Published on September 7th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer


Emerald Airlines Secures AOC

Emerald Airlines has been granted its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) by the IAA making it Ireland’s newest airline. Securing the AOC further highlights Emerald Airlines’ professional capabilities, adherence to the highest standard of safety regulations needed for aircraft operations and proves its fitness-to-fly capability following the successful completion of rigorous inspections by the IAA. 

Emerald Airlines completed its Proving Flight, EAI 001, on the 3rd of September 2021. Flight ‘EAI001’ departed from Dublin Airport at 3:48 PM and arrived 37 minutes later at Cork Airport.  

Emerald recently announced that it had come to a franchise agreement with Aer Lingus to provide Regional service for the airline commencing in January 2023. Both airlines have said that they will work closely together with a view of providing these services earlier if possible. Emerald Airlines has been assigned the callsign GEMSTONE and ‘EAI’ as its three-letter designator by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). 

Aviation Regulator, Diarmuid Ó Conghaile

Commenting on the handover of the Certificate, the Aviation Regulator of the IAA, Diarmuid Ó Conghaile said, “Establishing a new airline and achieving all the necessary safety and licensing approvals is a huge achievement at any time. It is particularly challenging in the current pandemic circumstances, and we congratulate all of the team at Emerald on passing this milestone. The emergence of Emerald as a new Irish airline is a big lift for Irish aviation and the Irish travel industry as we push to rebound from the catastrophic sectoral impact of the pandemic. We at the IAA are delighted to have another airline on the Irish register. This development demonstrates the flexibility and the potential of the industry here.” 

Also commenting was the Founder and CEO of Emerald Airlines, Conor McCarthy who said: “Being granted the first AOC in Ireland since the pandemic is not only a major milestone in our journey as an airline but a significant one for the Irish Aviation industry as it begins its recovery following the worst crisis in its history.  We are now able to progress towards the launch of scheduled services, which will be rolled out progressively as our aircraft are delivered and market conditions allow. We will be working very closely with Aer Lingus on this now that we have our AOC in place. I would like to thank all at the IAA for their invaluable support throughout this process.”  

Aviation Regulator of the IAA, Mr. Diarmuid Ó Conghaile and Conor McCarthy, CEO of Emerald Airlines

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