Category Archives: Regional Compagnie Aerienne Europeenne

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.

Air France by Brit Air: 

Regional paints this former Alitalia Express ERJ 170 in its house colors

Formerly operated by Alitalia Express, this Embraer ERJ 170-100LR registered as EI-DFL (msn 17000036) was rolled out of the paint shop at Norwich on January 21, 2012 in the house colors of Regional Compagnie Aerienne Europeenne (Nantes). Regional normally operates its fleet of six Embraer ERJ 135s, 27 ERJ 145s, 10 ERJ 170s and 10 ERJ 190s in the colors of Air France.

On March 30, 2001 Flandre Air, Proteus Airlines, and Regional Airlines were merged to form the current day Regional.

Copyright Photo: Matt Varley.

Regional’s Air France routes from Paris (CDG):

Air France by Regional paints its first Embraer ERJ 170 in the revised colors

Regional Compagnie Aerienne Europeenne (Air France by Regional) (Nantes) has repainted its first Embraer ERJ 170 into the updated 2009 Air France livery.

Copyright Photo: Yannick Delamarre. ERJ 170-100ST F-HBXG (msn 17000301) is pictured at Paris (CDG) on December 26, 2009.