Equipment shortages give reprieve to Aer Lingus BAe 146s

As planned, Aer Lingus withdrew its six remaining BAe 146s from service with the beginning of its winter schedule on 26 October. The move did not end the airline’s BAe 146 operations, however. A deal to lease additional examples of the Airbus narrowbody family fell through, leaving Aer Lingus short of equipment. Several BAe 146s, therefore, have been pressed back into service — mainly on the routes from Dublin to secondary British towns that have long been their domain, but also as needed throughout the airline’s European network. In the meantime, CityJet quickly took over the route from Dublin to London City, initially using a BAe 146 leased from Flightline.

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