Published on August 23rd, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer0
Emerald Set To Take Delivery of ATR’s
New Irish start-up airline, Emerald Airlines has announced an agreement with the Canadian leasing company Chorus Aviation Capital. The deal is for six ATR 72-600 aircraft with the first aircraft joining the airline in the next few days with the remaining five due over the coming twelve months. The new aircraft will be configured with 72 new-generation seats with a 31-inch seat pitch and fitted with the latest Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127M engines. The ATR72-600 aircraft has a significant environmental advantage over regional jets and other turboprop aircraft emitting 40% less CO2 on short, regional flights.
The recently signed new franchise agreement between Aer Lingus and Emerald Airlines will support Aer Lingus’s Dublin Hub strategy by providing connectivity from UK provincial airports to North America via Dublin. The agreement will offer connectivity between the island of Ireland and Regional Airports in the UK, and beyond. Under the agreement, Emerald Airlines will operate ATR turboprop aircraft on the Aer Lingus regional routes with associated Aer Lingus branding and livery. The new ATR aircraft will play a key role in restoring the vital regional connectivity across Ireland and the U.K. which was lost due to the devasting impact of COVID-19 on the aviation industry.
Commenting on the deal, CEO of Emerald Airlines, Conor McCarthy said, “We couldn’t be happier with our partnership with Chorus Aviation Capital and look forward to taking delivery of our first six ATR72-600s. The ATR72 is an essential part of our strategy to offer high frequency, convenient, and affordable air travel across Ireland and the U.K. ATRs have proven themselves in tough environments featuring unrivalled performances, leading-edge comfort and unmatched reliability. These are the right aircraft for our passengers and our airline and will be a great asset to our company. Having reached an agreement with Aer Lingus and now having confirmation on our first delivery of aircraft, we are ready to hit the ground running and look forward to what the future has in store.”
Also commenting was the President of Chorus Aviation Capital, Steven Ridolfi who said, “We extend a warm welcome to Emerald Airlines as a new customer to Chorus Aviation Capital. The Emerald management team has a wealth of experience in regional aviation, and we look forward to their success as an air service provider. We are honoured to be Emerald’s first choice as aircraft lessor.”
The arrival of the first aircraft in the coming days will be followed by some flights from Dublin to Cork in relation to the airline application for an Airline Operators Certificate (AOC) from the IAA. The airline will be using ‘EAI’ as their three letter designator code