Stansted-based buzz ceased flying on 31 March, and its fleet — including its eight BAe 146s — has been parked at Stansted. The airline is being acquired by Ryanair, but the transaction has been delayed by difficulties in securing the approval of Britain’s Office of Fair Trading. Ryanair is also in a dispute with buzz parent KLM over the price it is to pay for the airline. Assuming the transaction goes through, Ryanair plans to spend the month of April re-organizing the airline before re-starting operations on 1 May with a substantially smaller fleet, including only two of the 146s. buzz was created in January 2000 as a low-cost branch of KLM uk. It took over eight BAe 146-300s previously operated by that airline. buzz’s operations never proved profitable.
Recent news items on buzz:
- Ryanair’s Buzz Stansted subsidiary returns to the air (2003-05-05)
- 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)
- buzz to replace BAe 146s as leases expire (2002-09-05)