The deadline for the completion of the deal for Flybe‘s takeover of BA Connect has been pushed back to 31 January. The two airlines had earlier indicated that they hoped to complete the deal before the end of the year.
Avro RJ operator FaroeJet abruptly ceased operations on 16 December. FaroeJet had operated a single Avro RJ100, OY-FJE (msn E3234), on scheduled services between Copenhagen and Vagar, as well as on charters. Like many start-ups, however, it proved to be under-capitalised. Competitor Atlantic Airways has taken over the lease of […]
British Airways is apparently bringing back the CityFlyer name for its new subsidiary. The new BA CityFlyer will take over BA Connect‘s Avro RJ100 fleet and London City services when the rest of BA Connect is acquired by Flybe.
Turkish Airlines (THY) ended Avro RJ operations in early December, and returned their last aircraft, RJ100 TC-THA (msn E3232) to BAE Systems. THY initially ordered five RJ100s in 1993, and then added several more later, as well as four RJ70s. The airline lost no less than three examples to landing […]
Verona-based Club Air ceased operations on 12 December, after Italian civil aviation authority ENAC withdrew its operating certificate. The company had been in financial straits for some time, with a loss of EUR1.7 million in 2005. A hoped-for infusion of new capital from an investor group from Naples fell through. […]
Mesaba operated its last Avro RJ85 services on the morning of 1 December, when three RJ85s that had overnighted at other airports returned to Detroit. The last ever Mesaba RJ85 revenue flight was NW3517 from Rochester to Detroit. The final withdrawal date for Mesaba’s RJ85s has shifted several times since […]
The withdrawal of Mesaba‘s last Avro RJ85 brings to an end all BAe 146 and Avro RJ airline operations in the USA, with the single 146 remaining in service being Moncrief Oil’s executive-configured BAe 146-100 N114M (msn E1068). North America had been the scene of some of the earliest BAe […]
Mr J.A. “Johnny” Johnstone, former Marketing Director on the HS/BAe 146 has passed away. Mr Johnstone was instrumental in keeping the HS 146 project alive at Hatfield during its early days of the project and after its revival in 1978.
WDL Aviation is operating BAe 146-200 D-AMGL (msn E2055) on behalf of Atlantic Airways, helping to cover for the loss of OY-CRG (msn E2075) at Stord on 10 October. D-AMGL had been operating on behalf of Air Nostrum, but returned to Germany on 28 November. Recent news items on WDL:
The Bolivian Air Force has acquired two former Air China BAe 146-100s from Aircraft Holdings Network. The first, B-632L/N76HN (msn E1076) was inspected by Bolivian personnel at Southend in late November, and had a Bolivian flag and the registration FAB-098 applied. The two 146s will be operated by Grupo Aéreo […]