Emerald Airlines has announced that it has been granted its Air Operator Certificate (AOC),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 Irish Aviation Authority (IAA).
Commenting on the announcement, Conor McCarthy, Founder and CEO of Emerald Airlines said: “Being granted the first AOC in Ireland since the pandemic is not only a major milestone on 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.”
Emerald Airlines recently announced that it has entered into a franchise agreement with Aer Lingus which will commence on January 1, 2023, for a period of ten years for the operation of Aer Lingus Regional flights. Although the contract is not due to commence for 17 months, Emerald Airlines continues to work closely with Aer Lingus to evaluate options with respect to an earlier contract start date.