Yearly Archives: 2000

Italian start-ups eye BAe 146

Several new airlines are considering adding to Italy’s already sizeable BAe 146 and Avro RJ fleet. Most advanced is Goldwing Airlines, which has already acquired a former Air Botswana BAe 146-100 and is planning to begin operations from Taranto to Roma Fiumicino (twice daily) and Milano (daily) on 20 December. […]

G.E. Buys Honeywell

The manufacturer of the engines used on the BAe 146, Avro RJ, and Avro RJX is set to once again change names. In a surprise move, General Electric Company has agreed to acquire Honeywell International for $45 billion in stock. Honeywell had been widely expected to merge with GE rival […]

Meridiana no longer for sale

The majority shareholder of Italian airline Meridiana, the Aga Khan, has decided to withdraw his offer to sell the airline. The Aga Khan, who started Meridiana as Alisarda in 1963, has gradually been disposing of his Sardinian holdings and offered the airline for sale in January through Lloyds TSB and […]

BAe 146s again flying for KLM uk

In January, KLM uk transferred its fleet of BAe 146-300s to low-cost subsidiary buzz, and focused its own scheduled services on its Fokker 100 and turboprop fleet. buzz 146s have occasionally been used on KLM uk routes when needed, however. This need is now being formalized — in order to […]

Air Botnia orders Avro RJ85s

Finnish airline Air Botnia has announced an order for 5 Avro RJ85s to replace its six Fokker F28-4000s. Air Botnia is a wholly owned subsidiary of SAS. It operates regional services between Finland and Scandinavia. Sveneric Persson, President and CEO of Air Botnia, attributed the choice of RJ85 to the […]

Lufhansa buys stake in Eurowings

Lufthansa is buying a 24.9% stake of Eurowings. This stake may be further increased in the future, subject to clearance from anti-trust authorities. Eurowings had a testy relationship with Lufthansa in the past, culminating in a lawsuit for anti-competitive behavior. In recent years, Eurowings has cooperated closely with KLM, providing […]