British European has signed a contract for up to 20 Avro RJX-100s. The contract confirms the memorandum of understanding signed in March 2001. It includes 12 firm orders, with deliveries due to begin in April 2002. As part of the deal, British European also extended its contract for the JetSpares aircraft support program for a further 10 years. JetSpares provides rotable spares at a fixed fee per flying hour. British European also become a launch customer for BAE Systems’ new Electronic Fleet Data Management System (EFDMS), which provides access to dynamic operational data through the internet. British European currently operates 17 BAe 146s, including three series 100s, eight series 200s, and six series 300s, which it operates both on its own behalf and on Air France franchise flights. Jim French, managing director of British European said: “We have enjoyed considerable success with the BAe 146, which has proved very popular with our passengers. The RJX will give us even greater potential to develop our network. With the new Honeywell AS977 engines we will enjoy excellent fuel savings, improved range and excellent reliability. Furthermore, the installation of Cat III landing capability will considerably enhance our operational performance year round”.