One of the world’s largest fleet of commercial L100-30 Hercules airlifters is to be updated with the introduction of the new ‘Herc’, the technologically advanced Super Hercules LM100J.

    ASL currently leases 7 L100-30 Hercules aircraft to associate company Safair, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The airline operates in some of the world’s most demanding environments, tackling some of the toughest assignments and is currently the largest Hercules operator for the United Nations.

    At the Farnborough airshow in 2014 ASL Aviation Group signed a Letter of Intent with Lockheed Martin to order up to 10 LM100J Super Hercules commercial freighters.

    ASL also announced a partnership with Shannon Airport which will see Shannon become a new base for ASL’s Hercules aircraft operations.

    “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.

    “Being based on the world’s most proven airlifter, the LM-100J enables us to continue to support our global customers, and position our company for the future with increased capabilities that only the LM-100J can deliver. We take pride in our legacy L-100 fleet and eagerly look forward to our future as LM-100J operators.”

    The LM-100J is the civil-certified version of Lockheed Martin’s proven C-130J Super Hercules and is an updated version of the L-100 (or L-382) cargo aircraft.

    Through select design innovations, the LM-100J will perform as a civil multi-purpose air freighter capable of rapid and efficient transport of cargo. The LM-100J is an efficient and ideal airlift solution for delivering bulk and oversize cargo particularly to austere locations worldwide.

    The LM-100J incorporates technological developments and improvements over the existing L-100s with levels of advancement that will make it an aircraft that will deliver reliable service in a multi-role platform for decades to come.
    The Hercules L100-30 aircraft currently operated by ASL associate airline Safair is one of the most versatile aircraft for operating on unprepared airstrips worldwide. With the aircraft’s capability to fit external fuel tanks and its relative low fuel consumption it is even possible to operate to destinations where fuel is not readily available. Safair can convert the Hercules from a freighter configuration to a bulk fuel tanker within 6 hours.

    At Farnborough George Shultz, Lockheed Martin Vice-President said “Today is a monumental day in Hercules history as we have the opportunity to start a new era in operations with ASL Aviation Group”

    “As an L-100 operator, ASL Aviation Group knows the flexibility and reliability that only a Hercules can deliver. ASL’s LM-100Js will offer these same attributes and more, helping Safair crews transport literally anything, anywhere, at any time in a technologically advanced airlifter that goes farther and faster than its predecessors. We are honored and excited to share this milestone with ASL.”