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Emerald Airlines to Take Delivery of 6th ATR 72-600 on Lease From Falko

Emerald Airlines will take delivery of their 6th ATR 72-600 on lease from Falko (formerly Chorus Aviation Capital), as part of a lease agreement with the global lessor entered into in August 2021. The aircraft will join the carrier’s Belfast City fleet from July 25, 2022.

From Left: Fabio Ligi of Falko and Richard Spencer of Emerald Airlines - Courtesy Emerald Airlines

On Monday (July 18, 2022), Emerald Airlines announced that they will take delivery of their 6th ATR 72-600 on July 25, 2022, as part of the lease agreement with the global aircraft lessor Falko entered in August 2021. The new ATR 72-600 will join the carrier’s Belfast fleet, reinforcing their position as the largest airline based at Belfast City Airport. With improved fuel efficiency and the lowest emissions of any aircraft in its class, all Aer Lingus Regional flights will be operated by the latest generation ATR 72-600 turboprop. The ultra-low fuel burn aircraft will emit up to 40 percent less CO2 during short regional flights, when compared to similar capacity regional jets.

In Monday’s announcment, Emerald Airlines’ Director of Engineering and Fleet, Richard Spencer, said,

“We are extremely pleased with the outcome of our partnership with Falko/Chorus. On behalf of the team at Emerald, I would like to thank our counterparts at Falko for their ongoing support. The latest generation of turboprop aircraft combining unmatched environmental and economic performance, the ATR 72 has proven itself to be the right aircraft for our passengers and our airline, and has been a great asset to our company.”

Also commenting on the leasing partnership, Falko’s Chief Commercial Officer, Mark Hughes, added,

“We are delighted to have delivered another aircraft to Emerald and be able to support the further development of Emerald Airlines as a key provider of regional connectivity between Ireland and the UK. The ATR product is a core part of Falko’s portfolio where we now manage a diverse fleet of seventy-five aircraft making Falko one of the world’s leading lessors of the type. In addition, Falko has two ATR simulators based in Dublin that provide further support to Emerald’s operations.”

Halifax, Nova Scotia-based Chorus Aviation, Inc. provides integrated regional aviation solutions, including asset management services. The company’s principal subsidiaries include regional aircraft lessor Falko Regional Aircraft, Jazz Aviation – the sole provider of regional air services to Air Canada, and Voyageur Aviation, a provider of specialty air charter, aircraft modification, and parts provisioning services. Combined, Chorus’ subsidiaries provide complete support service for the entire lifecycle of a regional aircraft. Some of these services include aircraft acquisition and leasing, refurbishment, engineering, modification, repurposing and transition, contract flying, maintenance, dissemble and parts.

Dublin-based Emerald Airlines is Ireland’s newest regional carrier and the exclusive operator of the Aer Lingus Regional route network. The airline offers a range of solutions including, franchise, wet-lease and private charter flying. Emerald Airlines’ dedicated team of aviation specialists provide customers with customized fleet solutions. Emerald Airlines currently operates Aer Lingus Regional flights from both Dublin and Belfast City airports with over 540 weekly flights on 20 routes to and from 16 airports including Bristol, Birmingham, Exeter, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Isle of Man, Newquay and others. Managed by a team of highly-experienced aviation professionals, Emerald’s mission is to safely and sustainability grow the business through innovation, expertise and a commitment to exceeding the expectations of their customers and airline partners.

Source: Emerald Airlines


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