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  • Aer Arann Regional Airline Name
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Rebranded as Stobart Air
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Rebranded from Aer Arann (1969-2011)

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Dublin International (DUB)
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  • Read more 29MAR2014: Stobart Air likely to firm ATR72 options on back of Flybe. deal
    Stobart Air (RE, Dublin Int'l) will likely convert four ATR72-600 options into firm orders following the recent announcement of its Flybe. (BE, Exeter) franchise agreement.

    Formerly Aer Arann Regional (RE, Dublin Int'l), the airline last week said it would operate a five year contract on behalf of Flybe. on services out of London Southend to destinations in the Benelux, France and Germany.

    Stobart Air interim chief executive Sean Brogan confirmed the move to the Irish Independent adding that next week, the airline will take delivery of its last of eight ATR72-600s ordered from Avions de Transport Régional (Toulouse Blagnac) in July 2012.

    Brogan declined to say when deliveries of the aircraft would begin stating only that negotiations "would probably begin this year."

    Stobart Air also operates ATR42-300s and a mixture of ATR 72-200/-500/-600s for and on behalf of Aer Lingus (EI, Dublin Int'l) as Aer Lingus Regional.
  • Read more 25MAR2014: Flybe., Stobart Air sign franchise deal for London Southend ops
    Flybe. (BE, Exeter) has announced the signing of a five-year franchising agreement with Stobart Air (RE, Dublin Int'l) involving flights out of London Southend Airport. Under this new agreement, Stobart Air (formerly Aer Arann Regional (RE, Dublin Int'l)) will operate new routes from London Southend Airport to a mix of destinations in Benelux and Northern Europe in partnership with Flybe.

    The franchise operation will commence on June 5 with an initial two ATR72 aircraft to operate in Flybe. livery though more aircraft can be supplied should demand require so.

    Saad Hammad, Chief Executive Officer of Flybe., said: "We are delighted to be extending the Flybe. brand further into the South-East. Today's news is also further evidence of our commitment to providing true regional connectivity across the UK and we look forward to unveiling a major programme of new base and route development over the coming months."

    Flybe. has a similar franchise agreement with Loganair (LM, Glasgow Int'l) who have 17 turboprops operating in Flybe. colours.

    For its part, Stobart Air operates Aer Lingus Regional services as a franchisee of Aer Lingus (EI, Dublin Int'l) already.
  • Read more 20MAR2014: Aer Arann to change corporate name to Stobart Air
    Aer Arann Regional (RE, Dublin Int'l) is to change its corporate name to Stobart Air (RE, Dublin Int'l), the airline has announced. In a press release, Aer Arann said the transition will be completed by the end of this year, and marks the conclusion of the first phase of the airline’s ‘new beginning’ strategy.

    "The airline will continue to operate under the Aer Lingus Regional brand as part of its franchise agreement with Aer Lingus (EI, Dublin Int'l). Stobart Air's Irish operations will continue to be based at Northwood, Santry, next to Dublin Int'l Airport," it said.

    The next phase of its strategy will focus on additional franchise partnerships; leveraging its connection with London Southend; and advancing growth with its other airport partners, including Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports.

    Stobart Air - a part of the Stobart Infrastructure and Support Services Group - aims to become a specialist in franchise or contract flying for major European airlines, and to double its passenger numbers within five years. It holds a 45% stake in Aer Arann via Everdeal Holdings Limited.

    Over the past year, the airline has seen a number of changes to its business including financial restructuring; a fleet renewal programme and subsequent roll-out of eight new ATR72-600 aircraft; the extension of its franchise agreement with Aer Lingus to 2022.

    The airline currently operates 550 flights weekly across 27 routes throughout Ireland, the UK and France under the Aer Lingus Regional brand.
  • Read more 09MAR2014: Ryanair loses appeal against UKCC's Aer Lingus divestiture ruling
    Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l) has lost an appeal against an August 2013 UK Competition Commission (CC) ruling that it must sell most of its stake in local rival Aer Lingus (EI, Dublin Int'l). In a brief media statement issued following the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal's (CAT) judgement, the Irish LCC said it "has instructed its lawyers to appeal this ruling to the UK Court of Appeal."

    The CC had originally concluded that Ryanair's minority shareholding in Aer Lingus (29.82%) "gave it material influence over Aer Lingus and resulted in a substantial lessening of competition within the meaning of section 35 of the Enterprise Act 2002". As a result, the CC ordered Ryanair to divest itself of the majority of its holding to no more than 5%.

    However, in its application to the CAT, Ryanair challenged the lawfulness of the CC's final report on six grounds, all of which were rejected by the CAT.

    Among the challenges brought forward by Ryanair are that the CC did not have jurisdiction to impose requirements on the airline, an Irish company which does not carry on business in the UK. This was rejected on the grounds that Ryanair operates 11 routes to and from the United Kingdom in competition with Aer Lingus and Aer Arann Regional (RE, Dublin Int'l).

    Aer Lingus welcomed the decision.

    "Today’s CAT judgment is a key milestone on the path toward removing Ryanair from the Aer Lingus share register,” Colm Barrington, the Chairman of Aer Lingus, said.

    Despite the ruling, the case is by no means over. Should the UK Court of Appeal reject Ryanair's case, the airline still has the option of the UK Supreme Court.
  • Read more 02SEP2013: Aer Lingus in merger talks with unnamed carrier
    Aer Lingus (EI, Dublin Int'l) has been linked to three potential merger and acquisition scenarios following the publication of the United Kingdom's Competition Commission's (UKCC) ruling last week in which it directed Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l) to reduce its near 30% stake in Aer Lingus immediately. According to the Irish Independent, Aer Lingus is involved in merger talks with another undisclosed airline said to be interested in taking a significant stake in the Irish carrier. The report claims that while the Irish carrier's management has "determined that the possible deal will only result in limited revenue and growth opportunities, it could generate cost savings of between EUR35million and EUR50million across a number of operational activities." There are also potential fleet and maintenance synergies that have been identified by Aer Lingus. It claims there is no likelihood of a deal being reached any time soon. In the UKCC's Ryanair ruling, it was also revealed that the Irish national carrier had, early in 2012, entered confidential discussions with an unnamed airline regarding a possible tie up; a deal that would have hinged on Ryanair disposing or reducing its stake. "Discussions had progressed to the stage of a confidential exchange of financial information, and contacts had taken place between senior management and respective financial advisers, but these ended following the announcement of Ryanair's hostile bid," Aer Lingus told the UK watchdog. It has also been revealed that talks regarding the potential acquisition of another carrier, believed to be Aer Arann Regional (RE, Dublin Int'l), were also held prior to the latter's subsequent acquisition by the Stobart Group.


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