British Regional Airlines

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British Regional Airlines
British regional airlines logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1996
Operating bases Manchester Airport
Belfast City Airport
Southampton Airport
Cardiff Airport
Inverness Airport
Edinburgh Airport
Glasgow Airport
Fleet size 56
Parent company BRAL Group
Headquarters Manchester Airport
Key people Michael Bishop (Chairman)
Terry Liddiard (MD)

British Regional Airlines was a franchise partner of British Airways based in Manchester. They operated a large network of domestic and European services from many UK regional airports.

British Regional Airlines held a United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority Type A Operating Licence, It was permitted to carry passengers, cargo and mail on aircraft with 20 or more seats.


British Regional Airlines can trace its history back to March 1991 when Manx Airlines created Manx Airlines Europe in order to expand and fly routes within the United Kingdom.[1]

In 1994 Manx Airlines Europe became a franchise carrier for British Airways. In September 1996 Manx Airlines Europe changed its name to British Regional Airlines.

In March 2001 British Airways purchased the British Regional Airlines Group (holding company of British Regional Airlines and Manx Airlines) for £78m.[2] The airline was merged with Brymon Airways to create British Airways CitiExpress.


British Regional Airlines operated a large fleet of regional aircraft including 22 Embraer 145, 14 BAe ATP, 12 BAe Jetstream 41, 4 BAe 146 and 4 ATR 72.[3]