Stobart Air planning to spread wings over Europe
Stobart Air, which operates the Aer Lingus Regional service, is to continue expanding its fleet as it eyes more franchise flying opportunities around Europe, said newly-appointed non-executive chairman Conor McCarthy.
Mr McCarthy, an aviation veteran, is the founder and executive chairman of aircraft maintenance firm Dublin Aerospace.
He's also a former Ryanair and Aer Lingus executive, and was involved in establishing AirAsia.
Mr McCarthy said that Stobart Air might also explore airline acquisitions around Europe to take advantage of continuing structural changes among legacy carriers.
Dublin-based Stobart Air is part of the UK stock market-listed Stobart Group, whose chief executive is former easyJet chief operating officer Warwick Brady.
Stobart Air, whose managing director is Graeme Buchanan, operates the Aer Lingus Regional service on a franchise basis and operates some flights for UK regional carrier Flybe, also on a franchise basis.
Mr McCarthy said Stobart Air would be interested in expanding its use of jets.
It currently has three Embraer 195s in its fleet which were previously leased to Flybe.
Stobart Air currently operates those jets in Flybe livery, using one to operate a service between Dublin and London Southend Airport, which is owned by Stobart.