Stobart Air’s story begins nearly fifty years ago. In 1970, with a small fleet of BN-2 Islanders, James Coen and Ralph Langan began operating reliable, value-for-money flights for the one thousand inhabitants of Inishmore, a small island off Ireland’s wild and windswept west coast.
Today, Stobart Air is one of Europe’s leading franchise, ACMI and charter aviation specialists. Every week, we operate up to 940 flights across 43 routes in 11 European countries with our partners Aer Lingus and Flybe, including flights from Dublin, Cork, Shannon, Donegal and Kerry.
Stobart Air is now part of Connect Airways.
Connect Airways has acquired Flybe and Stobart Air’s wet lease operations and aircraft leasing business. The Combined Group is expected to bring benefits to customers, suppliers and employees, providing stability in an extremely tough trading environment.
Connect Airways will offer significant benefits for customers:
- A leading franchise-flying business, maintaining Stobart Air’s position in this important market
- A foundation to secure Flybe’s long-term future, building on the strong financial backing and expertise of Virgin Atlantic, Stobart Group and Cyrus
- More choice for customers through improved connectivity between UK regional airports and Virgin Atlantic’s extensive long-haul network, particularly at London Heathrow and Manchester Airports
- An enhanced customer experience in line with the Virgin brand, which Connect Airways will use in due course.