Albanian Airlines buys BAe 146-300 from BAE Systems

Albanian Airlines has bought and taken delivery of a BAe 146-300 from BAE Systems, taking its fleet of 146s to three.

The aircraft, configured in a six-abreast, 98-seat all-economy class layout, one 146-200 and another 146-300 that are used by the airline. The newly-acquired aircraft has been brought in to increase frequencies on existing routes from the capital Tirana and for route expansion.

Current flight schedules have a strong focus on serving northern Italian cities such as Bergamo, Bologna, Milan, Pisa and Turin where there is a sizeable ethnic Albanian population. New services to Verona are due to start in early July.

The airline also uses its BAe 146s for an extensive charter programme with regular flights to destinations in Egypt, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey.

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