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Published on August 9th, 2017 | by Mark Dwyer

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Stobart Acquire three Embraer 195’s

Stobart Group have announced that its aircraft leasing business, Propius Ltd, has signed an agreement with a special purpose company managed by GOAL German Operating Aircraft Leasing GmbH & Co KG to purchase three Embraer E195 jet aircraft. The aircraft are currently on a lease agreement with European regional airline Flybe PLC, running to the second half of 2018. Propius will purchase the aircraft from GOAL for a reported USD56.0 million.

The aircraft will continue to be leased to Flybe until late 2018 with an estimated total lease income up to that date of USD9.2 million. Stobart Air, which currently operates a fleet of 17 ATR turboprop aircraft aims to operate 20 aircraft in 2018. Stobart have worked with GOAL in the past having already arranged the financing for eight ATR72-600 aircraft through the company.

This news comes as no surprise as we reported back in February (see here) that Stobart were advertising for flight crews to operate the new Embraer aircraft.

“Aviation is a core part of the group’s strategy to grow the overall business. The investment into the Embraer 195 aircraft will support the growth plans in our regional airline and aircraft leasing businesses, and adds further flexibility as we continue to grow our regional airline, develop our valuable long-term franchise with Aer Lingus, support Flybe in the Isle of Man and grow passenger numbers at London Southend Airport,” Chief Executive Warwick Brady said. Read the full Irish Independent interview with Stobart Group CEO Warwick Brady here.

Stobart Air CEO Graeme Buchanan (L) and Stobart Group CEO Warwick Brady (R)

Stobart Air is investing €25m and adding 60 jobs as it intensifies its relationship with UK airline Flybe by operating 12 new routes for the airline out of Southend Airport this summer.  Stobart Air expects to carry a total of more than 2 million passengers this year, compared to about 1.5 million in 2016. It’s understood that the new Embraer 195’s will be used in part to re-launch the Dublin-London Southend route which was scrapped by Aer Lingus Regional just over two years ago. The new route is planned to restart on 29th October with two or three daily services depending on the day of the week.

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Mark Dwyer

Mark is an airline pilot by profession flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He also instructs on them including tailwheel differences training and is a UK CAA Examiner. He also flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.



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