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Régional
IATA
YS
ICAO
RAE
Callsign
REGIONAL EUROPE
Founded 2001
Hubs Charles de Gaulle Airport
Focus cities Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport
Bordeaux Airport
Frequent flyer program Flying Blue
Member lounge Departures Lounge
Alliance SkyTeam
Fleet size 53 (+7 orders)
Destinations 49
Parent company Air France-KLM
Headquarters Bouguenais, France
Website http://www.regional.com
The former logo
Régional Embraer ERJ 145
Régional Embraer ERJ 145

Régional Compagnie Aérienne Européenne, or Régional for short, is a subsidiary airline wholly owned by Air France which connects hubs at Paris, Lyon, Clermont-Ferrand, and Bordeaux to 49 airports in Europe. The airline operates in Air France livery, retaining its name in small titles and logo on the front fuselage and engines. It became the first European operator of the Embraer 190 aircraft in November 2006 [1]. It is headquartered in Bouguenais at the Nantes Atlantique Airport.[2]

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History

After being acquired by Air France, Régional was formed in April 2001 by the merger of Flandre Air, Proteus Airlines, and Regional Airlines.[citation needed]

Regional is upgrading and consolidating its fleet, considering allying with a turboprop partner as it increasingly turns its focus to its jet operations. Its two remaining Saab 2000s were phased out in 2006 and the last of its nine Embraer EMB-120 Brasilias followed in 2008, marking the exit of all of Regional’s turboprop aircraft.[3]

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Fleet

The Régional fleet includes the following aircraft (at February 2010):

Aircraft In Service On Order Passengers
Embraer 135 6 0 37
Embraer 145 28 0 50
Embraer 170 7 3 76
Embraer 190 10 4 100
Fokker 100 2 0 100
Total 53 7

Régional average fleet age is 9 years in August 2007 [4].

It became the first European operator of the Embraer 190 on 23 November 2006 when the first of six on order was delivered. The 100 seat aircraft will operate domestic and intra-European services in full Air France colours [1]. Régional received its first Embraer 170 of 6 orders, which wears the new Régional logo, on September 2 2008.

The Embraer 190s are part of a new order over the Air France-KLM group with another 18 further options. 2 Fokker F70s have been transferred to KLM Cityhopper, to be followed by 3 more in the near future[5].

By 2010 Régional will only operate Embraer jet aircraft, making the company one of the largest Embraer operators in Europe.

The last propeller aircraft Embraer EMB 120 left the fleet on October 10th, 2008 replaced by the ERJ-135

References

  1. ^ a b Airliner World January 2007
  2. ^ "Contact." Régional Compagnie Aérienne Européenne. Retrieved 2 June 2009.
  3. ^ Air Transport Intelligence news, October 2006
  4. ^ Home > About Air France > Subsidiaries > Airlines > Régional
  5. ^ Air France-KLM jointly orders up to 38 Embraer 170/190s

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