CityJet and Flybe grow

BAe 146 operators CityJet and Flybe are ending the year with positive results. CityJet, which is fully owned by Air France, carried 22% more passengers than the previous year. CityJet currently operates 17 BAe 146s, including three series 300s added this year. Further growth is expected next year, when the airline takes over the Air France services currently operated by Flybe and adds more aircraft to do so. Flybe is also posting strong results. After attempting several different strategies in the last few years, the airline seems to have found its niche, operating low-cost services linking the British regions while largely avoiding London. The airline carried almost 20% more passengers in November than in the same month of the previous year. The airline will end its franchise agreement with Air France at the end of March 2005, so as to concentrate on its own services. Flybe currently operates 16 BAe 146s.

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