Published on February 28th, 2018 | by Mark Dwyer


ASL Airlines to Close Spanish Subsidiary

Dublin based ASL Aviation Holdings has confirmed its ASL Airlines Spain subsidiary is to be closed as part of its ongoing streamlining of its operational assets.

In a statement, the group said ASL Airlines Spain’s fleet of eight BAe 146-300(QT)s operated on behalf of FedEx, would be gradually phased out. On the retirement of its last aircraft, the carrier would cease all operations and return it’s AOC to the Spanish CAA. Although affected staff will be offered positions elsewhere in the holding firm, some redundancies are expected. The ASL Group has been consolidating its subsidiaries across Europe and has already shut down ASL Airlines Switzerland and integrated those aircraft into its Irish fleet. However, it’s understood that the BAe 146-300’s will be phased out of service completely as they “do not meet the range or capacity requirements of the emerging market ASL is configuring its European freighter fleet to serve.” ASL said it would progressively introduce B737-400F aircraft to the Spanish-European market to meet increasing capacity requirements

PAN Air was originally acquired by ASL Aviation Holdings in May 2016 from TNT Express and was renamed ASL Airlines Spain.

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He 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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