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Air Contractors (Ireland) Limited is a freight airline based in Dublinmarker, Irelandmarker. It operates scheduled freight services within Europe, mainly on behalf of postal organisations and express parcel operators. It also operates ad hoc charters throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Air Contractors has 5 European bases in Dublin Airportmarker, Glasgow-International Airportmarker, Manchester Airportmarker, Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airportmarker, and Shannon Airportmarker

History

The airline was established and started operations in 1972, as AirBridge Carriers at East Midlands. The name Hunting Cargo Airlines was adopted in September 1992 and then changed to Air Contractors, following the acquisition of the airline by Compagnie Maritime Belge (51%) and Safair (49%) in June 1998, and a move to Ireland. It has expanded as a group to include aircraft leasing (ACL Aviation Support and Aircraft Trading both based in Southend, UK) and maintenance (Air Contractors Engineering, previously called Aeroscot, Edinburgh, UK).

Over the years Air Contractors has operated several types of cargo aircraft including the Boeing 727 and Airbus A300, as well as a number of turboprop platforms in support of its clients operations.

Air Contractors is a one of the largest operators of ATR42/72 series of turboprop aircraft, providing services to a range of clients, the largest of which being Fedex.

Air Contractors is the only operator of a civil registered Lockheed L100 Hercules aircraft in Europe. The aircraft, EI-JIV, is based at East Midlands airport in the UK and is a primary response oil spill management aircraft for ORSL.

Air Contractors acquired French carrier Europe Airpost on 14 March 2008. Following the acquisition of EAP into the ACL group of companies, the group was rebranded ASL Aviation Group [128085], representing the three core activities of the group; Airlines, Support and Leasing.

Associated ASL Aviation Group companies, ACL Aviation Support (ACLAS) and ACL Aircraft Trading (ACLAT), promote their association with the Air Contractors brand. Air Contractors Engineering (ACE) is the aircraft heavy engineering operation based in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Destinations

Air Contractors has a short-haul European network with over 20 destinations. There are also ad hoc charter flights operated throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Many of the airline's European scheduled services are operated on behalf of FedEx Express.

Below are the destinations served by Air Contractors as of January 2009.
Belgium
Liège
Czech Republic
Prague
France
Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Germany
Berlin-Schönefeld

Frankfurt-Main

Hamburg

Stuttgart
Ireland
Cork

Dublin

Shannon
Italy
Rome-Fiumicino

Pisa
Poland
Warsaw
Sweden
Jönköping

Malmö

Umeå

Stockholm-Arlanda
United Kingdom
Birmingham

East Midlands

Glasgow International

Isle Of Man

London-Stansted

Manchester

Fleet

The Air Contractors fleet consists of the following aircraft as of July 2009

Air Contractors fleet
Aircraft Total Notes
ATR 42-300F 6 EI-SLA stored in Edinburgh
ATR 72-200F 9 EI-SLJ currently at Edinburgh
C130 Hercules 1 EI-JIV based at East Midlands


See also



References

  1. http://jethros.eu/fleets/fleet_listings/air_contractors.htm


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