History

Proud past...bright future

Above: Jetstream 41 and 32 flying over Prestwick in the mid 1990’s.

  • 12 March 2018 – 2018 United States Forest Service Airtanker Contracts Dominated by BAe 146/Avro RJ
  • 15 February 2018 – BAE Systems Regional Aircraft Wins Fleet Support Services Contract from Braathens Regional Airlines
  • 16 October 2017 – BAe 146/Avro RJ Airtankers Play Significant Role in Fighting Increasing Number and Cost of Wildfires
  • 30 March 2017 – BAe 146 and Avro RJ Airtankers Play Significant Roles in Combating 2016 Wildfires
  • 27 March 2017 – BAE Systems Commemorates 27 Years of BAe 146/Avro RJ Operations by SWISS
  • 6 March 2017 – BAE Systems Regional Aircraft Wins Two-Year JetSpares Contract Extension From Braathens Regional Airlines.
  • 25 September 2016 – 25th anniversary of Jetstream 41 first flight marked as largest operators find new applications.
  • 3 September 2016 – 35 years after first flight of the BAe 146/Avro RJ, new operators are still putting aircraft into service.
  • 8 March 2016 – BAE Systems Regional Aircraft marks its commitment to the aerial firefighting community in North America by taking a prominent role at this year’s Aerial Firefighting International Conference and Exhibition.
  • 16 November 2015 – BAE Systems Regional Aircraft has won a two-year extension to its long-running Rate-Per-Flying-Hour (RPFH) spares support contract with leading Nepalese regional operator, Yeti Airlines.
  • October 14 2015 – Airlink, the largest independent regional airline in Southern Africa, becomes the first BAE Systems Regional Aircraft customer to sign up for the new remodelled JetSpares Rate-Per- Flying-Hour (RPFH) programme.
  • 9 August 2015 –  BAE Systems Regional Aircraft at Prestwick, Scotland celebrates the 80th anniversary of the founding of its predecessor company, Scottish Aviation (SAL).

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Click on the image above to download an 80 year Prestwick aviation timeline.

  • 23 July 2015 – Ian King, Chief Executive of BAE Systems, visits Regional Aircraft’s Prestwick headquarters.
  • 20 May 2015 – BAE Systems Regional Aircraft signs long-term spares support agreements with six key vendors on the BAe 146/Avro RJ regional jetliner.
  • 24 March 2015 – BAE Systems wins European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) approval for a significant increase in payload/range for its BAe 146-100/200 regional jet operating from an unpaved runway in Australia.
  • 3 April 2014 –  BAE Systems Regional Aircraft obtains European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval to upgrade all previous TCAS 7.0 installations on Boeing 737s and Boeing 757s to the new TCAS 7.1 standard.
  • 20 January 2014 – BAE Systems Regional Aircraft achieves European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Form 1 certification approval for an aircraft part for the BAe 146 regional jetliner using innovative new 3D printing (Additive Manufacture) technology.
  • 28 November 2013 – BAE Systems Regional Aircraft awarded one of the highest accolades from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) for its part in the conversion of two BAe 146-200QC (Quick Change) aircraft that were converted from commercial to military aircraft configuration for use by the Royal Air Force.
  • 11 September 2013 – BAE Systems Regional Aircraft wins contracts to provide specialist engineering contributions to a number of BAE Systems-built BAe 146/Avro RJ Airtanker (aerial firefighter) aircraft conversion programmes underway in North America.
  • 6 May 2013 – BAE Systems Regional Aircraft obtains European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval to upgrade all previous TCAS 7.0 installations on its BAe 146/Avro RJ fleet Europe to the new TCAS 7.1 standard.
  • 6 May 2013 – EASA extends BAE Systems Regional Aircraft’s Part 21 G and J approvals, allowing it to work on any aircraft type for both design and manufacturing work.
  • 6 May 2013 – BAE Systems and Saywell International extend Jetstream 31/32 spares distribution agreement for a further five year.
  • 8 November 2012 – EASA approval received for Jetstream 32 Life Extension Programme
  • 18 June 2012 – BAE Systems Regional Aircraft wins 15.5 million Ministry of Defence contract to convert two BAe 146Q airlines for the Royal Air Force.
  • 10 February 2012 – Major rate-per-flying-hour support contracts won from Swiss International Airlines and cargo carrier West Atlantic covering 64 aircraft.
  • 10 February 2012 – BAE Systems Regional Aircraft introduces ‘Parts Plus’ spares delivery service for new BAe 146/Avro RJ operators.
  • 10 February 2012 – Third contract won from Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation this time covering manufacture of flight test equipment for the Mitsubishi Regional Jet.
  • 16 September 2011 – BAE System Regional Aircraft and Saywell International celebrate 10 years of BAe 748 spares support.
  • 18 July 2011 – Agreement finalised for sale of the regional aircraft portfolio and associated Asset Management business. The new company is called Falko Regional Aircraft Ltd.
  • 26 May 2011 – Agreement reached for the US$187 million sale of the regional aircraft fleet and Asset Management business to certain funds managed by Fortress Investment Group LLC of New York.
  • 8 February 2010 – BAE Systems Regional Aircraft wins engineering contract from Mitsubishi Regional Jet.

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Above: Mitsubishi Regional Jet – MRJ.

    • 13 December 2007 – GCAT Flight Academy announces the acquisition of BAE Systems Regional Aircraft’s Customer Training Centre at Woodford.
    • November 1999 – British Aerospace and Marconi Electronic Systems merged. The company is renamed BAE Systems.
    • 27 March 1991 – Roll-out of BAe Jetstream 41
    • 25 January 1982 – Roll-out of BAe Jetstream 31
    • 20 May 1981 – Roll-out of BAe146 at Hatfield
    • April 1977 – British Aerospace formed as a nationalised corporation by the merger of British Aircraft Corporation, Hawker Siddeley and Scottish Aviation.

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Above: Wartime aircraft maintenance and modification work being undertaken at Prestwick.


Above: Twin Pioneer prototype G-ANTP flying over the relocated 1938 Glasgow Empire Exhibition ‘Palace of Engineering’ at Scottish Aviation Limited Prestwick circa late 1950’s.