- BA Cityflyer is third airline partner for Stobart Air, which operates Aer Lingus Regional and Flybe regional routes
- Stobart Air to operate services for BA CityFlyer from London City Airport
- Stobart to invest €36m in two Embraer E190 jet aircraft and add 40 new jobs
Aer Lingus Regional operator Stobart Air is to operate routes from London City Airport under the British Airways CityFlyer brand.
Stobart Air has invested in two Embraer 190 jet aircraft under a three-year lease agreement with Limerick-based Nordic Aviation Capital. The ACMI arrangement with BA see Stobart Air provide aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance to BA CityFlyer to run London City Airport routes under the BA CityFlyer brand.
The airline is to create 40 new jobs, with recruitment for 10 captains and first officers as well as 30 cabin crew under way.
Last year, Stobart Air announced a €25m investment in the airline, with the addition of 60 new jobs and the first three Embraer E195 jet aircraft to its fleet.
Stobart Air operates under the Aer Lingus Regional brand as part of a franchise agreement with Aer Lingus and operates Flybe routes from London Southend Airport and the Isle of Man.
The Managing Director of Stobart Air, Graeme Buchanan said: “Due to the continued and consistent growth of our airline, we are investing in our fleet and our people to deliver on our current growth strategy.
“As a regional partner to leading airlines, we constantly review our business operations and our network to position us for opportunities with key partners from the most popular cities and routes across Ireland, the UK and beyond. We continuously seek to provide the optimum connectivity on key routes for customers, working with our partners. We have ambitious plans to grow and develop this partnership in 2018.”
Stobart Air said it is on track to carry 2m passengers in 2018 – a 17pc increase on the previous year.
British Airways’ General Manager for Commercial and Customer, Luke Hayhoe, said: “The relationship will ensure we continue to provide punctual and reliable services for our customers from the London City Airport hub.”
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