ASL Aviation Announces Irish Historic Flight Partnership

Dublin, 29th May 2023 – The fantastic and famous aircraft of the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF) will once again fly for the enjoyment of the Irish public this summer thanks to a new partnership with ASL Aviation Holdings (ASL).

ASL will be the exclusive sponsor of local and national IHFF events during 2023 that will feature iconic classic aircraft. The current IHFF fleet consists of three De Havilland DHC-1 Chipmunk aircraft flying in Irish Air Corps colours and a Boeing Stearman E75 biplane, built in 1943 and operated by the United States Navy.

“We are delighted to start our partnership journey with IHFF”, said Dave Andrew, Chief Executive of ASL Aviation Holdings. “We are very proud of our own history, which goes back to more than 50-years to venerated aircraft of bygone days, so it was natural that we would want to support the IHFF’s mission and contribute to the preservation of Ireland’s aviation heritage.”

The IHFF restores and maintains historic aircraft at their hangar in Ballyboy, Co. Meath, and flies them for the enjoyment of the people of Ireland. The IHFF has also established a heritage collection of artefacts celebrating the feats of Irish aviation dating back to 1919 and has plans to develop a dedicated ‘aviation experience’ facility.

Michael Hickey, Chairman of the Irish Historic Flight Foundation, said, “We in the IHFF are very happy to have secured this sponsorship agreement with ASL which will ensure our continued participation in the many local and national flying events that take place around the country throughout the summer.”

As part of the partnership and sponsorship agreement, the ASL logo will be seen on IHFF aircraft at air shows this summer and by visitors to the IHFF hangar. The IHFF will make its aircraft available for a private ground and air display for ASL at IHFF’s Ballyboy base.

ASL Aviation and the Irish Historic Flight Foundation look forward to a successful collaboration that will further promote Ireland’s aviation history and enhance aviation enthusiasts’ experiences nationwide.


About ASL Aviation Holdings

ASL Aviation Holdings is a Dublin based global aviation services company with operations including ASL Airlines Ireland and seven other airlines in Europe, South Africa, Asia, and Australia. With a fleet of more than 160 aircraft, ASL is a world leader in ACMI airline operations and both scheduled and charter cargo and passenger services.

ASL Aviation Holdings airlines operates cargo services for the world’s leading express parcel integrators and online retailers. Group airlines also operate scheduled and charter cargo services under its own airline brands on domestic, international, and intercontinental routes in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, North America and Africa.

ASL has a global team of 3,000 people of 51 nationalities. The Group has a fleet of 160 aircraft that includes 9 aircraft types ranging from the turbo-prop ATR 72 to the Boeing 747.

ASL’s airlines include ASL Airlines Ireland, ASL Airlines Belgium, ASL Airlines France and ASL Airlines United Kingdom in Europe. ASL also has an associate airline FlySafair in South Africa and joint venture airlines K-Mile Asia in Thailand and Quikjet Airlines in India. In April this year, ASL announced the acquisition of Pionair Australia, which became the eighth airline in the ASL Group and, over time, will be rebranded as ASL Airlines Australia. The Group also includes several leasing entities.

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About Irish Historic Flight Foundation

Irish Historic Flight Foundation is a fantastic initiative for the aviation industry to celebrate Ireland’s rich aviation heritage. The Foundation has wide industry support from the likes of ASL Aviation Holdings, the Irish Air Corps, the Department of Defence, Ryanair, Aer Lingus, the Irish Aviation Authority and a team of dedicated volunteers.

The Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF) is an initiative for Ireland’s aviation industry, established in December 2014 to promote the historical aspects of aviation in the State.

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