Category Archives: Brit Air

Air France selects Hop! as the new brand for its regional carriers

Hop! ERJ 170 (Air France)(LR)

Air France (Paris) has selected Hop! as the new brand for its three soon-to-be-merged regional carriers. Hop! will operate 530 daily flights to 136 destinations starting on March 31.

Hop! logo

Hop! is the result of the merger of Brit Air (Morlaix), Régional Compagnie Aérienne Européenne (Nantes) and Airlinair (Rungis). All three carriers currently operate AF services in the Air France livery.

Brit Air (France) logo

Regional (France) logo

Airlinair logo

Images: Air France.

Brit Air: AG Slide Show

Regional: AG Slide Show

Airlinair: AG Slide Show

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Air France to consolidate Airlinair, Brit Air and Regional into one carrier with a new regional hub

Air France (Paris) as part of it turnaround plan is planning to merge regional carriers Airlinair, Brit Air, Regional and operate from a new strategic regional hub.

This new regional division will operate flights under a new brand.

The new name and flight schedule will be announced in January 2013 for a launch in April 2013. The new consolidated carrier will operate 86 aircraft, down from the current 93. 64 jobs are expected to be lost in the the consolidation.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems.Brit Air’s Bombardier CRJ900 F-HDTA (msn 15001) waits for the next flight at Amsterdam.

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Brit Air puts the first CRJ1000 in Air France colors in service today

Brit Air (Morlaix) today (January 20) is putting the first new Bombardier CRJ1000 (CL-600-2E25) into revenue service on the Paris (Orly)-Basel/Mulhouse/Freiburg (EuroAirport) route.

Basel/Mulhouse/Freiburg is one of the few airports in the world operated jointly by two countries, France and Switzerland. Due to its unique international status, EuroAirport has three IATA airport codes: BSL (Basel) is the Swiss code, MLH (Mulhouse) is the French code and EAP (EuroAirport) is the international code. The ICAO airport code is LFSB.

Copyright Photo: Pepscl. CRJ1000 (CL-600-2E25) F-HMLD (msn 19007) was accepted by Brit Air on January 12 and arrived at Orly Airport to a water gun welcome on January 19.

Bombardier celebrates the delivery of the first two CRJ1000s to Air Nostrum and Brit Air

Bombardier Aerospace (Montreal and Toronto) on December 14 showcased the first two CRJ1000 NextGen regional jets destined for its launch customers, Air Nostrum (Valencia) and Brit Air (Morlaix) in a special ceremony at Bombardier’s Mirabel, Québec facility, where the CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft are assembled.

Air Nostrum’s first CRJ1000, officially designated as the CL-600-2E25, is registered as EC-LJR (msn 19002).

Brit Air’s first CRJ1000 is registered as F-HMLA (msn 19004) and will soon enter revenue service on the Lyon-Rome route.

Bombardier launched the CRJ1000 on February 19, 2007. It was previously designated as CRJ900X, as it is a stretched CRJ900, with up to 100 seats. The CRJ1000 competes against the Embraer ERJ 190.

MyAir had also ordered 15 CRJ900Xs that were converted to the CRJ1000, but the airline went bankrupt on July 24, 2009.

The CRJ1000 successfully completed its first flight in 2008. Bombardier, however, stated that the introduction into service had been delayed until the first quarter of 2010.

The variant completed its first production flight on July 28, 2009 in Montreal. A month after the first flight, however, a fault in the rudder controls forced the flight-test program to be grounded. The program was not resumed until February 2010.

Bombardier Aerospace announced on November 10, 2010 that its 100-seat CRJ1000 was awarded an Aircraft Type Certificates from Transport Canada and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) clearing the way for deliveries to begin.