British World shuts down

Former BAe 146 operator British World Airlines (BWA) shut down on 13 December. British World, under its previous name of British Air Ferrries (BAF) was the first airline to operate the BAe 146 when it flew the fourth series 100, G-OBAF (msn E1004), on route proving flights for BAe during the 146’s flight test program in 1982. The airline had been planning to place an order for as many as ten examples of the type, but the plan fell through. A decade later, British Air Ferries leased several BAe 146s from BAe Asset Management. The airline continued to operate 146s after changing its name to BWA in April 1993. Rising lease rates eventually forced BWA to relinquish its 146s, although it continued its relationship with the 146 by providing crews for other airlines’ 146s. The most recent such arrangement proved unfortunate, however. BWA’s contract to provide crews for National Jet Italia‘s four BAe 146-300s was one of the reasons for BWA’s eventual downfall; when NJI collapsed, it left several of BWA’s bills unpaid.

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