ASL Airlines UK becomes worlds newest cargo airline

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ASL Airlines UK receives its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) and its Operating Licence from the UK Civil Aviation Authority, becoming the world’s newest cargo airline.

The new airline’s first flight was operated by an ATR72-200 freighter from East Midlands Airport (EMA) to Belfast International Airport (BFS). The aircraft became the first aircraft on the AOC and will operate to BFS daily from ASL Airlines UK’s new base at East Midlands.

This is the first fixed-wing AOC issued by the CAA post-Brexit with ASL Airlines UK joining the ASL Aviation Holdings group of airlines which includes four European airlines and two associated non-European airlines.

“Our decision to establish a UK airline was customer focussed”, says Colin Grant, chief operating officer of ASL Aviation Holdings.

“We want to offer our customers flexibility in their route planning when they want to operate domestically in the UK, or, in time, to fly from the UK to the EU”, Grant adds.

Currently, the ASL Airlines UK AOC is for the operation of cargo flights on a single route, but the airline says it is looking at opportunities to grow its domestic UK network and is applying for an EASA Third Country Operator (TCO) authorisation for cargo flights from the UK to Europe.

ASL UK will be closely aligned to ASL Airlines Ireland with common SOPs and shared support services. This corresponds to ASL Group’s programme to harmonise operations, remove unnecessary duplication and the creation of ‘centres of excellence’ serving all airlines.

“The launch of ASL Airlines UK further strengthens our customer offering as a leading global aviation services provider”, says Dave Andrew, chief Executive of ASL Aviation Holdings.

“We will continue to explore opportunities to grow by offering all customers, new and old, a neutral service with the agility to deliver, develop and grow according to their requirements.”


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