Atlantic Aviation flies high on UK acquisition

Shannon-based aviation specialist Atlantic Aviation Group expands into the UK and boosts board with new appointments.

Atlantic Aviation Group (AAG) has acquired Flybe’s former aviation maintenance services operations (FAS) at Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, UK.

AAG has also announced the appointment of Pfizer Senior HR Director Eileen O’Riordan and the AAG chief executive Shane O’Neill to its board of directors. 

“This acquisition will further enhance our capabilities to service clients in the UK and Europe”

AAG is one of Europe’s leading independent aviation organisations offering services in maintenance, repair and overhaul aircraft modifications, continuous airworthiness Management and aviation training.  

Customers include DHL, Ryanair, ASL Airlines, Star Air, TUI Group, Jet 2 and major aircraft lessors such as GECAS, Aer Cap, Bank of America, SMBC, BBAM, Seraph, Aergo and Avolon.

Fresh eyes on the skies

Man standing in front of airplane.

Shane O’Neill, CEO, Atlantic Aviation Group. Photograph: Eamon Ward

AAG has steadily grown in recent years. Acquired in April 2015 by Patrick Jordan, it employs 317 staff and 24 trainees at its Co Clare headquarters – an increase in staff numbers of almost 100 over the past five years. 

Despite the challenges facing some parts of the aviation sector during the Covid-19 pandemic, the company has continued to strategically develop its customer base, international reach and the breath of its boardroom expertise.  

Shane O’Neill said he was also pleased to announce that AAG has also completed the acquisition of AAG Defence Services, formerly Flybe Aviation Services (FAS), at Brize Norton. In 2014, FAS entered a contract with Airbus to provide Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services for the RAF’s fleet of A400m aircraft.  

“This acquisition will further enhance our capabilities to service clients in the UK and Europe. AAG Defence Services employs 112 highly-skilled engineers and management team, of whom we look forward to working with along with our customer, Airbus.” 

The company also has an unmatched reputation in training aviation mechanics. Since 2015 more than 80 apprentices have participated in AAG’s industry-leading four-year Aircraft Maintenance programme. This year’s class of 14 apprentices includes three women.

Commening on the appointment of Eileen O’Riordan to the company’s board, he said: “Eileen’s extensive human resource experience will be invaluable at this pivotal moment in our business as we focus on becoming an increasingly customer-centric and people-focused organisation. I am confident that her considerable insight and knowledge will hugely benefit our business. I look forward to working with Eileen as we continually develop and execute our plans for AAG.”

By John Kennedy (

Published: 9 February 2021