BAE Systems delivered only fourteen Avro RJs during 2000, compared to 23 in 1999 and 21 in 1998, as orders for current models are completed and attention turns to the forthcoming RJX.The total included the last seven RJ85s to Mesaba, five RJ100s to CityFlyer, and two RJ100s to Aegean Aviation.
Italian start-up Goldwing Airlines began operations on 20 December with a twice daily flight from Taranto, in southern Italy, to Roma Fiumicino and a single daily flight from Taranto to Milano Malpensa. Goldwing was planning to begin service using a BAe 146-100 leased from Air Botswana, but the aircraft was […]
The Financial Times is reporting that British Airways is negotiating to take over British Regional Airlines Group PLC, which includes BAe 146 operators British Regional Airlines (BRAL) and Manx. BRAL already operates as a British Airways franchisee.
As part of its shake-up of operations at its loss-making London Gatwick hub, British Airways is planning to bring Avro RJ100 operator CityFlyer “more closely together” with its other subsidiary, European Operations at Gatwick (EOG). Many Gatwick-based longhaul flights will be suspended or transferred to Heathrow, with Gatwick operations focusing […]
After a long wait, Malmö Aviation has begun receiving the nine Avro RJ100s it ordered from BAE Systems’ Asset Management arm to replace its 146s. The first, SE-DST (msn E3247), was delivered on 14 November. For the airline, the choice of the Avro RJ100 is a logical one, as the […]
Northwest Airlines has offered to buy Mesaba for $13 per share. Northwest already own a 28% share of Mesaba, which operates as Northwest Jet Airlink. Mesaba’s fleet includes 36 Avro RJ85s. Northwest’s move appears to have been an attempt to pre-empt a possible bid from Phoenix-based Mesa Air Group Inc. […]
Alitalia began codesharing with Meridiana on the latter’s routes from Firenze to Barcelona, London Gatwick, and Paris Charles de Gaulle — all of which are operated by BAe 146-200s. The agreement took effect on 28 October. The move allows Alitalia to offer direct flights from Florence. Previously, Alitalia had only […]
BAE Systems held its second “Avro RJX Summit” in Florence on 30 October. Like the previous Summit, at which the Avro RJX program was launched and which was held at London City Airport, the venue of this briefing was chosen to emphasize the RJX’s short-field capabilities. Nick Godwin, BAE Systems’ […]
BAe 146-100 G-OFOM (msn E1144) was delivered to Formula One Administration at Biggin Hill on 6 October. She had been painted at Norwich in April, and then flown to Exeter for modifications by British European Aviation Services (BEAS). Formula One already operates BAe 146-100 G-OFOA (msn E1006). Both 146s are in VIP configuration.
BAe 146-200 G-JEAS (msn E2020) of British European began a 3-month lease to Augsburg Airways on 6 October. The lease was arranged by Bombardier to cover for late deliveries of Dash 8Q-400s to the airline.