Yesterday, it was announced that South African aviation charter company Bionic Aviation CC/FLANA Pty Ltd has bought a BAe 146-300 regional jetliner from BAE Systems Regional Aircraft. The aircraft will be used for passenger charter work from South Africa to neighboring countries.
“Strong interest in the BAe 146 and Avro RJ family is being shown from African airlines and operators right across the Continent, ” said Nigel Benson, Director Sales and Marketing for Sub-Saharan Africa for BAE Systems Regional Aircraft. “The sale of this aircraft to our new customer underlines the growing success and acceptability of the BAe 146/Avro RJ family for the African market. It brings the number of African operators of the BAe 146/Avro RJ to eight with over 20 aircraft in operation, and given the aircraft’s low acquisition cost and excellent airfield performance, we are confident that more will follow soon.”
Established in 2006 as a maintenance, repair and overhaul management, parts supply, avionics upgrades, charter and cargo logistics company, Bionic Aviation also carries out occasional charter services using wet leased aircraft.