An Air Canada Jazz BAe 146 was chartered by Air France when the Concorde operating the Paris-New York flight had divert into Halifax on February 19 because of engine problems. Jazz BAe 146-200 C-GRNT (still painted in full Air Nova colors) was chartered to carry the 47 stranded passengers on to New York. She was then ferried back to Halifax.
Ryanair takes the axe to buzz
Ryanair has announced swingeing cuts in the operations of buzz, which it is acquiring from KLM. As of April 1 (when the transaction is scheduled to be closed), all buzz flights will be grounded to allow time for the company to be restructured. Service on most buzz routes will be suspended, though Ryanair itself will take over some, in some cases moving the terminus to secondary airports, as is its practice. buzz’s aircraft will remain grounded for at least four weeks. When operations restart, only eight aircraft will be operated, including only two of the BAe 146s rather than six as originally contemplated. As a result of these changes, over 400 buzz employees — two thirds of the total — will lose their jobs. These announcements have understandably caused considerable distress within buzz, but Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary had threatened to shut down the airline entirely if there is any resistance to his plans.
Avro RJ fleet spared in Swiss cuts
In an effort to stem losses, Swiss has announced a package of emergency measures that will include substantial cuts in its fleet. Twenty aircraft are to be cut, including twelve Saab 2000s, five ERJ 145s, two MD-83s, and one A321. Its fleet of nineteen Avro RJs (four RJ85s and fifteen RJ100s) is unaffected by the cuts. Swiss’ financial troubles may also lead it to delay taking deliveries of the Embraer 170s it has on order.