Stobart Air, legally incorporated as Stobart Air Unlimited Company is an Irish regional airline headquartered in Dublin. It operates scheduled services under the brands Aer Lingus Regional, Flybe, BA CityFlyer and KLM Cityhopper on behalf of their respective owners. Stobart Air has operating bases at Cork and Dublin for Aer Lingus Regional, at London Southend for Flybe, at London City Airport for BA CityFlyer and Amsterdam Airport for KLM Cityhopper. The airline employs over 570 people.
|Founded||19 March 2014|
|Parent company||Connect Airways|
|Key people||Graeme Buchanan, Managing Director|
On 19 March 2014, Aer Arann announced that it would be changing its corporate name to Stobart Air by the end of 2014. Stobart Air was owned by Everdeal Holdings Limited, which was 81% owned by the Stobart Group, 10% by Cenkos Securities, and 10% 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%.
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.
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. 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. 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 acquired three E195s from leasing firm GOAL. These aircraft were leased to Flybe until the end of 2018.
On 11 January 2019, Stobart Aviation and Virgin Atlantic formed the Connect Airways consortium to make a takeover bid for Flybe. The consortium is also to take over Stobart Air, with the aim of creating an integrated carrier operating under the Virgin Atlantic brand. Stobart Air's wet lease operations for other airlines would continue unchanged. On 15 January 2019, Connect Airways announced an increased offer, which Flybe's board accepted. The deal was completed on 21 February 2019, despite a last-minute rival bid.
On 5 February it was announced that Stobart Air would wetlease one of its E195's to KLM Cityhopper to operate 4 flights daily between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Geneva Airport and 4 daily flights between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Dublin Airport. The flights will be executed between the 25 February and 30 March.
Operated as Aer Lingus RegionalEdit
|Belgium||Antwerp||Antwerp International Airport||(ends 30th August 2019)|
|France||Caen||Caen – Carpiquet Airport|
|Netherlands||Groningen||Groningen Airport Eelde|
|United Kingdom||London||London Southend Airport||base|
Operated for BA Cityflyer (wet lease)Edit
Operated for KLM Cityhopper (wet lease)Edit
|Netherlands||Amsterdam||Amsterdam Airport Schiphol||Base|
|United Kingdom||Norwich||Norwich Airport|
The Stobart Air fleet, operating for Aer Lingus Regional and Flybe, consists of the following aircraft as of October 2018:
|ATR 42-600||1||—||48||operated for Aer Lingus Regional|
|ATR 72-600||13||—||72||11 operated for Aer Lingus Regional|
2 operated for Flybe
|Embraer 190||2||—||98||1 Operating for BA Cityflyer|
1 Operating for KLM Cityhopper
|Embraer 195||1||—||118||Operated for KLM Cityhopper|
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.
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.
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