Lufthansa Regional boosts BAe 146 fleet

BAE Systems has signed several major leases with airlines of the Lufthansa Regional group. Under the agreements, Eurowings will receive six additional BAe 146-300s, and Air Dolomiti will receive five BAe 146-300s. Both airlines are wholly-owned by Lufthansa. Eurowings, who already operates four BAe 146-200s and four 146-300s, is scheduled to receive its first new series 300 in mid-April, with the rest following at regular intervals through September. All six were previously operated by KLM uk/buzz. Air Dolomiti will use its five BAe 146-300s to replace its Bombardier CRJs. Deliveries will also begin in mid-April and run through September. All five were previously operated by Aer Lingus, though some were also used by Flightline last fall. The lengths of the leases were not stated. In an accompanying transaction, CityLine has sold three of its Avro RJ85s to BAE Systems and leased them back. Coming from one of Europe’s main airline groups, these transactions represent a major endorsement for the BAe 146/Avro RJ family.

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