Jersey European Airways (JEA) has finalised negotiations with Bombardier for its major fleet re-equipment.

The UK regional airline's chief executive, Barry Perrott, is expected to announce the order in London on 17 March. The deal, thought to be worth over $250million, is expected to total at least 15 aircraft, including 50-seat Canadair Regional Jets (CRJ) and Dash 8 turboprops (Flight International 24 February - 2 March).

Exeter-based JEA has rapidly expanded in recent years. It operates 24 aircraft, including three Shorts 360 and five Fokker F27 turboprops, alongside 16 British Aerospace 146 jets.

The airline's recent expansion has been driven by its three-year-old franchise deal with Air France. While the Dash 8s are required to replace the ageing turboprops, the CRJs will be used on franchises.

Source: Flight International