New German low-cost airline eyes BAe 146s

A proposed new German low-cost airline, Express-Airways, is considering using BAe 146s. Express-Airways had been operating Shorts 360s on behalf of FedEx as part of the Farnair Group. The end of the FedEx contract left the company looking for other opportunities. The current proposal calls for about six 100-seat BAe 146s to be operated primarily between secondary German cities such as Augsburg, Braunschweig, Dresden, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, and Lübeck, with connections to Berlin-Schönefeld and Cologne/Bonn. Flights to international destinations such as Vienna and Budapest would be operated on weekends, and freight flights at night. The airline is hoping to differentiate itself from the growing list of German low-cost airlines by offering a “no games” price policy, with all flights within Germany costing EUR69 one way (EUR49 on weekends) and international flights costing EUR149. If investors can be found to support the effort, operations would begin in the spring of 2003. The airline has approached BAE Systems about leasing 146s, but no deal has yet been reached.

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