Civil Super Hercs to ASL Aviation

An impression of the Lockheed Martin LM-100J Hercules. (Image © Marco Ricco / Lockheed Martin)
An impression of the Lockheed Martin LM-100J Hercules. (Image © Marco Ricco / Lockheed Martin)

The Ireland based ASL Aviation Group is looking forward to buy up to 10 Lockheed Martin LM-100J commercial freighters, the civilian version of the popular C-130J Super Hercules military airlifter. The purchase intention was announced on 16 July during the 2014 Farnborough International Airshow in England.

ASL associated company Safair, based in South Africa, currently already operates one of the world’s largest civilian Hercules fleets, made up by six L-100 predecessors to the LM-100J. “We’ve long relied on our L-100s to deliver results that no other aircraft can produce. From flying humanitarian relief supplies over rugged African terrain to transporting key cargo within Europe and around the world, no other plane can do what a Hercules can do,” said Hugh Flynn, chief executive, ASL Aviation Group.

Apart from Safair the ASL Aviation Group includes Irish airline Air Contractors, French-based airline Europe Airpost and a longstanding association and shareholding in South African airline. There are two UK based support service companies in the Group, ACLAS Global and Air Contractors Engineering and also various leasing entities. The Group’s operations are worldwide with the airlines operating a mixed fleet of wide body, short haul and turboprop passenger and cargo aircraft under their own brands and for a number of leading airlines. ASL Aviation Group has a staff of 1,200, a fleet of 80 + aircraft and generated a total operating revenue of $500 million USD in 2013. ASL is a joint venture between CMB (51 percent) and 3P Air Freighters (49 percent).

The preliminary deal is a small success for Lockheed Martin, which began to market the civy Herc as recent as February this year.

Source: Lockheed Martin