The new Irish company, Emerald Airlines, has received its Air Operator Certificate. This means that the regional airline is allowed to operate commercial flights. The next step is to initiate the flight operation.
The routes on which Emerald Airlines will fly are not yet known. It is certain that society will work closely with Aer Lingus. As of 1 January 2023, the airline operates as a franchise partner on regional routes for that airline.
These are flights within Ireland and to Great Britain under the Aer Lingus Regional Brand. As the previous franchise partner Stobart Air had to stop the flight operation earlier this summer, Aer Lingus and Emerald Airlines are discussing an earlier start date for the contract.
Emerald Airlines will fly six ATR 72-600s from the base of Stobart Air and Virgin Australia. The start-up signed a deal with Chorus Aviation Capital, also based in Ireland. The first aircraft was delivered in August.