When Newcastle-based Gill Airways ceased operations on 20 September, British European was quick to jump into the breach. Within hours of Gill’s shutdown, a British European BAe 146 took over the defunct airline’s route from Newcastle to Belfast City. On the next day, another BAe 146 arrived to operate the three roundtrips from Newcastle to Paris CDG that Gill had operated on Air France’s behalf. British European had to shuffle aircraft to meet the requirements of the new schedules, with some Titan aircraft being chartered to cover some of British European’s own routes, as well as some of the former Gill schedules. In separate news, British European adopted the “BE” code, replacing its old “JY” code.