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Friday, June 22, 2007

BSRA Snags Jetstream Placements

BAE Systems Regional Aircraft reports increased market interest in its 29-seat Jetstream 41 announced three new customers for the Jetstream 31 and 41 aircraft. The Jetstream 41 orders cover a total of 15 aircraft. In addition, new markets have opened up in Latin America and the Caribbean where Regional Aircraft has placed Jetstream 32s to some 10 operators in Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Venezuela.

UK’s Eastern Airways – the world’s largest fleet operator of the Jetstream 41 with 23 aircraft - signed new leases with Regional Aircraft for eleven aircraft that had originally been sub-leased to the airline by BA Connect. This new deal demonstrates the airline’s long-term commitment to the Jetstream 41 as the basis for its fleet strategy.
Eastern Airways operates 800 flights each week from airports including Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Brussels, Cardiff, Durham Tees Valley, East Midlands, Humberside, Inverness, Isle of Man, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich, Southampton, Stornoway and Wick.
Regional Aircraft has also secured a new Jetstream 41 customer, with the announcement that start-up airline EasyFly S. A. of Bogota, Colombia has leased four aircraft. With over 30 years of experience in commercial aviation, the principals behind the new airline have worked for major Colombian carriers such as Avianca and AeroRepublica. First deliveries to EasyFly begin this month. EasyFly will link Bogota to small and mid-sized regional centers within 30- to 80-minutes flying time. Initial planning outlines service to more than a dozen cities including as far north as Valledupar and Corozal and to southern points: Popayan and Pasto.

Transactions announced today for the first half of this year covers 19 aircraft with 10 customers. Of these, two are new operators who have joined the Jetstream family this year. These are:

Africair purchased two Jetstream 32 in the first quarter for its Briko Air Services Ltd operation located at the Piarco International Airport in Trinidad, West Indies.

MACAIR, based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, contracted to purchase six Jetstream 32s, three of which have already been delivered with the remaining three by the end of the summer.

Existing customer orders include:
Aerolineas de Antioquia (ADA) of Medellin, Colombia, which added two more aircraft to bring its total Jetstream 32 fleet to six aircraft. The airline uses its Jetstreams to provide regional services to centers such as Bogota, Cali and Rionegroe

Proflight of Venezuela, purchased its fourth Jetstream 32 and is currently customizing the aircraft at its Miami, Florida, location.

Servicios Aereos Professionales (SAP), based in the Dominican Republic, purchased its Jetstream 32 that it leased in January 2006. Configured with 19 seats, the aircraft is used on charter operations and contract work in the Caribbean, particularly for aircraft crew positioning.

Corporate Flight Management (CFM) of Smryna, Tenn., purchased three more Jetstream 32s for its on-demand charter business. Growing its Jetstream fleet to 12 aircraft, CFM is the largest Jetstream commercial fleet operator outside the airline environment offering a variety of corporate shuttle services.

Thomas Aircraft Sales of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, purchased one Jetstream 32 in a brokerage agreement for a corporate client in Alberta.

Alberta Citylink contracted to purchase its leased Jetstream 32.

International Air Parts (IAP) of Australia, will purchase another Jetstream 32 by the end of June for its wholly-owned subsidiary Aeropelican Air Services Pty Ltd – Australia’s oldest regional carrier with 35 years of continuous operation.

Air National of New Zealand contracted to purchase its leased Jetstream 32 in June.
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