British European increases Air France collaboration

Exeter-based British European is increasing its cooperation with Air France. In addition to operating several BAe 146s on behalf of the French airline, British European will also codeshare with Air France on UK domestic routes. Air France is hoping the deal will help it entice British passengers to bypass British Airways’ congested hub at Heathrow and instead use its hub at Paris Charles de Gaulle. The codesharing arrangement began in March on British European flights from Aberdeen and Edinburgh to London City, and from Edinburgh and Belfast to Birmingham, and will be expanded to cover all British European flights from UK regional airports into Birmingham, London City, and London Gatwick in July. British European has also taken over Air France’s Glasgow-Paris service, which it now operates three times a day on weekdays with BAe 146s, connecting through Birmingham. The frequency of Birmingham-Paris services has been increased to seven times a day, with most services operated with BAe 146-300s. In other news, British European is adding a fourth daily flight from London City Airport to the Isle of Man, to be operated by a BAe 146 (the remaining services continue to use Dash 8s).

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