KLM uk has announced the launch of buzz, its new low-cost airline brand. Like KLM uk, the new airline will be based at London Stansted and it will use eight BAe 146-300s drawn from KLM uk’s current fleet. buzz is scheduled to begin flying in early 2000, initially to Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Milan, Paris, Vienna, and Lyon. All but the latter two are existing KLM uk routes which buzz will take over. buzz will offer basic, low fares flights, with optional additional services available on a pay-as-you-go basis, and at least three daily services to each destination. Travel will be ticketless. The eight KLM uk 146s allocated to buzz services will be taken out of service on a rolling basis beginning in late September, to be refurbished and re-painted in buzz’s yellow, purple, and lime green livery. Two BAe 146s will remain in KLM uk service, to operate the routes from London City. BAe 146-300 G-UKSC (msn E3125) was the first 146 to be painted in the full buzz colors, at Norwich on 22 September. She then participated in a press conference for the airline’s launch, before returning to Norwich to have the buzz titles removed. She is now back in KLM uk service pending the beginning of buzz operations in January 2000.
Recent news items on buzz:
- Ryanair’s Buzz Stansted subsidiary returns to the air (2003-05-05)
- End of the line for buzz (2003-04-02)
- Ryanair takes the axe to buzz (2003-02-27)
- Ryanair buys buzz (2003-02-05)
- buzz to expand operations, but without BAe 146s (2002-10-31)