4 October 2021
NAC have signed an agreement to lease four ATR 72-600 aircraft to Emerald Airlines

Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC), the world’s largest regional aircraft leasing company, is delighted to announce that it has committed to lease four ATR 72-600 aircraft to Irelands newest regional airline and operator of the Aer Lingus regional routes, Emerald Airlines. NAC is very proud to welcome Emerald Airlines as their newest customer.

Emerald Airlines has been granted the exclusive franchise for the Aer Lingus Regional route network from 1 January 2023 until the end of 2032. The airline is continuing to work closely with Aer Lingus to evaluate options with respect to an earlier contract start date. Just last month, Emerald Airlines also received its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from the Irish Aviation Authority, proving its fitness-to-fly capability.

Commenting on the announcement, Conor McCarthy, CEO and Founder of Emerald Airlines said: “We’re extremely pleased with the outcome of our agreement with Nordic Aviation Capital, and we are really looking forward to receiving this delivery of ATR 72-600s. Over the coming months we are set to secure additional aircraft, with this agreement bringing us another step closer to that.

It is more important than ever before to be able to offer our passengers efficient and flexible solutions with the highest possible standards of comfort and safety. At Emerald Airlines we are committed to minimizing our CO2 emissions, and the ATR 72-600 fits perfectly in this strategy.”

“We are honored to welcome Emerald Airlines as NAC’s newest customer. We congratulate them on their journey to date and look forward to building a strong partnership with them for many years to come.” said Jim Murphy, CCO, Nordic Aviation Capital.

About Nordic Aviation Capital

NAC is the industry’s leading regional aircraft lessor serving almost 70 airline customers in approximately 45 countries. NAC’s current fleet of almost 500 aircraft includes ATR 42, ATR 72, De Havilland Dash 8, Mitsubishi CRJ900/1000, Airbus A220 and Embraer E-Jet family aircraft.

About Emerald Airlines

Based out of Dublin, Emerald Airlines is Ireland’s newest regional airline and operator of the Aer Lingus regional routes. Offering a range of solutions including Franchise, ACMI, and Private Charter flying, Emerald Airlines’ dedicated team of technical experts and industry specialists will provide customers with the fleet solutions to meet specific needs.

The management team is made up of highly experienced aviation professionals with extensive worldwide aviation experience. The team is fully committed to providing a high-quality and customer-focused service that will add untold value to their client’s businesses.

Guided by a set of core values, Emerald Airlines’ mission is to grow the business sustainability through innovation, expertise, and a commitment to exceeding the expectations of their customers and airline partners.

For additional information, please visit us at

Eva Ferguson
VP Marketing and Communications

Phone: 0035361432400