18 FEBRUARY 2013


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Article from BTNews 18 FEBRUARY 2013

Aer Arann

Padraig O Ceidigh, synonymous with Aer Arann for nearly 20 years, has ended his association with the airline, resigning as a Director and Chairman.  His departure coincides with the Stobart Group gaining a majority shareholding in the Dublin-based airline.  In another move Aer Arann has extended its Aer Lingus franchise deal until 2022.  It aims to double passenger numbers to more than two million in five years.

Announcing a “new beginning” for the carrrier, interim Chief Executive Sean Brogan said: "Just over two years ago, we stared closure in the face.  Now, we have the fundamentals in place to join Europe's top tier of regional airlines.

"The completion of our restructuring programme represents a new beginning for the airline.

He added: "We have come a long way in a short time, but much remains to be done.  We will only continue to push forward positively if we maximise the opportunities that have been secured".

The airline is taking delivery of eight new ATR 72-600s aircraft to replace the older existing fleet of ATR72-200s and ATR42s.  The first new aircraft is due to enter service in May, with the remainder expected for delivery over the next 11 months.  The new fleet will be fully operational by summer 2014. www.aerarann.com


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