Regionals Update: Bombardier expands CRJ base in central Europe

 - May 15, 2008, 8:43 AM

Malev Hungary Airlines last month placed a firm order for two 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200 regional jets and options for another six. The Budapest-based flag carrier expects delivery of the airplanes in June and July, when it inaugurates its first Western-style feed services under a new regional subsidiary called Malev Express. Malev, which currently flies a fleet of two Boeing 767s, 15 Boeing 737s and six Fokker 70s across Europe, the Middle East and North America, plans to use the pair of CRJs to feed its hub at Budapest Ferihegy Airport. It also intends to fly point-to-point regional service between Budapest and destinations in the Ukraine, Romania, the Balkans and Western Europe.