Flightline wins Aberdeen, Croatia contracts

Flightline BAe 146-200 G-DEFL

Flightline BAe 146-200 G-DEFL at Aberdeen on 5 February, still wearing Swissair Express colors (Gary Watt)

Southend-based BAe 146 operator Flightline has won two important contracts, assuring its future. The first is a three-year contract to operate oil industry support flights from Aberdeen to Scatsta. Flightline has been operating the services on an interim basis since it took them over from bankrupt British World Airways in December 2001. Its performance in the last few months was a major factor in winning it the permanent contract against strong competition. Flightline is basing the three former Debonair BAe 146-200s which it had operated for Swissair Express at Aberdeen to provide the flights. They typically operate five round trips a day, compared to the eight BWA’s BAe ATPs had operated. Flightline has also won a contract to fly a BAe 146-200 for Croatia Airlines beginning at the end of March. A second 146 will then be added in the fall. Flightline had previously operated a BAe 146 on Croatia Airlines’ behalf during 2000. The airline won out over Malmö Aviation for the Croatia contract.

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