Club Air receives first BAe 146

Italian start-up Club Air has taken delivery of its first BAe 146. The former Flightline series 200 G-DEFK (msn E2012) was delivered from Southend to Brescia on 3 October. A second 146 will follow in mid-October. Club Air has been formed by tour operator Valsole Viaggi, primarily to undertake flights to Romania. Valsole had previously chartered ATR42s and 737s from TAROM. Cooperation with TAROM will continue, and the 146s may in turn operate some routes on behalf of the Romanian airline. Both 146s are on three-year leases from owner IMP Group, a deal arranged through broker Cabot Aviation, and will be operated under the AOC of freight operator SixCargo. Spares support will be provided by CASCO. A third 146 might be added next year.

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