Ciao, Ciao Fly

Less than two months after beginning services, Italian low-fare airline Ciao Fly has suspended operations. The airline began services with a BAe 146-200 wet-leased from Air Jet on 1 July. Initial services linked Parma to London Luton. A roundtrip from Luton to Beauvais was added later, sandwiched between the flights from and back to Parma. Although the airline had announced that it would be taking delivery of its own leased BAe 146-300, this never happened. Instead, the Air Jet 146 was later replaced by another series 200 wet-leased from WDL Aviation, and then by a series 300 wet-leased from Flightline. Services were initially suspended on 19 August, then resumed before being suspended indefinitely from 26 August. The airline has indicated that it would try to re-start operations, with services from a “major hub” in northern Italy to Paris where it would face less intense competition than on routes to the United Kingdom.

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