Club Air shuts down

Club Air BAe 146s I-FLRU and EI-CNJ

Club Air BAe 146s I-FLRU and EI-CNJ parked at Verona after the airline’s grounding (Eric Cesa)

Verona-based Club Air ceased operations on 12 December, after Italian civil aviation authority ENAC withdrew its operating certificate. The company had been in financial straits for some time, with a loss of EUR1.7 million in 2005. A hoped-for infusion of new capital from an investor group from Naples fell through. Club Air started operations in 2002 with two BAe 146s. The airline’s fleet had reached as many as seven BAe 146s and Avro RJs at one point, but by early December had dwindled to only two: BAe 146-200 I-FLRU (msn E2204) and Avro RJ85 EI-CNJ (msn E2300). Former BAe 146 operator Meridiana has been contracted by BAE Systems to undertake post-lease maintenance of Club Air’s 146s and to ferry them back to the United Kingdom.

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