Debonair


Debonair orphans find homes

When Luton-based BAe 146 operator Debonair ceased operations on 30 September 1999, its fleet of two series 100s and ten series 200s was grounded. Although BAe 146s are in considerable demand, the sudden influx of such a large number of aircraft made it difficult to place them. The situation was […]


Debonair aftermath: Flightline and British Midland pick up the pieces

Efforts to sell grounded Debonair as a whole have failed. Several airlines were approached as potential buyers, including Lufthansa and Virgin Express, but no agreement was reached. Debonair had operated three BAe 146s on Swissair Express services from Zürich. Following Debonair’s grounding, Crossair temporarily took over the flights to Bologna […]


Debonair grounded

Luton-based BAe 146 operator Debonair entire fleet was grounded on 30 September after it ran out of cash. The low-cost airline has struggled during the three years since it began services in 1996, managing to turn a profit only once, in the last quarter of 1998, despite high load factors. […]

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WDL BAe 146-200 enters service

WDL Aviation has placed BAe 146-200 D-AWUE (msn E2050 ex PK-PJP) into service. The airline acquired her from Indonesia’s Pelita. She was converted from VIP to a 98-seat passenger configuration by NAYAK technical services Kiln and by Avrotec at Woodford. The work included installation of mandatory and recommended upgrades, including TCAS and 8.33kHz compatible-equipment, […]


WDL BAe 146 flies for Debonair

WDL Aviation began operating BAe 146-100 D-AWDL (msn E1011) on behalf of Debonair on routes from Mönchengladbach to Luton and Barcelona from 28 March. The contract will run until May 6. D-AWDL had already been operating for Debonair on an ad hoc basis since early May. Recent news items on […]


Debonair purchases BAe 146

Debonair made its first aircraft purchase on 31 March, when it bought BAe 146-200 G-DEBF (msn E2023), which it had been sub-leasing from US Airways, with financing provided by Finova Capital Ltd. Debonair is considering purchasing more of the aircraft it is currently leasing, as well new additions to the […]