Aer Lingus starts London City services and expands BAe 146 operations

Aer Lingus inaugurated services from Dublin to London City on 1 November, offering four daily flights with BAe 146-300s on weekdays. To cater for this expansion, two additional BAe 146s are being wet-leased from Flightline, freeing up some of Aer Lingus’ own aircraft for the City flights. The two Flightline aircraft bring Aer Lingus BAe 146 fleet to 10. The Irish airline has also been mentioned as a possible launch customer for the improved Avro RJX. Aer Lingus’ new London City has attracted a legal challenge from incumbent CityJet, who had previously flown the route un-opposed (most recently in collaboration with Jersey European). CityJet has accused the State-owned airline of trying to run it out of business, a charge that Aer Lingus denies.

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