British Regional merger plans detailed

British Airways has announced details of its plan to merge BAe 146 operator British Regional Airlines with Plymouth-based Brymon. The two airlines will be combined into a single operation under the name British Airways CitiExpress. Louise Fowler, Brymon’s Managing Director, will lead the effort to integrate the two airlines, a process that is expected to take about a year. Rob Hearn, currently BRAL’s Chief Operating Officer, will eventually head CitiExpress. The joint network will serve 59 destinations within British Airways’ route system, with a fleet of 72 aircraft — including BRAL’s two BAe 146s. BRAL’s sister airline Manx will continue to operate services to the Isle of Man under its own colors. In the late 1980s, Brymon played a leading role in efforts to bring the BAe 146 to London City Airport. Its acquisition by British Airways and subsequent pull-out from London City services meant it never operated the type, however.

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