bmi regional ends BAe 146 operations


bmi regional (formerly British Midland Commuter) has ended its BAe 146 operations. bmi regional leased five series 200s in 1999 to take over the franchise services previously operated by Debonair on behalf of Lufthansa. The contract was to run until now but was terminated at the end of November 2001 as part of the German airline’s post-11 September cutbacks. Nevertheless, bmi regional continued to operate several 146s on some of its own routes, allowing the airline to take advantage of opportunities created by the collapse of SABENA and to cover for maintenance of its Embraer ERJs. Very few of the airline’s 146 pilots, who had been hired specifically for the 146 operation, have been given the opportunity of transferring to other aircraft in bmi regional’s fleet.

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