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Desert bloom. (BAe 146, aircraft leave desert to reenter the commercial market)

Once thought to be too expensive to operate, used BAe 146s are Fading a market

Remember those 18 USAir BAe 146s that were parked in the Mojave Desert five years ago for lack of commonality with the airline's fleet and because the 4-engine regional airliners were not economically productive? Thanks to USAir Leasing Corp. and others, some of the aircraft finally have found homes. And in all likelihood, the others will, too.

The first of the 18 146-200s has re-entered commercial service with U.K.-based charter airline FlightLille. Following a nearly 13-hr., 5,000-mi. ferry flight via Calgary, Thunder Bay, Goose Bay and Keflavik, the refurbished aircraft arrived at Cambridge on Jan. …

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