ASL Aviation Holdings Confirms Up To 20 More Boeing 737-800BCF Aircraft

Malta, 31st March 2022 – ASL Aviation Holdings has confirmed an order with Boeing for up to 20 additional 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters (BCF). The announcement made at the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) Annual Conference in Malta today is for 10 firm orders and 10 options.


This order, including options, will bring the number of aircraft in the 737-800BCF programme to 40 aircraft for ASL. The aircraft will be converted by Boeing at the approved MRO suppliers STAECO in Jinan, China and at Boeing’s MRO facility at London Gatwick Airport in the United Kingdom.


Conversions are expected to start in Q2 2023 following the completion of ASL’s existing backlog for 737-800BCF conversions. The aircraft will be allocated to ASL’s airlines in Ireland, Belgium and France in Europe and joint venture airlines in Asia.


ASL Aviation Holdings Chief Executive Dave Andrew said, “This new order is an important element of our fleet renewal programme, and we are delighted to expand our partnership with Boeing on the 737-800BCF.”


“The aircraft has proven itself to be an excellent fit with our customer and operational requirements throughout our European network of 100 airports. The 737-800BCF offers increased reliability and performance, and equally its lower fuel burn reduces our environmental footprint. This is very important to ASL as an aviation group committed to environmental sustainability in aviation”, Dave Andrew continued.   


“We are honoured to play a crucial role in the fleet renewal underway across ASL Aviation Holdings’ operation,” said Jens Steinhagen, Director of Boeing Converted Freighters. “Boeing Converted Freighters support progress towards sustainability goals by providing operators like those under the ASL Group umbrella an economical way to replace less efficient, older-generation freighters.”


ASL announced its first 10 firm orders and 10 options for 737-800BCF aircraft at the Paris Air show in June 2019. The first aircraft entered service with ASL Airlines France in January 2021 and ASL confirmed the 10 options the following month.


So far ASL has taken re-delivery of eleven 737-800BCF as part of its initial orders, and they are now operating for ASL Airlines Belgium, ASL Airlines France and ASL joint-venture airline, K-Mile Asia, based in Bangkok, Thailand. Two aircraft are undergoing conversion, and the remaining seven will follow, with the 20th aircraft expected to enter service by early 2023.


The 737-800BCF meets ASL customer requirements for a next generation freighter that offers higher reliability and lower fuel consumption and operating costs per flight. The aircraft are used primarily by ASL’s airlines to transport express cargo and e-commerce freight and can carry up to 23.9 tonnes (52,800 pounds) with a range up to 3,750 kilometres (2,025 nautical miles).



About ASL Aviation Holdings


ASL Aviation Holdings, a global aviation services company with airlines based in Europe, South Africa and Asia, is a world leader in ACMI airline operations serving major cargo and passenger airlines.


Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, ASL’s six airlines include ASL Airlines Ireland, ASL Airlines Belgium, ASL Airlines France and ASL Airlines United Kingdom in Europe. ASL also have joint venture and associate airlines FlySafair in South Africa and K-Mile Asia in Thailand. The group also includes several leasing entities.


ASL Aviation Holdings 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 2,500 people of 51 nationalities. The Group has a fleet of 130 aircraft that includes 7 aircraft types ranging from the turbo prop ATR 72 to the Boeing 747. ASL’s agreement with Boeing for Boeing 737-800BCF ‘Boeing Converted Freighters’, will see the entry into service of the 12th ASL aircraft in Q2 2022.

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ASL signs LOI with Universal Hydrogen

ASL Aviation Holdings Signs LOI with Universal Hydrogen, Becoming a Launch Customer for Hydrogen-Powered ATR 72 Cargo Aircraft


 ASL to also provide a test aircraft to Universal Hydrogen as companies jointly advance eliminating aviation’s global impact on carbon emissions.


Los Angeles, Calif. – October 12, 2021 – Universal Hydrogen Co., the company leading the fight to decarbonize aviation through the adoption of hydrogen as a universal fuel, today announced it has executed a letter of intent (LOI) with ASL Aviation Holdings, a global aviation services group based in Dublin, Ireland. ASL will be a global launch customer for the turboprop cargo market and plans to purchase up to ten of Universal Hydrogen’s ATR 72 conversion kits for installation into its existing or future turboprop aircraft fleet.


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ASL Airlines United Kingdom Operates First Flight

Dublin 29th March 2021: ASL Airlines United Kingdom has received its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) and its Operating Licence from the UK Civil Aviation Authority, becoming the world’s newest cargo airline.


This is the first fixed-wing AOC issued by the CAA post Brexit and ASL Airlines UK has now taken its place in the ASL Aviation Holdings group of airlines which already includes four European airlines and two associated non-European airlines.


The new airline’s first flight was operated by an ATR72-200 freighter from East Midlands Airport to Belfast International Airport. The aircraft, registered G-OASL, became the first aircraft on the AOC and it will operate to Belfast International Airport daily from ASL Airlines UK’s new base at East Midlands.


“Our decision to establish a UK airline was customer focussed”, said Colin Grant, Chief Operating Officer of ASL Aviation Holdings.


“We want to offer our customers flexibility in their route planning when they want to operate domestically in the UK, or, in time, to fly from the UK to the EU”, Colin Grant continued.


Currently the ASL Airlines UK AOC is for the operation of cargo flights on a single route, but the airline is looking at opportunities to grow its domestic UK network and is applying for an EASA Third Country Operator (TCO) authorisation for cargo flights from the UK to Europe.


ASL UK will be closely aligned to ASL Airlines Ireland with common SOPs and shared support services. This corresponds to ASL Group’s programme to harmonise operations, remove unnecessary duplication and the creation of ‘centres of excellence’ serving all airlines.


“The launch of ASL Airlines UK further strengthens our customer offering as a leading global aviation services provider”, said Dave Andrew, Chief Executive of ASL Aviation Holdings.


“We will continue to explore opportunities to grow by offering all customers, new and old, a neutral service with the agility to deliver, develop and grow according to their requirements”, Dave Andrew continued.


ASL Airlines United Kingdom’s ICAO 3 letter designator is ABV and its callsign is CARGOBLUE.



ASL Aviation Holdings

ASL Aviation Holdings is a leading global aviation services provider with five European airlines and two associated airlines in South Africa and Thailand. The Group also include maintenance companies and leasing entities. ASL has a fleet of 140 aircraft ranging from the B747-400 to the ATR72 turbo prob. The Group’s airlines operate for world-leading express parcel integrators, postal services and e-tailers and also own-brand operates inter-continental scheduled services. Passenger services are also operated in France and in South Africa.


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ASL Aviation Holdings Confirms It Will Exercise Options for 10 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters

Dublin, Ireland, February 16th, 2021 – ASL Aviation Holdings DAC (ASL) has confirmed today that it is taking up 10 options for the 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter. This follows the original agreement with Boeing (NYSE: BA) for 10 firm orders and 10 options, announced at the Paris Air Show in June 2019.

The first 737-800BCF aircraft for ASL was delivered and entered service last month with ASL Airlines France. The second aircraft will be accepted by ASL’s joint-venture airline, K-Mile Asia this month and is expected to enter service in early April from its Bangkok Suvarnabhumi base. This will be the first 737-800BCF registered in Thailand. Four aircraft are currently under conversion, and another two aircraft are due for induction in the coming weeks.

“The performance and reliability of the 737-800BCF make it the perfect fit for our combined fleet renewal and growth programmes and so we have moved to confirm our 10 options earlier than planned”, said ASL Aviation Holdings Chief Executive, Dave Andrew.

Dave continued, “the aircraft offers an excellent option for our express cargo customers as they develop their networks to meet demand in the years ahead. It is ‘right-sized’ in payload and range and offers the improved carbon efficiency that ASL and our customers see as an essential element in fleet planning as we aim for future carbon neutrality”.

The 737-800BCF is up to 15% more fuel efficient and has lower CO2 per tonne than the 737-400SF.

Based on the popular Next-Generation 737, the 737-800BCF is meeting customer demand for a newer-generation freighter that offers higher reliability and lower fuel consumption and operating costs per trip compared to other standard body freighters. Primarily used to carry express cargo on domestic or short-haul routes, the airplane is capable of carrying up to 23.9 tonnes (52,800 pounds) and flying up to 3,750 kilometers (2,025 nautical miles).

“We are pleased to continue our partnership with ASL Aviation Holdings, which began at the Paris Air Show and was highlighted recently by their first 737-800BCF entering service,” said Jens Steinhagen, director of Boeing freighter conversions. “We look forward to seeing how their growing fleet takes advantage of the 737-800BCF’s market-leading reliability and efficiency.”

In 2020 ASL airlines transported 810,000 tonnes of cargo globally on customer ACMI flights and ASL’s own scheduled flights. The 737-800BCF aircraft will be operated mainly by ASL’s European airlines and will be introduced to meet the requirements of ASL’s express integrator customers.


ASL Aviation Holdings DAC is a global aviation services provider headquartered in Swords, Dublin, Ireland. The group has 4 European airlines; ASL Airlines Ireland based in Dublin, ASL Airlines Belgium, based in Liege, ASL Airlines France, based in Paris-CDG and ASL Airlines Hungary, based in Budapest. ASL also has an associate airline, Safair, in South Africa, that operates cargo and humanitarian flights and operates FlySafair, a leading low-cost domestic passenger airline based in Johannesburg. ASL also has a joint venture cargo airline, K-Mile Asia, in Thailand as well as maintenance facilities in Belgium and various aircraft leasing entities.

Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading provider of commercial airplanes, defense, space and security systems, and global services. As a top U.S. exporter, the company supports commercial and government customers in more than 150 countries and leverages the talents of a global supplier base. Building on a legacy of aerospace leadership, Boeing continues to lead in technology and innovation, deliver for its customers and invest in its people and future growth.

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ASL Airlines Belgium Announces Agreement with Nippon Cargo Airlines

Wednesday, September 30, 2020: ASL Airlines Belgium (ASLB) today announced that the airline has entered into an agreement for two B747-400F with Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA). The airlines will utilise the aircraft in a mutually beneficial relationship.


ASLB will continue to operate its current fleet of three (3) B747-400F aircraft while NCA will continue to operate a fleet of eight (8) B747-8F aircraft.


“We are delighted to grow our partnership with Nippon Cargo Airlines,” said Dave Andrew, Chief Executive Officer of ASL Aviation Holdings (ASL). “Both ASL and NCA provide connections that support the global economy and we look forward to continuing to provide NCA and its customers with an unmatched service and a platform for future expansion.”


Hitoshi Oshika, President and Chief Executive Officer, NCA, said “By partnering with ASLB, NCA will be able to utilise part of their flight capacity and satisfy even more of our customer’s requirements.  This important business expansion will enable us to provide customers with new, high-quality freighter capacity and further expand the global reach. NCA will explore additional service expansion with its European partner to other important markets including Africa and flights across the Atlantic connecting Europe and the US.”




Hugh Flynn Retires, New Group CEO at ASL Aviation Holdings

June 1st, 2020: ASL Aviation Holdings Chief Executive Hugh Flynn has announced that he is to retire after 22 very successful years as Chief Executive of the ASL Group.


Hugh Flynn will retire on July 13th this year and the ASL Board has announced that effective on that date, ASL senior executive Dave Andrew has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the ASL Group.


ASL will continue to benefit from Hugh’s strategic input as he will continue to serve as a non-executive Director of ASL Aviation Holdings. He will also become non-executive Chairman of each of ASL’s subsidiary airlines in Ireland, Belgium, France and Hungary.


Dave is currently ASL’s Chief Executive Africa and Asia as well as CEO Leasing, where he holds overall responsibility for all of the Group’s fleet and leasing operations.


ASL Aviation Holdings Chairman, Charles Graham, said “today’s announcements offer continuity for ASL’s customers and opportunity for the Group led by Dave with support from Hugh and the current ASL executive team”.


Charles paid tribute to Hugh saying he had “provided superb leadership in over 35 years in Group companies and 22 years as Chief Executive of ASL”.


“ASL has made a profit every year since its inception, irrespective of the prevailing global economic situations,” said Charles. “The Group fleet has grown to more than 130 aircraft and now operates on 6 continents, a testimony to Hugh’s strategic performance and unwavering commitment to ASL’s customers”, Charles continued.


The ASL Chairman welcomed Dave to his new role as Group Chief Executive saying that “sound succession planning meant that we had a very experienced and talented ASL Group executive ready and able to step into the CEO role”.


“Dave’s association with ASL goes back 30 years to when he joined Safair. He ran the airline’s passenger and cargo services including their commercial Hercules humanitarian operations,” said Charles, “and then as Chief Executive of that airline he led the launch and became the first CEO of the highly successful low-cost carrier, FlySafair,” Charles continued.


Hugh is a commercial pilot and said he “plans to enjoy a bit of flying and spend more time with friends and family.” Hugh further commented, “I also look forward to my continuing role in the ASL Group and to supporting my friend and colleague, Dave Andrew, in his new role. I am confident that the ASL Group is in the best hands and will continue to provide exceptional service and reliability to our customers”.


Dave Andrew said, “I am very honoured to have been appointed to this role and for the confidence placed in me by the ASL Board”.


“Hugh built ASL into a world leader in aviation services and has led the Group with integrity and expertise that have made him one of the most credible and admired global aviation executives”, said Dave.


“We have tough challenges ahead in these difficult times, but I step into the CEO role confident in the commitment and ability of the ASL team”, Dave concluded.

ASL Airlines Ireland awarded Airline of the Year ‘Silver Award’ at the ERA General Assembly

Each year, the ERA General Assembly hosts ERA’s prestigious airline and airport awards dinner which recognise excellence in the European aviation industry. This year’s awards were announced at the ERA General Assembly in Juan-les-Pins, France on Wednesday 9th October. ASL is very proud to have been recognised with the Airline of the Year “Silver Award” that evening.


John Rawl, CEO of ASL Airlines Ireland, said “This is great recognition for the team at ASL Airlines Ireland and I am delighted that their dedication and professionalism has been acknowledged and honoured with the ERA Silver Airline of the Year Award.”


This is not the first time we have been recognised by the ERA, having been awarded the Gold Award in 2015. This is a strong recognition of the continued evolution and innovation of ASL Airline Ireland’s business activity, whilst maintaining the highest levels of customer service.


The ERA Airline of the Year Award is highly regarded for independent and thorough judging, with judging panels chosen for their knowledge and their ability to assess achievements against the specific circumstances and constraints under which individual airlines operate. This year the judging panel comprised senior industry experts including past CEOs of European airlines and independent aviation journalists from a variety of European countries.


The European Regional Airline Association (ERA) is the representative body for 54 European airlines and over 120 aviation service providers, including aircraft and engine manufacturers, airports and suppliers.


Pictured above: Stefano Bortoli, CEO of ATR presenting the award to John Rawl, CEO, ASL Airlines Ireland


ASL and Boeing announce agreement at Paris Air Show

June 19th 2019 – At the Paris Air Show, ASL Aviation Holdings and Boeing announced an agreement for 20 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters. The announcement, which includes 10 firm orders and 10 purchase rights follows the operation of two leased B737-800BCFs on ASL European network at


“ASL is very pleased with how the flexibility and reliability of these freighters fulfill our operational needs in meeting our customer requirements,” said Hugh Flynn, Chief Executive, ASL Aviation Holdings. “The aircraft is highly efficient and right-sized for our developing operations on behalf of our express cargo customers who are experiencing growing demand. The 737-800BCF will also give us access to new markets.”


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Boeing Media Release – 19 June 2019

STAR Capital Completes Acquisition of ASL

5th June 2019:  European fund manager STAR Capital Partnership LLP (“STAR Capital”) has completed the acquisition of global aviation group, ASL Aviation Holdings DAC (“ASL”). An agreement to acquire ASL was announced in February 2019 subject to customary approvals.


Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, ASL is a global aviation services provider with operations on six continents. The group operates 130 aircraft ranging from Boeing 747 to ATR Turbo Prop offering network solutions to express freight integrators and passenger airlines. In addition, the Group operates scheduled and charter flights under its own brands at FlyBy Aviation Academy.


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Media Release – 05 June 2019