Dutch Carrier Joins Franchise Family

British Airways has added Base Airlines of Holland to its fold of franchise partners, the tenth carrier to operate in British Airways` livery and carry the BA flight code prefix.


The franchise will add seven new routes to British Airways` European network.


Base Airlines will launch a new twice daily service from March 28 between its home city of Eindhoven and London Heathrow`s Terminal 4.


It will also link Eindhoven and Rotterdam under British Airways` colours with London Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester, as well as serving as a franchise partner between Eindhoven and Zurich.


Bob Ayling, British Airways` Chief Executive, said: “The Base Airlines franchise delivers value to customers, shareholders and staff.

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“Our franchise partners help provide our customers with the widest range of destinations, and Eindhoven and Rotterdam are welcome additions to our world network.”


Base, founded in 1985, operates a modern fleet of 28 seater Embraer Brasilia aircraft and 16 seater Jetstream 31s.


Hans Noorlander, Director General of Base Airlines, said: “We are delighted to join the British Airways family. We expect now to be able to offer global advantages to our customers.”


British Airways` first franchise partner was CityFlyer Express in 1993. Other franchise operators are Maersk Air, Brymon Airways, British Regional Airlines, Loganair, GB Airways, British Mediterranean Airways, Sun-Air of Scandinavia and South African-based Comair.


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