Star Perú acquires BAe 146s


Druk Air BAe 146-100 A5-RGD

Druk Air BAe 146-100 A5-RGD stages through Prestick (Damian McCoy)

Another Peruvian airline is adding BAe 146s to their fleet. Star Perú has acquired the two Druk Air BAe 146-100s. Star Perú currently operate a fleet of Boeing 737-200s and Antonov 24 and 26s on domestic flights within Peru. They have been looking for a smaller jet able to fly into many currently under-served secondary towns such as Huánuco, Andahuaylas, Ayacucho, and Cajamarca. In March, Star Peru’s Managing Director, Sergio Curti, had announced his intention to obtain two or three aircraft “of the BAE type, of latest technology, with 70 to 90 passenger seats” to serve regional routes. In early November, Star Peru received authorization to operate BAe 146s from the Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC). Druk air withdrew their two 146s from service in 2005 following the delivery of A319s, though one was pressed temporarily back into service during the high tourist season in late 2006. A sale to Düsseldorf-based Express-Airways fell through because of the expense of bringing the 146s into compliance with current European regulations. A5-RGE (msn E1095) passed through Europe on 29 November, with A5-RGD (msn E1199) following on 23 December.

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