British European to adjust fleet

Exeter-based British European is planning several fleet changes after posting disappointing financial results. The biggest change will see the airline disposing of all four of its recently acquired Bombardier CRJs, replacing them with additional Dash 8Q-400 turboprops. The airline’s seventeen-strong BAe 146 fleet will also see changes. Under the growth strategy of previous Managing Director Barry Perrot, the airline had seriously considered retaining all the 146s when its RJXs arrive, thus expanding the fleet. It now looks likely that seven of the 146s will be retired as RJXs are delivered. The 146s likely to be involved include all three series 100s, three series 200s, and a series 300. In other news, British European announced plans to codeshare with Delta Airlines on flights from London Gatwick. The move is a logical extension of British European’s relationship with Air France, Delta’s partner in the Skyteam Alliance. British European will also codeshare with ScotAirways on flights from London City to Edinburgh. Together, the two airlines will operate 12 flights a day between the two cities, offering a nearly hourly service.

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