The British Aerospace BAe 146-300 is a four engine shoulder-wing short-haul regional jet airliner for up
to 120 passengers. Development of the BAe 146 started in 1973 as the Hawker Siddeley HS.146. Due to the
economic recession in Britain that followed soon, the project was temporised. Development continued on a
limited scale. In 1977, Hawker Siddeley and the British Aircraft Corporation merged into British Aerospace.
In July 1978, the project was officially relaunched as the British Aerospace 146. Prototype British
Aerospace 146-100, G-SSSH c/n E.1001, was flown first on 3 September 1981. Certification was granted
in 1983 and the BAe 146 entered airline service with Dan Air on 27 May 1983. Production began in 1981 with
the BAe 146-100 series, for 71-93 passengers, and ended in 1993 when the Avro 146-RJ that was evolved from
the BAe 146 succeeded the model in production. A total of 221 AVRO RJ / BAe 146 airliners were built: 37 BAe 146-100,
113 BAe 146-200 and 71 BAe 146-300 series.
On 13 August 2003, the 1990-built Ryanair BAe 146-300 G-UKAG was photographed at
Groningen Airport Eelde in the Netherlands. Ryanair operated from 01/05/2003 - 28/04/2004 a daily regular
service Groningen-London Stansted flown with the BAe 146, Boeing 737-300 and 737-800. The BAe HS146 was
operated on this service until January 2004. BAe 146 G-UKAG entered service with Ryanair in April 2003.
British Aerospace BAe 146-300 c/n E3162 was flown first as G-6-162 on 12 November 1990. The BAe 146 was registered G-UKAG on 28 November 1990.
Early 2003, the low cost carrier Buzz was taken over by Ryanair from the KLM, including a fleet of six BAe
146 and six Boeing 737-300. As part of the transaction KLM agreed to take back the remaining BAe 146
aircraft in 2004. As part of this deal the G-UKAG returned from the Ryanair
subsidiary BUZZ Stansted Ltd. to KLM UK Ltd. on 27 January 2004.