Published on March 29th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer


ASL Airlines UK Takes Off

ASL Aviation Holdings has announced its newest addition to their stable with the establishment of ASL Airlines UK. ASL Airlines UK has received its Aircraft Operators Certificate (AOC) and its Operating Licence from the UK Civil Aviation Authority and becomes the first fixed-wing operation AOC issued post Brexit.

The new airline’s first flight was operated by an ATR72-200 freighter from ASL UK’s new base at East Midlands Airport to Belfast International Airport. The aircraft, registered G-OASL (c/n 265), became the first aircraft on the AOC and it will operate to Belfast International Airport daily from East Midlands. The ICAO three letter designation for the airline will be ABV and the callsign will be Cargoblue.

Commenting on the new airline launch, Dave Andrew, Chief Executive of ASL Aviation Holdings said, “The launch of ASL Airlines UK further strengthens our customer offering as a leading global aviation services provider. 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.”

ASL Airlines UK becomes the sixth airline within the group operating in Europe along with the company’s operations in South Africa and Asia. The entire group operate over 130 aircraft made up of 12 aircraft types from the Boeing 747-400 freighters, to the smaller ATR 42 turboprops. The Group’s airlines operated 85,713 flights or 235 flights per day, 365 days of the year and generate revenues in excess of US$1 billion. The ASL Group employs over 3,000 people globally from 51 different nationalities.

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