jfy1999

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Talks with Emerald Airlines “ongoing”.

There is an article on ch-aviation (behind a paywall) which states that Emerald have been awarded the contract.

 

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Aer Lingus Reigonal will once again do the Dublin- Donegal route from February 26th. The current operator doing the routes contract ends on the 25th February which is planned to be their last flight. Emerald will take over after that.

I think this route was being operated by an airline from Scandinavia, called Amapola thought the contract must have been lucrative enough for them to run it
 
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YorkshireLad

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Emerald Airways UK (operating as Aer Lingus Regional) have been awarded there UK AOC this evening.

So the Leeds - Belfast flight will be operated by Emerald Airways UK (EAG) whilst the Dublin route will continue to be operated by Emerald Airlines Ireland (EAI)
They currently have 1 registered aircraft: G-CMJN (formerly EI-GZY). I expect more to follow
 

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They currently have 1 registered aircraft: G-CMJN (formerly EI-GZY). I expect more to follow

As far as I understand Emerald need 5x ATR72's aircraft for the Belfast City based operation.
So expect at least 4x more aircraft to be delivered or transferred from Irish register (EI-,) onto the UK (G-) registration within next few days & weeks to come.

I understand the majority of the Belfast City based crews have already had training and transferred over to the new UK operating company AOC.
 

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As far as I understand Emerald need 5x ATR72's aircraft for the Belfast City based operation.
So expect at least 4x more aircraft to be delivered or transferred from Irish register (EI-,) onto the UK (G-) registration within next few days & weeks to come.

I understand the majority of the Belfast City based crews have already had training and transferred over to the new UK operating company AOC.
What advantages does a UK AOC bring with it?
 

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What advantages does a UK AOC bring with it?

All down to Brexit.

Emerald is the operator of the Carrickfinn PSO and has to have an EU AOC to bid and fly that route - they couldn't do that on a UK AOC and if they have designs on other operations like Dublin -Rennes which Stobart Air did for several years, they need that EU AOC.

However you can have a UK base without having a UK AOC. eg: Ryanair has several UK bases at which it has EI- aircraft only but it can't fly UK domestics or from the UK to a non-EU country (unless an air services agreements permit) on that basis.

So basically holding a UK AOC means Emerald can now fly UK domestic's and any route that the UK has an air services agreement with.
 
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