Flightline BAe 146 to fly for Swiss

Flightline BAe 146 G-FLTC

Flightline BAe 146 G-FLTC flying for Swiss (Olav Rhensius / Propfreak Collection)

Flightline began operating BAe 146-300 G-FLTC (msn E3205) on behalf of Swiss on 4 June. G-FLTC ended her lease to Jet2 on 31 May, and was then ferried to Southend for removal of Jet2 titles and reconfiguration to 99 seats. She then positioned to Zürich on 3 June, so as to be ready to begin service on Monday, 4 June. She is flying the three times daily Zürich-Birmingham roundtrip, as LX420/1/2/3/4/5. This route was previously flown by one of the airline’s Avro RJ85s, but two of the airline’s four examples of the type have now been sold to Transwede. G-FLTC will fly the route until the end of October. This is the second time that Flightline operates for the Swiss national airline. Between 1999 and 2001, Flightline operated three series 200s mainly on routes to Italy and a series 300 on routes to the UK as Swissair Express. In other Flightline news, the airline has returned series 200 G-TBIC (msn E2025) to lessor TBI for onward sale. The size of the fleet remains un-changed, however, as series 200 G-OZRH (msn E2047) was returned off-lease by CityJet on 22 May. G-OZRH is currently based at Aberdeen on the Integrated Aviation Consortium oil support contract, covering for series 200 G-FLTA (msn E2048), who is currently undergoing a ‘C’ check.

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