British Airways has announced details of its plan to merge BAe 146 operator British Regional Airlines with Plymouth-based Brymon. The two airlines will be combined into a single operation under the name British Airways CitiExpress. Louise Fowler, Brymon’s Managing Director, will lead the effort to integrate the two airlines, a process that is expected to take about a year. Rob Hearn, currently BRAL’s Chief Operating Officer, will eventually head CitiExpress. The joint network will serve 59 destinations within British Airways’ route system, with a fleet of 72 aircraft — including BRAL’s two BAe 146s. BRAL’s sister airline Manx will continue to operate services to the Isle of Man under its own colors. In the late 1980s, Brymon played a leading role in efforts to bring the BAe 146 to London City Airport. Its acquisition by British Airways and subsequent pull-out from London City services meant it never operated the type, however.
Recent news items on British Regional Airlines:
- British Airways begins to transfer Avro RJ100s to CitiExpress (2002-09-30)
- Goodbye BRAL, Hello BACX (2002-04-12)
- Manx loses its identity (2002-02-13)
- British Airways buys British Regional (2001-03-08)
- British Airways reportedly eyeing British Regional (2000-12-14)