Monthly Archives: January 2003


Queen’s Flight BAe 146 rescues baby

A BAe 146 from No.32 Squadron (The Royal) made news when it airlifted a baby that needed an urgent operation from Northolt to Glasgow on 22 January. The baby needed an operation for a rare condition, and Glasgow’s Yorkhill Hospital for Sick Children was the only hospital with the necessary […]


Aurigny to wet-lease a BAe 146

Guernsey-based airline Aurigny will wet-lease a BAe 146 from Titan Airways to provide additional capacity during the 2003 summer season. Aurigny operates Britten-Norman Trislanders on flights between the Channel Islands and SAAB 340s on longer routes. During the busy summer season, however, these aircraft are insufficient to meet the demand. […]


Albanian adds another BAe 146

Albanian Airlines has agreed with the administrators of Ansett to acquire one of the bankrupt carrier’s stored BAe 146s, series 300 VH-EWS (msn E3197). Albanian carrier bought a series 200 from BAE Systems in April 2001, to begin the process of replacing its Tupolev Tu-134s. The airline also began negotiations […]


airBaltic to replace Avro RJ fleet

Latvian national airline airBaltic is taking advantage of low lease rates in the current depressed market to replace its three Avro RJ70s and four Fokker 50s with Boeing 737s. The 120-seat 737s will provide substantially more capacity than the 76-seat RJ70s. The first 737 will arrive next month, and be […]


Azzurra Air codeshares with VLM

Italian Avro RJ operator Azzurra Air began a codeshare service from Milano Malpensa to Rotterdam on 12 January, in cooperation with Dutch airline VLM. The daily (except Saturday) flight will be operated with an Avro RJ85. VLM considered acquiring Avro RJs to supplement its Fokker 50s a few years ago, […]


Turkish Avro RJ100 crashes

A Turkish Airlines (THY) Avro RJ100 crashed in thick fog while attempting to land at Diyarbakir, in southeast Turkey, in the evening of 8 January. Avro RJ100 TC-THG Konya (msn E3241) was operating flight TK634 from Istanbul, with 75 passengers and five crew on board. She was making a non-precision […]