Air France shortlists bidders for CityJet


The Irish Times reports that Air France KLM has shortlisted Ireland’s ASL Aviation and Germany’s Intro Aviation as bidders for its CityJet subsidiary. ASL Aviation had previously agreed to take over BAe 146QT operators TNT Airways and Pan Air Líneas Aéreas from TNT Express, but the deal fell through when UPS dropped its takeover bid for the express parcel company. Intro Aviation has invested in several airlines in the past, including Deutsche BA and LTU (both of whom had also operated BAe 146s in the past, via wet leases from WDL Aviation). About 20 airlines are thought to have expressed an interest in CityJet. CityJet currently operates 19 Avro RJ85s, some in its own colors and some in those of parent Air France, in addition to Fokker 50s and Dornier 328s.

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