Aer Lingus ends BAe 146 operations

Former Aer Lingus BAe 146-300 EI-CLI

Former Aer Lingus BAe 146-300 EI-CLI (Alastair T. Gardiner)

Aer Lingus finally ended BAe 146 operations on 26 November. The airline had withdawn its six BAe 146s from its schedule at the end of October, but continued to fly them to cover for equipment shortages. With the arrival of several former Swissair Airbus A320s on lease, however, the BAe 146s were finally retired. The three examples leased from BAE Systems, EI-CTM (msn E3129), CTN (msn E3169), and CTO (msn E3193), were parked on 31 October in preparation for being handed back. They have since been flown to Southend for work by Inflite. The other three examples, EI-CLG (msn E3131), CLH (msn E3146), and CLI (msn E3159), flew on for another month. EI-CLH made the final Aer Lingus BAe 146 flight, arriving on chocks at Dublin at 21:29 local time on 26 November. Although they too have now been withdrawn from use, the last three 146s are still under leases than run for several more years. They have been placed in storage in Aer Lingus’ hangar at Shannon as the airline tries to find a new customer to take over the leases.

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