Published on April 13th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer0
Last ATR-42 Leaves the ASL Fleet
The last ATR-42 has left the ASL Airlines fleet. EI-FXD was the last of eleven operated since the first one arrived in 2003. The aircraft were used on the Fed Ex contracts that Air Contractors, later ASL Airlines operated in Europe. The ATR-42 has been replaced by the larger ATR-72 cargo aircraft that ASL Airlines started to receive last December. The final service of the aircraft was on the evening of 1st April when it operated the regular Shannon – Paris CDG route on behalf of Fed Ex. The aircraft positioned back the following day. The aircraft left these shores on 7th April when it set off for a new life with Air North in Canada. The Atlantic crossing took the aircraft from Shannon to Keflavik in Iceland for a fuel stop before heading on to Iqaluit in Canada. The following day, the delivery flight continued on to Kelowna in British Columbia with a total of 19 hours of flying time. The ferry flight was operated by Captain Alice Lipson, Captain Peter Galovic and Engineer Colm Fitzgerald.
The last ATR-42 to leave the fleet was a 1991 build aircraft that was initially delivered to Simmons Airlines in the United States and operated on behalf of the American Eagle brand. It was converted to a cargo version delivered to Air Contractors in 2005. Air Contractors was rebranded as ASL Airlines in 2008. The aircraft ended its career with ASL with a total of 35,730 hours and 38,898 landings.
Cover photo by Malcolm Nason following a repaint of the ATR-42 by Eirtech Aviation in Shannon during 2014.