Italian regional airline Air Dolomiti has chosen the BAe 146 to grow into the 100-seat market. The airline plans to acquire five BAe 146-300s to replace its Bombardier CRJs regional jets. The 146s will be configured with 99 seats, providing a substantial increase in capacity over the 48-seat CRJs, helping to cater for the airline’s growth — it carried 20% more passengers in 2004 than in the previous year. Feeding the network of parent Lufthansa will remain Air Dolomiti’s main activity, but the 146s also give it the option of serving leisure markets and longer routes. The airline hopes to receive the first 146 in April, allowing services to begin in May. Additional examples would follow at regular intervals. This would not be the first time that a BAe 146 has operated for Air Dolomiti: Flightline flew BAe 146-200 G-OZRH (msn E2047) on Air Dolomiti’s behalf in the summer of 1988.