National Jet to establish Italy-based British Airways franchise

Australian airline National Jet Systems (NJS) is preparing to start an Italian subsidiary to operate British Airways franchise flights. Few details have emerged so far on the new airline, which will apparently operate five former Uni-Air BAe 146-300s. NJS personnel were reported to be in Taiwan in late June, preparing to take delivery of the aircraft, while flight and cabin crew are reported to be flying with CityJet to familiarize themselves with European operations. National Jet had earlier planned to use its aquisition of Irish airline CityJet as a vehicle for beginning operations in Italy, but that approach was thwarted when the deal fell through.

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