Local company to operate Boeing 757 for Aer Lingus
THE first of three Boeing 757 aircraft leased from a Swords-based airline has entered service on the Aer Lingus Shannon-Boston route.
Local company Air Contractors will operate two additional B757's on trans-Atlantic routes for Ireland's national airline on the new Aer Lingus service from Dublin to Toronto and also on the Shannon-New York route.
All three aircraft will be operated with Air Contractors flight crew and Aer Lingus cabin crew. One aircraft will be based in Dublin and two will be based in Shannon.
Air Contractors is part of the ASL Aviation Group, a global aviation group with almost 90 aircraft operating all over the world. Both ASL and Air Contractors are based in the Group Head Office on the Malahide Road in Swords.
Colin Grant, Chief Executive, Air Contractors said: 'We are proud to partner with Aer Lingus in this initiative and everyone, including our people in the Swords office and those based at the airports and working on the aircraft are fully committed to the success of these new B757 trans-Atlantic services.'
'I would like to pay tribute to the teams here in Air Contractors and in Aer Lingus who have worked hard to introduce the B757 routes and I know we are all dedicated to ensuring that passengers enjoy the excellent service for which Aer Lingus is renowned,' Mr. Grant said.
Aer Lingus Chief Executive Christoph Mueller said: 'Aer Lingus Chief Executive Christoph Mueller said 'Our partnership with ASL Aviation Group forms a major part of Aer Lingus' plans to grow our trans-Atlantic operations very significantly in 2014.
'This expansion not only gives a boost to tourism and trade links between Ireland and the US and Canada but will also directly support more than 200 jobs within our two partner airlines.'
Hugh Flynn, Chief Executive, ASL Aviation Group said: 'This is a very significant and exciting addition to our business and we believe this collaboration with Aer Lingus demonstrates a creative, pragmatic and flexible approach that will strengthen both the market and economic opportunity for Ireland.'
The three B757's will operate with 177 seats; 165 economy seats and a business cabin with 12 sleeper seats. New cabins include an extensive in-flight entertainment selection with individual passenger screens throughout.
Air Contractors B757's will operate Aer Lingus flights from Shannon to Boston daily and from Shannon to New York six days a week from March 30.