Italian airline Meridiana has begun to replace its four Firenze-based BAe 146-200s with Airbus A319s. The first A319 was placed into service in April, replacing 146s on the routes to London, Barcelona, and Catania. Additional examples will gradually take over the other routes from Firenze as well. As they arrive, the 146s will be returned off-lease to BAE Systems. The first to be returned, I-FLRU (msn E2204), was flown from Firenze to Hamburg for maintenance by Lufthansa Technik on 14 April. Meridiana started operating BAe 146s in 1991, when it was still called Alisarda. The initial group of aircraft were replaced in 1994 by the last four BAe 146s built.
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