BOMBARDIER IS to supply private Romanian airline DAC Air with a mix of 50-seat Dash 8-300s and Regional Jets to replace its aging Antonov An-24s. The Canadian company has also landed a Dash-8 deal with UK carrier Brymon Airways.

The Romanian deal is potentially worth $425 million, and covers a firm order for four of each type, with conditional orders and options for a further eight of each. Delivery of the Regional Jets will begin in September, the first Dash 8s following in 1997.

DAC Air plans to begin services to domestic and European destinations in May using rights transferred from Tarom, Romania's state-owned carrier and partial owner of DAC Air.

Meanwhile, Brymon Airways is to lease five Dash 8-300s, in a deal valued at £26 million ($39 million). All five of the twin-engine turboprop airliners will be delivered between March and April this year.

The UK regional carrier, wholly owned by British Airways, will use the aircraft to replace three Dash 7s and two Dash 8-100s on routes between UK regional airports and the Channel Islands, Ireland, Paris and Frankfurt.

Source: Flight International