Quest Mexicana to lease four BAe 146-200s


Ex-Jazz BAe 146s in storage at Calgary

Three of the BAe 146s destined for KBA are among the eight ex-Jazz BAe 146s that have been in storage at Calgary (Google Earth)

A new Mexican start-up airline, Quest Mexicana SA de CV, has signed leases with BAE Systems Regional Aircraft for four BAe 146-200s. Quest Mexicana will be based in Cancún, on the Yucatan peninsula, and operate as Ka’an Beel Air (KBA). The airline is being established by the Lomas Travel group of companies, which owns hotel resorts, water and land sports marinas, tour operators, and vehicle hire operations. Initial services will focus on the ‘air bridge’ between Cancún and Cozumel, and on ‘one-day tours’ bringing cruise ship passengers to destinations such as Chichen-Itzá. Later, flights to other Central American countries where the Mayan culture flourished, such as Guatemala, might be offered. Further growth may also see the airline providing links to the United States. The four former Jazz (and, previously, Air Nova) 146s will be delivered between October 2007 and February 2008. The four aircraft concerned (msns E2130, E2133, E2139, and E2140) have been in storage since February 2005, three at Calgary and one at Kemble. Should the airline’s growth plans be realized, additional aircraft would likely be needed. KBA will be the second operator of the BAe 146 in Mexico. AVIACSA operated a BAe 146-100 and two 146-200s from 1990 to 1992.

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