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BRA – Braathens Regional Airlines to phase out its Avros with ATR turboprops

SE-DSO retired on December 19, 2018 - All Avro jets to be retired by 2020

BRA – Braathens Regional Airlines is facing a difficult decision concerning its declining Avro (BAe)  jet fleet.

BRA is a virtual brand. The Avro aircraft are actually operated by Braathens Regional Airways AB (formerly Golden Air and Braathens Regional), which is a Norwegian-owned Swedish airline with its head office in Trollhättan.

Due to declining passengers in the Swedish domestic market, the company has announced to its employees, it will phase out its two Avro RJ85s and eight Avro RJ100s by 2020. The jets will be replaced with additional and more fuel-efficient ATR turboprops. The Avro jets have become too expensive to operate.

At least 363 employees will lose their jobs with the transition according to Dagens Industri.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): SE-DSO was retired on December 19, 2018, the first to be retired. BRA-flygbra.se (Braathens Regional) Avro (BAe) RJ100 SE-DSO (msn E3221) SEN (Keith Burton). Image: 944992.

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BRA to open a new route from Malmö to Helsinki

BRA-flygbra.se (Braathens Regional) BAe RJ100 SE-DSS (msn E3245) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 941159.

BRA (Braathens Regional) will open a new route Malmö-Helsinki on April 16, 2018.

Daily departures (except Saturdays) from Malmö-Helsinki at 11.45-14.30
and from Helsinki-Malmö at 15.30-16.15.

Flight time is 01.45, with connecting flights to 13 destinations within Sweden.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by BRA): BRA-flygbra.se (Braathens Regional) BAe RJ100 SE-DSS (msn E3245) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 941159.

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Finnair adds capacity to Stockholm, expands cooperation with Swedish regional airline BRA

BRA-flygbra.se (Braathens Regional) BAe RJ100 SE-DSV (msn E3250) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 934629.

Finnair will add connections to Stockholm’s Bromma airport, and deepen its cooperation with the Swedish regional airline BRA. With the new frequencies, Finnair adds capacity between Bromma and Helsinki by a total of 40%, offering up to 7 connections per day between both cities. The new connections to Stockholm’s conveniently located downtown airport further improve Finnair’s offering for the Swedish market, which is one of Finnair’s key markets. Finnair also flies to Stockholm Arlanda airport with up to 8 connections a day.

Starting from January 2018, BRA will operate an additional afternoon flight for Finnair from Bromma in Stockholm to Helsinki and back during the weekdays, offering Swedish customers an additional connection to Finnair’s extensive Asian network. Finnair will also operate an additional morning flight from Helsinki to Bromma five days a week, and an evening flight from Bromma to Helsinki six days a week, giving Finnair customers an improved schedule and quick transfers to BRA’s regional network in Sweden via Bromma. BRA offers connections from Bromma to Malmö, Umeå, Sundsvall, Växjö, Visby, Ängelholm, Halmstad, Ronneby, Östersund and Trollhättan.


Finnair flies to four airports in Sweden – Stockholm Arlanda and Bromma, Gothenburg and Umeå – with a total of up to 17 daily connections. With the BRA codeshare, Finnair covers altogether 13 cities in Sweden, and a frequent flyer program partnership between both airlines enables Finnair Plus customers to earn and use points throughout BRA’s network.

BRA flies to 13 destinations in Sweden.

BRA has a fleet of nine AVRO (BAe) RJ100s and two AVRO RJ85s.

Copyright Photo: BRA-flygbra.se (Braathens Regional) BAe RJ100 SE-DSV (msn E3250) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 934629.

Swiss retires the last Avro RJ100

Swiss retires the last Avro (BAe) RJ100

Swiss International Air Lines through Swiss Global Air Lines operated its last Avro (BAe) RJ100 revenue flight on August 15, 2017 with the pictured HB-IYZ on flight LX7545 between Geneva and Zurich.

Swiss issued this statement:

Swiss International Air Lines removed the final Avro RJ100 from flight operations on August 15, 2017 after over 15 years as part of its fleet. The last of a total of 21 aircraft took off from Geneva in the morning and made its last official landing at Zurich Airport.

Immediately after landing in Zurich, the aircraft registered HB-IYZ received the traditional water fountain salute by the airport fire brigade before being officially taken out of service to loud applause from a crowd of employees and aviation fans. This special flight, operated under flight number LX7545, carried a mix of media professionals, staff and other guests.

The Avro RJ100 and its smaller version, the Avro RJ85, formed the backbone of the Swiss European fleet since the company was founded in 2002. The Avro fleet has completed over 700,000 hours in the air. During that time Swiss made over half a million flights with this British Aerospace (BAe) aircraft. With their record for excellent maintenance quality, these former Swiss aircraft remain in high demand despite their age, and will go into service with other airlines.

Copyright Photo: Swiss Global Air Lines BAe RJ100 HB-IYZ (msn E3338) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 930696.

BVI Airways to launch nonstop Tortola – Miami service

Miami International Airport has announced BVI Airways is scheduled to launch first-ever nonstop service between Tortola, British Virgin Islands and MIA on July 22, with two weekly roundtrip flights on Saturdays and Sundays.

BVI Airways will use the pictured BAe (Avro) RJ100 aircraft (VP-LWW, msn E3274, above) to serve the new route, which connects Miami to the British Virgin Islands’ capital and largest island. Tortola will also be MIA’s 40th Caribbean destination with nonstop service.

Previously British Caribbean Airways (below) was a short-lived British airline that attempted to connect Tortola in the British Virgin Islands with Miami via Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The 146 operator flew between April 14, 1986 and October 12, 1987.

Top Photo: BVI Airways.

Copyright Photo Below: British Caribbean Airways BAe 146-100 N246SS (msn E1003) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 103394.

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Swiss European grounds four BAe RJ100s, will lease four Embraer 190s

Swiss European Air Lines (subsidiary of Swiss International Air Lines) (Zurich) has parked four BAe (Avro) RJ100s due to their high operating costs, maintenance issues and recent incidents according to Aero Telegraph. According to the report, four Embraer 190s will replace the grounded aircraft starting in either December 2014 or January 2015. The aircraft will be leased from Helvetic Airways (Zurich).

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The ACMI cooperation between Swiss International Air Lines and Helvetic Airways has been in existence since 2006. Helvetic has been operating a total of 4 Fokker 100s until spring 2017.

Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. BAe RJ100 HB-IYT (msn E3380) taxies to the runway at Zurich.

Swiss European: AG Slide Show

Helvetic Airways: AG Slide Show


Brussels Airlines to extend its network to Riga, Latvia

Brussels Airlines (Brussels) on October 26 will start flights between Brussels Airport and Riga. The capital of Latvia will be connected to the European capital with six flights per week to Riga International Airport, all in the afternoon.

The flights will be operated in collaboration with codeshare partner airBaltic.

The new route will be operated with Avro (BAe) RJ100 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. RJ100 OO-DWD (msn E3324) land at EuroAirport.

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Swiss concludes a labor agreement with the Swiss European RJ100 pilots

Swiss International Air Lines (Zurich) has concluded a new collective labor agreement with the IPG union which represents the pilots of its Swiss European Air Lines (Zurich).

The company issued this statement:

SWISS has concluded a new collective labor agreement with the IPG, the staff association of its Swiss European Air Lines pilots. The new CLA14+ will keep the company competitive, give greater flexibility to its flight operations and enable its new Bombardier CS100 and Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft fleets to be brought into service with the participation of both its present pilot corps.

The new accord was formally signed by SWISS and the IPG on Wednesday May 28. The CLA14+ collective labor agreement, which will be valid from July 2014 to April 2019, will enable SWISS to make major structural change. The new accord, which will be available to all SWISS pilots, will cover and regulate the introduction of the company’s two new aircraft types, the Bombardier CS100 and the Boeing 777-300 ER, in a way which safeguards its competitive credentials while also ensuring fair participation for both of its cockpit corps. The new agreement offers the company’s present Avro RJ100 pilots new long-haul career opportunities, and simultaneously allows the company’s Airbus pilots to transfer to it with due regard to their current rank and qualifications.

The key features of the new CLA14+ in brief:

•An innovative new salary and workhours model will provide greater flexibility for SWISS’s flight operations, while also offering its pilots more scope in their roster planning. At the same time, the modernized salary system, while being more closely geared to functional criteria, still pays due and full regard to further considerations such as experience and loyalty to the company.

•Any transfers to the new CLA14+ from the Airbus pilot corps will be effected with full recognition of seniority and experience. Up to two-thirds of the long-haul places under the new CLA have been forseen for such transfers.

•This will both ensure that free positions can be occupied according to needs and allow SWISS to establish its planned new cockpit crew base in Geneva. The further option of recruiting pilots for such positions from outside SWISS would only be resorted to if there were no candidates for the positions concerned from either SWISS pilot corps.

“Our new CLA14+ will lay the foundations for making our operations more flexible and more cost-effective and thus more competitive, without having to outsource or reduce corps numbers,” says SWISS Chief Operating Officer Rainer Hiltebrand. “And it will ensure that we can employ all our pilots under favourable terms and conditions which we can continue to offer in the longer term.”

The new CLA14+ will now be subject to a phase of consultation among the Swiss European pilot corps, after which it will be put to referendum in a process that will begin in mid-June.

SWISS’s Airbus pilots will remain subject to their own CLA until the end of 2016 as desired. SWISS remains in discussions with Aeropers, the staff association of its Airbus cockpit corps.

Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. The new agreement offers the company’s present Avro RJ100 pilots new long-haul career opportunities. Swiss European’s BAe RJ100 HB-IYS (msn E3381) in the special “Shopping Paradise Zurich Airport” taxies at the Zurich hub.

Swiss International: AG Slide Show

Swiss European: AG Slide Show

Atlantic Airways to phase out its last Avro (BAe) RJ100

Atlantic Airways (Vágar) is getting ready to lease out its remaining Avro (BAe) RJ100 (OY-RCC, msn E3357) as it becomes an all-Airbus A319 operator for its prime routes to the Faroe Islands. According to ch-aviation, the company will operate OY-RCC for the last time on August 22 from Reykjavik to Vágar. The company previously issued this statement:

Atlantic Airways’ last “remaining BAe (Avro) RJ100 aircraft in its fleet will be dry leased to Malmø Aviation for a period of 17-30 months with effect by end of August 2014.

The lease is in line with the original plan to phase out the BAe RJ fleet. The lease will not have an impact on expectations for the full-year result in 2014, and is expected to generate a positive cash-flow.

Atlantic Airways will from end August then operate three Airbus A319 aircraft, two Bell 412 helicopters, as well as one AW 139 helicopter from March 2014 due to the temporary off-shore operations in Faroese waters. Atlantic Airways’ future fleet plan will be part of a strategy review during the spring.

The Faroe Islands based carrier focuses primarily on providing the Faroe Islands with air services, but provides also capacity for operations outside the Faroe Islands.”

In other news, Atlantic Airways is expected to operate one of its Airbus A319s for WOW Air.

Copyright Photo: Marco Finelli/AirlinersGallery.com. OY-RCC prepares to land in Florence, Italy on a charter flight.

Atlantic Airways: AG Slide Show




Atlantic Airways reports a lower $940,000 profit in the second quarter

Atlantic Airways (Vagar), the airline of the Faroe Islands, reported a lower profit in the second quarter of the financial year.

Here is the full report by the airline:

“Revenue increased 3% to DKK 122.8 million in Q2 2012 from DKK 118.8 million in the corresponding period in 2011. The increase is mainly attributable to an increase in the helicopter segment.

EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest,Tax, Depreciation and Amortisation) for the second quarter of 2012 increased 8% from DKK 22.9 million to DKK 24.7 million in the corresponding period last year.

However, the result before tax (EBT) for the second quarter of 2012 was DKK 6.9 million ($1.14 million), compared with DKK 12.1 million ($2 million) last year and the result after tax for the second quarter of 2012 was DKK 5.7 million ($.94 million), compared with DKK 9.9 million ($1.5 million) last year.

The main explanatory factors for the lower result in Q2 are higher capital costs (because of the new Airbus A319) and lower contribution from charter and ACMI activity in Europe. However, lower contribution from scheduled services due to seasonality and lower load factor, as well as  increased fuel costs and strengthening US dollar had an impact too.

EBITDA for the first half of 2012 were DKK 31.7 million, compared with DKK 32.2 million for the first half of 2011, a decrease of 2%. The result before tax for the first half of 2012 amounted to DKK 1.7 million, compared with DKK 9.5 million in 2011 and the result after tax DKK 1.4 million, compared with DKK 7.8 million last year.

In addition to the explanatory factors mentioned above there has also been costs related to the phasing in of the new Airbus A319 and the leased AW 139 helicopter for offshore operations as well as costs related to managing two new aircraft types.

The phase-in of the new fixed-wing aircraft type has been successfully completed.  The operation meets expectations and supports a lower unit cost, but traffic development in Q 2 was lower then expected and resulted in a lower load factor while fuel and dollar cost increased. In general the experience from the first four months is positive, however a full-year cycle will provide a better understanding of the overall impact.

“The introduction of a factory-new Airbus A319 equipped with RNP AR navigational aid system has changed the aviation environment in the Faroe Islands. It supports our goal to improve regularity and lower unit cost in order to provide The Faroese people with the best service possible. We have not seen the full impact yet but improved regularity, enhanced safety, greater comfort, new destinations, reduced CO2 emissions and lower unit costs are some of the benefits we will optimise in the future,”says Magni Arge, CEO. “In the second quarter the helicopter operation has shown a solid potential through its additional involvment in offshore operations and we look forward to support the Statoil consortium during its exploration campaign in Faroese waters.”

Oil activity –  helicopter operation included – and fluctuations related to holiday seasons will support the traffic development in Q 3 and campaigns to support the traffic in Q4 is expected to increase the traffic in the second half of 2012.

Outlook for charter and ACMI are still lower but in Q3 agreements regarding capacity provisions for tour operators out of Denmark as well as air logistic support to offshore activity are in place while outlook for Q4 is more speculative.

Fuel prices and external economic factors are unpredictable and can still have a significant impact. Severe disruptions and irregularity from adverse weather in July is expected to cause higher cancellations and diverions costs in Q3 compared to the corresponding period last year. We remain cautious in our guidance as to financial performance in 2012 and expect a result closer to the 2010 levels rather than 2011.”

Copyright Photo: Nik French. BAe RJ100 OY-RCC at Manchester displays the updated 2012 livery that was introduced with the introduction of the first Airbus A319.