Romanian airline adds BAe 146

Alfa Air BAe 146-200 YR-ANJ

Alfa Air BAe 146-200 YR-ANJ at Baneasa (Vali Muresan)

Casino Rodos has taken delivery of BAe 146-200 G-MIMA (msn E2079), which has been converted to VIP configuration by Inflite Engineering Services at London Stansted. The 146 can seat up to 34 passengers in a full length undivided cabin, and is equipped with a state-of-the-art inflight entertainment and communication system. Although conversion had been completed some time ago, the global financial crisis led to delivery being postponed, and G-MIMA was kept in storage at Stansted. The 146 was originally to have been operated on behalf of Casino Rodos by Greek VIP aircraft charter company Gainjet, and the registration SX-BJI was reserved for this purpose. Ultimately, however, the contract went to Romanian air taxi company Alfa Air. Alfa Air is based at Bucuresti’s Baneasa airport. It offers air taxi and VIP transport services throughout Romania and abroad, as well as air ambulance flights. The BAe 146 represents a substantial step up for the airline, whose previous largest aircraft was a Piper PA-42 Cheyenne. G-MIMA was flown to Baneasa on August 12, and subsequently re-registered as YR-ANJ. When not being used for Casino Rodos, she will be offered for executive charter and company shuttle operations by Alfa Air.

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