BUSINESS EXPRESS TO PURCHASE FLEET OF TEXTRON LYCOMING-POWERED BAe146 JETLINERS
BUSINESS EXPRESS TO PURCHASE FLEET OF
TEXTRON LYCOMING-POWERED BAe146 JETLINERS
STRATFORD, Conn., Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Textron Lycoming and British Aerospace have announced the signing of a contract with Business Express for the airline's purchase of a fleet of 20 British Aerospace RJ70 regional jets.
The RJ70, a 70-passenger variant of the proven BAe146 family of regional sized aircraft, will be powered by Textron Lycoming's new LF507 turbofan engines. The LF507, recently type certified by the FAA, is a derivative of Lycoming's ALF502 turbofan engine now powering over 140 BAe146 series aircraft flown by 40 operators around the world.
"We are extremely pleased with the confidence displayed by Business Express through this aircraft purchase," said John R. Myers, president of Textron Lycoming. "The BAe146/ALF502 combination has proven itself throughout the world as the most reliable regional aircraft, and the LF507 turbofan will help continue that trend with Business Express."
With the signing of the contract, Business Express becomes the launch customer of the LF507-powered RJ70 fleet. In order to provide immediate jet service throughout its northeastern route system however, Business Express will be leasing five BAe146-200 series jetliners on an interim basis during the first quarter of 1992.
The LF507 turbofans help make the RJ70 one of the quietest and more comfortable regional jets on the market. The LF507 is designed to promote high reliability and reduced operational costs. Also, as part of a family of environmentally clean turbines, the LF507 has been designed to achieve the kind of quietness that has earned the BAe146 the title, "The world's quietest jetliner."
Westport, Conn.-based Business Express recently became a member of the "Delta Connection" of Delta Airlines, and services an exceptionally sophisticated and well-traveled customer base throughout the northeast corridor. Delivery of the BAe146 RJ70's will enable Business Express to provide to area commuters the kid of comfortable, quiet, luxury service to major New York hubs that travelers have been seeking.
Textron Lycoming, a subsidiary of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT), is a multi-industry company with operations in three business categories: aerospace/technology, commercial products, and financial and other services.
/CONTACT: William McDaniel or Louis P. Savenelli of Textron Lycoming, 203-385-1581/
(TXT) CO: Textron Lycoming; British Aerospace; Business Express ST: Connecticut IN: ARO SU: CON SM-FC -- NY040 -- 2505 12/16/91 12:09 EST