Ryanair’s Buzz Stansted subsidiary returns to the air

Ryanair BAe 146-300 G-UKAG

ex-buzz BAe 146-300 G-UKAG on her first day of flying for Ryanair (TZ Aviation)

Four of the BAe 146-300s formerly operated by buzz returned to the air on 1 May, flying for Irish airline Ryanair. Ryanair’s acquisition of buzz from KLM was completed on 11 April. Ryanair paid EUR20.1 million to KLM for buzz’s operations, including the four 146s, six Boeing 737-300, the relevant operating manuals, and some airport facilities. The four 146s transferred to Ryanair are G-UKAC (msn E3142), G-UKAG (msn E3162), G-UKID (msn E3157), and G-UKRC (msn E3158). Ryanair has formed a new company, Buzz Stansted Ltd, that will operate the ten aircraft under its own AOC, employing about 130 former buzz employees. CAA approval for the transaction was received on 28 April, allowing operations to resume on 1 May. Operations had been suspended on 31 March as Ryanair re-organized the companies. The four 146s are being used on twice daily roundtrips to Blackpool, daily roundtrips to Brest, Groningen, Kerry County, La Rochelle, Limoges, and Tours, and roundtrip to Londonderry on Sunday. Ryanair plans to operate the 146s until early next year, at which time they will be returned to KLM. All four 146s are currently flying in full buzz colors. They are not expected to be re-painted, but may have Ryanair titles applied.

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