Stobart Air
Stobart Air logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
RE STK STOBART
Founded 19 March 2014
Operating bases
Frequent-flyer program Aer Club
Fleet size 17
Destinations 22
Parent company Stobart Group
Headquarters Dublin, Ireland
Website stobartair.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.

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.[2] 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%.[3][4][5][6][7][8]

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.[9]

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.[10][11] 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[12]. The latter two routes have since ceased.

In November 2014 the closure of their Shannon base from January 2015 was announced, with a loss of twenty flights a week. They soon announced they would resume their Birmingham route in June 2015, operating six times a week.

Destinations[edit]

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

Operated as Aer Lingus Regional[edit]

British Crown Dependencies
France
Ireland
United Kingdom

Operated as Flybe (franchise)[edit]

Austria
Croatia
Czech Republic
France
Germany
Hungary
Ireland
Italy
Netherlands
Spain
United Kingdom

Operated for Flybe (wet lease)[edit]

British Crown dependencies
England

Fleet[edit]

Stobart Air ATR 72-600
operated for Aer Lingus Regional

The Stobart Air fleet, operated for Aer Lingus Regional and Flybe, comprises the following aircraft as of 30 June 2017:[15]

Stobart Air fleet
Aircraft Total Orders Passengers Notes
ATR 42-300 2 48 Operated for Aer Lingus Regional
ATR 72-500 2 72 Leased to Flybe
ATR 72-600 13 72 12 operated for Aer Lingus Regional
1 operated for Flybe
Total 17

Services[edit]

Aer Club[edit]

Eligible Aer Lingus Regional flights earn Avios points to spend on upgrades and discounted flights on the Aer Lingus network through Aer Lingus' new loyalty programme Aer Club, points can also be earned with other airlines and outlets.

In-flight services[edit]

Stobart Air operates a buy on board programme similar to that of Aer Lingus.

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. ^ Aer Arann to change corporate name to Stobart Air. Retrieved on 19 March 2014.
  3. ^ Aer Arann on course despite plans to sell on its aircraft leasing unit. Retrieved on 17 July 2012.
  4. ^ Aer Arann takes off with first of new fleet. Retrieved on 19 May 2013.
  5. ^ Stobart Group Annual Report 2011 Page 68 Note 22. Retrieved on 24 September 2011.
  6. ^ Aer Arann Rises from the Ashes. Retrieved on 25 January 2013.
  7. ^ Authority to look at Aer Arann takeover. Retrieved on 25 January 2013.
  8. ^ Competition Authority clears Stobart acquisition of Aer Arann. Retrieved on 25 January 2013.
  9. ^ [1]. Retrieved on 26 February 2017.
  10. ^ Flybe agreement to bring 60 new jobs to Southend Airport. Retrieved on 29 March 2014.
  11. ^ [2]. Retrieved on 10 June 2014.
  12. ^ CityJet
  13. ^ http://southendairport.com/destinations
  14. ^ http://www.flybe.com/timetableClassic/timetable.jsp?selDep=SEN&selDest=MAN
  15. ^ "Latest Register and Monthly Changes". Irish Aviation Authority. 30 June 2017. Retrieved 2 July 2017.  Aircraft registered to STOBART AIR UNLIMITED COMPANY and ELIX ASSETS 7 LIMITED

External links[edit]

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