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BAe 146

The BAe 146 is a medium-sized commercial aircraft, manufactured until 2002. It is often also called Avro 146 even though this term is not official, and nicknamed the Jumbolino. The aircraft has Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL) capabilities and very quiet operation; it has been marketed under the name Whisperjet. The only commercial jet with 4 turbofan jet engines on a wing that is mounted on top of the fuselage. Having extremely large flaps and spoilers, and a large split air brake mounted in the tail, the plane does not need reverse thrust at landing. It sees wide usage at small city-based airports. In its primary role it serves as a regional jet, short-haul airliner. 

Our domestic arm, FLY VFE Connect, operates a small fleet of 4 BAE 146 aircraft, primarily based at London City Airport (EGLC).  Our BAe 146 services connect UK cities as well as some short international services into Europe.   The quiet operation of the aircraft, together with its short field take off capabilities makes it the ideal aircraft for operating into and out of our nations capital.

Although our fleet of BAe 146s are some of the oldest aircraft types in the Fly VFE fleet, we expect them to continue operational service well into the 2030s.


Technical Data

Wing span              26.21 m

Length                    26.20 m

Height                     8.61 m

Powerplant             4 x 29.8kN Textron Lycoming ALF502R-5 turbofans.

Engine Model(s)     Lycoming ALF502

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