British European picks up SABENA pieces


British European moved quickly to take over some of the route which had been flown by bankrupt Belgian airline SABENA. On 7 November, the day after SABENA suspended operations, British European began services to Brussels from Newcastle, Birmingham, and Edinburgh. Both the Newcastle and Birmingham services are operated by some of the airline’s seventeen BAe 146s. This is the second time British European has been able to profit from another airline’s troubles. In September, the airline took over several routes that Gill Airways had operated from Newcastle. British European had been reducing its own schedules as a result of its own financial problems. This gave it surplus capacity which enabled it to move quickly to take advantage of the opportunities created by other airlines’ problems.

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