Brit Air

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Brit Air
BritAirlogo.png
IATA
DB
ICAO
BZH
Callsign
BRITAIR
Founded 1973
Commenced operations 1975
Ceased operations 30 March 2013 (Merged with Airlinair and Regional to form HOP!)
Hubs Lyon-Saint Exupéry
Orly Airport (Paris)
Charles de Gaulle Airport (Paris)
Frequent-flyer program Flying Blue
Airport lounge Departure Lounge
Alliance SkyTeam (Affiliate)
Fleet size 39
Destinations 32
Parent company Air France-KLM
Headquarters Morlaix Airport
Morlaix, France
Website www.britair.com
A Brit Air Bombardier CRJ100 upon landing (2007).
For the United Kingdom-based airline, see British Airways
For the former US-based Regional Airline see: Britt Airways

Brit Air (short for Brittany Air International)[1] was a regional airline based at Morlaix Airport in Ploujean, Morlaix, Brittany, France,[2] operating scheduled services as an Air France franchise from Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport, Paris-Orly Airport and Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport.[3]

History[edit]

The airline was established in 1973 and started operations in 1975. It was founded to provide services for business executives from western France, and introduced regular flights to London Gatwick in 1979. On 1 December 1995, Brit Air signed a franchising agreement with Air France Europe. It became a wholly owned subsidiary of Air France in October 2000. It employs 1,260 staff.[3]

On 31 March 2013, the airline merged with Airlinair and Régional in HOP!, the new Air France's regional-low cost carrier.[4]

Destinations[edit]

Main article: Brit Air destinations

Fleet[edit]

In March 2013, the Brit Air fleet consisted of the following aircraft with an average age of 5.5 years:[5]

Brit Air fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Bombardier CRJ100ER 8 0 50
Bombardier CRJ700 13 0 70
Bombardier CRJ1000 15 0 100
Total 36

Fleet development[edit]

Over the years, the airline has operated various aircraft types including:[1][6]

Brit Air historic fleet
Aircraft Introduced Retired
ATR 42 1986 2005
ATR 72 1991 2003
Bombardier CRJ100 1995
Bombardier CRJ700 2001
Bombardier CRJ900 2010 2011
Bombardier CRJ1000 2010
Fairchild Hiller FH-227
Fokker F27 Friendship
Fokker F28 Fellowship
Fokker 100 1999 2011
Saab 340 1987 1998

Incidents and accidents[edit]

On 22 June 2003, Air France Flight 5672 (fr:Vol 5672 Air France) from Nantes to Brest, which was operated by a Brit Air CRJ100, crashed 2.3 miles short of the runway when attempting to land at Brest Bretagne Airport at 23:55 local time, resulting in the death of the captain. The aircraft involved (registered F-GRJS) subsequently caught fire (after all 21 passengers on board had been evacuated) and was damaged beyond repair. The most probable cause of the accident was declared to be pilot error, as the instrument approach had not been executed correctly.[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Information about Brit Air at the Aero Transport Sata Bank
  2. ^ "Mentions Légales." Brit Air. Retrieved on 9 September 2010. "Adresse: Brit Air aéroport CS 27925 29679 MORLAIX cedex Tél : 02 98 63 63 63"
  3. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-03-27. pp. 88–89. 
  4. ^ "Air France Launches New Low-Cost Airline 'Hop!'." Reuters. 26 March 2013. Retrieved on 26 April 2013.
  5. ^ Brit Air fleet list at planespotters.net. Retrieved 2012-11-30.
  6. ^ Brit Air fleet list at airfleets.net
  7. ^ Air France Flight 5672 at the Aircraft Safety Network
  8. ^ Official BEA report on Air France Flight 5672

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