British Midland Commuter begins BAe 146 operations

British Midland Commuter‘s long-delayed BAe 146 operations on behalf of Lufthansa began on 7 February with a single aircraft. British Midland was awarded the contract to operate five BAe 146s on services from Münich, replacing bankrupt Debonair, but found it difficult to secure suitable aircraft. The first aircraft is in fact an ex-Debonair series 200, OY-RCA (msn E2045 ex G-DEBH), which is being leased from Atlantic Airways. A second ex-Debonair 146 will join the service in late March, together with a 146 transferred from British Midland subsidiary British Regional Airlines. Two more 146s will be added later.

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