THE FIRST OF 18 surplus USAir British Aerospace 146-200s will soon re-enter commercial service with UK-based Flightline.

The UK firm formally accepted the aircraft from USAir Leasing on 5 January. The aircraft, leased via Alpine Aviation, will be used on a London-Switzerland route.

Before its acceptance, the 146-200 underwent a complete C check at Canadian Regional Airlines (formerly Time Air) in Calgary, Alberta.

Its four AlliedSignal LF502 engines have been overhauled and no corrosion or major structural defects were discovered.

The low-time aircraft was manufactured in 1985. USAir inherited it when it acquired Pacific Southwest Airlines in 1988. Pacific had operated the aircraft on short intrastate routes.

Source: Flight International