VLM to introduce a BAe 146

Belgian airline VLM is planning to introduce a BAe 146. The airline will wet-lease series 300 G-BPNT (msn E3126) from Flightline to operate four of its ten daily services between London City and Rotterdam. With its operations centered on London City, VLM has long been thought a likely candidate to operate the 146. However, the airline had hitherto prefered to rely on increasing frequency with its Fokker 50s to meet rising demand. With ten daily return flights between the two cities, however, it had exhausted that option. The 92-seat 146 will allow the airline to increase capacity. Use of the 146 will be assessed at the end of the year; if it proves successful, the airline may then add several more examples, both to increase capacity on current routes and to add new, longer-range destinations. To ensure the 146 is attractive to VLM ‘s business travel market, it will be configured with 5-abreast seating at a 32-inch seat pitch. The 146 will be delivered to VLM once it has completed a C check and been painted in the Belgian airline’s colors, and should enter service on 16 April.

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