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Old 16th Nov 2020, 09:23
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Originally Posted by TartinTon
I'm sure it did but I'm assuming that the additional positioning in/out costs every week weren't insignificant....
The first year CF did very well crewing the flights from IBZ,AGP,PMI etc, positioning crews out to via LCY. The following year they crewed the flights via taxi to BRS,BHX. This was the down fall. Loads of delays due to traffic and delayed Taxi’s. A days flying followed by a long taxi back to LCY. Increased fatigue and sickness.
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Old 16th Nov 2020, 15:39
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Stobart Group still intends to divest its regional operator Stobart Air by the end of the financial year, despite Irish carrier Aer Lingus’s deciding not to renew a franchise agreement with the company.

Aer Lingus has been using Stobart Air for regional connections for several years and Stobart Group had aimed to enhance the attractiveness of the carrier to a potential buyer by sealing a long-term agreement with Aer Lingus beyond 2022.
Brady states that Stobart Air can “enter negotiations” with Aer Lingus’s chosen franchisee given the “anticipated interest” in the Stobart fleet of ATR turboprops. Stobart Group has a right to break early from its lease agreement of eight ATRs in April 2023, if it is not awarded the franchise deal. This would cost the group $21.2 million, plus finance and maintenance fees.

Stobart Group points out that its investments in Stobart Air and Propius are fully written down. It states that Stobart Air will continue to provide a “high-quality service” to Aer Lingus for the remainder of the franchise term. “It is well placed to build on eight years of reliable, customer focused connectivity between Ireland and the UK and utilise its European air operator’s certificate to operate out of Ireland and seek further franchise or independent flying arrangements,” the group adds.
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Old 16th Nov 2020, 18:04
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That makes sense with Emerald Airlines might buy Stobart Air

“Emerald Airlines looks forward to these negotiations in the coming weeks with a view to concluding a binding contract and progressing with our ambitious plan to roll out a fleet of 15-plus ATR72 Aer Lingus-branded aircraft from Dublin, Belfast, Cork and Shannon,” he said.
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