British Aerospace Regional Aircraft has announced an order for two Avro RJ100s, with an option for two more, from Aegean Aviation of Athens, Greece. Deliveries of the two aircraft on firm order are scheduled for April and May. The airline is planning to use the RJ100s on domestic flights from Athens to Thessaloniki, Heraklion, Chania, and Rhodes. Services are scheduled to begin in June 1999. Aegean Aviation was formed in 1988 as an executive air taxi operator. It is a subsidiary of the Th. Vassilakis Group, a diversified Greek Company with interests ranging from the Hertz car hire franchise in Greece to distributorships for SAAB and SEAT. The Group also owns Goldair Handling, which was established to take advantage of the liberalization of passenger and aircraft handling in Greece. The addition of new shareholders from the shipping and banking sectors is expected to increase Aegean’s capital to ten billion drachma (about US$35 million). Aegean’s RJ100s will be configured with 100 seats in a business class layout. This sale brings the Avro RJ orderbook to 152 aircraft.
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